The 57th Annual Concert Series schedule for the Fine Arts Association of Southeastern Kentucky has been released and it provides a diverse offering of entertainment that just about anyone will enjoy, officials with the organization say.
“I believe our programming is simply unparalleled,” said Fine Arts Association Programming Director Betty Gibson Comer.
“This year’s season will feature performers who are new to us as well as those who have been brought back by popular demand.”
The season will kick off Aug. 25 with a high energy performance by The Annie Moses Band — a fan favorite family of musicians led by violinist and vocalist Annie Wolaver and her six siblings. The performance will take place at the Corbin High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by Drs. Usha and Jagdish Patil.
“This is a show the whole family can enjoy,” Comer said. “I’ve never known anyone to go to an Annie Moses Band show and leave disappointed. They are amazing every time they are on stage.”
On Sept. 21, vocalist Jack Wright will channel the talent of Neil Diamond in a tribute concert to the legendary performer. With the Heartlight Showband as backup, Wright captures “The essence of Neil’s timeless multi-generational appeal without over-the-top mimicry or gimmickry.”
Wright will perform at The Gatliff Chapel on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands at 7:30 p.m. The show is co-sponsored by the Williamsburg Tourism Commission.
Accomplished pianist Jason Coleman has inherited the distinctive “slip note” playing style of his famous grandfather, Floyd Cramer, and will put it on full display in a multi-media production that’s not to be missed on Oct. 27.
Cramer died of cancer in 1997, but his “piano magic” lives on in Coleman, who brings Cramer’s style to many classic pop, country and rock hits. The show will take place at the Gatliff Chapel at the University of the Cumberlands at 7:30 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the City of Williamsburg.
The Lexington Ballet and Gail Frederick School of Dance will return to the stage at the Corbin High School Auditorium for two performances of the holiday classic ballet The Nutcracker on Dec. 8. Shows will start at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, which leads to a bizarre journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.
The Lexington Ballet performs this masterpiece under the direction of Luis Dominguez and will be joined by students from the Gail Frederick School of Dance.
The Nutcracker is co-sponsored by Anne Hoskins.
On March 19, 2019, innovative chamber music ensemble The American Chamber Players will perform at First Baptist Church in Corbin. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Formed in 1985, the American Chamber Players have been enthusiastically praised for their dynamic performances and have toured throughout North America playing the classics of Mozart, Stravinsky, Bloch and many other famous composers.
The show is sponsored by Whitaker Bank.
The 57th season will wrap up on April 12, 2019 with a performance by popular brass quintet The Canadian Brass at Conway Boatman Chapel on the campus of Union College in Barbourville.
With an international reputation for fun, engaging performances filled with lively dialogue and theatrical flair, The Canadian Brass has a storied history over the last 40 years. The group has a discography of over 100 albums and an extensive worldwide touring schedule.
The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information about 2018-19 season membership prices, call Betty Comer at 606-524-1354, Milton Dunaway at 606-627-7555 or Frankie Ball at 606-524-3091, or go online to www.fineartsseky.org.