Harbison Theatre at MTC Launches Two Dinner & Date Night Giveaways Featuring Jazz-Great Judy Carmichael and Valentine’s Cinema: An Affair to Remember

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:15pm

Partnering with Homegrown Hospitality and The Root Cellar in Lexington, Harbison Theatre offers a pair of tickets to a show and dinner for two

Whether it’s jazz or big-screen romance that sets your heart aflutter, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College and local restaurants are offering two great opportunities to design your perfect night on the town. Judy Carmichael, a GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist and vocalist, will bring her talents to the Midlands for the first time on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 PM. Later in the month, Valentine’s Cinema returns featuring the classic film, An Affair to Remember, on Saturday, February 11 at 7 PM. Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College is offering a giveaway featuring tickets to either show, plus dinner for two courtesy of Homegrown Hospitality (which includes Kaminsky’s Dessert Café, Liberty Taproom, Liberty on the Lake, Pearlz Oyster Bar, or Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse), and The Root Cellar.

Referred to as “astounding, flawless, and captivating,” by The New York Times, Judy Carmichael has graced stages from Carnegie Hall to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and has performed with such musical icons as Joel Grey, Michael Feinstein, Steve Ross, and the Smothers Brothers. She has also performed comic skits and her music on radio and TV, and performed private recitals for everyone from Rod Stewart and Robert Redford, to President Clinton and Gianni Agnelli. She appears frequently on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning EditionEntertainment Tonight and CBS’ Sunday Morning.

Judy Carmichael has been described as a musician who explores the music deeply, infusing it with a “fresh, dynamic interpretation of her own.” (Washington Post)  She is self-taught, and chose to study jazz piano from its early roots on, explaining to the Post and Courier, “I was pursuing an acting career when I got a job playing ragtime piano, something I did as a hobby. Someone played me a recording of Count Basie when he was still Bill Basie playing with the Benny Moten band. I loved it and wanted to learn to play like that and taught myself to do so listening to it and then other records in that style.” The listening and practicing paid off, as she earned her nickname, “Stride,” from the great Basie, himself.

Carmichael has toured for the United States Information Agency throughout India, Portugal, Brazil, and Singapore. In 1992, Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the United States government to tour China. She is celebrating her 15th year producing and hosting her public radio show, Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, which broadcasts on over 170 stations throughout the world and on SiriusXM. In addition, Carmichael has written two books on stride piano, and numerous articles on the subject of jazz. She has served on a variety of music panels at the National Endowment for the Arts, and is one of the few jazz pianists honored as a Steinway Artist. 

The following weekend, the annual Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College tradition, Valentine’s Cinema, kicks off at 7 PM with a dessert reception in the lobby and – new this year – dancing on stage. At 8 PM, the screen will light up with the Oscar-nominated romance, An Affair to Remember, starring Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant.

In the film, Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant), a well-known playboy and dilettante in the arts, meets Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) aboard the transatlantic ocean liner SS Constitution en route from Europe to New York. After a series of chance meetings aboard the ship, they establish a friendship and their feelings blossom into love. As the ship arrives in New York City, they agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building, which is made seemingly impossible by one disaster after another.

On the performances happening in February, Harbison Theatre Executive Director Katie Fox says, “both of these events are great opportunities for friends, couples, and fans of all ages to get out of the house and enjoy a night on the town. Carmichael, Kerr, and Grant are each an American master known for their charm and talent.”

Guests can register to win tickets to either show online at HarbisonTheatre.org. Entries for Judy Carmichael will be accepted until Sunday, January 29 at 11:59 PM. Valentine's Cinema entries will be accepted until Sunday, February 5 at 11:59 PM. Three winners will be selected at random for each show. They will be notified and announced on Monday, January 30, and Monday, February 6, respectively.