Lunchtime Classics Returns: LONGLEASH Piano Trio

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Lunchtime Classics returns next Wednesday (August 27th) with LONGLEASH, a piano trio based in New York. Louisville-native John Popham (LYO alum) is the cellist, along with violinist Pala Garcia and pianist Renata Rohlfing. Details here for reserving a seat and lunch.

Kentucky Opera

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Our Lunchtime Classics series returns in September. Until then, we’re featuring some artists who have performed on past episodes.

Kentucky Opera was founded in 1952 by Moritz von Bomhard. Its first productions were presented in the Columbia Auditorium until 1964 when they moved to the Brown Theatre. The company later moved some performances to Whitney Hall in the Kentucky Center for the Arts in 1984 and moved all productions there in 2000. Kentucky Opera currently presents most of its performances in the Brown Theatre.

Under Bomhard’s direction, Kentucky Opera grew to become a respected regional company. The Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts is named in his honor. After 30 years of tenure, Bomhard retired in 1982.

Thomson Smillie became the company’s next General Director. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Smillie had worked for the Scottish National Opera for twelve years in addition to being the Artistic Director of the Wexford Festival of Ireland. In the United States, Smillie led the Opera Company of Boston before coming to Louisville. Smillie served 16 seasons with Kentucky Opera before leaving in 1997.

In 1998, Deborah Sandler became the third General Director of Kentucky Opera. She came to Louisville from the Opera Festival of New Jersey where she had been on staff as Executive Director since 1985 and later as General Director. During her tenure at the Opera Festival of New Jersey, the company grew under her tenure to be a major national force in American Opera.

In January 2006, David Roth was announced as the new general director of Kentucky Opera, succeeding Ms. Sandler. Roth had been with Fort Worth Opera since 2000 where he balanced the artistic and fiscal responsibilities as both Director of Production and Director of Finance.

Kentucky Opera begins its 2014-2015 season with Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven in mid-September.

Featured Album: Mozart Dedicated to Haydn

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Mozart acknowledged how difficult writing for string quartet could be when he dedicated a set to the father of the nascent genre, Joseph Haydn, saying “They are…the fruit of a long and laborious study.” Haydn had created the “string quartet” about 30 years before Mozart’s work in the genre, and others (including Ignaz Pleyel in 1784) had paid similar homage to Papa Haydn.

Our Featured Album this week is Cuarteto Casals playing three of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn, by Mozart. casals quartet cover Sample some of Cuarteto Casals’ earlier recordings of Mozart here:

Kentucky Center Chamber Players

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Our Lunchtime Classics series returns in September. Until then, we’re featuring some artists who have performed on past episodes.

Founded in 1982, Kentucky Center Chamber Players first performed in the Moritz Bomhard Hall at the Kentucky Center. Today, with the support of the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast, the ensemble performs in venues across the Kentuckiana area.

According to the group’s website, the mission of Kentucky Center Chamber Players is “to perform repertoire reflecting a breadth of styles, genres and instrumental combinations, including standard chamber music literature, as well as less familiar works by composers from the Classical Period to the 21st Century.” The core members of KCCP are Joanna Goldstein (piano), Peter McHugh (violin), Megumi Ohkubo (cello), and Dallas Tidwell (clarinet). The group often collaborates with a variety of musicians from the Louisville area in works ranging for as few as two string players to as many as 13 winds.

KCCP performs several times during the Fall – Spring arts season. When concert information becomes available, it will be listed at reverbnation.com.

Relive Kentucky Center Chamber Players’ most recent visit to WUOL:

Featured Album: Myung Whun Chung Solo

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After 60 years, Myung Whun Chung, a world-renowned conductor, releases a solo piano album with some of his favorite music.
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