Tuesday November 20, 2018
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Tonight, rodeo fans converge on Freedom Hall for the final night of the North American Championship Rodeo. The top ropers and riders in the Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo will be competing for a chance to be named the Regional Champion in each event and a spot in the Nationals Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, FL next spring.

The rodeo kicked off Thursday night with the participants competing over three grueling nights of rodeo action in seven events. Tonight is the final night for the participants to improve their average to be named the Regional Champion and take home their share of the purse. Attendees can watch cowboys ride broncos and bulls, wrestle steer and rope steer and calves, while cowgirls race around the arena for the fastest time in the barrel racing event. Attendees will also be treated to the guest appearance of a couple of beautiful and iconic American animals during John “The One-Armed Bandit” Payne’s 15-time PRCA Rodeo Act of the Year.

The rodeo bucks out of the chute at 7:30 PM and tickets are available, starting at $10. With tonight being the final competition, it will be packed house. Admission does not include parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center, which is $10 per vehicle.

The rodeo occurs in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo. The Expo started October 31 and will continue until November 15. Livestock being featured today are sheep and beef cattle. The marketplace will be open extended hours tonight to allow attendees to shop before the rodeo begins.   Continue reading

Join Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation for cider and donuts to celebrate the completion of the Bonnycastle Hill restoration project in our beloved Cherokee Park! No need to RSVP—simply attend if your schedule allows. Contact Meghan Robinson with questions.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 9 to 10 am

Stegner Pavilion | Bonnycastle Hill in Cherokee Park

We are thrilled to share the new Stegner Pavilion, relocated basketball court, lit walking paths and reconfigured parking area with our vibrant community of park users.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy proudly thanks Louisville Parks and Recreation, the City of Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilman Brandon Coan, the Stegner Family and other generous donors to our Campaign for Extraordinary Parks for their partnership and support of this successful restoration project.

On Friday, November 16 at 11AM and Saturday, November 17 at 8PM the Louisville Orchestra welcomes guest conductor, Ken-David Masur to the Kentucky Center for a concert featuring Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto and celebrating veterans. Strauss composed his Oboe Concerto after meeting an American Soldier at the end of World War II. The soldier happened to be Pittsburgh Orchestra’s principal oboist, John de Lancie, who later became the director of the Curtis Institute of Music where he taught Richard Woodhams, who instructed our soloist, Alexander Vvedenskiy.

Single tickets range from $85 – $20* and are available by calling 502.584.7777 or by visiting LouisvilleOrchestra.org.

As Strauss’ work was inspired by a soldier, and this concert follows Veterans Day, the Louisville Orchestra will celebrate veterans in our community and offer all active-duty and retired military $10 tickets (up to 4) by using the code “THANKYOU” at checkout.

Strauss’ Oboe Concerto is reflective and lighthearted unlike his more familiar and dramatic work such as Also Sprach Zarathustra. This program also features Brahms’ Serenade No.1 and a contemporary piece, the space of a door by composer Eric Nathan.

The LO Concert Talk is free for ticket holders and will take place at 10AM on Friday and 6:45PM on Saturday in Whitney Hall. The Concert Talk will be led by 90.5 WUOL’s Daniel Gilliam with featured artist and LO principal oboe, Alexander Vvedenskiy.

Ken-David Masur Ken-David Masur, the next generation of the talented Masur family (his father Kurt was a noted-conductor), is making his mark as a bold and fearless conductor whose performances as Associate Conductor with the Boston Symphony are thrilling audiences.

Alexander Vvedenskiy Mr. Vvedenskiy became the Principal Oboist for the Louisville Orchestra in 2015. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in numerous concert halls of Europe, Asia, and the United States and has appeared as Guest Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic, The Pittsburgh Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

On Saturday, November 10 at 8PM, Principal Pops Conductor, Bob Bernhardt and YOUR Louisville Orchestra welcome Brass Transit to The Kentucky Center to relive the 70s and 80s with the horn-laden music of the legendary band, Chicago. Eight of Canada’s most talented and accomplished musicians will bring you back to the most memorable time of your life with some of the American rock band’s biggest hits such as “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday In the Park,” and “If You Leave Me Now.”

Individual tickets range from $85 – $27 and are available by calling 502.584.7777 or by visiting LouisvilleOrchestra.org.

Brass Transit goes far beyond just imitating the songs; they embody the music. They recently produced their first self-titled album, taking songs by other top artists from the seventies and recording them with horns in the CHICAGO style. The result is a fresh approach to some of the greatest hits of the era. They also recently scored their show for full symphony orchestra with original arrangements that are truly spellbinding. They have left crowds in awe and on their feet, evoking comments like “Spine-tingling,” “Brought me back to my youth,” and “Perfect in every detail.”

Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt continues to bring his unique combination of easy style, infectious enthusiasm and wonderful musicianship to the city and orchestra he loves. He’s been a constant presence with the Louisville Orchestra for the past 37 years; as Assistant and Associate Conductor, Principal Guest Conductor with Kentucky Opera, and now for 22 years as the LO’s Principal Pops Conductor. Bernhardt is concurrently Principal Pops Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, and Principal Pops Conductor and Music Director Emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where he previously spent 19 seasons as Music Director and is now in his 27th year with the company. He is also an Artist-in-Residence at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.

The North American Championship Rodeo returns to Freedom Hall November 8-10 during the NAILE for the circuit finals of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. A part of the Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo, participants represent many states in the region, including Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

The event features three nights of excitement as the best in each event compete over all three days to be named champion. There are seven events each night: bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, and team roping. In between events, attendees will be entertained by the rodeo clown and other acts throughout the night.

Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online ahead of time. Children under the age of 2 are free. Friday, November 9, is Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Horses and Hope. Ticket prices do not include parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center, which is $10 per vehicle.

A new fall tradition will begin on Monday, October 29, as area residents will be able to enjoy use of the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park car-free and also attend the first-ever Hayride on the Hill, located at Baringer Hill from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. that day.

“We’re looking forward to our inaugural Hayride on the Hill event and are thrilled to welcome the community to one of Louisville’s most cherished Frederick Law Olmsted Parks,” said Layla George, President and CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “This is a wonderful time of year and we can’t wait to celebrate Halloween with free family fun.”

“Hayride on the Hill is going to be a fun event for the whole family, and I can’t think of a more beautiful backdrop for it than the vivid fall colors in Cherokee Park,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Louisville Parks and Recreation. “You can hop on the hayride at Baringer Hill, or ride your bike or stroll through the park all day without worrying about vehicle traffic. It’s going to be a great day.”

The Scenic Loop and various access points to it will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 29, and will reopen at 9 p.m. that same day. Access to Cherokee Golf Course will still be available via Alexander Road. Meanwhile, at Baringer Hill, the Hayride on the Hill event will include food, beverage and beer vending; free hayrides around the Scenic Loop; live music, face painting and member treat bags provided by Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Rainbow Blossom is sponsoring this free family event, and The Comfy Cow and ValuMarket are the food and beverage vendors. “We appreciate Rainbow Blossom’s generous event sponsorship and continued support of Olmsted Parks Conservancy,” George said.

See the attached map for the event layout and to locate which entrances to the Scenic Loop will be closed to vehicle access on Monday, October 29.

The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center. The annual event takes place over 17 days starting on October 30th, at 9 AM with the North American Quarter Horse Show.

The show features 10 species  (and countless breeds) of livestock from all over the continent, as well as youth skills competitions and educational programs, and the North American Marketplace. The show also features many other exhibition events, including cowboy mounted shooting, where spectators can watch participants hit targets using a single action revolver while riding a horse through an obstacle course, draft horse shows, and the NAILE Wool Show. A full schedule of events can be found here.

While admission to the market place is free, admission to the rest of the event is $6 per person and does not include parking ($10) at the Kentucky Exhibition Center.

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