The Clemens Fine Center at West Kentucky Community & Technical College has announced the new season and tickets are on sale! Center Director, Brian Heller, is really pleased to have a amazing variety of shows and events this year. They’ve been chosen to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. “We hope people will come and see these unique performances - ones they might not otherwise see, as well as things they love,” he told me. “I’m looking forward to involving area choral students with the a capella group, M-pact. It’s a great lineup, and the tickets are very affordable.”
September 22, 2017
The Arts in Focus Series kicks off Friday, September 22 with the hit country artist, Jerrod Niemann. Fueled by a nearly decade-long career, he is digging deeper with his forthcoming Curb Records album. Known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics, Niemann has a number of hits, including the number ones, “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night.”
October 27, 2017
A capella ensemble M-pact brings their tight harmonies to the Clemens stage on Friday, October 27. Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, M-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. This Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.
January 21, 2018
Sunday, January 21 will bring the warmth and history of the American Spiritual Ensemble. Composed of some of the finest singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by University of Kentucky professor Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the ensemble has thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.
February 16, 2018
Laugh off the winter blues with great comedy from the Capitol Steps on Friday, February 16. There is a long and rich tradition of political satire in the United States, and the premier group for spoofing, lampooning, and laughing out loud at our political leaders is the Capitol Steps. The Steps take their songs and skits skewering the politics of the day on the road, and have made numerous TV appearances.
April 22, 2018
The Moscow Festival Ballet returns to the Clemens Center on Sunday, April 22 with the ageless tale of Sleeping Beauty. The Moscow Festival Ballet brings classic Russian ballet in the tradition of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres to audiences around the world. Scored with the timeless beauty of Tchaikovsky's classic music, Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is considered a masterpiece of classical ballet.
Tickets are now on sale for the five performances. Adult season tickets are just $100 per person, and student or child season tickets are $50 per person. Single tickets for the Arts in Focus Series are also available. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all Clemens Fine Arts Center events visit artsinfocus.org or call the box office at 270.534.3212.
In addition to the shows listed above, the Center has several other events planned.
November 13, 2017
Author Andrew Maraniss, who will talk about his book, Strong Inside, the story of Perry Wallace. Wallace was a basketball star who in 1966 became the first black player in the Southeastern Conference.
December 3, 2017
WKCTC Community Chorus will return to the Clemens Center. This non-audition volunteer choir is open to all who love to sing. They will present a holiday concert on December 3, and a spring concert on April 29, 2018.
March 13 -14, 2018
2017-18 marks the 10th anniversary of WKCTC's One Book Read! This year's Read features Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles. As a culmination to the One Book Read, Walker will visit the Clemens Center on March 13 and 14, 2018 to discuss her book with WKCTC students, faculty, staff and community members. This year’s One Book Read is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.
Backstage Pass Coffeehouse performances, and Paducah School of Art and Design’s visual art exhibitions round out the 2017-18 season.