Arts Presenters Have Plenty Left to Plan for World Equestrian Games

With the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games now less than a year away, Lexington arts and entertainment presenters are jockeying for position in what could be a crowded field of events during the 16-day competition, which is expected to draw 300,000 visitors to Central Kentucky.

But what exactly those events will be is about as clear as the field for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

“Everyone is confident things are proceeding the way they are supposed to be proceeding,” says University of Kentucky Opera Theatre director Everett McCorvey, who has just been named producer of the WEG opening and closing ceremonies, scheduled for Sept. 25 and Oct. 10, 2010. “But people don’t want to say just yet what they are doing because there’s still a year to go.”

Indeed, even McCorvey cannot get into specifics. He talks about ambitions to field a World Equestrian Games Festival Orchestra, with members drawn from major groups around the world under the direction of UK Symphony director John Nardolillo. In addition to the ceremonies, McCorvey hopes to stage a major work such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Lexington before the musicians disperse back across the globe…

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Date: 9-25-2009