Arts & Culture

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.

Nashville, TN – As a special web exclusive, WKU Public Radio is offering the complete, half-hour conversation between Nashville Symphony conductor and music director Giancarlo Guerrero and Kevin Willis.

Nashville, TN – Giancarlo Guerrero is a man at the helm of one of the top up-and-coming orchestras in the country. As conductor and music director of the Nashville Symphony, Guerrero is in a unique position to address the many challenges facing orchestras and the American classical music industry. In this interview with WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis, Guerrero talks about attracting audiences for new music, the threats posed by cutting musical education in schools, and his own favorite pieces of music.

Bowling Green, Ky – Horse Cave native and renowned artist Joe Downing passed away in late December at the age of 82. In this selection of archived interviews, Downing recalls his childhood in Kentucky. He also discusses his many works that will be displayed in the Jerry Baker museum planned for Bowling Green.

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