Arts & Culture

Join Lee Stott at 8pm C.T. on the first Sunday night of each month for a series of special programs highlighting upcoming performances by the many fine orchestras in our region. Included are the Owensboro Symphony, The Symphony at WKU, the Evansville Philaharmonic, and Orchestra Kentucky.

 

Coming Up:
On March 4th, Lee highlights upcoming performances by The Nashville Symphony. 

 

 

A conversation with Erika Brady, long-time co-host of Barren River Breakdown on WKU Public Radio. Her work on this show earned her the Governor's Media Award in the Arts this year. She's also a faculty member in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU. She spoke with Station Manager Peter Bryant.

Bowling Green, Ky – In 1966, Jerry Martin was a 30 year old family doctor in Bowling Green. By that summer, he had been drafted into the Army has a combat medic. "Soldiers Saving Soldiers" is Dr. Martin's new book about the history and accomplishments of the 18th Surgical Hospital, the unit in which he served. The book contains over 500 photographs Martin took of the Vietnamese people, the countryside, and the US soldiers he operated on. He spoke to Kevin Willis ahead of Veteran's Day.

Arthur Hartfield is a Bluegrass banjo player and maker from Rocky Hill, KY. Hatfield started off in a traveling Bluegrass band, but decided he preferred to stay home and became a cabinet maker while playing in local bands. When he retired from cabinet making he decided to start professionally making banjos. This is the latest in an ongoing series of features produced for WKU Public Radio by WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin.

Bowling Green, Ky – Everyone knows bourbon is Kentucky's signature spirit. But Albert Schmid says many people don't realize bourbon makes a wonderful cooking ingredient as well. Schmid is a chef and an instructor at Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies in Louisville. He recently authored "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook", which contains seasonal recipes for food and drink. He stopped by our studios and spoke to Kevin Willis.

Horse Cave, Ky – Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave is giving the world premiere of Where I Come From, a play set in a New York City courtroom that explores issues of race, ethnicity, and prejudice. Playwright Eric Daniels got the inspiration for the play when he served as a juror in a federal civil trial in Manhattan. KRT executive director Christopher Carter Sanderson says the play is valuable because it can provoke conversation about touchy subjects. Kevin Willis has our story.

City of Owensboro

Owensboro, Ky – The Riverpark Performing Arts Center in Owensboro is officially retiring its 19 year building debt. Riverpark has raised $1.1 million, holding up its end of a bargain with the city of Owensboro and Daviess County. Kevin Willis reports.

Bowling Green, Ky – Khaldoun Almousily is a busy man. When he's not teaching Arabic language classes at WKU, he's traveling the state, working as the only Arabic language interpreter and translator certified to appear in Kentucky's courtrooms. He spoke to WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis about how he's received in small towns, and the many different dialects within the Arabic language.

Bowling Green, KY – Ferdinand Ries is known mainly through his connection with Beethoven. He was gifted and prolific. Pianist Susan Kagan plays his music and explains why Ries is important. Lee Stott has more.........

John Edmonds (photo by Marvin Young)

Bowling Green's John Edmonds has had a long and varied career, and is an important part of the regional gospel music scene. WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin produced this documentary about the internationally-recognized musician.

Photo by Amanda Hardeman

South Central Kentucky has a rich and unique basket making tradition. WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin explores this heritage in an hour-long documentary produced for WKU Public Radio.

Bowling Green, Ky – From our friend Cole Phelps, master mixologist at The Oakroom in Louisville:

Mint julep: Put 12 mint leaves in a glass, and add 3/4 oz. of syrup. Muddle gently, without tearing the leaves. While that sits, crush ice with a mallet. Add ice to glass, then pour in 2 1/4 oz. of bourbon. Add more ice to fill glass to the top. Pour in 1/4 oz more of the syrup on top of the ice, then garnish drink with mint. Add one sma

Louisville, Ky – The mint julep stands proud as the beverage known as Kentucky's signature drink. Unless you're new to the area and haven't been paying attention, you know the julep is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. What you might not know, however, is that the mint julep's history traces back to a rose water drink in the Middle East. Kevin Willis recently visited the famous Seelbach Hotel in Louisville to learn the history and proper preparation of the famous drink.

Contest Music

WKU Public Radio – WKU Public Radio and the Law Firm of Harned, Bachert and McGehee PSC are pleased to host the annual Classical Music Poetry Contest. Hundreds of students have participated over the years, and the quality of the entries is always inspiring. Our hope is that the contest will also inspire a life-long love of music.

Bowling Green, Ky – The WKU Pre-College Strings Program is an effort to encourage Warren County public school students to learn string instruments. The program's newest instructor is Ching Yi-Lin, who is hoping to expand the program to disadvantaged young people throughout the region. Kevin Willis spoke with Ching-Yi and one of her pupils about the program's goals.

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