SKyPAC to Host Holiday Event: “Gingerbread Home for the ARTS”

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the first annual “Gingerbread Home for the Arts” to kick-off the 2015 holiday season. “Gingerbread Home for the Arts” will be held on Friday, November 20th, and Saturday, November 21st.

The event will center around the tradition of building gingerbread houses as a creative way for the community to come together in celebration of the holidays and the arts.

Event co-chairperson, Betty McGuire, says “plans are underway to bring this tradition to south central Kentucky with activities for children and adults, as well as opportunities for professional and amateur bakers to demonstrate their culinary “home-building” skills.”

“We are in the process of planning, forming committees and spreading the message to schools, bakers, artists and the general public,” said McGuire.

a gingerbread house / finishing touches applied / holiday seasonLocal schools will be invited to bring their students to SKyPAC for a field trip on Friday, November 20th. Students will tour the art galleries where professionally created gingerbread houses on will be on exhibit. They will also have the opportunity to build gingerbread homes alongside student chefs from The Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, serving as volunteer mentors.

On Friday evening, SKyPAC will host a festive ticketed event for patrons to view gingerbread creations designed by professional bakers, which will also be featured in a live auction to benefit SKyPAC’s educational programs. An amateur category will give churches, organizations, schools and businesses an opportunity to enter a “People’s Choice” competition with prizes awarded to the selected favorites.

615x200-ehow-images-a04-92-i2-make-ginger-bread-house-800x800On Saturday, November 21, SKyPAC will open its doors to the community for a gingerbread celebration featuring photos with Santa Claus, live entertainment and refreshments. For a small fee, community members may build gingerbread homes in the Renshaw Education wing of SKyPAC. A unique feature for art lovers will be the “Merry Market” – a marketplace for talented artists from across the state to exhibit and sell their art creations.

To register in the “Merry Market” as a vendor, participate in the gingerbread house competition, or for further information, please contact Betty McGuire at bmcguire@theskypac.com or by phone 270-904-5010, or may also contact Erin Biggers at ebiggers@theskypac.com or by phone 270-904-7010.

Glenn Miller Orchestra: A Legend Lives On

The legendary Glenn Miller, who was one of the most successful bandleaders back in the Swing Era and his influence led to the formation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra which will grace the SKyPAC stage on Friday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. With their unique jazz sound, this group is one you won’t want to miss.

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra is owned and operated by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., under license from the Miller Estate. Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., has the sole and exclusive right to use the Glenn Miller Orchestra name.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a fully self-contained group consisting of the musical director, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums). Also, there are two vocalists, one male and one female, who perform individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group.

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The big-band business today requires almost constant travel as a result of an arduous schedule of one-night stands. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is “on the road” longer and more continuously than any other in the whole world, having celebrated its 55th year anniversary on June 6, 2011. It covers over a hundred thousand miles a year, working most every night for 48 weeks out of every 52-nearly 300 playing dates, performing for an “in person” audience that adds up to more than a half million people annually.

The orchestra has performed in all 50 United States, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Guam, the Philippines, South and Central America. The orchestra’s tour of Japan during November/December 2011 will be its 44th annual tour of that country.

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The “Road Book” carried by the Glenn Miller Orchestra adds up to over 300 charts-many of them out of the original library. Today, the complete library totals over 1,700 compositions including all of the original charts from both the civilian band and the Army Air Force Band.

Of course, all of the biggest hits are included in a regular program. But so are arrangements of less well-known tunes like The White Cliffs of Dover, Rainbow Rhapsody, Everybody Loves My Baby, and That’s Sabotage. The Miller library features contributions from many fine arrangers including Bill Finegan, Jerry Gray, Billy May, Mort Lindsay, Deane Kinkaide, Joe Cribari, and Dave Wolpe. They have added such numbers as Over the Rainbow, September Morn, The Body Electric from the T.V. series Fame, Up Where We Belong, from the hit movie, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Star Wars/War of The Stars.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has always been very musical, disciplined, and visually entertaining. And it has its own distinctive “sound.”

That sound is created by the clarinet holding the melodic line, doubled or coupled with the tenor sax playing the same notes; and the harmonies produced by three other saxophones, while growling trombones and wailing trumpets add their oo-ahs.

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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra made a big impact right before and during the war. And it had more hit records in one year than anybody in the history of the recording industry. In fact, its recording of Chattanooga Choo-Choo earned the first Gold Record ever awarded to a performing artist. Additional Gold Record recordings include “In the Digital Mood” and “In The Christmas Mood,” Volume I & II.

Back in the days of the big band era of the forties, any dance band “worth its salt” had a distinctive theme song. It was the musical signature with which they signed on and signed off at their engagements and radio broadcasts. The theme of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was the beautiful Moonlight Serenade, and it is still the signature tune of the Glenn Miller Orchestra today. Interestingly enough, Glenn Miller originally wrote the music of the song himself as an exercise for a course in arranging. He composed it long before he organized his band, when he was a trombonist and arranger with Ray Noble’s famous band.

Today, it is considered a standard in the field of popular music with its popularity as an instrumental continuing undiminished through the years.

It is now more than 70 years since Glenn Miller first succeeded with the Orchestra, which still bears his name until this day. Except for a few years following his disappearance, Glenn’s orchestra and music have been heard around the world continuously since 1938.

 

“Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour POSTER GIVEAWAY!!!

Know the secret? Scroll down below to find out how to participate in the poster giveaway! Don’t know the secret, and then read below.

So, we’ve been keeping a little secret, and we’re ready to reveal it to you! Behold, the IMG_8918-0limited edition “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour poster designed by the one and only Print Mafia® made especially for Weird Al’s Bowling Green, Kentucky performance!!!

We have 100 of these posters that we are going to give away!  That’s right, we are doing a GIVEAWAY!!! Want to know how you can get your hands on one of these babies? Sure you do! Scroll down for details! Oh, and be sure to share this post with your friends to help us spread the word!

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So, you want a “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour poster designed by the one and only Print Mafia®? Then keep reading to find out how you can participate. Our Marketing Manager, Jessica Snodgrass Kem, is on vacation traveling throughout our beautiful bluegrass state. During her travels, she is randomly hiding a select number of poster vouchers for all to find! Map coordinates and clues will be posted starting this Thursday, June 25, 2015, using the following SKyPAC social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram. Don’t miss your chance to claim one of these awesome Print Mafia® posters!

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$100,000 Challenge Issued by SKyPAC

The SKyPAC Foundation Board has issued a $100,000 Challenge to the community to demonstrate their renewed commitment to SKyPAC’s mission. SKyPAC’s Board’s $100,000 will match 100% of all cash gifts made within the next 30 days, up to $100,000. Everyone is invited and encouraged to generously participate.

“Like all nonprofit organizations, we depend on the healthy support of our community,” said Jan Allan Zarr, SKyPAC Executive Director. “We are very fortunate to have a board that is so very supportive financially. This Challenge is a huge indication of their commitment to fulfilling our mission.”

Katherine Sikora, Chair of the Board. “We knew there wasn’t a better way to say we were ‘all in’ than to pool our cash resources and issue a challenge this month. We are determined to engage this community in SKyPAC’s mission. It enhances and enriches so many lives. We are passionate and serious about making sure SKyPAC is strong and vibrant!”

The Board Challenge began as a way to bring cash gifts to SKyPAC during April and May—the months where philanthropy are especially important to SKyPAC. “This gives us a great oppor-tunity to go to our friends and supporters and ask them to double the impact of their giving. It is a very exciting—and urgent—reason for us to talk with people who can make a difference,” said Zarr.

“I’m very honored to serve this community through SKyPAC leadership,” said Lynn O’Keefe, SKyPAC Foundation Board member, and Board Challenge participant. “Our board members don’t just come to meetings. We know we need to be active fundraisers and have ‘skin in the game’ in order to make a real impact on arts enrichment in this region.”

A Challenge Celebration is being planned for early June in anticipation of meeting the goal. Those who help meet the challenge will be invited to celebrate and look ahead together at the bright future for SKyPAC. Details about the celebration will be forthcoming for all participants.

For more information about the $100,000 Board Challenge, call Betty McGuire at (270) 904-5000.

$100,000 Challenge Issued by SKyPAC.

 

SPLASH INTO EXCITEMENT: 2015-2016 SKyPAC Season Announced!

SKyPAC’s Executive Director, Jan Zarr, announced the 2015-2016 Season line up at   the opening Broadway performance of SISTER ACT last night. Audience members applauded with excitement for the upcoming season performances. “It’s a big, bold and brimming season;” exclaimed Zarr, “jam packed with unforgettable performances from Blue Man Group to American singer song writer Don McLean for an exciting 2015-2016 season!”

Saturday_Night_FeverSKyPAC’s 2015-2016 season is a continuation of their goal to bring south central Kentucky the best Broadway performances, music headliners and cultural attractions. A total of twelve (12) performances make up the new season with eight (8) Director’s series performances and four (4) Broadway series performances. Subscribers will have the opportunity to add in advance any or all of the additional four (4) Add-on performances.Annie

“There is definitely something for everyone,” said Zarr, “with iconic Broadway classics like Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the ever popular Charlie Daniels Band we have pulled out all the stops for this season.”

Million_Dollar_QuartetSubscription Information
Subscription renewals will be mailed out May 1, 2015 to current subscribers. New subscriptions will go on-sale starting Monday, June 15th. For additional information on becoming a season subscriber or for performance dates and times please visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC Ticket office at 270-904-1880. Download the 2015-2016 season brochure here.

 

The Power of Arts Education

Written By: SKyPAC Executive Director/CEO, Jan Allan Zarr

The Chinese proverb reads, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day, teach a121412_art man to fish – feed him for a lifetime.” With early Arts Education, not only are we meeting the immediate need, we are also providing the foundation for change and improvement!

Parents often hear about the wonderful benefits of organized sports, but the creative arts are another terrific medium to keep their children active, healthy and engaged. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through participation in the arts. Exposure to and participation in the theater arts provide benefits that cannot be found in sports programs, such as increased comfort with public speaking, greater self-confidence and trust in group process, and a positive outlet that helps children learn how to think outside of the box and solve creative problems. For the introverted child who is uncertain in sport group activities, theater can be the perfect place to gain personal confidence in smaller steps. While we are not building houses or feeding the poor, we are helping to nourish souls and those souls will, in return, nourish others. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Just like any other skill, creativity needs to be practiced to develop into the kind of problem-solving ability that is needed in the workplace of the 21st century.

PaintFostering creativity is important, even for children who are successful in organized sports and school activities. Arts Education provides a safe place for students to practice creativity and take personal risks in a venue that celebrates success with every new work of art, whether it is a performance, written or visual piece. The social rewards each child gains through his/her participation in art activities are rich and numerous. Whether a child has been diagnosed with a learning difference that makes social encounters particularly challenging for them or not, all young people can profit from the drawingmyriad of opportunities for social growth available to them through art education. We live in a highly competitive era where our children are introduced at an early age to the critical realities of our achievement and success-oriented society. From academics, to athletics, to social interaction, youth are pressured to get the best grades, to score the most points, to have the most friends. This is especially true during the middle and high school years. At the same time, segments of our society tend to view the arts as a luxury, a frill, an extra-curricular activity running a distant second to the popular status of sports.

When times are hard in the economy, many people believe that cutting funding to artsed-final-5-01-01“unimportant” programs like art, theatre and music is the first solution. It is thought by many people that we will raise a generation of financially sound individuals if we simply focus on subjects that could potentially place them in high paying jobs with benefits. But what if the arts were part of the answer? How can something like theatrical arts impact their everyday lives, and what are the benefits of the arts in education? In a sea of eager and well behaved students, less fortunate children often slip through the cracks of the educational system. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy: these children are born poor, they grow up poor, and they end up poor. What if there was a way to help these kids before it’s too late?

041411_Arts_Education_617_347By encouraging our youth to take part in some form of arts during these informative school years, students are able to develop skills that they will find useful in practical real life situations. In general, students who study the arts tend to be better communicators, highly motivated, and score higher on tests of creative thinking than those without art education. According to the issue brief for the National Governors Association, studies have found that students who study the arts are “four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance and four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem. These skills and achievements are necessary to gain the upper hand in today’s competitive workforce. Everyone needs a place where they feel they belong, can relax and be themselves. If you learn to be emotionally present at a young age, you will grow up to be a healthy participant in the ensemble that is the world.”art-education

Arts Education can help break the vicious cycle of poverty and encourage children to strive for a better life. An educated society is an ideal society. Therefore an increase in arts education is important for our economy, our future, and our well-being as a society!

 

NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Beauty_Strip_AdDisney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Bowling Green as part of the SKyPAC Broadway series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage for three performances on February 28 and March 1, 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For additional information on performance times and tickets, visit www.theSKyPAC.com.

Get tickets in advance! Become a SKyPAC Member Today! By becoming a SKyPAC Member today you will receive the opportunity to purchase tickets and get the best seats available before they go on sale to the public for this performance and future performances. Contact Deborah Stein at 270-904-5002 for more details.

Group tickets for Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Grab a group of your friends and family to SAVE 15% on Sunday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. when you bring a group of 15 or more. SAVE 20% on the first two price levels and 15% in the third and fourth price levels at the 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, March 1, 2015 for groups of 15 or more. Contact our Group Ticket Coordinator, Erin Biggers, at 270-904-7010 to reserve your seats today.

jillian_butterfield_and_the_cast_of_disneys_beauty_and_the_beast._photo_by_matthew_murphyDisney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz (three-time Tony Award® winner), Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.  For more information about this production visit http://www.disneysbeautyandthebeast.com

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a jillian_butterfield_as_belle_and_the_cast_of_disneys_beauty_and_the_beast._photo_by_matthew_murphyprovincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 20 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and has been translated into 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by 2.5 million people while playing more than 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 6 Canadian Provinces. Currently, there are four other productions playing around the world including Paris, tours in Japan and Germany, and a new international tour that currently will visit more than 12 countries in two years.

NETworks Presentations LLC (Producer) from its inception nearly 20 years ago has been an industry-leading producer of touring musical theatre productions and remains committed to delivering quality entertainment to its audiences. Having toured over 60 productions extensively throughout North America, NETworks is now expanding its tours into many international markets including South America, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and South East Asia. Its current touring season includes Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Dancing, Blue Man Group, Flashdance, Anything Goes and Elf the Musical.