Vienna Philharmonic visit a dream-come-true for Kentucky college

Posted on: September 28, 2010

In Tuesday’s (9/28) Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky), Rich Copley writes, “The most unlikely of arts events became a reality Monday night when one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic, performed under the baton of one of classical music’s hottest stars, Gustavo Dudamel, on the campus of a small college in the heart of Kentucky. ‘This makes all those begging phone calls worthwhile,’ said Debra Hoskins, assistant director of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts. Her persistence is widely credited with making the improbable event happen. Hoskins surveyed the VIP crowd in the Norton Center lobby, which included Gov. Steve Beshear and former Govs. Ernie Fletcher and Brereton Jones, internationally acclaimed singer Ronan Tynan, Danish royalty and many other notables.  … Dudamel addressed the question of why he was coming to a small Kentucky town, posed most loudly by the Los Angeles Times. ‘Music can go everywhere,’ he said, ‘and here is a beautiful place with very nice people, and it’s amazing to come here to give music and receive energy.’ … While the audience Monday night paid $100 or more to see the show, Centre College students and others in the Central Kentucky music community got to see the rehearsal for free.”

Posted September 28, 2010