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UK Home to First Collegiate Presentation of Live Orchestration of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:59pm

 

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2015) — This weekend the Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history in presenting 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. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

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. 

 

"It will be a full orchestra on stage with a full chorus doing all of the sound effects and music from the movie score, and above the orchestra and chorus will be a full screen movie of '2001: A Space Odyssey' with special projectors and sound systems that we had to scour the United States to find. It's basically a technical feat for our hall to stage this show but our technical director, Tanya Harper, and our crew have figured it out and it's going to be pretty exciting," said Michael Grice, director of the Singletary Center.

 

UK's presentation of "2001" is the product of a successful partnership between Nardolillo and Grice. The pair began working together in 2008 to identify major artists and musical opportunities to highlight the talents of UK students with some of the world's best artists and programs.

 

The magnitude of these opportunities and being given the opportunity to be the first university ensemble to perform "2001" is not lost on the students. "That's where the pressure hits. Our parts are actually from the New York Phil, one of the top orchestras in the world. So now the pressure is on us to have the caliber of music that they do. That's an honor to be playing on parts that they performed with as a collegiate orchestra," said Nathan Williams, arts administration and music performance senior from Louisville, who plays the French horn.

 

While UK's students are used to playing and singing a myriad of masterpieces by the world's most celebrated conductors, "2001" stretches their musical muscles with the unearthly, unusual sounds evoking space travel.

 

To be prepared for such a different concert, UK Chorale had to develop its own rehearsal methods beyond just screening the film. "2001" calls for approximately 20 individual sounds from the vocalists performed in a group. In order to be ready to sing the notes given to them, members of UK Chorale practiced not only as a group but often individually with their smart phones and metronome apps that helped them properly time their individual parts.

 

"It's a wonderful experience. It has definitely helped us grow a lot as an ensemble and as individual musicians because it is very challenging music. It demands a lot of outside of class work and it is definitely a lot of ear training for all of us, so it is helping us become better musicians," said Laura Salyer, a December 2014 vocal performance graduate from Lexington.

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, 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 as the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, the orchestra provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK Symphony 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 UK Symphony Orchestra's season brochure, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/14-15_UKSO_layout.pdf.

 

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK School of Music. The ensemble 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.

 

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 can be purchased via the  Singletary Center Box Office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFAtickets.com or in person.

 

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 Students 'Explore Brass in Greece'

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:12pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — Jason Dovel and 10 University of Kentucky students traveled to Greece over winter break to attend the Exploring Brass in Greece international musical festival. During the visit, the UK students performed in Thessaloniki and Leptokarya, Greece.

 

As part of the trip, which ran Jan. 2-10, UK students performed as the university's Brass Ensemble, and joined trumpet ensembles, horn choirs, low brass ensembles and large brass ensembles made up of participants from around the world.

 

Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet in the UK School of Music, led a warm-up clinic, coached chamber ensembles and taught the seminar “Perspectives of Science in Modern Brass Pedagogy” while in Greece. Other educators on the trip included George Babarakos (artistic director), Vincent DiMartino (former UK and Centre College faculty member and international soloist), Jason Crafton (Virginia Tech), Mike Davison (University of Richmond), Alex Van Duuren (University of Tennessee), Rich Illman (Michigan State University), Gerassimos Ioannidis (Orpheon Conservatory of Athens), Judith Saxton (North Carolina School of the Arts) and Daniel Zehringer (Wright State University).

 

UK students stayed at the Poseidon Palace Hotel in Leptokarya but also visited Thessaloniki, Meteora, Dion, Vergina and other areas in northern Greece. The students in particular enjoyed their visit to Meteora, which is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece.

 

UK students who participated in the festival included: trombone player and music education sophomore James Alford, of Lexington; trumpet player and music performance freshman Morgan Bay, of Butler, Kentucky; trombone player and music performance junior Denver Coprade Pascua, of Frankfort, Kentucky; trumpet player and music performance sophomore Caden Holmes, of Hanson, Kentucky; trumpet player and music performance freshman William Lovan, of Lexington; French horn player and music education senior John Andrew Osborne, of Georgetown, Kentucky; trumpet player and music education junior Zachary Robinson, of Lexington; trumpet player and Spanish and music education senior Kathryn Safa, of Zionsville, Indiana; French horn player and music freshman Mya Scheib, of Lexington; and French horn junior and music performance senior Emily Wilson, of Lexington.

 

This trip to Greece was organized as a study abroad experience through UK Education Abroad, with help from Education Abroad staff Ben Vockery and Tony Ogden.

 

UK Education Abroad is the university's comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. The office's goal is to provide academically sound international experiences that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship and foreign language acquisition for all students. 

 

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 to Present Live Orchestration of Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:55pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — The Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history by being the first university to perform a live orchestration of Stanley Kubick's film, "2001: A Space Odyssey," featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra and the UK Chorale. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in a cinema. The film is known for its astute integration of music in film and features a score like none other. The program has previously been presented by an exclusive selection of the world's greatest orchestras, but UK's Symphony Orchestra and Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university to perform this concert.

 

Ticket prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject of box office fees). Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center Box Office, 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.

 

 

 

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

UK School of Music Welcomes Nicholas Goluses, Ken Vandermark

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:18pm

 

 

Violinist Zvi Zeitlin and Nicholas Goluses perform Manuel de Falla's "Suite Populaire Espagnole: Asturiana."

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – Two distinguished guest artists will visit the University of Kentucky School of Music to ring in the new semester. Guitarist Nicholas Goluses and free improvisation artist Ken Vandermark will offer master classes and concerts in the coming week.

 

As instrument virtuoso Nicholas Goluses concludes his residency at UK School of Music, the guitarist will present a free public concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Singletary Center for the Arts. The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mauro Giuliani, Mikis Theodorakis and more.

 

Called “a true American master” by 20th Century Guitar magazine, Goluses is founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, he has held the Andrés Segovia Faculty Chair at Manhattan School of Music, where he received his doctoral degree and was the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit.

 

Touring as a soloist, with orchestra, and as a chamber musician has taken Goluses across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has recorded extensively for NAXOS, Albany and BMG. Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of more than 100 works.

 

 

Ken Vandermark plays a solo baritone improvisation in celebration of Miles Davis. 

 

Jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark will present both a master class and concert during his visit to UK. The artist will present a master class 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in room 22 of the Fine Arts Building. Vandermark's concert will follow later that evening at 7:30 p.m., in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucile C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in film and communications from McGill University in 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians, such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris and Nate Wooley.

 

Currently, Vandermark works with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America and Japan, and Vandermark's concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

 

In 1998, DownBeat Magazine named Vandermark one of the "25 For The Future." In 2004, he was named to the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz and chosen as one of Chicago's "40 Cultural Heroes" by Time Out in 2008.

 

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 Alum Among 50 People 'Changing the South'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:55am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2015) — University of Kentucky alumnus Theo Edmonds has been named to Southern Living magazine's "50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015." The article lists influential people who are helping shape the region with ideas and projects that focus on community. Edmonds is one of the founders of IDEAS 40203, America's first contemporary art chamber of commerce.

 

As one of the founders of IDEAS 40203 in Louisville, Edmonds has helped create a chamber of commerce for creative types. The organization describes itself as being a community made up of progressive-minded individuals and businesses sharing new ideas, asking different questions and working together to accelerate sustainable, quantifiable economic and social change in Louisville and beyond. Edmonds and the organization hopes to expand on their idea that art can be a catalyst for revival in a community to other zip codes in the near future.  

 

Edmonds is a 2013 graduate of the UK School of Arts and Visual Studies with a Master of Fine Arts. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Transylvania University, a law degree from Tulane University School of Law, and a master's degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After working in administrative roles in hospitals and medical centers across the country, Edmonds decided to leave the medical professional world and focus on his artistic endeavors in New York City. It was there that he came up with the idea for his IDEAS 40203, bringing him back to Kentucky.

 

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education

 

 

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

UK Talents Featured in Bluegrass Opera Premiere of Long-lost Operetta

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:52am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2015) — The Bluegrass Opera will take to the stage next weekend at the Lexington Opera House to present the world premiere of "Illyria," a long-lost operetta that marries William Shakespeare's classic comedy "Twelfth Night" with music in the rich, entertaining style of Gilbert and Sullivan. The production features the talents of several members of the University of Kentucky community.

 

Composed in 1933 by William Theodore Diebels, professor of music at Washington University in St. Louis, with a libretto by his son-in-law, English professor Maurice Hartmann, "Illyria" calls for a cast of more than 25 and an orchestra of more than 35. It was originally scheduled to be premiered in summer stock in the 1930s, but the production never materialized due to events during the Great Depression.

 

The Bluegrass Opera's production, designed by Bill Barto and directed by UK School of Music alumnus Lorne Dechtenberg, will mark the first time the work has ever been performed.

 

"We're incredibly honored and excited to bring 'Illyria' to the stage for the first time," said Dechtenberg, who has held the baton at The Bluegrass Opera since its inception in 2008. "This will be our largest and most complex production ever, and it wouldn't be possible without the incredible cast and crew who have come together to make it happen. Not only is this production a dream-come-true for generations of the Diebels-Hartmann family, it's also a funny, memorable, and all-around great show that we feel deserves to be seen and enjoyed more, and we're hopeful that the exposure we give it will help lead to more performances."

 

Diebels (1875-1940) was an accomplished organist, composer and conductor who emigrated to the U.S. from Holland around the turn of the 20th century. In addition to teaching, he was recognized for his work as music director of the Cathedral of St. Louis. 

 

Hartmann (1906-1978) was married to Diebels' daughter, Helen, and was a specialist in Elizabethan verse (he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the work of Edmund Spenser, a 16th century English poet laureate and contemporary of Shakespeare). While not a musician himself, Hartmann shared Diebels' strong sense of faith; his contributions to his church and community were such that he was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal by Pope Paul VI in 1971.

 

Family of the composer and librettist will be in attendance at The Bluegrass Opera production.

 

The cast of "Illyria" includes such Central Kentucky theatre fixtures as Rachel Lee Rogers; Bill Barto, former president and director of Studio Players; and Eric Seale, former artistic director of Actors Guild of Lexington.

 

The production also includes a number of veterans from The Bluegrass Opera, such as Alice Jones, who originated the lead role of Claire in "Face Value" in 2011 and directed "A Tree on the Plains" the following year, and Jim Smith, who has appeared in 11 of the company's productions, as well as rising stars Caleb Leonard, who played the title role in "Kelpie," and Elizabeth Maines, who created the title role in "Lady Windermere's Fan".

 

UK is also well represented in the production — most notably by alumni Gordon Earl Thomas and Dena Sullivan-Smith, fresh off a recent appearance at New York's National Opera Center, as well as theatre student Tucker Keel and Michael Bratcher, of UK HealthCare Information Technology.

 

The Bluegrass Opera is a nonprofit performing arts company that specializes in the performance of new and under-recognized musical stage works and that is dedicated to training the next generation of American theatre artists. Founded in 2008, it is the only professional company of its kind in the country.

 

"Illyria" will be presented 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16 and 17, at the Lexington Opera House. General admission tickets are $30, and $15 for students with a valid ID. For tickets, visit The Bluegrass Opera website, www.bluegrassopera.org, or call at 859-940-9379.

 

The UK School of Music and UK Department of Theatre and Dance are housed at UK College of Fine Arts, which is also home to the university's School of Art and Visual Studies and Arts Administration Program.

 

 

 

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

'A Celtic Christmas' Comes to the Bluegrass

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:19pm

 

 

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Experience the holidays in Ireland from the comfort of a chair at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts with "Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas." Featuring a program of folktales, music and dance, "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Foley's "A Celtic Chirstmas" captures the holiday childhood experiences of the storyteller and director himself, who was born on a small farm in Teampall an Ghleanntáin. Today, he shares those memories with audiences across the U.S. from Thanksgiving to Christmas with his show. His other program, "Tomáseen Foley’s Irish Times," tours throughout the remainder of the year. Foley has released two CDs, "A Celtic Christmas: Parcel From America" and a live recording, "The Priest and the Acrobat."

 

"A Celtic Christmas" also features the talents of Grammy Award-winning guitarist and musical director William Coulter; vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Irish dancer Marianne Knight; multi-instrumentalist Brian Bigley; Irish dancer Marcus Donnelly; and violinist Edwin Huizinga.

 

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

Undergraduate Opera Studio Brings Holiday Classic Back to UK

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:06pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2014) — For many years in the 1990s and early 2000s, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presented the holiday classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” each season. After a 13-year hiatus, UK Opera Theatre’s youngest voices perform the one-act opera for a new generation. The UK Opera Theatre Undergraduate Studio and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) present three performances of this 45-minute opera, originally composed for NBC, Dec. 12 and 13, at the historic Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center.

 

"Amahl" is the story of a young, crippled boy and the miracle that cures him while the three kings are searching for the newborn king. As a result, Amahl wishes to take his crutch to the child as his gift. Gian Carlo Menotti’s inspiration for the piece was Hireonymus Bosch’s painting "The Adoration of the Magi." The opera premiered on NBC television on Christmas Eve 1951. For a full synopsis of the opera, visit UK Opera Theatre’s website.

 

Audiences attending "Amahl" this weekend will have an opportunity to bring a gift of their own to help those in need this holiday season. UK Opera Theatre is proud to partner with God’s Pantry Food Bank to help families in need in the Central Kentucky region. With a $6 (cash or check) donation, or 10 canned vegetables or soups (15oz. or more), donors will be entered to win two tickets to the June 2015 production of “It’s a Grand Night For Singing!”

 

“Amahl” is directed by UK artist-in-residence Gregory Turay. Alumnus Daniel Chetel, of CKYO, serves as conductor and music director. Bob Pickering has designed a new set for the production, with costumes by Susan Dudley Wigglesworth.  

 

UK Opera Theatre and CKYO will present three performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.13, at the Lyric Theatre. Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $12.50 for students. To purchase tickets contact the Lyric Theatre box office at 859-280-2218 or visit online at http://lexingtonlyric.tix.com.

 

UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at the 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 to Bring 'A Celtic Christmas' to the Bluegrass

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:06am

 

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — Kentucky families looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays can take in "Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas" as part of the 2014-2015 Signature Series at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

Hark! 'Collage' Holiday Concert Bigger Spectacle Than Before

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:18pm

 

UK Choirs, UK Steel Band and Lexington Singers Children's Choir perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," a favorite carol sung annually at "Collage." To view a transcript of the video, click here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — "Collage" — one of Lexington’s favorite holiday traditions — is back and bigger than ever before. In addition to an added matinee performance, University of Kentucky Choirs will be collaborating with even more members of the Lexington community as the Lafayette High School Madrigals join the list of esteemed musicians.

 

With this newest addition, "Collage" will feature nearly 500 performers sharing the same stage in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. “Collage: A Holiday Spectacular” will grace the stage for three performances 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

 

The list of Collage ensembles performing features all of UK Choirs choral groups including UK Choristers, UK Chorale, UK Women’s Choir, UK Men’s Chorus, acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen. In addition, three other UK School of Music ensembles, GrassCats, UK Steel Band and SaxCats, will share their instrumental talents.

 

Several other community talents will share the stage with the UK and Lafayette vocalists, including Alluring, the Lexington Singers and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir.

 

One of the most active and vibrant collegiate choral programs in the country, UK Choirs involve more than 250 students presenting 60 performances annually. Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, Men’s Chorus and Chorale, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music and director of Women’s Choir, UK Choirs create a positive learning environment that encourages students to seek the great rewards that choral music has to offer.

 

Tickets for "Collage" are $26 for general admission, $13 for UK students with a valid university ID and children, and $20 for groups of more than 10. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office by calling 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.ukscfatickets.com, and in person at the box office.

 

UK Choirs 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.

 

For more information on "Collage" or UK Choirs, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu

 

 

 

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

UK Fine Arts Rings in the Holiday Season

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:30pm


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014) – From the university's art studios to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Lyric Theatre, students in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts are ringing in the holiday season with everything from classic annual offerings to a new production of a beloved Christmas opera. With Open Studio, "Collage," “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and "Celebration of Song," as well as the visiting production of “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” at the Singletary Center, there is something sure to warm hearts and bring holiday cheer to the Bluegrass community Dec. 5-21.

 

Open Studio Decks Walls with UK Artwork

 

This Friday, UK School of Art and Visual Studies throws open its doors to the public for the last time at the Reynolds Building, before its move to the Bolivar Art Center next summer. The popular annual event gives the community an opportunity to discover and celebrate UK's talented young visual artists.

 

Lots of artwork from undergraduates, graduate students and even faculty will be on display including metalwork, fiber, paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics, plaster casts, printmaking and woodwork. In addition, much of the student and faculty artists' work can be purchased in time for the gift-giving season.

 

Open Studio also includes the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show, featuring UK students' best work over the last year. To round out the festivities there will be arts and crafts for children, live music, food and drinks.

 

Check out Open Studio from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Reynolds Building #1. The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.

 

Hark! ‘Collage’ Concerts Expanding

 

UK Choirs, UK Steel Band and Lexington Singers Children's Choir perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," a favorite carol sung annually at "Collage." To view a transcript of the video, click here.

 

UK Choirs' most popular concert of the year, "Collage," will bring holiday merriment to a larger audience and bring to the Singletary Center for the Arts stage approximately 500 vocalists and instrumentalists from UK and the community as it adds a third performance and an appearance by the Lafayette High School Madrigals.  

 

A local holiday tradition, the "Collage" concerts feature some of the season's most treasured carols from around the world. Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choral Activities, "Collage" showcases the UK School of Music's critically acclaimed UK ChoraleUK ChoristersUK Women's Choir and UK Men's Chorus, as well as the UK Choir's a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen.

 

In addition to the choral talents filling the stage, "Collage" also features some of the school's most celebrated musicians and Lexington's best musical talents.

 

The curtain rises on "Collage" 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $26 for general admission, $13 for children and UK students with a valid student ID, and $20 each for groups of more than 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center ticket office by calling 859-257-4929, visiting www.scfatickets.com, or in person.

 

UK Opera Theatre Does Holiday Double Duty with 'Amahl,' 'Celebration of Song'

 

The talents of UK Opera Theatre give local audiences two classic ways to celebrate the holiday season with a presentation of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and their annual sing-along concert with Alltech, "Celebration of Song."

 

UK Opera Theatre Undergraduate Studio will team up with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras to present Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Amahl is the story of a young, crippled boy and the miracle that cures him while the three kings are searching for the newborn king. This poignant story has become a holiday classic for the whole family.

 

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" will grace the stage beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Lyric Theatre. Tickets for the opera are $12.50 to $22.50 and are available through the Lyric box office 859-280-2218 or by visiting www.lexingtonlyric.tix.com.

 

 

  

The following day, UK Opera Theatre and Alltech invite the community to lend their voices in the spirit of the season at an old fashioned holiday sing-along concert "Celebration of Song." The free public concert, led by Professor of Voice and Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey, will begin 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at The Square (previously known as Victorian Square).

 

Singletary Center's Dreaming of ‘A Celtic Christmas’

 

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

Closing out the holiday season on campus, Singletary Center for the Arts will bring “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” to Lexington. The holiday production, now in its 17th year, makes its first appearance on a Bluegrass stage 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

"A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland – when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with the haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Tickets for “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” range from $30 to $20 (plus fees) based on location. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center box office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person. 

 

 

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

UK Orchestra Celebrates 175th Birthday of Tchaikovsky

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:26pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014)The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, continues its 96th season this Thursday with "Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky." The free public concert, celebrating Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

"Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky" will feature works from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker.” The performance of these iconic classical ballet scores will be conducted by Maestro Nardolillo.

 

From a wide-ranging catalogue of memorable works, Tchaikovsky’s ballets are some of the composer’s most beloved music. These scores are in full effect as an accompaniment to the stories and choreography, but they are also vibrant orchestral works in their own right.

 

Based on Russian folk tales of sorcery and redemption, "Swan Lake" was a collaboration between Tchaikovsky and Julius Reisinger, a choreographer for the Bolshoi Theatre. "Swan Lake" premiered in 1875, but the iconic staging of the work was produced 20 years later by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov at the Moscow Theatre.

 

For his second ballet, "Sleeping Beauty," Tchaikovsky went directly to Petipa, who served as the original choreographer for its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in January 1890. The result of Tchaikovsky’s focus on this composition was a new mature style that would define the last years of his life. More successful at its premiere than "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty" remains a popular choice on ballet stages throughout the world.

 

Tchaikovsky’s final ballet, "The Nutcracker," has become a holiday masterpiece throughout the western world. Another collaboration with Petipa and Ivanov produced at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg—and based on the writings of German author E.T.A Hoffmann —"The Nutcracker" presents Tchaikovsky at his most masterful. This fantastical story of a young girl and a world of toys coming to life was served by Tchaikovsky’s colorful orchestrations, specifically featuring the mystical sounds of the celeste and harp. A writer for the stage as much as for the concert hall, Tchaikovsky displays his penchant for the dramatic and programmatic in this collection of ballets, which constitute lasting contribution to the repertory.

 

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

UK Vocalists Sweep Ky. Met Auditions, Advance to Regional

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:03pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2014) — Three University of Kentucky vocalists, graduates Rebecca Farley and Matthew Turner and graduate student Christopher Kenney, were named winners of the Kentucky District Auditions of the Metropolitan (Met) Opera National Council Auditions held Nov. 22, at Memorial Hall.

 

Farley, a soprano; Turner, a bass; and Kenney, baritone, are still in the running to sing on the Metropolitan Opera stage, and their next audition will be at the Mid-South Regional round of auditions being held on the UK campus Feb. 21, 2015, at Memorial Hall. Traditionally, only one singer from each regional round will advance to the national semi-finals in New York.

 

A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Farley earned her bachelor's degree from UK in 2013. Local audiences may remember her as one of three UK sopranos who sang the role of Christine in UK Opera Theatre’s blockbuster 2012 production of "The Phantom of the Opera" in October and winner of the Advanced Women Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition later that same month. She placed second at the 2013 Mid-South Regional. Farley was the student of Endowed Chair, Professor of Voice Cynthia Lawrence.  

 

A Lexington resident, Turner is a 2014 accounting and vocal performance graduate of UK. Local audiences will remember him as one of two leads in UK Opera Theatre's production of "Sweeney Todd" earlier this fall. He spent the summer as a studio artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company in Vienna, Virginia. Turner was the student of Dennis Bender, associate professor of voice, and Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies.

 

Kenney, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia College, located in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is currently pursuing his master's degree under Lawrence.

 

All of the Kentucky District Auditions Encouragement Awards were also presented to UK vocalists. The students presented with this honor were voice performance and music theatre junior Mary Catherine Wright, of Lexington; doctoral candidate Shareese Arnold, of Sheffield, Alabama; and graduate student Jonathan Parham, of Cordele, Georgia.

 

The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. For more information on the program, visit online at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/ukot.

 

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program provides a venue for young opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a representative of the Met. Applicants prepare a minimum of five operatic arias in their original language; selections must demonstrate contrasting style as well as languages. Upon completing the audition, candidates are given the opportunity to meet with the judges personally to discuss matters of evaluation and advice.

 

The Met holds the auditions to discover new talent and to search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The Lindemann program, designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities, provides financial aid together with supervised artistic direction to the young artists.


The district level, which was hosted by OperaLex, is the first stage of the three-tiered audition process, and contestants can choose to compete in any district regardless of their place of residence. There is no set number of singers to advance to compete in the regional with roughly 1,500 singers participating each year in the 16 regions across the country.

 

Regional finals for this area include participants from the Kentucky, Arkansas, Middle/East Tennessee, North Alabama and West Tennessee/Mississippi districts. Winners at the regional level advance to the National Council Auditions Semi-Finals in New York in the spring. Only eight to 10 singers are selected as national finalists and perform in the Winners Concert at the Met.

 

 

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

UK Pianists to Present Concert for the Ears, Eyes, Imagination

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:41am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2014) – University of Kentucky piano students will get creative in a memorable concert for the ears, the eyes and the imagination. The UK Piano Studio will present “Making Music To Be Seen” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The classical concert with a modern twist is free and open to the public.  

 

The concert will showcase undergraduate and graduate students, both majors and minors, in the studio of Professor Irina Voro. The students will play a variety of solo and duet pieces for piano, as well as collaborations with other instruments.

 

The participating students and Voro said that music conveys stories and emotions “behind the notes.” The music requires the audience to listen with more than just their ears, but with their imagination.

 

In an attempt to fully engage the audience’s imagination, the students will present personal visual images and stories for the pieces they perform; these images will portray the emotions they “decoded” in their musical pieces.

 

The concert format is intended to engage sight, sound and imagination to create an immersive experience and enrich the audience’s perception of the music.

 

"Making Music To Be Seen” is a production of the Keyboards, Voice and Strings Division of the School of Music within the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

 

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

Hope Koehler to Perform 'Lost Melodies' From John Jacob Niles

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2014) — Hope Koehler will present a recital of little known music by legendary composer and balladeer, John Jacob Niles, and other work from her latest CD at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Niles Gallery in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Koehler, a UK alumna and preeminent interpreter of Niles' work, will perform various pieces from her recently released CD, "Lost Melodies." This event is free and open to the public.

 

"Lost Melodies" features a selection of pieces by Niles, most of which have neither been published nor recorded until now. Koehler will perform a selection of these works and Robert Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben," as well as songs by Fernando Obradors, Xavier Montsalvatge and Duke Ellington for the recital. She will be accompanied by James Douglass on the piano. This concert is made possible with support from an endowment, "Our American Music," a gift of Thomas M. T. Niles.

 

To hear Koehler perform "Go 'Way from my Window" by Niles, play the video below. 

 

A soprano, Koehler has appeared worldwide in recitals, concerts, operas and productions. Some of these productions include "Carmen," "Rigoletto," "The Impressario," "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "West Side Story." She is also a featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, led by UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey.

 

"Koehler an ideal interpreter, whose dusky timbre and voluptuous tone imbue every note with a mixture of sadness, beauty and hopeful longing," attested Opera News in a review of "Lost Melodies." "This repertoire fits her plush, rich-hued voice like a glove and she encompasses the wide vocal and emotional range of the songs with apparent ease."

 

John Jacob Niles was an influential voice in the American folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s. He also was an eminent collector of Appalachian ballads and African-American spirituals. The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music is named after the celebrated Kentucky composer and displays many traditional instruments he crafted. The center is a collaborative effort of UK School of Music and UK Libraries. The center is located at the Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

Koehler's recital of "Lost Melodies" is presented by the Niles Center at the 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

First-of-its-Kind Partnership Brings Moscow Ballet, UK Orchestra Together in 'Nutcracker' Tour

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 1:30pm

 

Promo for Moscow Ballet's "The Great Russian Nutcracker." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will lend its musical talents to the Moscow Ballet next week as it presents a three-city Kentucky tour of the "Great Russian Nutcracker." The tour, which also has stops in Paducah and Bowling Green, Kentucky, will grace the Singletary Center for the Arts stage for Central Kentucky audiences Nov. 18.

 

When Moscow Ballet’s 70-plus city tour stops in Paducah, Bowling Green and Lexington, the performances will be set to live music and played by student members of the UK Symphony Orchestra, a first in the Commonwealth. Approximately 70 up-and-coming musicians and 40 internationally touring Moscow Ballet dancers will pair for the staging of this holiday classic and usher it to life.

 

The partnership between Moscow Ballet and UK Symphony Orchestra is a pilot program for a national launch and couples for the first time a full student orchestra and internationally touring ballet company bringing audiences the full performance experience. 

 

"Performing Tchaikovsky's ballet, 'The Nutcracker,' with a major professional ballet company will be a rare and special treat and challenge for our students. Our students are very excited to meet and work with the Russian dancers, who are their same ages, and who, like our students, are deeply involved in being excellent in their art form,” said John Nardodillo, UK Symphony Orchestra’s conductor. 

 

“Moscow Ballet is a top-level educational experience for student dancers and it’s only fitting for us to invite musicians to participate,” said Akiva Talmi, CEO of Talmi Entertainment Inc., producer of the U.S. Tour. “This is such a treat for Kentucky audiences since full orchestras rarely travel with a touring production.”

 

Times, dates, and location for performances of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" are:

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

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

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

 

In addition to the "Great Russian Nutcracker," Moscow Ballet's repertory includes classic ballets "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty," "Romeo and Juliet," "Cinderella" and more. For over 20 years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America. Moscow Ballet has received critical acclaim from media outlets and was invited to present at two National Press Club Newsmaker events. In addition to the public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enable it to share the Russian Vaganova training with more than 5,000 local dance students annually in the “Dance with Us” program. 

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, 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, UK Symphony Orchestra 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 UK Symphony Orchestra season brochure, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/14-15_UKSO_layout.pdf.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra is 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

 

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Presents Rail Splitters and United Baptist Church

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:22pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2014) — From an old-time string band with roots across central and south-central Appalachia to the more gospel sounds of United Baptist Church, the next two concerts in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series demonstrates some of the diversity of traditional music. On Friday, Nov. 14, the Rail Splitters, including University of Kentucky doctoral candidate Julie Shepherd-Powell, will perform. The next week, on Friday, Nov. 21, members of the congregation for United Baptist Church of Lexington will share their sound. Both free public concerts will take place at noon, at the Niles Gallery, located in the UK Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

The Rail Splitters perform "Grey Eagle" and "John Henry" at 2013 Old Time Fiddlers Convention. 

 

Feet and Fiddle in Focus at Niles Gallery

The Rail Splitters are an old-time string band with deep roots in the musical traditions of Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. Fiddler Adrian Powell, banjo player and dancer Julie Shepherd-Powell and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brett Ratliff make up the trio.

 

Adrian Powell, a native of Crimora, Virginia, has won contests at fiddler's conventions all over the Southeast from Hillbilly Days in Pikeville, Kentucky, to the Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia. His fiddle style is straight forward with a hard drivin' bow, and he currently plays with several groups including the Pea Ridge Ramblers, Matt Kinman's Old Time Serenaders and the Cabin Creek Boys, in addition to the Rail Splitters. 

 

Julie Shepherd-Powell is an award-winning clawhammer banjo player and flatfoot dancer originally from North Carolina. She previously taught beginning and advanced old-time banjo at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. In addition to the Rail Splitters, Julie has also played with Letcher County band Rich and the Poor Folks. She competes in flatfoot dance competitions at fiddlers' conventions all over the southeast and calls square dances anywhere from Knoxville to New York City. Julie is currently completing her doctoral degree in anthropology at UK.

 

Raised by a coal miner and teacher in Van Lear, Kentucky, Brett Ratliff grew up with a love for the mountains, its people and its culture. As a youngster, he started singing in church and sang along to recordings of Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams. As a teenager he began playing guitar for bluegrass bands. But when Ratliff met musical father-and-son duo Jamie and Jesse Wells he became hooked on the moving, emotionally charged mountain music of his home. Since then, he has learned banjo tunes and ballads from some of the masters of old-time music, like knock-down banjo player George Gibson of Knott County and Pike County fiddle and banjo player Paul David Smith. Ratliff’s solo album, "Cold Icy Mountain," was released on June Appal Recordings. A previous  music director for WMMT Radio in Whitesburg, Kentucky, he currently serves as program director for the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky.

 

 

Elder Jason Lowery of Lexington's United Baptist Church performs "How Many Times."

 

United in Appalachian Gospel Sound

Appalachia embraces Sunday morning every bit as much as Saturday evening. Religion is a powerful force in Appalachian culture and few denominations are as distinctive as the Old Regular Church and the United Baptist Church. The United Baptist Church of Lexington preserves a worship style that draws on a long lineage of lined out hymnody and gospel. Elder Jason Lowery and members of the United Baptist congregation will present. 

 

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 Rail Splitters or United Baptist Church, 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.

Diego Garcia's Latin Sound to Heat Up the Bluegrass

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:58pm

 

Diego Garcia video for "Sunnier Days" from his latest album, "Paradise."A transcript of this video can be seen here

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2014) — The Latin sound of Diego Garcia will heat up the Bluegrass this weekend as he takes the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts stage. Born in the U.S. to Argentine parents, Garcia explores his Latin heritage with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970s troubadours like Sandro de América and Antônio Carlos Jobim, as well as singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Harry Nilsson. The all-ages concert begins with Lexington locals Bear Medicine at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

 

A breakout star with the release of his solo album "Laura," NPR named Diego Garcia’s debut “one of the top 25 Albums of the Year.” His poignant first single “You Were Never There” (co-written by George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison) is a perfect example with its lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars and distinctly Latin flavor.

 

Garcia knows how to mine romantic yearning in his work. His acclaimed 2011 solo debut "Laura" was the ultimate bedroom recording, an intensely focused and utterly entrancing chamber-pop song cycle about unrequited love, his own. The titular Laura was a woman he fell for in college but lost during a hectic period a decade ago when he was fronting Elefant, a New York City-based rock band that toured the world with artists like Interpol, The National and Morrissey. By the time "Laura" was finished, Garcia accepted the fact that she might only exist in his life as the subject of these songs. Then he miraculously won her back (and later married her). But those years of estrangement left an indelible mark and continue to inform his work. 

 

"When I was in the studio making the 'Laura' album, I was digging through my parents’ record collections and really taking a deeper look at Latin troubadours. There was one singer named Piero; I heard his song 'Mi Viejo' and it changed my life. I spent a whole session listening to that song, to all the details. When you listen to those singers, the drama in their delivery was so powerful, the way they would capture 'the malady of love.' Then I had this sort of eureka moment. It sparked an idea that felt very natural to me, reaching into that lost world, that golden age of Latin music," Garcia said.

 

"Paradise," Garcia's new album, continues to expand upon the romantic sound he had begun to shape throughout his work on "Laura." The album’s hybrid of influences, from the late-'60s “Anglo” crooners like Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker to the early-'70s passionate balladry of Latin American artists like Roberto Carlos, Jose Feliciano and Piero, and Spaniard Julio Iglesias, is a musical reflection of who he is: a U.S.-bred son of Latin American parents who thinks in English, but can speak fluently in Spanish.

 

Opening the evening will be Lexington folk-rock group Bear Medicine. A quartet featuring cello, flute, percussion and acoustic guitar, Bear Medicine succeed in balancing contemporary indie rock influences with a Kentucky tradition of folk and Appalachian music. They have recently self-released their debut album, "The Moon Has Been All My Life," to critical acclaim.

 

Tickets for this event are $26 for general admission and $13 for students with a valid UK ID. Service fee will be added upon completion of transaction. 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

UK Teams Up with LexPhil, Ky. Colleges for 'Carmina Burana' Concert

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:15am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky Chorale will team up with Lexington Philharmonic and four regional choral ensembles to bring a rare performance of "Carmina Burana" to the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

Alexander Scriabin’s "Poem of Ecstasy" opens the program with a full orchestra journey inspired by the trials and tribulations of humanity, followed by "Carmina Burana," Carl Orff’s masterwork of fate and fortune brought to life by vocal talent from UK, Eastern Kentucky University, Berea College, Transylvania University, SCAPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) Children’s Choir, and soloists Amanda Woodbury, soprano; Daniel Shirley, tenor; and Chad Sloan, baritone.

 

LexPhil conductor and Music Director Scott Terrell’s choice to pair Scriabin’s "Poem of Ecstasy" and Orff’s "Carmina Burana" is part of LexPhil’s ongoing movement toward “cultivating an environment where high-level artistry is paramount to building a strong arts community. One of the ways we support this community is through collaboration – a LexPhil core value – with the rich talent found in the region’s choral programs. I am thrilled to bring together these fresh voices from Berea College Concert Choir, Eastern Kentucky University Singers, SCAPA Children’s Choir, Transylvania University Choir, and the University of Kentucky Chorale for this powerful production of Orff’s 'Carmina Burana.'”

 

Both "Poem of Ecstasy" and "Carmina Burana" draw inspiration from poetic texts, heavily focusing on the wonders of the universe and the rare emotions that define human nature. While "Poem of Ecstasy" is a lush orchestral feature, Orff’s "Carmina Burana" is presented by LexPhil in its traditional vocal and orchestral setting instead of the theatrical “scenic cantata” for dramatic acting, dancing and singing originally intended by Orff. It is scored for choirs (men, women, boys and mixed), soloists (baritone, tenor and soprano), and a large, percussion-heavy orchestra, grouped into 24 sections characterized by lyrical and raucously rhythmic episodes.

 

Orff’s "Carmina Burana" also features the vocal talent of soloists Amanda Woodbury, Daniel Shirley and Chad Sloan. Kentucky-born soprano Amanda Woodbury is a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. She made her LA Opera debut as Micaëla in "Carmen" (2013) with subsequent appearances as Papagena in "Die Zauberflöte." She was recently honored as a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as receiving the Sara Tucker Study Grant. In 2014, she earned both second place and Audience Choice awards at Houston Grand Opera’s Elleanor McCollum Competition (2014).

 

Tenor Daniel Shirley debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2013, reviewed by the New York Concert Review as a voice that “soared over the large forces with strength and clarity.” The vocalist continues to earn critical praise for his appearances in concert, opera and musical theater. Recent awards include fifth place in the 2014 American Traditions Competition, honorable mention in the 2013 George London Foundation awards, and a 2012 Career Development Grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation. Shirley has also been honored with awards from the Anna Sosenko Trust, the National Society of Arts and Letters, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera and the Dayton Opera Guild.

 

American baritone Chad Sloan is recognized as much for his warm, elegant vocalism as he is for deft interpretations of diverse characters. In the 2012-2013, he performed "Carmina Burana" with Columbia Pro Cantare, Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Weihnachts-Oratorium" with Louisville Choral Arts Society, Johannes Brahms’ "Liebeslieder Waltzer" at Twickenham Music Festival, Benjamin Britten’s "War Requiem" at Lawrence Conservatory and as baritone soloist in performances with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Sloan is an active recitalist who recently performed a program responding to an installation of French Impressionism at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York. He has performed at Wolf Trap Opera in "The Pursuit of Love," and in the world premiere of Kenji Bunch’s "Dream Songs" at Carnegie Hall.

 

Prior to each Season Series concert, guests will have the opportunity to participate in an insightful discussion of the night’s events with Maestro Terrell during LexPhil’s "Inside the Score." Each "Inside the Score" starts at 6:45 p.m., and is held in the President’s Room at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

Valet parking is available for $10 per car at the Rose Street entrance to the Singletary Center. Free parking is available in any E Parking Lot on the UK campus, as well as Parking Structure 5 located at 409 S. Limestone, with entrances on South Limestone and South Upper Street. 

 

General admission tickets to "Carmina Burana" range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets also available. Pick 4 ticket packages are still available beginning at $85. "Carmina Burana" is made possible through the generous support of Unified Trust Company. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic at 859-233-4226, or visit the website at www.lexphil.org.

 

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. 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. UK Chorale performs under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities.

 

Conductor Scott Terrell was appointed music director of the Lexington Philharmonic in 2009. During his tenure, he has re-invigorated and raised the artistic level of the ensemble, expanded collaborations, increased subscriptions and challenged its musicians and audiences with a greater diversity of repertoire and programs. Maestro Terrell has simultaneously maintained a healthy schedule of recent guest conducting with the Colorado Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Future engagements include the Colorado Symphony, and a debut leading Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" at the Arizona Opera.

 

The Lexington Philharmonic, founded in 1961, is the only professional orchestral organization in Central Kentucky. LexPhil presents more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, including Season Series, Holiday Concerts, Peanut Butter and Jelly concerts for young children, special concerts, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at www.lexphil.org

 

 

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

Diego Garcia Brings Latin Flair to Bluegrass

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:35pm

 

Diego Garcia performs "You Were Never There." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will bring some Latin flair to the Bluegrass this month with the musical stylings of Diego Garcia. He will bring his distinctly Latin sound to the Singletary stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

 

Prior to Garcia's journey as a solo artist, he was the frontman for the popular New York indie rock act Elefant. His first single, "You Were Never There," features delicate Spanish guitars, lush string arrangements, and a distinctly Latin flavor drawn from his Argentine roots. With the release of his debut solo album, "Laura" in April of 2011, Garcia saw great success, having NPR name his debut, "one of the top 25 albums of the year." In October 2013, he released his newest album, "Paradise."  

 

Tickets for this event are $26 for general admission and $13 for students with a valid UK ID. Transaction fees will be added. 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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