This is the kind of opportunity most classical musicians can only dream about: to be invited to spend part of the summer with an orchestra touring the world — Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London — with two of the biggest names in classical music, conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell.
The estate manager of the Baker Arboretum in Bowling Green says more will be known within the next two weeks about paintings damaged during a recent fire.
The fire broke out the morning of June 27 in the building housing the world’s largest collection of paintings by the late artist and Hart County native Joe Downing.
Estate manager Craig Cunningham told WKU Public Radio Tuesday that a group of art restoration experts from different parts of the country will arrive within the next two weeks to assess what can be done to salvage paintings that suffered smoke and water damage.
Nobody was injured during the fire. Estate employees raced into the burning building to rescue the paintings from the flames.
All over the country on Thursday, fireworks will light up the sky. In many places, those fireworks will come with a patriotic soundtrack — one that wouldn't be complete without "The Star-Spangled Banner." The song officially became America's national anthem in 1931, but it's been around since the early 19th century.
The retiring head of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau won’t be retired for long. Karen Miller Porter has been named executive director of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.
She tells the Messenger-Inquirer she wasn’t looking for another job when she decided to leave the CVB, but the opportunity was “too good to pass up.” Porter says the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra is one of the best-run symphonies at a time when other symphonies are struggling.
Porter will start work for the OSO August 1, the same date as her official retirement from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
A former chairman of the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s board believes attendance to last week’s River of Music Party will approach 25,000. That would be up from last year’s ROMP attendance of 21,000.
Terry Woodward told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that he didn’t hear a single negative comment about the bluegrass music festival at Yellow Creek Park, adding that he couldn’t “imagine it being any better than this.”
ROMP was named the event of the year for 2012 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.