A pop icon.  An up-and-coming country music group.  An internationally acclaimed wildlife expert.  The Russian Ballet.  And a side-splitting Broadway musical.  The Glema Mahr Center in Madisonville has just announced its 2012-2013 season and Wild For The Arts is truly going to offer up something for everyone.  And, we have all the scoop for you here at WBKR.com!  Find out who's going to be rolling into Madisonville and taking center stage at Glema Mahr.  This is going to be an EXCITING season!

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts 2012-13 Lineup


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An Evening  of Up & Coming Country with The Farm & Mudd River Union Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:30pm  With their debut single “Home Sweet Home” climbing the charts, THE FARM is generating a buzz in the music industry. Interlocking voices have been an important thread in country’s history, from the Sons of the Pioneers through Alabama through Restless Heart through Lady Antebellum. THE FARM – Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne and Krista Marie – puts its own distinct spin on the sound, a tightly woven mesh that relies on the synthesis of three musicians who found their way to Nashville from different parts of the U.S. with different sets of musical influences. Popular Muhlenberg County band MUDD RIVER UNION will kick off the evening with their brand of Country Loving & Rock Star Drumming! Tickets: $20/15 Sponsored by US Bank Additional support provide by the Muhlenberg County Endowment for Excellence


An Evening with Michael Bolton - Monday, December 10, 2012 7:30pm  
Best known for his Grammy-winning hits, “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, Michael Bolton is still in the public eye having recently become a viral video sensation for appearing in the SNL debut of The Lonely Island’s Emmy nominated “Jack Sparrow” video, already racking up over 80 million YouTube views. Join us for an evening of hits and Holiday standards. Tickets: $55/$50
Sponsored by Trover Health System with additional support from the Enduring Legacy of Mrs. Glema Mahr

The Glema is Going Retro! with Orchestra Kentucky - “Blood, Sweat, Tears, Earth, Wind, Fire . . . and A Little Chicago!”  Friday, February 1, 2013 7:30pm 
Orchestra Kentucky, Gavin Hope, Jean Meilleur and Jeans ‘n Classics take a trip to the land of the horn bands. Featured are the hits of Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Tickets: $30/$25.  Sponsored by 5/3 Bank with additional support from the Juanita Badgett Performing Arts Endowment

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  Monty Python’s “Spamalot” – Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:30pm    Broadway comes to Madisonville! Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical.  *Parental Advisory-This performance contains some strong language and adult situations. Tickets: $38/$33  Sponsored by Old National The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake”  – Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:30pm  The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world. “The Russian National Ballet Theatre, Directed by Elena Radchenko, is a cut above many of its rivals. The "Swan Lake"…was the real thing." —Lovely "Swan Lake" by Alexandera Tomalonis- Washington Post Tickets: $25/$20 Children 12 & under: half-price Sponsored by Anne P. Baker Family Endowment for Sustained Excellence in the Arts An Evening with Gary Puckett & the Union Gap with special guest, Lynn Trefzger – Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:30pm One of the most successful musical groups of the sixties. Gary's powerful and unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive Gold Records and Top 10 Billboard hits! Signature hits include: "Young Girl", "Woman, Woman", "Lady Willpower", "This Girl Is A Woman Now", "Don't Give In To Him", "Keep The Customer Satisfied", "Home", & "Over You". Gary’s special guest, Lynn Trefzger, is a ventriloquist/comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country. Tickets: $25/$20 Sponsored by Hudson Toyota



Jack Hanna: Into the Wild LIVE! Presented by Nationwide Insurance– Tuesday, October 23, 2012  7:00pm  Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jungle Jack Hanna took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating two of his own nationally syndicated television programs Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and most recently Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Into the Wild is unscripted and action-packed as Jack and his family explore the corners of the globe and discover amazing animals and cultures. In its first season, Into the Wild won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series. Jungle Jack’s live show features many of his favorite animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Audiences give Jack rave reviews – everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult is entertained and inspired. Tickets: $25/$20 Children 12 & under half-price Locally sponsored by Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission

A Community Christmas: MCC Singers, Glema Center Youth Chorale, HCCHS & MNHHS Choirs Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:00pm  Join us for this annual tradition as local choral groups team up with community-based instrumental ensembles to ring in the Season. Tickets: $12/$9 Children 12 & under half-price  Sponsored by Partners in Progress Endowment for the Arts with Special Thanks to the Estate of Martha Gooch Waddill for her support of the MCC Singers

The Berenstain Bears in “Family Matters!” – Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:00pm The Berenstain Bears Live! brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in a thrilling musical theatre experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come.  Tickets: $12/$9 Children 12 & under half-price Sponsored by US Bank GLEMA MAHR CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES  (Tickets for each performance: $18 general admission)  Paul Galbraith – guitar   Friday, October 5, 2012 7:30pm Internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith has been working since the 1980s towards expanding the technical limits of his instrument, besides augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire. These efforts have already resulted in a series of critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Haydn and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries, all of which demonstrate the originality of his musical personality. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped to develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging Classical transcriptions from his highly personal repertoire. Poulenc Trio – bassoon/oboe/piano  Tuesday, December 4, 2012  7:30pm The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding in 2003, the Trio has performed in more than 40 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world. The Poulenc Trio has a strong commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers, with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group. Allen Vizzutti – trumpet, with Laura Vizzutti - piano Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:30pm Allen Vizzutti has visited over 60 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles as both a classical and jazz artist. Allen’s soaring trumpet sound can be heard on over 150 movie and game soundtracks including ‘Star Trek’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Halo, ’ and ‘Medal of Honor’. Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Summit Brass, the US Navy and Air Force Bands. He is a strong proponent of music education and his “Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” has become a standard treatise used worldwide. Euclid Quartet – Monday, April 15, 2013 7:30pm Praised by the Denver Post for their “electric” playing, the Euclid Quartet is a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality and vibrant color. At appearances ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet has performed to high acclaim across the country.  "An elegant mix of passion, ferocity and feathery delicacy" Stephen Brookes, Washington Post


Panorama Jazz Band – New Orleans Jazz, Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:30pm  Panorama Jazz Band is a fabulous party band from the Big Easy, whose repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world:  the Caribbean rhythms of Martinique in the French West Indies; the exotic Klezmer and Balkan melodies of Eastern Europe, and the non-stop syncopation of New Orleans second-line.  By turns a funky jazz band, a dance band, and a swing orchestra, Panorama Jazz Band is a seven-piece acoustic group featuring the instruments that have been used to get crowds dancing for centuries--clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, accordion, tenor banjo, drums and tuba.  Tickets: $18 Sponsored by Rocket Oil

The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships – traditional - Both nights $18 ($9 each concert) Friday, November 16, 2012 7:30pm – Carla Gover and Maiden Radio Saturday, November 17, 2012 7:30pm   -KY Wild Horse, Mitch Barrett, and Rossi Clark Some of Kentucky’s finest musicians, weaned on traditional music, will grace our stage over a two-night period.  Support provided by Kentucky Folklife through partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts Locally sponsored by Old National.

Darryl Van Leer in Rubycat Lawson's Roadhouse Lounge Thursday, February 7, 2013 7:30pm $18 This stunning, foot-stomping musical tale of redemption follows the story of Matthew Porter, proprietor of the once famous Blues and Rock & Roll juke joint.  Madisonville native Darryl Van Leer, brings this one-man feel good production to stage with 21 on stage costume changes and a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on!  Sponsored by Bruce & Company with additional support provided by the F.O. & Ernestine Baker Diversity Endowment The DePue Brothers Band – instrumental, Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:30pm  $18 The DePue Brothers Band merge brilliant technical prowess with a highly creative joy creating a new sound, merging genres such as Classical, Bluegrass, Americana and Folk. “...The most inspiring, most complex “Orange Blossom Special” you have ever heard, mere textual descriptions cannot do it justice.” David Rogers, Blowing Rock News “This band of brothers, and symphonic friends gives real meaning to the phrase ”progressive bluegrass”, bending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical chops, blazing bluegrass, and rock and roll.” Hal Real, President, World Café Live Sponsored by Frymire, Evans, Peyton, Teague, & Cartwright


The Foreigner by Larry Shue – Dinner Theatre – February 14, 15, & 16, 2013  6:30pm  A pathologically shy Englishman is deposited in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia and pretends he doesn’t speak or understand a word of English. With a colorful cast off offbeat characters we get to see what people say when they think no one “hears” – resulting in the nonstop hilarity of the play and setting up the wildly funny climax. Tickets: $20 (Reserved seating/buffet meal) Auditions: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:00pm & Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:30pm Directed by Fred Eiras  Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc. Sponsored by Don & Mary Susan Fishman with additional support provided by Barry & Gail Eveland, Ralph & Sue Mitchell, Allen & Pam Rudd, Dr. & Mrs. J. L. Hamman, Dick & Phyllis Frymire, & Dr. Judith L. Rhoads

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I  July 19 & 20, 2013 @ 7:00pm, July 21, 2013 @ 2:00pm  Music by Richard Rodgers | Book by Oscar Hammerstein II | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon | Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins | Directed by Fred Eiras | Musical Direction by Lynn Curtis East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, 'The Small House of Uncle Thomas,' is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.  Tickets: $15/Children 12 & under: half-price Produced by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein Library, Inc. Sponsored by J.B & Kiel Moore Community Programs Endowment & the Estate of Brown Badgett Sr. PROUD PARTNERSHIPS made possible by FIRST UNITED BANK HOPKINS COUNTY SCHOOLS & THE GLEMA CENTER Annie! - presented by Hopkins County Central High School Music Dept. November 2, 2012 @ 7:00pm, November 3, 2012 @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm Book by  Thomas Meehan | Music by  Charles Strouse | Lyrics by  Martin Charnin  Based on Little Orphan Annie by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.  A must for a family audience, "Annie" has proven a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, as its record-breaking Broadway run, star-studded motion picture version, and countless productions around the globe each year attest. With its upbeat ending, a bright tuneful score which has become a part of the nation's musical heritage, a cast of characters which includes many scene-stealing roles for children and a classic villainess audiences love to hate, it's no wonder this heartwarming show has become an international sensation. Tickets: $10 (All students: half-price) Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International Annie, Get Your Gun! - presented by Madisonville North Hopkins High School Music Dept.  April 26, 2013 @ 7:00pm, April 27, 2013 @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm Tickets: $10 (All students: half-price) Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin | Original Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields | As Revised by Peter Stone ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Produced by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein Library, Inc.  


Tickets go on sale to past package buyers July 5th, 2012. You will want to reserve your preferred seating quickly, because seating will be released after July 20.  Single ticket sales will begin July 23.  The Everything Ticket is only $300 for 21 performances.  Please call (270) 821-2787 or visit Glema Center's website  for more information on the Center’s offerings.