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MY OLD KENTUCKY HOUSE faces a changing world

Kentucky to the World (KTW), in collaboration with Kentucky Performing Arts, proudly presents a unique family program on Sunday, October 23, featuring a dynamic combination of musical performances, audience participation and conversation with Harry Pickens, Hannah Drake, Ben Sollee and Emily Bingham as part of the Republic Bank Foundation Lecture Series.

A reception with delicious bites will kick off the event at 4 p.m. in the North Hall, followed by a live program at 5 p.m. at the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center. This discussion will examine the role of “My Old Kentucky Home” as a song that represents Kentucky from its problematic roots to its modern disconnect.

Tickets are on sale now for purchase here at $30 per adult. Tickets for students under 21 are free thanks to the support of the Bass Family Foundation. Student tickets can be redeemed in advance at the Kentucky Performing Arts Drive-Thru box office, open Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The drive-thru entrance is located on Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Tickets can also be redeemed on the day of the event starting at 4 p.m., in person at the box office. Students must present a valid student card. Limit of 2 tickets per ID.

“We look forward to advancing the Kentucky narrative through artistic and educational mediums,” said Shelly Zegart, President and CEO of KTW. “By combining improvised musical interactions with conversation and audience participation, this program seeks to start the conversation about how we can work together to rewrite Kentucky song to the world.”

The musical hosts

Harry Pickens – Award-winning musician, songwriter, educator and life transformation coach, Harry Pickens is a global performer with a multi-faceted musical career that has featured collaborations with some of the world’s greatest jazz artists. Harry has received several honors, including the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts and the Arts Fund Achievement Award.

Hannah Drake is a blogger, podcast host, activist, speaker, poet, and author of 11 books. She is Creative Director at IDEAS xLab and co-lead artist of the (Un)Known project, which seeks to uncover the hidden names and stories of black people who were enslaved in Kentucky and beyond. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race, and her writing has been featured online on Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, The Bitter Southerner, The Lily, Harper’s Bazaar, and Revolt TV. Her work has been recognized by Colin Kaepernick, Ava DuVernay and The New York Times.

Ben Sollee – American cellist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer, Kentuckian Ben Sollee has distinguished himself as a multifaceted creator, blurring the lines between music, technology and activism over the past two decades . In addition to his highly acclaimed studio records and growing career as an Emmy Award-winning songwriter, Ben is known for his social and environmental advocacy to protect people and the earth.

The chat host

Emily Bingham – Louisville native and writer, Emily Bingham, Ph.D., has explored the impact of ideas in the United States and society through her works written in multiple genres, including gender, politics, and religion . More recently, as author of My Old Kentucky Home, Emily discovers how Kentucky’s official state song has become woven into the blood of American life and through its re-evaluation in the 21st century.

Community members of all ages are invited to experience this one-of-a-kind program on Sunday, October 23.