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The Frankfort Arts Foundation is presenting a Fest Published:

The Frankfort Arts Foundation is presenting a Festival of Choirs, pianist Takana Miyamoto, and nationally recognized and Frankfort native Kemba Cofield, as part of the Foundations Music Builds Our Community Week.

FAF season tickets will be honored. For information about general admission ticket sales, call 875-4ART (4278) or email faf@dcr.net.

Music Builds Our Community Week is funded, in part, from a Kentucky Arts Council Arts Builds Our Communities Grant. This week of events is a community celebration of Black History Month in partnership with Kentucky State University.

Today, 2 p.m.

The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, under the direction of Roy C. Nance, and the Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church Choir, under the direction of Charliese Brown-Lewis, will perform at Commonwealth Hall in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at 2 p.m. Choirs will sing individual selections and then together as a single choir.

Also performing are Michael and Annie Bolden, soloists from The Stephen Foster Story.

BellSouth, Capital City Performing Arts, First United Methodist Church, and the Frankfort / Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission are the corporate sponsors for this event. This event is held in community partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society and the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

Frankfort Arts Foundation season tickets will be honored. General admission tickets are $5/ adult and senior citizen, and $3/ full-time students with identification and children. Children under 6 are admitted free. General admission tickets will be sold at the door only.

Festival of Choirs is Thursday

A Festival of Choirs continues 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a performance in Kentucky State Universitys Bradford Hall. Each choir will sing one or two selections and then participate in a mass choir. The mass choir will sing Festival Peace on St. Anne and Amazing Grace.

Harold Fletcher, Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies.

Those choirs participating include the following: Bridgeport Christian Church Choir, Capital City Christian Church Choir, Capital City Chorale, Frankfort Children Singers, First Christian Church Choir, Kentucky State University Concert Choir, Kentucky State University Gospel Ensemble, and St. John A.M.E. Church Choir.

Participating choirs will sing in a mass choir at the conclusion of the festival. Representatives from First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, South Frankfort Presbyterian Church, and the community will participate in the mass choir.

Dr. Carl Smith will conduct the mass choir. Smith is director of the First Christian Church Chancel Choir and the nationally recognized Kentucky State University Concert Choir. He is a professor of music at KSU.

BellSouth, Capital City Performing Arts, Kentucky State University, and the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA) are the corporate sponsors for this event in community partnership with Highbridge Spring Water.

Frankfort Arts Foundation season tickets will be honored. General admission tickets are $5/ adult and senior citizen, and $3/ full-time students with identification and children. Children under 6 are admitted free. General admission tickets will be sold at the door only.

Lead partners for Festival of Choirs include Roy C. Nance, First United Methodist Church; Charliese Brown-Lewis, St. John A.M.E. Church; Dr. Carl Smith, First Christian Church and KSU Concert Choir; Joy Jeffries, Frankfort / Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission; Gary Johnson, Capital City Chorale and First Presbyterian Church; Dr. Leon Richard, KSU Gospel Ensemble.

Also, Betty Gibson, Maria Mann, and Patricia Vansant from the Frankfort Arts Foundation. Committee members include Beth Avent, South Frankfort Presbyterian Church; Linda McKinley, Frankfort Children Singers and First Baptist Church; Barbara Johnson, Capital City Chorale; Ethel Lee, Capital City Chorale; Marlon Lark, Kentucky State University; Lisa Mackey, Capital City Christian Church; Charles Porter, Capital City Chorale and St. Paul United Methodist Church; Hollis Rosenstein, Bridgeport Christian Church; and Aaron Terrell, KSU student and stage manager.

Takana Miyamoto

Saturday, 3 p.m.

Pianist Takana Miyamoto will perform in concert in Bradford Hall at 3 p.m. Saturday. This will be a performance and community master class. Miyamoto will perform jazz, classical, and Japanese favorites on piano. Students from the studio of KSU Professor of Piano Dr. Patricia Griffith will perform as part of the master class.

The Japan / American Society of Kentucky, Allegra Management Consulting, Inc., and Kentucky State University are the corporate sponsors of this event. FAF season tickets will be honored. General admission tickets cost $10/adult and senior citizen and $5/full-time student or child. Children under six are admitted free.

Miyamoto is a rising young star on the piano. Born in Japan, she began playing the piano at age four and is classically trained. Leaving Japan as a teenager to study in America, she received a degree in Film Scoring and Jazz from the Berklee College of Music, and she received a masters degree in music from Georgia State University in 2004. In 1998 she won first place in the Randy Edman Jazz Piano Competition. Miyamoto is one of a few Japanese people accepted as a United States citizen based on musical talent and success in the music field.

The Kentucky State University HPER Majors Club will be selling refreshments, including fresh-baked goods, popcorn, and hot and cold drinks, in Bradford Hall lobby as a university community outreach project and fundraiser.

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