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April benefit concert to aid
Louisville Creative Centre

Center hopes to open school by 2013

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 2011) – Organizers of the Louisville Creative Centre Inc. hope to one day open a secular Latin school for any child interested in attending. In an effort to kick off their fundraising campaign, Centre officials are playing host to a benefit concert that will feature big-name performers.

Harry Pickens

Photo courtesy of Danny Bolin

Jazz pianist Harry Pickens will
perform for a charity event in
Louisville on April 2.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on April 2 at the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, 142 Crescent Ave. in Louisville.
The lineup includes pianist Harry Pickens, who has performed internationally with many well-known names in the jazz genre; violinist Howie Baker, the Principle Second Violinist in the Jewish Community Orchestra; trumpeter Ryan Nottingham, who will be performing with the Louisville Baroque Brass Band and currently performs with the Velcro Pygmies; vocalist Lewis H. Washington Jr., who is a soloist and recitalist; Deborah Dierks, a staff accompanist and vocal coach in the opera department of the University of Louisville School of Music and in her 26th year of service as the Director of Music at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church; and Marc Daniels, an international champion juggler who has performed all across the United States.
“With the exception of Harry Pickens, all are working artists and juggle other jobs,” said James Peterson III, executive director for the Louisville Creative Centre Inc. He has also taught English composition for Jefferson Community & Technical College, Southwest, since 2009. His wife, Rebecca Kelm, is vice president for the Centre and has taught studio art for 17 years. She teaches Studio and Pottery Art at South Oldham High School.
The Louisville Creative Centre was founded in early 2007 but really got going in 2008, said Peterson. The goal at first was to provide adult-oriented workshops during after-business hours, but many in the community kept asking about children’s workshops and programs, Peterson said.
The non-profit Centre decided to establish the Louisville Creative School and hopes to “organize three to six fundraisers per year for it,” he said. The Centre seeks to advance the arts in the Metro Louisville and surrounding Kentuckiana area.
The school will focus on classical hands-on arts training in addition to a classical language education. It will eventually be a fully-functional pre-K through 12th grade arts school. Peterson said organizers “want it to be more than an arts-infused learning environment.”

• Tickets are $20 for the first ticket, $10 for the second ticket and $15 for each additional ticket. Admission is first come, first serve with seating limited to 100 seats. Call (502) 387-9317 for ticket information or visit: www.LouisvilleCreativeCentre.org.

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