Art series to begin with Oct. 2 show

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Central Kentucky Art Series set to kick off 41st season

By Zac Oakes


Fresh off its 40-year celebration, the Central Kentucky Arts Series is gearing up for its 41st season providing a wide array of musical experiences to the Taylor County community. 

“We had a great season last season, and we had a lot of community support,” CKAS Board Member Lisa Gupton said. “We feel like the arts series is on solid ground and we are really excited about the upcoming season.”

The season kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 2 with “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute” taking place at 7 p.m. at Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University. The show will be focused on performing songs by “America’s Band,” The Beach Boys. The group tours nationally, holding shows in Illinois, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina this year, among other locations. 

Gupton said the Seven Bridges/Eagles Tribute show last year was a major success, and many people mentioned that they wanted to see more tribute shows. 

“We wanted to do something kind of similar,” Gupton said. “People really enjoyed the Eagles tribute show last year and this will be another exciting tribute show.” 

Gupton said that the tribute shows also expand the audience for shows. 

A few weeks later, CKAS will welcome “na Skylark: A Central Kentucky Celtic Music Trio” to town, a trio made up of Lorinda Jones, Cathy Wilde, and Jannell Canerday. The trio is dedicated to playing the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and Brittany on Ireland’s national instruments. 

The show will be “very unique,” according to Gupton, as she said she cannot remember another show in previous years similar to this Celtic-themed show. 

That show will take place Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Gheens Recital Hall on the campus of Campbellsville University. 

After a break during the winter, the season will resume in March with a show on Saturday, March 23 at Ransdell Chapel featuring the Russian String Orchestra. The orchestra was formed in 1991 and is comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players. 

Gupton said the orchestra was a part of the CKAS a few years ago and was very well received. That was a big factor in deciding to bring them back for another show in Campbellsville. 

The season will wrap up in April with a performance by the Taylor County High School Jazz Band with Billy Gregory and Lisa Gupton. The TCHS Jazz Band is under the direction of TCHS Band Director Stephen Bishop. They have received Most Outstanding Ensemble Awards at the Kings Island Music Festival, Six Flags over St. Louis Music Festival, and the Dollywood Music Festival. Gregory works for the Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Branch at Kentucky State Police Headquarters in Frankfort. 

Gupton said the show will be a “celebration of hometown talent” and she is excited to be involved with that show. 

Tickets for each show are available for $10 for adults or $5 for children ages 5-12. Ages 4 and under receive free admission. Season tickets are available as well at a price of $30 for an individual or $60 for a family, which encompasses only immediate family, Gupton said. More information about those is available by calling CKAS President Floyd Farmer at 270-465-2347 or Gupton at 270-789-1712. Those interested in being a named contributor can also contact Farmer and Gupton to discuss different options.

The Central Kentucky Arts Series is made up of the following board members: Barry Bertram, Jennifer Clark, Floyd Farmer, David Gaddie, Lisa Gupton, Peggy Hardy, Ray & Roberta Mensik, Kim O'Banion, and Jeremy Wood.