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Barbaro statue unveiled at Churchill Downs

A Barbaro statue created by sculptor Alexa King was unveiled in front of Barbaro trainer Michael Matz, owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson and a few hundred fans at Churchill Downs.

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April 19 – 25, 2009 Week in Pictures

April 26, 2009 by Mike Mattone  
Filed under Features, Slideshows, Week in Pictures


Check out this week’s news, sports, events and features. ORDER PHOTO REPRINTS

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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross Country

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event held the cross country phase of the competition at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Lucinda Fredericks, aboard Headley Britannia, led all riders, with the final phase, stadium jumping, to determine the winner on Sunday. Photos by David Perry | Staff

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Blue beats White 28-23

Blue beats White 28-23 behind the arm of junior quarterback Will Fidler complemented by Randall Cobb’s 4 catches for 70 yards and 96 yards on 16 carries by Moncell Allen.

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The UK Symphony plays Beethoven’s Ninth

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Choral” is one of those works everyone has heard, at least in part, whether they know it or not.

If you’ve ever hummed the tune Ode to Joy — in your church hymnal, it may be Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee — you have the basic theme.

And portions are scattered everywhere. Most recently, MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann co-opted a bit of the second movement as the theme for his show Countdown.

People who really know the piece tend to characterize it in lofty terms.

“This is one of the great works of man, one of the great achievements of civilization,” says University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra director John Nardolillo, who will conduct the orchestra in the Ninth on Friday night. “For us to get to play it, for many of these students, it’s the first time, and that’s an incredible discovery. It’s really extraordinary.”

Like any great work, the appeal is multifaceted for students, from the intricacies of Beethoven’s score to the sheer mood of the piece.

“It’s the Ode to Joy,” says John-Morgan Bush, 22, a senior from Madisonville who plays French horn. “It really is a message of joy and fulfillment or inner fulfillment. When we play it, and we come to the main theme in the fourth movement, it really is a culmination and inner resolution. You can’t play that melody and be sad.”

Now, playing it can be a whole other matter.

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