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The Center to host concert by National Symphony Orchestra

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset has been selected as one of six sites in Kentucky to present a concert performance and children’s educational outreach program by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) next year during its 2011 American Residency.

“The Center is honored to serve as one of the state’s host sites for the National Symphony Orchestra and partner with Kentucky Arts Council to bring this performance to residents of Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of the Center, said. “This is an exciting opportunity to experience the arts and provide educational opportunities for students throughout our region.”

As part of its 2011 American Residency, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform major concerts from Feb. 17-24 in Louisville, Florence, Owensboro, Paducah, Lexington, and Somerset and participate in more than 100 educational, outreach, and performance activities throughout the Commonwealth.

The performance in Somerset— scheduled for Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m in The Center’s performance arts theatre—will be the final stop on the concert tour that will take the orchestra to each of Kentucky’s six Congressional Districts. The Center, located in the Fifth Congressional District, is the only site for the concert performance in this area of the state.

Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear announced the concert dates on Aug. 4 at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort surrounded by representatives of the Kentucky Arts Council, Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Council, The Center, and National Symphony Orchestra Manager Cynthia Steele.

“We are excited about the National Symphony Orchestra coming to Kentucky in 2011,” Beshear said. “The concert experiences and the residencies in schools will have a wonderful impact on communities across the Commonwealth.”

“The Center is grateful to the Kentucky Arts Council and National Symphony Orchestra for this unique opportunity to give residents in our region a chance to experience a concert by a national orchestra,” Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts and culture for The Center, added. “The educational outreach component of the program is an added asset to bring the cultural arts to students within our 42-county primary service area.”

The Kentucky Arts Council, which extended the invitation to the National Symphony Orchestra to make Kentucky its site for the 2011 American Residency, will coordinate all Residency activities.

“The Residency provides a wonderful opportunity for the people of Kentucky to enjoy a full schedule of concert workshops, lectures, and other activities led by the NSO,” Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council, said. “We’re also pleased that the Residency will help raise awareness of our state orchestras and the excellent programming that they do in their own communities and across the state year-round.”

“On behalf of the National Symphony Orchestra,” executive director Rita Shapiro said, “it gives us great pleasure to accept the invitation of the Kentucky Arts Council to make the state our home for the 2011 American Residency.

“Over the course of many residencies, I have observed the generosity of musicians with their time and talents, and their creativity, as they form ensembles with programs geared for people of all ages, she said. “Their enthusiastic participation has made the American Residency one of the signature projects of the National Symphony Orchestra.”

American Residencies are sponsored in part by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as it has been since 1994.

For more information about the National Symphony Orchestra concert planned for Somerset, contact The Center at 606-677-6000 or visit the Web site at www.centertech.com.

The Center for Rural Development is located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.


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