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GREAT STORIES

Great stories connect us all. They shine a light on our common dreams and struggles and inspire us to do great things.

Reintroduction to routine

Slowly but surely, public spaces across the nation are starting to open their doors. While these efforts look different from one place to the next, most state governments have adopted carefully structured strategies that, collectively, aim to safely reintroduce us all to our normal routines.  On the one hand, these phased re-openings give us [...]

By |2020-07-02T14:54:04-04:00July 2nd, 2020|GREAT STORIES|

Juneteenth, 2020

On June 18, 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear publicly signed a proclamation calling for Juneteenth (June 19) to be declared an official state holiday. In fact, Beshear is just one of many public figures who have taken steps to foreground the observance of Juneteenth across the country, as proposals for the holiday’s official recognition [...]

By |2020-06-19T17:12:15-04:00June 19th, 2020|GREAT STORIES|

The Company We Keep | Rising Stars

In PART I of The Company We Keep, I shared stories from those unforgettable, bucket-list performances we've experienced at the Norton Center over the years. From Yo-Yo Ma, to Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, and the countless other living legends who left us in awe.   Today I'm excited to feature rising stars and artists not [...]

By |2020-06-01T15:37:16-04:00June 1st, 2020|GREAT STORIES|

The Company We Keep | Blockbusters

Each and every year, our staff is dedicated to bringing the community unique programming tailored just for you. Whether to excite, entertain, educate, surprise, or provoke thought – or a combination of these feelings – we are all inspired by Norton Center programs. Sometimes profoundly. In the context of important cultural centers like the [...]

By |2020-05-12T16:09:13-04:00May 12th, 2020|GREAT STORIES|

Music speaks where words cannot

“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875) It’s curious that a figure so beloved for his writing is credited with the above quote, “when words fail, music speaks.” And yet, for anyone who has found themselves enveloped by a profoundly moving concerto or an energetic overture, Hans Christian Andersen’s sentiment [...]

By |2020-05-10T12:38:47-04:00May 9th, 2020|GREAT STORIES|

As You Like It: Shakespeare Turns 456

This month marks the 456th April since the birth of William Shakespeare – one of the world’s best known poets and playwrights. While his name, likeness, and words have been chiseled throughout the annals of literary history, the truth is that many of the details surrounding his actual life are shrouded in mystery.  So, [...]

By |2020-04-28T14:16:00-04:00April 27th, 2020|GREAT STORIES|

Anticipation

Who remembers the 1970’s Heinz Ketchup commercial using Carly Simon’s classic song, “Anticipation?”  It’s all about waiting for, or anticipating, the goodness of a slow-pouring, rich and thick burger condiment.  The commercial ends with Casey Kasem stating, “the taste that’s worth the wait.”  Well, amidst shelter-at-home and social distancing, it is safe to assume [...]

By |2020-04-17T13:50:35-04:00April 16th, 2020|GREAT STORIES|