2019-20 Season Schedule

"It is my strong belief that the performing arts enrich not only our collective communities, but the lives of all who live here." — Betty Comer, Program Chair, Fine Arts Association of Southeastern Kentucky Inc.

Kentucky Just Us
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Corbin High School Auditorium, Corbin, KY
7:30 p.m.

Based out of South Central Kentucky, Kentucky Just Us is a family group featuring tight harmonies, heartwarming lyrics, and a fresh sound that is all their own. While their music is varied, it is strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old-Time Country Music, Gospel Music and family based values. The band started out in October of 2014 with just a guitar and vocals.  Since then they have added several other instruments including the banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and mandolin. They’ve had the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s finest musicians, including legendary fiddle player Gary “Biscuit” Davis, and has recently been honored by being selected as theFirst Artists in Residence of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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The Tamburitzans
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Corbin High School Auditorium, Corbin KY
7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1937, the Tamburitzans are the longest-running multicultural song and dance company in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company's members were originally all full-time students at Duquesne University. In 2014, Duquesne announced the Tamburitzans would become an independent, nonprofit organization. The group now accepts students from other Pittsburgh-based universities. The Tamburitzans continue to dazzle audiences year after year with elaborate costumes and incredibly versatile musicians, singers and dancers. The group is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the cultural heritages of Eastern Europe and its neighbors through performance, while awarding scholarships to talented and deserving student performers.

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Heritage Guitar Quartet
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Conway-Boatman Chapel
Union College, Barbourville, KY
7:30 p.m.

The Heritage Guitar Quartet is an exciting new chamber group based out of Columbus, GA, where the members met pursuing graduate degrees at the Schwob School of Music.  The ensemble is dedicated to performing works both new and old with musical virtuosity and expression. With a diverse and dynamic program, there is truly something for everyone who wants to see how far the limitations of the guitar can be pushed. The members have collectively played concerts in Italy, Germany, Mexico, and across the U.S. in both solo and ensemble settings. The members of the Heritage Guitar Quartet are Julian Chalon, Jonnathon Clark, Fred Springer, and Joseph Douglas.

Miss Direction
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Gatliff Chapel, University of the Cumberlands
Williamsburg, KY
7:30 p.m.

Miss Direction is based in southeast Kentucky in the London/Corbin area. The band performs music from a variety of genres including jazz, funk, ballads, gospel, pop and more. Miss Direction started as the University of the Cumberlands Jazz Combo in 2014. The band was formed by UC music faculty David Threlkeld and Dr. Steven Sudduth with Threlkeld on saxophone and Sudduth on trombone. UC music students performed in the rhythm section and on vocals. The band has continued to perform even after some of the members graduated. The band performs regularly at The Wrigley Taproom in Corbin and in various other venues throughout the region.

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Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber
Friday, December 6, 2019
Gatliff Chapel, Williamsburg, KY
7:30 p.m.

A budding superstar in the classical realm, Kentucky native Tessa Lark has been consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. She was Silver Medalist in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition. She will be joined by composer and bassist Michael Thurber, whose musical career defies categorization. From composing for The Royal Shakespeare Company and co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZA, to creating his Thurber Theatervariety show at Joe’s Pub, teaching at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, and performing in the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well as around the country in duo with violinist Tessa Lark, Thurber’s musical journey has been remarkably singular.

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American Spiritual Ensemble
Thursday, February 6, 2020
First Baptist Church, Corbin, KY
7:30 p.m.

The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical world. These talented vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. Tenor Dr. Everett McCorvey founded the group in 1995, and many of its members have performed in such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera. They have also performed abroad in England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, and Spain. Dr. McCorvey holds an Endowed Chair in Opera Studies and is Director of Opera at the University of Kentucky. He was the Executive Director of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Alltech 2010 World Equestrian Games held in Lexington.

Performed by Peach State Opera
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Corbin Middle School, Corbin, KY
7:30 p.m.

The fiery cigarette factory worker Carmen, one of the most famous characters in opera, seduces the naïve Spanish corporal Don José into a tempestuous relationship that destroys everything he once valued. The four-act opera by French composer Georges Bizet first performed in 1875 and is one of the most popular Western operas of all time. It is based on the 1845 novella of the same name. This production is brought to life by Peach State Opera, Georgia’s premier touring company. Founded in 2009, Peach State Opera is dedicated to sharing the thrill of live opera with small communities in Georgia and its surrounding states by presenting exciting, accessible and portable English-language productions. Twenty-five local vocal students will participate in this performance.