Louisville Music News readers have another interesting outlet to whet their interests in music and the other arts. It may be of special attraction for writers. Since 1920, the Louisville Arts Club, a private organization, has been devoted to furthering arts in this community. The members draw their inspiration from one of America's foremost composers, Edward MacDowell. who wrote: "There is only one art and that is the correlation of them all."
Louisville Music News recently discussed the Club with Ms. Ruth Morton, one of its most active members and a widely respected writer in the local community.
"Our club supports performing and other artists by inviting them to have a professional program at the club. Variety is a key to our biweekly programs. Some of our programs for 1998-1999 have and/or will include: Family Night, including youthful performers in Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf"; Greek Dancers; Ballroom Dancers; Maestro Jim Bates and the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra; Alice Robb; concert pianists and Love Songs for Valentine's" on February 14. Most of our 1999 Programs are still being arranged."
One of the Club's most recent programs featured the Agape Greek Dancers. This was folk art in the best sense of the word. The music and dances provided a goodly share of the inspiration for the costly but successful achievement of Greek independence that was taking place around the time Louisville was becoming a city.
These artistic expressions can help hearers and viewers recognize the significant and multiple contributions of Greece to the formation of Western Civilization. These contributions include a passionate love of freedom, the zest for rationality so evident in the works of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and singular insights for a common religious heritage through Paul of Tarsus and Basil.
The dancers have been carefully schooled by Rhonda Karageorge, a Louisvillian. The performers this time were Chris Neagli, Helen Maddox and Jackie Serdenis. Their skillful performances were a thing of beauty and the audience showed its appreciation.
The Arts Club also sponsors a number of special events, including the Corneille Overstreet Competition, a biennial composition for students of piano, violin, and cello attending elementary, middle and high schools in the Greater Louisville community. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in four age groups with winners in all categories presenting a concert at the U of L School of Music plus a Sunday evening program for the Arts Club members, guests and teachers.
Other activities include: an annual book fair for area writers of published books, book discussions, group travel, two annual dances, monthly creative writing sessions, workshops and more.
Interested? A single membership is $35 bimonthly plus fees for twice monthly dinner meetings at the Water Tower. A family membership for husband, wife and all children under 25 is $60.
For more information or to apply, call 896-2146 or write: Arts Club of Louisville, The Water Tower, 3005 Upper River Rd. Louisville 40207.
This school year marks Southern Seminary's School of Music's 54th year. Your reporter recently discussed its concert schedule with Dean Lloyd Mims and Mozelle Clark Sherman, who directs the Seminary's Church Music Drama Theatre.
The schedule lists 28 presentations. Each one was carefully chosen and it is also safe to say that each one will be carefully produced. Each performance is free (as is the parking) and unless otherwise noted, it will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. But if you make plans to go, allow 20-30 minutes earlier to make sure of parking. If you want a schedule, please call 897-4115.
Highlights of this season include the following three Religious Music Drama productions. Appealing to people of all faiths and persons of good will for their thoughtfulness and inspiration, they were chosen so Senior Adults and their families or groups can attend.
On November 17, there will be a celebration of Jesus' birth, told through Medieval courts, jesters, Jugglers, troubadours, madrigals, ventriloquists and singing actors.
February 2 will bring Mozelle Clark Sherman and special guest Beryl Corey together to present a dramatic recital and interpretative drama.
March 23 will feature the world premiere of God's Love Song!, composed by the school's own Phillip Landgrave. Landgrave makes effective use of seminary choirs, orchestra and church music drama theatre.
On December 3 and 4 the Oratorio Chorus will join the Louisville Orchestra at the Center for the Arts in a sonorous and inspiring presentation of Felix Mendelsohn's "Elijah." Tickets for this one can be purchased at the Center for the Arts 584-7777. Both performances will begin at 8 p.m.
other highlights will include Tenor Richard Heard, at 8 p.m..; October 27; George Lucktenberg on the harpsichord, November 12; concerts by the Seminary Choir and orchestra; Ronald and Sandra Turner on March 2 and guitarist Andrew Winner on March 9, at 8 p.m.
If your group has 20 or more, please call for reserved seating. If you want to attend the third presentation, a world premiere, call after February 20. Both this program and the first one will have special Saturday matinees, starting at 2 p.m. on November 14 and March 20.
For more information about tickets, call 897-4115