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Questapalooza 2009 features Third Day and Jars of Clay

Questapalooza 2009 attracted 8,500 fans to hear Christian rock icons Third Day and Jars of Clay, as well as hip hop act Group 1 Crew. It was the fourth edition of the annual fall kickoff at fast-growing Quest Community Church, which also opened a new 2,400-seat auditorium the same weekend. If music was not your thing, there were numerous other attractions, including inflatable things to climb on, a corn hole tournament and BMX biking demonstration.

Read more about Questapalooza 2009 by clicking here. Photos by Jason Sankovitch and Rich Copley.

Fall Arts 2008

For our fall arts preview, we took a look at how artists in Central Kentucky make all or a portion of their living from the arts. As part of that, we profiled five area artists whose work supports them to some extent. The profiles included portraits by Herald-Leader staff photographer Mark Cornelison. In the slide show, you can see the portraits as well as pictures of the artists at work and hear and read their comments about their art and life.

Click here to go to, for more of our 2008-09 arts preview and more information about arts and entertainment in Central Kentucky.

George Zack’s final bow

September 11, 2008 by Rich Copley  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, George Zack, Music

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Lexington Philharmonic music director George Zack conducts the orchestra for the last time on Sept. 12, 2008. Zack took over the music director post in 1972, and will officially retire next year when a new music director named. But the performing aspect of his job ends with a gala season-opening concert featuring one of Zack’s favorite soloists, violinist Aaron Rosand, followed by a celebration on the lawn next to the Singletary Center for the Arts.

We visited one of Zack’s final rehearsals with the orchestra and talked to the maestro and several of his colleagues to get their thoughts on this historic event. Audio, photos and production by Rich Copley.

Click here for thoughts on Zack’s impact on the arts in Lexington.

Click here for some stats on Zack’s career.

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington’s new work

For its second season, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington has commissioned a new work, Book of Songs and Visions for Piano Quintet by Michigan-based composer Daniel Thomas Davis. Davis had a chance meeting with festival president Charlie Stone in New York, and after he was commissioned to write the piece, he visited Lexington a few times for inspiration. The piece was written in Italy, Virginia and Ann Arbor, where Davis teaches at the University of Michigan. This week, he was in Lexington for the rehearsals of the piano quintet which will receive its world premier Aug. 30 at the festival at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.

Photos, audio and production by Rich Copley; music from Book of Songs and Visions for Piano Quintet by Daniel Thomas Davis, performed by the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Quintet — violinists Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto, cellist Priscilla Lee, violist Burchard Tang and pianist Alessio Bax.

Read our story about Davis and the composition.

Woodland Art Fair 2008

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Artists and art lovers filled Lexington’s Woodland Park this weekend for the 33rd Annual Woodland Art Fair, featuring more than 200 vendors from around the country as well as music and dance from area artists. Most participants said you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful weekend of sun and highs in the low 80s.

“Yesterday was superb,” John Hart, an artist from Louisville, said Sunday afternoon. “Any day’s good when you have beautiful weather like this, and financially it was good too.”

Photographs by Pablo Alcala and Rich Copley / Audio and production by Rich Copley