Great American Brass Band Festival

The Great American Brass Band Festival – a free, family-friendly celebration of music – returns to downtown Danville and the campus of Centre College May 30-June 1. Full details, including the lineup of musicians for 2024, are being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. Keep up with the Brass Band Festival at…

Norton Center talks 50th anniversary and bringing top-name entertainers to Danville

Centre College’s Norton Center, home to a world-class performing arts series of professional touring artists, marks a milestone in 2023 and plans to celebrate turning 50 all season long. A special exhibition, “A Retro Perspective: Revisiting Prints from the Permanent Collection,” opens Monday, Aug. 14. A free community concert by the Louisville Orchestra as part…

Art Center of the Bluegrass Plans Expansion and National Glass Museum

Art afficionados – especially those who are fans of glass art – will want to add Danville to their future trip plans. The Art Center of the Bluegrass announced on Friday a venture to renovate and restore the historic property at 415 W. Main Street, which is next door to the Art Center’s current location.…

See nine world-class productions now through May at Danville’s Norton Center

Fifty years ago in 1973, Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts opened its doors to bring world-class entertainment to Danville — everything from Dolly Parton to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and lots of Broadway musicals in between. “The Norton Center has presented the most recognizable artists and shows from the United States and around…

Four places worth braving the cold to experience Danville’s arts scene

Kentucky Januarys can be cold and gloomy, but Danville has the antidote to freezing temps and overcast skies with a vivacious arts scene. Here are four places worth braving the cold to experience outstanding art. Art Center of the Bluegrass There is always something new to see and do at the free-admission Art Center, from…

Premiere scheduled for Danville/Boyle County’s feature in educational travel TV series

Boats, brass, and Brazilian rum. The Boyle County episode of Downstream will highlight some of central Kentucky’s little-known treasures including the historic town of Danville and the Dix River which forms Herrington Lake, home to Kentucky’s first reservoir that powers not only the surrounding areas through hydroelectricity, but ignites the hearts of boaters, kayakers, and…

Stephen Rolfe Powell campus memorial dedication coming up October 15

Work by the late internationally acclaimed glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74 is collected throughout the world, but perhaps equally as influential is the legacy he created from his glass art studio at Centre College in Danville —his alma mater and the epicenter of his artistic and professional accomplishments. Powell’s stunning three-foot-high glass vessels shimmering…

Norton Center attracts world-class entertainment year after year

You might expect to go to a large venue in a big city to see musicians like The Guess Who, Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss, or to see productions like The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray and Cats. That isn’t the case if you’re talking about the Norton Center, located on the campus of Centre College…

Blockbuster entertainment featured in 2022-2023 Norton Center lineup

 Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 9 for the Norton Center for the Arts’ 49th Performing Arts Season. Continuing its trend of making arts accessible to everyone, the Norton Center will again be offering tickets starting at $19 to all performances. “World class performing arts experiences are available right here in Danville,” Norton Center Executive…

Art Center showcasing retrospective of internationally renowned glass artist

Great artists gravitate to great cities to practice their craft and seek fame and fortune. In the 60s, New York was the magnet for Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and a whole bevy of other abstract expressionist painters.  Earlier, any artist with an interest in film flocked to L.A. After WWI, the most talented writers…