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UK Choirs Lend Their 'Voices' to Concert Series

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:38pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — The 2014-15 University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus and Women’s Choir will make their fall debut in a joint concert presented as part of the "Voices! Choral Concert Series" at  First United Methodist Church this weekend. The Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and the Women’s Choir, under the direction of Lori R. Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music, will feature world premiere commissions specifically for UK Choirs as well as special performances by UK’s premier a cappella ensembles — the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen. The concert will begin 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 200 W. High St.   

 

"Gaudete" performed by the UK Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of American Choral Directors Association.

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is a 90-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines at the university. Begun in the fall of 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, UK Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

 

 

UK Women's Choir singing "Pie Jesu" at Ely Cathedral. The UK Women’s Choir is a select ensemble composed of more than 100 of the school’s most talented female voices. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, also represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st century. With an emphasis on music by female composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms.

 

UK's Men's Chorus and Women's Choir are excited to be part of the "VOICES! Choral Concert Series" at First United Methodist Church, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year. The series is organized by UK doctoral candidate Brock Terry, who serves as director of music at the church. All concerts are open to the public and admission is free. Donations to the concert series are suggested.

 

For more information on the "Voices" concert or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu.

 

UK's Men's Chorus and Women's Choir are part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Celebrated Jazzman Branford Marsalis 'Goes for Baroque' in Return to Singletary

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:28pm
  Branford Marsalis and Sally Beamish perform Robert Muczynski's Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, Op. 29 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — From jazz (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) to rock (Dave Matthews Band, Grateful Dead) to hip-hop (Public Enemy, Gang Starr) and now Baroque music, few instrumentalists showcase their versatility and skill as well as Branford Marsalis. A Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer known for his extensive selection of musical collaborations, Marsalis returns to the Bluegrass with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in “Marsalis Well-Tempered” beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. A special rate will make it possible for children to college students to take in this master musician.  

 

While Marsalis is known as being the leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, he is also a frequent soloist with classical ensembles as he is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. His "Well-Tempered" tour has a decidedly more classical bent featuring Baroque masterpieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin, Pietro Locatelli and more. The stop in Lexington is one of only 20 in the nation.

 

A three-time Grammy Award-winner, Marsalis has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.

 

A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director Dirk Brossé. The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1964, has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century. Approximately 22 members of the orchestra will perform with Marsalis.

 

The Chamber Orchestra has performed with such internationally acclaimed guest artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Issac Stern, Rudolph Serkin, The Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, The Romeros Guitar Quartet, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Sylvia McNair, Steven Isserlis, Joseph Silverstein, Ransom Wilson, Gerard Schwarz, Jahja Ling and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others. The ensemble travels regularly, having toured the United States, Europe and Israel.

 

The Singletary Center is offering deeply discounted student tickets for Sunday’s performance, just $15. 

 

“The Singletary Center is dedicated to providing musical experiences of the highest caliber, and we believe that a student’s chance to see great performers live in concert is an unparalleled learning moment. We want to make this opportunity available to as many students as possible,” said Singletary Center Marketing Director Matthew Gibson. 

 

The student rate for Sunday’s concert applies to all students, elementary through college (college students require Student ID); student tickets are available throughout the concert hall.

 

General admission ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $25 to $50 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Men's Chorus Lends its 'Voices' to Concert Series

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:39pm

 

"Gaudete" performed by the University of Kentucky Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of ACDA.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The 2014-15 University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus will make their fall debut as part of the "Voices! Choral Concert Series" at First United Methodist Church this weekend. The concert featuring the chorus, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and including a special performance by UK's male a cappella group, the acoUstiKats, will begin 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the church, located at 200 W. High St. in Lexington.   

 

The UK Men's Chorus concert will feature several world premieres and works commissioned exclusively for the chorus as they prepare for their trip to the 2015 American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) National Convention being held Feb. 25-28, in Salt Lake City.

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is a 90-voice ensemble of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Begun in fall of 2002, UK Men's Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chants to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, the UK Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

 

UK Men's Chorus is excited to be part of the "VOICES! Choral Concert Series" at First United Methodist Church, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year. The series is organized by UK doctoral candidate Brock Terry, who serves as director of music at the church. All concerts are open to the public and admission is free. Donations to the concert series are suggested.

 

For more information on the "VOICES" concert or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu.

 

UK Men's Chorus is part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Bands Welcome Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet to Campus

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:04pm

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet plays the Third Movement of Carl Nielsen's Quintet, Op. 43.

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Bands will present the internationally renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in concert this weekend. The program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, Jaques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Jean Francaix. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has performed all over the globe and is, according to Manchester Evening News, “arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world.” The quintet was founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music.

 

Members of the quintet are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic not only with Karajan, but also with its two most recent musical directors: Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Naturally, as members of the Berlin Philharmonic, they have also enjoyed important collaborations with every other major conductor of their times, whether Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Sir John Barbirolli, Günter Wand, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Pièrre Boulez, James Levine or Daniel Barenboim, to name a few.

 

Credited with changing the sound of the classic wind quintet, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet found themselves recording with Swedish company BIS Records in 1991. In most recent years, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has been coaching youth in workshops in many different countries. They have a special commitment to the youth orchestra program of Venezuela.

 

Cody Birdwell, director of UK Bands, saw the quintet perform with the Berlin Philharmonic while attending a conducting workshop in France in 2012. Birdwell began correspondence and now is excited that UK Bands will host the quintet for their final performance on their current tour. The members of the quintet will also be working with UK students during a series of master classes Saturday, Oct. 18.

 

To learn more about Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, as well as see photos and video from performances, visit their website at www.windquintet.com.

 

Tickets for the Berlin Wind Quintet are $30 for general admission or $20 with a valid UK student ID. For more information regarding this concert, contact Cody Birdwell at cody.birdwell@uky.edu.

 

UK Bands is part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Singletary Center to Welcome Back Jazzman Branford Marsalis

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 2:13pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will welcome back a legendary jazz musician from the celebrated Marsalis family, Branford Marsalis, this fall. Marsalis will be joined by the renowned Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 20 performances only, on his national "Well Tempered" tour. The Singletary Center has the honor of hosting one of these stops at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

 

Marsalis is a Grammy award-winning and Tony award-nominated saxophonist and composer, as well as being the leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today. Also a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, he is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. This particular tour has a decidely more classical bent featuring Baroque masterpieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin, Pietro Locatelli and more.

 

Ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $25 to $50 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Tommy Jarrell's Sound Makes 'A Kindly Visitation' at UK

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:24pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2014) — As part of a residency with artist James Leva, the life of traditional folk musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell will come to life in two performances from the play "A Kindly Visitation." Bluegrass audiences can take in the play 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Later the same week, Leva and his fellow musicians from the play will present music from the work as part of the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. The concert performance will be presented noon Friday, Oct. 17, in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

"A Kindly Visitation," a play by Leva, is based on the stories and music of the legendary North Carolina musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell (1901-1985). Two narrators, both musicians, recall their own youthful visits with Tommy Jarrell in the 1970s and early 80s. Two other musician/actors use simple props (a fedora, a pair of glasses, for example) to enact flashbacks of Jarrell's stories.

 

Jarrell learned most of his music before recordings and radio became available. He was of that last generation of musicians who learned from other musicians. Every tune or song he played had a story to go with it, usually including the musicians from whom he’d heard the piece.

 

The actors recall this cast of characters whose lives reach back into the early 19th century and the frontier culture in early 20th century Appalachia. The play features flashbacks of Jarrell’s telling of these tales and playing the tunes with which they are forever linked for the narrators, who are representative of the large number of visitors who were welcomed into the musician’s home. The music and storytelling is enhanced by over 100 photographs which are projected on a screen behind the four actor/musicians. The play also features several dance numbers.

 

"A Kindly Visitation" is performed by Leva, Riley Baugus, Danny Knicely and Ira Bernstein. Leva, a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, is a fiddler, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who began playing traditional Appalachian music as a teen. His visits to, and friendships with such great traditional musicians as Jarrell and Doug Wallin, informed his music with a great appreciation and respect for the deep roots of the music and culture of the mountains.

 

Leva has used this foundation to explore the Celtic and African roots of the music in projects with Irish guitarist John Doyle and Mande musicians such as Cheick Hamala Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate. He has also experimented with the role traditionally based music can play in contemporary music with bands such as The Free Will Savages, The Renegades, Plank Road, The Hellbenders and his current band, Purgatory Mountain. His CDs with Carol Elizabeth Jones, as Jones & Leva on the Rounder label, consisted of all original material and the recordings won wide praise and rave reviews. 

 

As a musician, Leva has performed at most of the major festivals in North America and Europe, including Telluride, Merlefest, RockyGrass, Strawberry, Wheatlands, Grey Fox, Tonder, Nyon and many others. More recently he has performed at Aulnay All Blues, outside of Paris, and in Tunisia and Morocco on a tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Leva has a doctoral degree in French literature from the University of Virginia and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Paris after receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University.

 

Riley Baugus, who was born and raised near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started playing banjo at the age of 10. He was inspired by the traditional Appalachian music that he heard in his family’s community in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and on the records played and cherished by his family. He also learned as a young man from such greats as Jarrell, Dix Freeman and Robert Sykes. Baugus has played with numerous old time string bands, including The Red Hots and the Old Hollow Stringband, and currently plays with Dirk Powell, Old Buck and with Ira Bernstein.

 

Baugus built the banjos that appear in the Academy Award-winning film "Cold Mountain," and his singing features on the soundtrack. He has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and more recently, in Australia. Baugus can also be heard on the Grammy Award-winning recording by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” and the Willie Nelson release called, “Country Music.”

 

Danny Knicely comes from a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations. He first learned music from his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been playing dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since the 1930s. Knicely has used his roots in old time and bluegrass to explore various types of music in the U.S. and from around the world. He has shared his music and collaborated with musicians in nearly a dozen countries spanning four continents, including U.S. State Department tours in Tunisia and Morocco.

 

As a multi-instrumentalist, Knicely has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, fiddle and flatfooting expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

 

Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Ira Bernstein began dancing traditional Appalachian clogging and flatfooting and playing the fiddle as a college student in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where there was a vibrant old time music and dance community. Bernstein's education in these old time traditions was at weekly community-style square dances and numerous weekend and holiday social gatherings that were centered on the music and dance. His earliest group experiences were as a member of the Mill Creek Cloggers, and the Marlboro Morris and Sword team. He later went on to perform with the highly influential, professional companies the Fiddle Puppets, and the American Tap Dance Orchestra.

 

Bernstein was also the lead soloist in "Rhythms of the Celts," which ran for six weeks at the prestigious Waterfront Theatre in Belfast, Ireland, as well as a guest soloist with Rhythm in Shoes and the Vanaver Caravan. He has performed in concerts and at festivals all across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in 16 other countries around Europe and Asia. Bernstein has shared the stage with many of the world's greatest tap and step dancers, including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Honi Coles, Jimmy Slyde and Chuck Green, and has appeared numerous times on television and in theatrical productions. He was also one of the artistic creators and featured soloists in "Mountain Legacy," and is the director of the Ten Toe Percussion Ensemble. Bernstein has repeatedly won first place in the Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention old time flatfooting competition. He lives in Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

 

Leva's residence is presented as part of the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series. The series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.

 

For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the James Leva events, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Presents Local Honeys, Ritchie Family

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:34pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2014) — From some Local Honeys to the beloved Ritchie family, "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series is sure to pack the Niles Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 10, the old time music trio the Local Honeys will perform. A couple weeks later, on Friday, Oct. 24, the "Singing Family of the Cumberlands" is in the spotlight with an appearance by four of Jean Ritchie's nieces. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

The Local Honeys perform B.F. Shelton's "Darlin' Cora." 

 

A Sweet Old Time Trio

The Local Honeys are a vibrant female trio specializing in old time music, primarily connected to Kentucky. The group all met as students and faculty at the Kentucky

Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University. The multi-instrumentalists also incorporate comedy and dance into their performances.

 

The Kentucky trio is comprised of Montana Hobbs on clawhammer banjo and vocals; Stephanie Jeter on autoharp and vocals, as well as clogging and flatfooting; and Linda Jean Stokley on fiddle, clawhammer banjo and vocals. 

 

Regionally, the Local Honeys have appeared at the Red Barn Radio Show, the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Wallace Station and Willie's Locally Known. The band members consider themselves ambassadors of traditional music and are dedicated to the preservation of traditional songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and dance.

 

The Next Generation of the 'Singing Family of the Cumberlands'

Celebrated traditional singer, dulcimer player, author, songwriter and UK alumna Jean Ritchie wrote of her life growing up in the community of Viper, in Perry County, Kentucky, in the book "Singing Family of the Cumberlands." It was a remarkable singing family in every regard; they would spend evenings “singing up the moon” at their homeplace nestled in the mountains.

 

Ritchie wrote, “Best of all the singing. When we got started on ‘The Cuckoo She’s a Pretty Bird,’ we sang back all the happy days and ways of our growing up. Remembrances by the score swept over my mind. Funny happenings, happy days and sad days, and I could tell by the sound of the other voices that they were remembering too. The lovely past was not gone, it had just been shut up inside a song.”

 

Jean and her brother, Wilmer Ritchie, who lives in Berea, Kentucky, are the last of that generation, but the next generations of the "Singing Family of the Cumberlands" continue to “sing up the moon” together. Four of the Ritchie family nieces, Susie Ritchie, Patty Tarter, Judy Hudson and Joy Powers will gather for a special appearance at the Niles Gallery, creating a “blood harmony,” a very special understanding of music bound to a sacred place. Despite their jobs and lives in different parts of the country, the Ritchies still come together with their unique repertoire and sweet, close harmony.

 

"It is an honor to have Susie, Patty, Judy and Joy conjure up the beauties of the Appalachian Mountains here in the Bluegrass," said Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and host of the concert series.

 

The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.

 

For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring the Local Honeys or members of the Ritchie family, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Triangle Soloist Appears in Concert

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:13pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2014) — Is there really enough music composed for a triangle soloist to offer a program the length of a concert? You will be delighted to learn that there is when you attend "Music for Triangle Soloist," a guest recital by percussionist Mark Berry beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

For most percussionists, the triangle is a familiar instrument that is played frequently. However there is very little solo or recital repertoire available. Though the triangle has been played for centuries, in modern times it is rarely encountered outside of an ensemble context.

 

The Sounds, Shapes, and Synergy commissioning project evolved from this dichotomy. Berry began the project with three goals: to contribute repertoire; to propel the triangle in a solo or recital context; and to create modern music for an ancient instrument.

 

Berry is associate professor of percussion at Western Kentucky University. Since 2002, he has held the position of principal timpanist with Orchestra Kentucky.

 

"Music for Triangle Soloist" is presented by UK Percussion Studies at UK School of Music. The School of Music, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Choristers to Perform at First Presbyterian

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:53pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2014) — The 2014 University of Kentucky Choristers will make their fall debut at First Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 171 Market St. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Under the direction of doctoral candidate Adam Beeken, of Cleveland, Tennessee, the concert will feature a performance of Joseph Haydn’s "Missa brevis in F." Additionally, the program will consist of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Paul Basler, as well as traditional folk songs. The UK Choristers will be accompanied by Karina Johnson and assistant directed by graduate student Cooper Schrimsher, of Hunstville, Alabama.

 

UK Choristers is the oldest performing organization at UK. Filled with underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off of campus. This 55-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied, and also performs a major work each year with the UK Symphony Orchestra as well as hosting a successful music theater cabaret, "Night on Broadway." The Choristers tour frequently throughout the region.

 

For more information on the concert or the UK Choristers, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu.   

 

UK Choristers are housed at the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

‘Sweeney Todd’ Serves Up Sweet, Sinful Revenge

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:10am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2014) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre lives up to its tradition of presenting some of Broadway's most popular hits again this fall as it presents a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller." The dark musical comedy will haunt the Lexington Opera House stage Oct. 4-12.

 

From Broadway and West End stages, to the big screen featuring Johnny Depp, to its most recent presentation on PBS with a Lincoln Center cast featuring Bryn Terfel and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, "Sweeney Todd" is known for seizing audiences' attention with its story full of murder, mayhem and revenge. Set in 19th century England, the musical explores the life of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after serving 15 years on trumped-up charges.

 

Stage director Richard Gammon has assembled a creative team that helps bring light to the dark comedy in a fantastical new production. Gammon is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and currently is the stage director for Ash Lawn Opera’s Young Artist Program. He previously worked in Kentucky when he directed the 2010 production of "Much Ado About Nothing" for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, in Louisville. Rounding out Gammon's team are assistant director and choreographer Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick, set designer Carolyn Mraz, lighting designer Tanya Harper and costume designer Susan Dudley Wigglesworth.

 

“Richard Gammon has directed an innovative, creative and spectacular new production," said UK Opera Theatre Executive Director Everett McCorvey, producer for the show. "While the show is a dark comedy, Richard has really focused on the comedy aspect, and the truth and life in each of the characters.”

 

Bringing "Sweeney Todd" to "life" is a double cast of talented UK students including: Thomas Gunther and Matthew Turner as Sweeney Todd; Holly Dodson and Rachel Snyder as Mrs. Lovett; Christopher Baker as Judge Turpin; Peter LaPrade and Zackery Morris as Anthony Hope; Gabrielle Barker and Mary Catherine Wright as Johanna; Andrew Miller and Wesley Hammond as Tobias Ragg; Brittany Jones and Kathrin Thawley as Beggar Woman; Joshua Randall Price and Brock Terry as Beadle Bamford; and Jonathan Parham as Adolfo Pirelli.

Under the baton of John Nardolillo, 36 UK Symphony Orchestra members perform one of Sondheim’s most intricate scores. Performances will also be conducted by Lucía Marín and Jan Pellant, doctoral candidates and UK Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors.

 

Performances of "Sweeney Todd" take the stage 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 and 8-11, and 2 p.m., Oct. 5, 11 and 12. Tickets range in price from $40.50 to $76.50, with student tickets available for $20.50. To purchase tickets in advance, contact the box office at 859-233-3535, visit www.ticketmaster.com or purchase in person at the Lexington Center Box Office. Tickets may be purchased at the Lexington Opera House 90 minutes before each performance.

 

For more information contact Patrick Joel Martin, marketing coordinator for UK Opera Theatre, at 859-257-4590.

 

UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Theatre Changes Season Musical to 'Hair'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:12pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will be closing its season with the quintessential “hippie” musical “Hair,” April 16-26, 2015, at the Guignol Theatre. “Hair” will replace the department’s originally scheduled production of “Cabaret.” The decision to change programs follows news that another local theatre will present a production of “Cabaret” in January of 2015.

 

“We are dedicated to the best theatre education possible for our students and hope to ensure that through all our classes and programming,” said Nancy Jones, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We strive to make choices that support our students’ education and community engagement. We want to always do the right thing, and we have a mission to support other arts organizations in the community.”

 

“Hair” is a rock musical that tells the story of politically active young people living a bohemian life in New York City’s East Village in the 1960s. This “tribe” fights against the Vietnam War, questions authority and seeks freedom of expression. The musical opened off Broadway in 1967 and has since been presented around the world and on film. The Broadway revival won the Tony and Drama Desk Award in 2009.

 

Jones said “Hair” will be inclusive, pertinent and enlightening for participants and audience members alike.

 

The production will be directed by Russell Henderson, associate professor of theatre acting and voice, and choreographed by Susie Thiel, director of UK Dance Program.

 

Tickets to “Hair” are $20 for general admission and $15 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center Box Office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com or purchase in person during operating hours.

 

The UK Department of Theatre at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Singletary Center to Produce Live Orchestration of Kubrick’s '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:23pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — The Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history this January as it presents a live orchestration of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, and the UK Chorale, conducted by Jefferson Johnson. This will be the first-ever performance of the repertoire by a university orchestra and chorus.

 

Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in cinema. Known for its astute integration of music in film, it features a score like none other. From the iconic first notes of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” to the gentle drift of Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz” and the dramatic tension of Gyorgy Ligeti’s contemporary compositions for orchestra and choir, the power and beauty of the score accompany breathtaking large-format scenes of outer space exploration to create an unforgettable journey “beyond the infinite.”

 

This program has been presented by an exclusive selection of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Philharmonia Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, The Brussels Symphony, and the National Symphony. The UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university ensembles to perform this concert. 

 

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

Tickets prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject to box office fees). Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday), Sept. 30, at the Singletary Center Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), by phone at 859-257-4929, and online at www.SCFAtickets.com.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Presents Affrilachia, Fiddle Concerts

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:55am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — From Affrilachia to fiddles, the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series are sure to entertain. On Friday, Sept. 26, celebrated folk duo Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform. The next Friday, Oct. 2, Letcher County's only female fiddle duo, the SkiPdiPPerS, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

A Folk Concert with Some Spark

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform "Which Side Are You On?" at UK's Niles Gallery. 

 

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky has been performing more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo and spoons. Rhonda is an accomplished harmonica, piano, banjo and bones player, and also adds vocal harmonies to their songs.

 

The couple is known to deliver uplifting presentations of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history and tall tales. Sparky and Rhonda take audiences on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, cowboy music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.

 

Sparky and Rhonda have numerous recordings, and their 1991 release, "Treasures and Tears," was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording. They have also contributed music to the syndicated television miniseries "The Wild West," directed by Keith Merrill. Sparky's renditions of "John Henry" and "Jesse James" were used in the National Geographic Society’s 1994 video "Storytelling in North America."

 

Sparky has also appeared on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition," "Prairie Home Companion" and "Mountain Stage." He also performed in "Carry It On" and "Amazing Grace: Music in America," two videos produced by the Public Broadcasting System.

 

A Fiddlin', Skippin' Good Time

Sylvia Ryerson and Carrie Jean Wells make up the SkiPdiPPerS, the only female fiddle duo from Letcher County, Kentucky.

 

Ryerson is Appalshop’s coordinator of traditional music and director of the Pick and Bow Program that provides instruction in traditional music for Letcher County students. As a fiddler, she is heavily influenced by a long lineage of Kentucky musicians from Art Stamper to Paul David Smith.  

 

Wells comes by the fiddle through her birthright. She is a member of the Wells family of East Kentucky that includes her father, Jamie Wells, and brother Jesse Wells, who are considered among the region's finest fiddlers.  

 

The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.

 

For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Sparky and Rhonda Rucker or the SkiPdiPPerS, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu  

 

A Masterful Concert Opens UK Chorale Season

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:42pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — The 2014 University of Kentucky Chorale will make its fall debut at the Cathedral of Christ the King as part of the "Cathedral Concert Series." The chorale, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, UK School of Music director of Choral Activities, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

UK Chorale's concert program will feature a performance of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G. Additionally, the program will consist of "Ave verum corpus" by Wolfgang Mozart; "Jubilate Deo" by Benjamin Britten: "In paradisum" by Gregory Partain; and "Great God Almighty" arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs. The Chorale will be accompanied by Michael Rintamaa and assistant conducted by doctoral candidate, J.D. Frizzell.

 

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The Chorale prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st Century.

 

The "Cathedral Concert Series" is presented by the Cathedral of Christ the King Music Ministry in cooperation with the UK School of Music. It is funded by the Cathedral of Christ the King endowment fund. Christ the King is located at 299 Colony Boulevard in Lexington.

 

For more information on this concert or the UK Chorale, contact Evan Pulliam,  

administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu.

 

The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu  

 

UK Symphony Orchestra Opens 96th Concert Season

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:17pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, will open its 96th season this weekend with "Opening Night: Bohemian Celebration." The free public concert, featuring work by two celebrated Czech composers, begins 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

"Opening Night" will feature works by Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana. The performance of these Bohemian masterpieces will be conducted by UKSO music director John Nardolillo, as well as Jan Pellant, a conductor from Prague who is the UKSO's new assistant conductor.

 

Pellant will lead the orchestra in one of the most famous classical compositions of all time, the "Moldau" by Smetana, which describes the course of the Moldau River as it winds through the Czech countryside, and into the city of Prague. The orchestra will also be performing Smetana's "Polka" from "The Bartered Bride" and Antonin Dvorak's concert overture "Carnival" and Slavonic Dance No. 8, as well as his Symphony No. 8.

 

The UKSO season continues with the "All Hallows Eve Concert" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Singletary Center. The free public concert will feature guest violinist and UK faculty member Daniel Mason. The concert program will include Johannes Brahms' Tragic Overture, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and Richard Strauss’ "Death and Transfiguration."

 

In November, UKSO will accompany the Moscow Ballet in three performances of the holiday classic "The Great Russian Nutcracker." Times, dates and locations of the orchestra's tour with Moscow Ballet are:

· 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Carson Center, in Paducah, Kentucky;

· 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Singletary Center, in Lexington; and

· 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For this tour, Nardolillo will be joined by UKSO assistant conductor Lucía Marín to conduct.

 

Russian ballet music takes center stage in December. To celebrate Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, UKSO will present music from his celebrated ballet scores "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker" at "Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky," beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Singletary Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

 

The UKSO Concerto Competition winners from the UK School of Music will be featured at UKSO's next event. The free public concert, which also includes György Ligeti’s "Atmospheres" and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Singletary Center.

 

In April, UKSO will be joined by one of the most renowned violinists of his time, Joshua Bell. The orchestra and Bell will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Camille Saint-Saens’ "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso." The concert will close with Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet score "Firebird." The event, part of the Singletary Center’s Signature Series, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3. Tickets range from $45 to $85 and are on sale now through the Singletary Center Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the ticket office.  

 

The orchestra closes its season with Wolfgang Mozart’s "Requiem," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Singletary Center. In addition to "Requiem," this concert will feature the overture to Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro" and Symphony No. 38 “Prague.”

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UKSO, it has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, as well the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UKSO provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK's orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. To see the UKSO season brochure, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/14-15_UKSO_layout.pdf.

 

The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Welcomes Lee 'Boy' Sexton, Red State Ramblers

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50am

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Locals and legends seem to be the theme of the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. On Friday, Sept. 12, Letcher County native, Lee "Boy" Sexton, known for his legendary banjo music, and his son Johnny Sexton will perform. The next Friday, Sept. 19, an old time music group with University of Kentucky ties, The Red State Ramblers, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

Master of the Banjo Back for More

Lee "Boy" Sexton performs "Whoa Mule." Video courtesy of Appalshop.

 

Lee "Boy" Sexton has played the banjo since he was eight-years-old and has been known for the sweet yet driving sound that comes from the banjo and fiddle ever since. Working in the mines on the weekend and playing music for the town was where he liked to spend most of his time.

 

Sexton worked on an LP of traditional material, "Whoa Mule," which was originally released in 1988, but later released in a CD version in 2004. He is one of the most respected and admired folk musicians in Eastern Kentucky. He even had a small role in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," where he played the banjo at a square dance. In 1999, Sexton, was presented the Kentucky Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

 

Joining Sexton in concert will be his son, Johnny Sexton, on guitar. Johnny is retired from the coal industry and is an Old Regular Baptist preacher.

 

To hear Sexton perform "Whoa Mule," visit http://youtu.be/pwJbfL7VTfY.   

 

Blue School Ties, Red State Sound

 

This old time string band came together through a shared love for folk music and the state of Kentucky at UK. The Red State Ramblers blend a sound of traditional old time music with a native feel.

 

The Red State Ramblers have performed all over the world, participating in tours in Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. In 2008, the Red State Ramblers was a finalist in the string band competition at Clifftop Old Time String Band Festival.

 

The band, Will Bacon (banjo and kazoo), Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar),Jeff Keith (mandolin and guitar), Nikos Pappas (fiddle), and Ron Pen (fiddle and piano), released their second recording, “Commonwealth,” based on traditional music of Kentucky.

 

The Red State Ramblers is made up of alumni and a faculty member. Presently Keith and Kehrberg serve as faculty at Warren Wilson College and Pappas is a member of the faculty at University of Alabama. Bacon is the owner of the contracting firm, BaConstruction. Pen is director of the concert series host, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and professor of music at UK School of Music.

 

The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.

 

For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Lee "Boy" and Johnny Sexton or The Red State Ramblers, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK SOOP Presents Sneak Peek of 'Adventures of Alice in Opera Land'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:07pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014)The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (“SOOP”), a University of Kentucky Opera Theatre outreach program now in its 11th year of producing opera for school children across the Bluegrass, presents "The Adventures of Alice in Opera Land." The 35-minute opera uses some of the greatest opera hits to teach students about opera and opera characters. Local audiences can get a sneak peek of the opera 2 p.m., Sept. 13, at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.

 

Alice will travel to elementary schools, public libraries and performing arts centers across the state of Kentucky to expose children to the art form of opera in an educational and light-hearted manner.

 

UK Artist-in-Residence and alumna Gregory Turay directs a cast of familiar faces to UK Opera Theatre fans. Katherine Hay, last seen as Eponine in “Les Misérables,” plays Alice. Playing multiple characters are Wanessa Campelo, last seen as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Fantine in “Les Misérables,” and Samuel Themer, last seen as Thernardier in “Les Misérables.” UK School of Music alumna and pianist Maris Deddens, who played keyboard for “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” plays keyboard for the production.

 

Before SOOP travels this fall, local audiences are invited to take in an open dress rehearsal beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium. The dress rehearsal is free and open to the public. The show is 35 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast. Free parking is available for the show in the hospital visitor garage on South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.

 

Schools or organizations interested in booking the show or wanting more information should contact Kathrin Thawley at 859-402-6946 or uksoop@gmail.com or visit www.ukoperatheatre.org and click “Opera Outreach.”

 

SOOP is the recipient of the 2012-2013 “Friend of Music Award” from the Kentucky Music Education Association. The award is the highest award for non-educator contribution to music education in the state of Kentucky.

 

To see video clips of previous SOOP performances, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org/pages/opera-outreach/soop.shtml.

 

UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

Trombone Shorty Kicks Off Singletary Season with Supafunkrock

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 3:10pm

 

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this video can be found hereVideo courtesy of artist. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts kicks off the 2014-2015 season with an artist inspired by such a unique blend of musical genres that he dubbed it a whole new sound - Supafunkrock. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing audiences worldwide. With an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation.

 

Andrews began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans, and upon high school graduation began touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.

 

Currently, Trombone Shorty is the front man for his own ensemble, Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, they have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to Say This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans including a collaboration with funk legends, The Meters.

 

The popular musician has appeared in several episodes of HBO's "Treme," and has recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Austin City Limits.” In 2012, Andrews performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with such music royalty as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones.  Most recently Trombone Shorty turned heads as a standout performer at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

 

In 2012, Andrews received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

 

Ticket prices are based on seating location and are $27 and $35 plus fees. Tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the SCFA ticket office.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

ACE Sisters Land Roles in Broadway's 'Matilda,' 'Annie' National Tour

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:28pm

 

Brooklyn Shuck sings "Name in Lights" from "The Boy From Oz "at "Songs for Story Shifters."  A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Two of the University of Kentucky's youngest stars are demonstrating the talents they honed as part of UK Opera Theatre's Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) in major musical roles. Brooklyn Shuck, who previously starred in "Annie: The Musical" on Broadway, landed one of the four alternating title roles in "Matilda The Musical" on the Great White Way. Her sister, Sydney Shuck, will step into her shoes taking the role of Kate in the national tour of "Annie."

 

On Aug. 31, Brooklyn took the stage as Matilda. The 9-year-old rotates in the title role of Matilda created by novelist Roald Dahl. A Tony award-winning musical, "Matilda" is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, the youngster dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

 

Brooklyn first performed on Broadway in 2013, starting as a swing portraying various orphans in "Annie." That summer, she moved up to take over the role of Kate in the Tony award-winning show.

 

Sydney will take on the role of Kate starting Sept. 26, as "Annie" begins its national tour in Detroit, Michigan. The 11-year-old will use her versatile talents to portray the next-to-youngest orphan of the six orphans in the popular musical's cast. Together the group led by Annie comprises a gritty, ‘unloved’ and vulnerable group of young girls.  

 

After showing special dancing talents at a very early age, Brooklyn and Sydney joined the ACE program at UK, which promotes a well-rounded and balanced approach to arts training that focuses on both individual development and teamwork. At ACE, the sisters were able to hone their dancing skills, as well as study voice and acting. While the program maintains a fun atmosphere that reflects the joy of live performance, it also strives for professional-level standards and intends to train children and youth for potential careers in the performing arts, from triple threat performers in musical theatre to actor-singers in opera and beyond.

 

During Brooklyn's time studying with ACE, she appeared in several productions including UK Opera Theatre's town-and-gown musical revue, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" and at the annual holiday sing-along concert "Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song," where Brooklyn was the lead vocalist on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” During Sydney's time with ACE, she appeared in "Seussical the Musical."

 

Brooklyn and Sydney are the daughters of Angie and T.G. Shuck, of Lexington.

 

To find out more about Brooklyn or follow her experience on Broadway visit her website, http://brooklynshuck.com; like her fan page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrooklynShuck; or follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BrooklynShuck.

 

ACE is an outreach program of UK Opera Theatre in the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Trombone Shorty to Give Kentucky a Taste of Supafunkrock

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:00pm

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this video can be found hereVideo courtesy of artist. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will be kicking off its 2014-2015 season with a performance by the Grammy-nominated artist Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The celebrated artist and his ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews is a rare artist inspired by a blend of musical genres, mixing rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul and creating a new name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. A band leader since the age of 6, Trombone Shorty has made his presence known worldwide through appearances on the 2014 Grammy Awards, the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Austin City Limits." In 2012, Trombone Shorty performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month alongside music royalty including B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. Later that same year he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation, providing musical instruments to children in financial need.

 

Ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $27 to $35 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

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