A Closer Look

Acclaimed String Quartet Workshops Student Piece

Originally Published Spring, 2018 | CENTERPIECE, The Alumni Magazine of Centre College | Reprinted with Permission When the American String Quartet came to Centre in February, the internationally acclaimed group knew they would be participating in a number of campus events in addition to their main-stage performance. They did not realize that sight-reading an eight-minute [...]

Norton Center Artists Receive Grammy Honors

Have you ever had that feeling when you are sitting in the audience and you just know you have experienced something unforgettably amazing?  Something so great you can’t help but realize it will have an impact on the discipline?  While all of the performances at the Norton Center are memorable, it is exciting when some [...]


Steven A. Hoffman Executive Director From January thru May, 2018, the Norton Center, along with other Centre College and community partners will present a series of programs that address difficult humanitarian issues that are at the forefront of most, if not all, of our daily conversations and lives. Within the series, EXPLORING CONFLICT: AN ARTISTIC [...]

By |2018-01-22T20:04:44-05:00January 15th, 2018|A Closer Look, Education and Engagement, Program Notes|

Norton Center to receive 2017 Governor’s Award in the Arts for community outreach

by Bobbie Curd Originally Published January 9, 2018 | The Advocate-Messenger | Reprinted with Permission Norton Center for the Arts recently made the cut for a governor’s award, and its executive director couldn’t be more pleased. Gov. Matt Bevin’s office recently revealed the Norton Center will be receiving the Community Arts Award as part of [...]

An Interview with Martina McBride

Martina McBride has been named Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year four times and Academy of County Music’s Top Female Vocalist three times. She’s also a 14-time Grammy Award nominee. Yet coming to perform at Centre College’s Norton Center Friday is still as much fun for her as when her career started [...]

By |2018-10-08T14:01:15-04:00September 1st, 2017|A Closer Look|

Gallery Talk: “Rohming Around”

by Mackenzie T. Nichols Biography Thank you all for coming here today to “Rohm” around these beautiful sculptures, I know that the Norton Center Staff and I really appreciate it. What did you come to see today during your common hour on the last day of classes? Well, you came to see five modern abstract sculptures [...]

By |2017-05-31T15:11:59-04:00May 31st, 2017|A Closer Look, Student Spotlight|

Careful the things you say…

Without doubt, Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist in the history of the American Musical Theatre. He has made his career by repeatedly reinventing the traditions of the genre into something entirely new. Sondheim was essentially raised by Oscar Hammerstein (composer of South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel, and The King and I, to name but [...]

By |2017-06-01T14:34:59-04:00January 29th, 2017|A Closer Look, Notes from the Faculty|

2016-2017 Season Announcement!

The Norton Center for the Arts is proud to welcome audiences to a new season of incredible performing arts at Centre College. With the belief that the arts have a powerful ability to galvanize and transform a community, the Norton Center is committed to serving as a catalyst that energizes the city and the region, [...]

By |2017-06-02T16:53:18-04:00June 26th, 2016|A Closer Look, From the Director's Desk|

Ragtime Audition Notice!

AUDITION NOTICE Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, is searching for a young male actor to portray the role of “Young Coalhouse” in the National Tour of Ragtime at the Norton Center on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. REQUIREMENTS: Young Coalhouse is a young African American boy, ideally around 4 years old [...]

By |2017-06-01T14:44:24-04:00November 13th, 2015|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

Get to know MEMPHIS

On Friday, March 27 the critically acclaimed production "Memphis" will perform in Newlin Hall. This musical tells the story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that’s ready for her big break. Learn more about this Tony Award winning show before you go [...]

By |2017-06-01T14:45:50-04:00March 1st, 2015|A Closer Look, Program Notes|