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WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series announces 2014-15 lineup

    WKU's 2014-15 Cultural Enhancement Series will include (from left) Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bill Nye, The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood as part of Kentucky Glory: Gospel Music from the Commonwealth, Melissa Harris-Perry and Mummenschanz.

WKU’s 2014-15 Cultural Enhancement Series will include (from left) Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bill Nye, The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood as part of Kentucky Glory: Gospel Music from the Commonwealth, Melissa Harris-Perry and Mummenschanz.

The 18th season of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series will feature six performances and lectures highlighted by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, science guy Bill Nye and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry.

Admission to all Cultural Enhancement Series events is free, but the 2014-15 series will offer Premier Event ticketing. For the four CES Premier Events, a free general admission ticket will be required; tickets will be available through the Fine Arts Box Office online at https://wku.showare.com/ or by calling (270) 745-3121.

For the other CES events, a ticket is not required, but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more about the 2014-15 series, including parking, accessibility and other event information, visit http://www.wku.edu/culturalenhancement/season.php

Here is the lineup for the 2014-2015 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series:

  • Sept. 30: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. (Note: CES Premier Event.) Parking information: For those attending the Sept. 30 event, free parking will be available in College Hill Lot, Hub Lot, Kentucky Street Lot and the Alumni Square Garage. Shuttle services will be provided from the Alumni Square Garage to Cherry Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Return transportation after the event will begin at 9 p.m. Disability parking will be available in Potter Lot. The metered spaces in Old Fort Lot closest to Potter Hall will be reserved all day Sept. 30 for the performer buses. Any vehicles parked in the reserved spaces will be relocated. More: Event parking map. For parking-related questions, contact Parking and Transportation Services at (270) 745-2361 or transportation@wku.edu.
  • Oct. 15: Bill Nye, 7:30 p.m. at Diddle Arena. (Note: Event moved to new location.) The scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. (Note: CES Premier Event. Co-sponsored by the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.)
  • Nov. 18: Kentucky Glory: Gospel Music from the Commonwealth, 7:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Performance will feature John Edmonds, Paul Moseley and The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood. (Note: No ticket required; free seating on first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented by the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU.)
  • Feb. 5: Melissa Harris-Perry, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. The American writer, professor, television host and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. (Note: CES Premier Event; date tickets available TBA.)
  • Feb. 10: Mummenschanz, 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall. The witty ideas of the group, founded in Paris in 1972 by Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, have been carrying away audiences all over the world. (Note: CES Premier Event; date tickets available TBA.)
  • April 16: Kentucky Strings: Bluegrass Music and Beyond, featured performers to be announced, time TBA at WKU South Lawn next to Downing Student Union. (Note: No ticket required; free seating on first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented by the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU.)

More: Like WKU Cultural Enhancement Series on Facebook for updates and special event announcements.

Contact: Fine Arts Box Office, (270) 745-3121.

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