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'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

Old-time Music and Dance Focus of 'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Concerts

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:30pm

Rich Kirby, who will play UK Nov. 7, performs "Rocky Island" at Portland Oldtime Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2014) — From a mother-daughter duo boasting both music and dancing skills to a traditional music virtuoso, "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series is sure to present a rollicking good time at Niles Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 31, old-time musicians Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley will perform. The next week, on Friday, Nov. 7, virtuosic fiddler, banjo player and mandolinist Rich Kirby is in the spotlight. 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.

 

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Growing up in Berea, Kentucky, Julia Weatherford’s magical youth was filled with traditional old-time music, handcrafts, folk dancing, baroque ensembles and church choirs. She studied cello from the age of 10, sang in harmony vocal groups, performed and sang in summer theater and puppetry theater, and folk danced her way through high school and college. 

 

In 1980, Weatherford settled at the family home place near Black Mountain, North Carolina, and has lived in a cabin built by her grandfather ever since. For 13 seasons, she has played cello with the Asheville Symphony, meanwhile moonlighting as a traditional dance fiddler. In addition, she previously was the artistic director of the legendary Black Mountain Festival from 1986 to 1995. Weatherford has performed and taught at such venues as the LEAF, the Black Mountain Festival, Berea Country Dance School, Pinewoods, Moondance, The Gypsy Meltdown and Folkmoot International. 

 

Weatherford has been a longtime member the Akira Satake Band, Far Horizons, Fly by Night and The Free Range Ensemble. Currently, she is the logistics director at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and the coordinator of Fiddle Week for that same event. A visual artist as well, Weatherford is a member of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild and is the mother of Pearl.

 

Pearl Angeline Shirley grew up in Black Mountain soaking up traditional Appalachian music and dance almost without noticing. She picked up a tiny violin at age 5, and since then has fiddled her way through hundreds of footstomping contra and square dances and concerts.

 

Shirley has toured with the popular contra dance band Mock Turtle Soup from Alnwick, England, to Santa Barbara, and currently performs with the acclaimed old-time band, Blue Eyed Girl. She is a step dancer and the director of Asheville’s “Twisty Cuffs” Cape Breton performance dance troupe. Shirley is a first grade teacher and the mother of two.

 

Traditional Music Virtuoso Rich Kirby Returns

Rich Kirby is a virtuosic fiddler, banjo player and mandolinist, who has served as news director for WMMT, Appalshop’s radio station. He has played and recorded with a number of bands including Wry Straw and Rich and the Po' Folks, and has produced many albums for the June Appal label including a recent release of his grandmother’s music, "Addie Graham: Been a Long Time Traveling."

 

Kirby is a founding member of the celebrated East Kentucky old-time string band, Rich and the Po’ Folks, the best (and only) old-time string band in Letcher County, Kentucky. The band explores the full range of traditional mountain music — fiddle tunes, ballads, coal mining songs, Carter Family pieces and contemporary mountain songs. Rich and the Po' Folks' repertoire comes from the members' home territory of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, hot spots for one of America's great musical traditions. They recorded the album "When the Whistle Blew" on the June Appal label in 2010. 

 

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 Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley or Rich Kirby, 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 Women's Choir Celebrates 20 Years of Music

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:25pm

UK Women's Choir singing "Pie Jesu" at Ely Cathedral.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Choir will celebrate 20 years of music as they present their fall concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. UK’s award-winning female a cappella group, Paws and Listen, will begin a pre-show performance at 7 p.m.

 

The fall concert is a special event in commemoration of the past 20 years of Women’s Choir at the university. The show will feature alumnae from the group, as well as from Paws and Listen.

 

The program includes a special four-song section by select Paws and Listen alumnae, who will be led by former coach Raye Hurley.

 

Approximately 50 women from past years of the choir will join the concert. Some long distance members who couldn’t make the journey have sent along special notes to be read at the performance.

 

“I am super excited for this concert because it is the first time we are doing something like this,” said Lori R. Hetzel, conductor of the UK Women’s Choir and associate director of UK School of Music. “I am thrilled to see all the people who have graduated.”

 

UK Women's Choir is made up of more than 100 women of all ages and academic disciplines. The choir has been internationally recognized, traveling to England, Ireland and Wales for their third international tour in the summer of 2012. More recently, Hetzel and the choir served as a demonstration choir at the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

 

Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and UK Women’s Choir alumnae. They can be purchased through the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the box office.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered national recognition 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

Death Takes Center Stage in UK Orchestra's 'All Hallows Eve'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:47pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, continues its 96th season with "All Hallows Eve" concert. The free public concert, featuring guest violinist and UK faculty member Daniel Mason, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

Mason will perform Alban Berg’s powerful Violin Concerto. The major 20th century work was written in response to the death of a young woman, a family friend of Berg's, and it was the last work he wrote before his own death. Mason is in his 32nd year as a professor of violin and head of the String Department at UK. He is concertmaster of and frequent soloist with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also, for 17 years, concertmaster of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. Mason has performed in Europe, Brazil, Korea, China and throughout the U.S.

 

Also on the program are "Tragic Overture" by Johannes Brahms and the great tone poem of Richard Strauss, "Death and Transfiguration," which describes the death of man, and the release of his soul into the infinite. The piece shows the man on his deathbed, where he remembers his childhood, his youth, his loves and life. He dies and receives the longed for transfiguration. Strauss wrote the work when he was just 24 years old. When Strauss himself was dying in 1949, at age 85, he told his family: "It's a funny thing, dying is just the way I composed it in 'Tod und Verklärung.'"

 

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 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

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