Cultural Enhancement Series 2012 – 2013


Currently in its 16th season, WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series brings leading artists and intellectuals to WKU.

All events begin at 7:30 PM (CST) in Van Meter Hall, and are open and free to faculty, students, staff and the community. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information, call 270-745-3259 or email

FREE SEATING VOUCHERS FOR Ailey II & Garrison Keillor: Free seating vouchers for Ailey II (March 4, 2013) and Garrison Keillor (March 26, 2013) will be available beginning January 1, 2013. You may reserve your free seating voucher (beginning January 1, 2013) at the NEW Box Office website or by calling the Box Office at 270-745-3121.


Monday, October 15, 2012: Live at Birdland features The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe in a setting designed to recreate the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland Jazz Club in Manhattan. This dynamic new ensemble, straight from the jazz mecca of NYC, provides an unforgettable musical event that goes beyond the traditional and sets the standard for the 21st-century jazz orchestra.


Monday, October 29, 2012: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at TIME, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals.  An accomplished journalist and historian who has written about Presidents from Jefferson to FDR, he is a lively and insightful analyst of American society.


Monday, March 4, 2013: Ailey II is an exceptional company that merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.  Artistic Director Designate Troy Powell continues the bold legacy of Alvin Ailey. (Seating vouchers will be issued for this event.)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013: Thirty-eight years after the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, storyteller and author Garrison Keillor continues to entertain audiences with his distinctive brand of humor. Keillor received the National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999. (Seating vouchers will be issued for this event.)


Thursday, April 11, 2013: GRAMMY Award-winning Chanticleer–called “the world’s reigning male chorus,” by the New Yorker magazine–presents The Siren’s Call. This program celebrates the sea with music from New Zealand, Hawaii and China complemented by Chanticleer’s signature treatments of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance music.

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