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.

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:

Lisa Spurlock Gilmore

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Classical 90.5′s live music program, Lunchtime Classics, is on summer hiatus. In the meantime, we’ll look back at some notable past performers.

Lisa Spurlock Gilmore, harpist, is a national award winner, soloist, and recording artist. Among other accomplishments, she was 1st place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition in the Grandjany Division.

Lisa began studying music on the piano and violin at age two. She received much of her early musical training from her parents who are both professional musicians and members of the Juilliard alumni. At age eight, she began studying harp under the instruction of Linda Wood Rollo. The following year, at age nine, Lisa received a full scholarship to study at the Summer Harp Masterclass at Indiana University with Distinguished Professor of Music, Susann McDonald. Lisa later enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program at Indiana University under McDonald’s instruction.

Lisa performs for weddings, parties, and social events including the Kentucky Derby’s annual Derby Ball, and corporate parties for companies. She has made numerous concert appearances with the Louisville Chorus and performed with members of the Louisville Orchestra. Lisa founded the Louisville Harp Academy, one of the largest and most comprehensive harp studios in the region, offering lessons to students of all levels, beginner through advanced.

Enjoy this Lisa Spurlock Gilmore’s rendition of Bach from a past Lunchtime Classics appearance:

Local Artist Feature – Diane Earle

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While Lunchtime Classics takes its summer break, let’s look back at some of our featured artists.

Diane Earle is artist-in-residence and professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. She has performed extensively in 10 countries and 30 states. Recent performances include concert tours to Italy and China.

Dr. Earle played several performances in 2009 celebrating the 300th birthday of the piano culminating with a program produced by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for the series Kentucky Muse. She is featured on several CDs and DVDs.

Dr. Earle received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance, magna cum laude, from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She has a master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in piano performance and literature from Ohio State University. While a doctoral student there, she received the outstanding teaching associate award and won the doctoral concerto competition. Dr. Earle has also studied organ and voice.

Earle has been a Lunchtime Classics guest artist many times. Enjoy Dr. Earle’s performance of George Gershwin’s Embraceable You:

Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville brought highlights from their recent production of the rarely-heard The Sorcerer and popular HMS Pinafore to Classical 90.5 for Lunchtime Classics. Listen to the entire program below.