Louisville Orchestra Presents Halloween Spooktacular

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Louisville Orchestra presents a Halloween favorite that won't scare the little ones and will entertain the entire family. Jason Weinberger leads the ever-popular Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 24 at the Louisville Palace Theatre at 11am. The program will feature dancers by the River City Ballet, the UofL Dance Academy, the Imani Dance & Drum Company and the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble.

Of course we'll have the crowd pleasing costume parade, where audience members can show off their costumes as the orchestra performs Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette. Special guest, Fox in the Morning host, Barry Bernson will be a great addition as narrator for The Chenoo Who Stayed to Dinner.

Jason Weinberger, conductor

Jason Weinberger is a regular musical presence in Louisville, where he is the newly-appointed Resident Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra and recipient of the 2009-10 Bruno Walter Career Grant. He is featured annually on almost every series offered by the orchestra, including an array of educational and community-based programs. Concerts in 2009 included appearances with violinist and composer DBR, vocalist Brandi Carlile and pipa soloist Gao Hong.

Jason is currently music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.

He is a native of Los Angeles and began his musical training there on both piano and clarinet, pursuing studies on the latter instrument with Yehuda Gilad at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts. Beginning in 1992 he attended Yale University, first receiving a bachelor's with academic distinction in intellectual history and then completing a master's degree in clarinet performance under the tutelage of David Shifrin. After leaving Yale Jason attended the Peabody Conservatory as a master's student of Gustav Meier and was a recipient of the Graduate Conducting Fellowship and a Peabody Career Grant.

Barry Bernson, narrator

Barry Bernson, with co-anchor Candyce Clifft, brings Louisville viewers the latest news each weekday morning from 5-9 am on Fox41, WDRB-TV.

Barry began his journalism career in radio and newspapers in 1964 in his home town of Pompton Lakes, NJ. He is a 1969 journalism graduate of the University of Iowa. In 1969, he moved to Louisville as a radio news anchor for the old WAVE-970. From there he moved to WAVE-3 television, in 1971 developing his "on-the-road" human interest feature, "WAVE Country."

Barry moved to Chicago in 1976, as feature reporter and movie critic for WMAQ, the NBC-owned station. He also became a leading correspondent for "NBC News Overnight" with Linda Ellerbe and Lloyd Dobyns.

He returned to Louisville in 1985, continuing on the features beat for WHAS-11 with his series "Bernson's Corner." In 1992, Barry and Rachel Platt premiered Louisville's top-rated morning news program, "Good Morning Kentuckiana."

Barry joined Fox41 in October 2003.

He has been awarded six Ohio Valley Region EMMY awards and was voted "Best Morning Host" in 2004, 2006 and 2007 by the readers of Louisville Magazine. He is also a multiple winner in the features category of the Metro Louisville Journalism Awards and has won "Best Feature" honors from the Associated Press in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

In 2003, Barry was named the nation's best narrator of Talking Books (non-fiction) by the American Foundation for the Blind for work he has done for the Library of Congress through Louisville's American Printing House for the Blind. Barry has narrated nearly 400 audio books since 1971.

River City Ballet

Led by Kristen Wenrick, the vision of the River City Ballet is to establish a professional program providing performance opportunities as a vehicle to instill self-confidence and teach students respect, commitment, honesty, teamwork and discipline. Its mission is to educate a student's mind and body and to develop character on a professional level that will be useful in all aspects of their life regardless of whether they pursue dance as a profession. Through this they hope to foster community awareness, education and appreciation of dance as an art form. River City Ballet is housed in the studios of Louisville Academy of Dance.

The UofL Dance Academy

Founded in 1972, The University of Louisville Dance Academy is the official school of the University of Louisville Dance Theatre. The focus at UofL is on serious ballet training in an academy setting.

Alumni from the UofL Dance Academy have danced, or are presently dancing, in companies throughout the country and Canada, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Louisville Ballet.

Students from the Academy have been invited to study at the School of American Ballet (school for the New York City Ballet), the School for the San Francisco Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet School, the Pacific-Northwest Ballet School, the school for the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Aspen Ballet Academy for the summers.

Numerous performing opportunities exist for dancers at the UofL Dance Academy, including the school's Lecture-Demonstration in March, which showcases the training of students from all levels in the school, and the Spring Gala for the most advanced students who perform as the University of Louisville Ballet Theatre. We also have a good many students who will not be professional dancers but who have found in their ballet training a training for life as well. We are equally proud of the many highly capable citizens associated with our school. Many of our students are excellent honor roll academic students as well. All in all, the audience of tomorrow.

The UofL Dance Academy is a member of the Youth Arts Council, Fund for the Arts; and as a member group performed in the Kentucky Center for the Arts for the 10th Anniversary Celebration as well as on Youth Arts Days in Fall. The Dance Academy also attends the Southeast Regional Ballet Association Festivals, Regional Dance America.

Imani Dance & Drum Company

Harlina Churn-Diallo, founding artistic director of Imani Dance and Drum Company, started dancing as a young girl living in the Park Hill housing project in Louisville. She has degrees in Pan-African studies and cultural anthropology from the University of Louisville and has studied and performed in Africa, Japan and Paris, as well as throughout the United States. In addition to African dance, she has studied, performed, and taught tap, ballet, clog, Native American, salsa, jazz and belly dancing. She has choreographed for Stage One children's theater in Louisville and for the Experimental Black Actors Guild of Chicago. She teaches African dance at U of L, has taught dance at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville and has served as arts and education director for youth outreach programs at Louisville's Chestnut Street YMCA. With her husband, Yaya Diallo, a world-renowned expert in African drumming, Harlina performs traditional African dances around the world with Faraa Donia, which means "African Knowledge" in the Mandinka language. Imani means "face" in Swahili.

Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble

The Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble (LBYE) was founded in 1952 as the Louisville Ballet Civic Company. It is now in its fifty-sixth year as one of the leading classical ballet training companies in the United States.

Currently, the Youth Ensemble is under the artistic direction of Elena M. Fillmore, with co-director Bruce Simpson (Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet). Serving as a platform for young dancers and as the performing wing of the Louisville Ballet School, the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble is a SERBA honor company and a founding member of SERBA.

The Company members train at the Louisville Ballet School – the official school of the Louisville Ballet. In addition to their own performances, the Youth Ensemble dancers perform with the professional company in a number of major productions each season, gaining valuable on-stage experience. Many Youth Ensemble dancers have received awards for their choreography and outstanding technique, as well as scholarships to study with other professional schools. The divisions of the Company are as follows: The Senior Company, Apprentices and The Junior Company.

Members of the Louisville Ballet School have become professional performers with major ballet companies throughout North America and Europe. Among our alumni are Wendy Whelan (NYCB), Clinton Luckett (ABT), Eric Miles (Ballet Jazz de Montreal), Brandon Faulls (Rambert Dance Company, England), Ivy Canapa (Ballet Magnificat), Peter Franc (Houston Ballet), and Mallory Mann and Stephanie Pence (both of Louisville Ballet). -- www.louisvilleorchestra.org

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