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UK Symphony Orchestra to Present Grand Season Finale of Brahms, Mahler

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:33pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) — In a grand collaboration with University of Kentucky Chorale, Choristers, Men's Chorus and Women's Choir, the UK Symphony Orchestra will take the Singletary Center for the Arts stage to perform works of Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

More than 300 performers from UK School of Music ensembles, along with mezzo-soprano Holly Dodson and soprano Rebecca Farley, will perform Brahms' "Song of Destiny" and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection" under the direction of Music Director and Conductor of the UK Symphony Orchestra John Nardolilo, guest conductor James Burton and assistant conductor Daniel Chetel.

 

Mahler, a descendant of the Austro-German tradition epitomized by Ludwig van Beethoven and Brahms, combines elements of symphony and tone poem, and programmatic and absolute music in "Resurrection."

 

Best known as a symphonist, Brahms and his "Song of Destiny," or "Schicksalslied," captures German romantic Frederich Hölderlin's poem “Hyperions Schicksalslied” with choral-orchestral music.

 

James Burton, Schola Cantorum of Oxford conductor and a graduate of St. John’s College Cambridge and the Peabody Conservatory, is renowned for his choral conducting and has conducted concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  and the Hallé. Last season he conducted Schola together with the OAE in the International Baroque Festival in Malta and gave performances of “Messiah” with the Oxford Philomusica.

 

In addition to the numerous talented ensembles and conductors, the concert will showcase the voices of Holly Dodson and Rebecca Farley.

 

Dodson, currently working on a master's degree in voice at UK, completed a double major in vocal performance and arts administration at UK last year and is an Alltech Vocal Scholar. In summer 2013, she traveled to Novafeltria, Italy, to perform the role of La Zia Principessa and in the fall delivered a passionate interpretation of Eponine in UK Opera Theatre's (UKOT) production of “Les Miserables.” Dodson has performed in both musical theater and operatic roles with UKOT, including Madame Giry in "Phantom of the Opera," Mistress Quickly in "Falstaff," Gertrude in "Romeo et Juliette" and Ruth in "Pirates of Penzance."

 

Dodson has also had numerous leading roles with the Bluegrass Opera including world premieres of "With Such Friends" and "Quantum Mechanic." She has worked with Carol Vaness, Douglas Ahlstedt, Ronan Tynan, Bill Lewis, Brygida Bziukiewicz, Francois Loup and Ubaldo Fabbri. Dodson has studied with Noemi Lugo and is a current student of Assistant Professor in Voice Elizabeth Arnold.

 

A Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Kentucky District winner, Farley earned her bachelor’s of music degree from UK. She has delighted audiences playing the roles of Nannetta in “Falstaff,” Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance,” Zerlina in “Don Giovanni,” and as a soloist in the annual "It's A Grand Night for Singing" concert. Farley was a part of UKOT history when she starred as Christine Daaé in its groundbreaking production of "The Phantom of the Opera."

 

Farley recently performed with the Lexington Singers as the soprano soloist in Handel's “Messiah,” Mary the Mother in Angela Rice's Easter oratorio “Thy Will Be Done,” and in Latin America with the Alltech Scholars. Farley has received awards from the Orpheus Vocal Competition and Peterson Vocal Competition, and studies with UK Endowed Chair in Music Cynthia Lawrence.

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, it has enjoyed great success racking up recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Lynn Harrell, Gil Shaham, Mark O'Connor, Sarah Chang, Marvin Hamlisch and Itzhak Perlman. The UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. The orchestra is housed at the award-winning UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.

 

Founded in 1918, the UK Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang, Ronan Tynan and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the concert hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented "Porgy and Bess," "La Bohème," "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly." Over the last three years, they have also begun an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the commonwealth. To date, they have performed for more than 10,000 students as part of this new initiative. In addition to live performances, UK's orchestra is one of the only collegiate orchestra programs to record for with Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Italian Pianist to Explore Love, Loneliness, Loss in UK Concert

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:43am

Marco Tezza plays Franz Schubert's Moments Musicaux, D 780.  

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2014) — Internationally renowned Italian pianist Marco Tezza will take the stage at the University of Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Memorial Hall. The concert, presented by the UK School of Music, is free and open to the public.

 

A celebrated pianist and conductor, Tezza is a prolific artist who presents a vast repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music. He is well-known to the public and critics as an artist who finds unique ways of interpreting scores, looking for new expressive logic and sonorities. Tezza has performed in prestigious concert halls and conducted master classes throughout the world in Milan, Zurich, Paris, Hamburg, South Africa, Beirut, Brazil and the U.S.

 

Tezza has studied and refined his skills with artists Milde Molinari, Carlo Mazzoli, Giovanni Guglielmo and Giuliana Padrin, as well as Jorg Demus, Gyorgy Sandor, Bruno Canino and Aquiles Delle Vign. He is the artistic director of the Stravinsky Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, and conducts concert seasons and festivals in Europe and South America. Tezza is also a member of the Accademia Veneta of Arts and Science and a professor of piano at Vicenza Conservatory in Italy.

 

The concert will include works by Hungarian and German composers that explore themes of love, loneliness and loss.

 

In describing the music, Robert Schumann wrote to Clara Wieck in an 1838 letter, “I meant, now, at the end, all to resolve in a merry wedding, but in the final bars the painful longing for you returned too and now it sounds like the intermingling of a wedding and dying."

 

Selected works on the bill include:

· Franz Liszt’s “La lugubre gondola II S. 200”;

· Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”; and

· Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke op.12.

 

During his visit, Tezza will also conduct a master class for UK students at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Center Theatre in the UK Student Center. This event is also free and open to the public.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Oboe Professor to Perform in Carnegie Hall's 'collected stories'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:27am

 

 

ToniMarie Marchioni performs Johann Sebastian Bach's "Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor" with violinist Ken Hamao and the New York Classical Players. Video courtesy of New York Classical Players.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2014) — University of Kentucky School of Music's ToniMarie Marchioni will be the next guest performer at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall. Marchioni, assistant professor of oboe, has been invited to perform as part of the hall's "collected stories" series beginning 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Carnegie Hall.

 

Oboist Marchioni will perform in the second concert of the "collected stories" program, a six-concert series curated by David Lang, Carnegie Hall’s 2013-2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. The series "collected stories" explores how the act of composing changes depending on what kind of story the composer is trying to tell.

 

Marchioni will perform in the "spirit" concert examining how different cultures approach a sacred subject and featuring Tuvan throat singing and Arvo Pärt's "Passio."

 

"I fell in love with Arvo Pärt’s music while in college by listening to the CD 'Tabula Rasa' over and over. While I was not familiar with this particular piece, performing contemporary music and lesser known works has always been important to me," said Marchioni. "I am incredibly excited for this concert."

           

With performances praised as “excellent” and “elegantly rendered” by the New York Times, Marchioni has performed in Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the U.S. She joined UK's faculty in 2013 and is a member of the IRIS Orchestra (Memphis, Tenn.) and Decoda (New York, N.Y.). Marchioni is a recent alumna of Ensemble ACJW, a groundbreaking initiative of Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education that combines chamber music performance, arts advocacy, leadership and teaching artistry.

 

Marchioni has appeared with the National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Georgia Woodwind Quintet, New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, and the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum. In 2010, she performed the Martinů Oboe Concerto with the Orquesta Philarmónica del Ecuador, marking the Ecuadorian premiere of the work, and only the second time it had been played in South America. In 2008, she gave the United States premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s concerto "Sprechgesang for Oboe and English Horn" with the New Juilliard Ensemble.

 

A dedicated teacher and advocate for arts education, Marchioni has taught for Sinfonia Por La Vida, an organization dedicated to social inclusion through music, and has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia, Las Vegas Music Festival and the American Festival for the Arts. As a fellow in Ensemble ACJW, she participated in a two-year teaching residency with the New York Department of Education, working closely with middle school band students at MS 158 in Bayside, Queens.

 

Tickets for "collected stories: spirit" range from $34 to $40, based on seating, and tickets for the entire series begin at $120.

 

For more information, visit Carnegie Hall's website at www.carnegiehall.org.   

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

First UK Musical Theatre Class Showcases Talents in Technicolor With 'Joseph'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:54pm

Trailer for UK Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  Video by Zachary Norton/UK Theatre. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — Following a season of offerings on comedic afterlife, holiday classics, breathtaking choreography and the themes of love, life and death, the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and the UK College of Fine Arts’ first class of musical theatre students will close the season with a musical parable of family and prophetic dreams. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will capture audiences with sensational music and a larger-than-life cast April 25 through April 27, at the Lexington Opera House.

 

In addition to closing out the UK Theatre season, “Joseph” highlights the talent of the first cohort of students completing the UK Musical Theatre Certificate program. Musical theatre student and Singletary Scholar Peter LaPrade will take the title role in the performance.

 

Music and theatre go hand-in-hand and UK's School of Music and Department of Theatre agree. UK now offers a program to create the best musical theatre experience possible, shaping talented students to utilize both acting and musical skills. Beginning in fall 2013, the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Musical Theatre debuted, offering a range of collaborative coursework and performance experience by drawing on resources from both departments.

 

The success of the musical theatre program is already evident beyond the UK stage. "The Musical Theatre Certificate has brought a vitality, energy and creativity to our program that is palpable," said Nancy Jones, chair of UK Theatre. "Our first graduate, Michael Sheehy, who plays Pharaoh in "Joseph," will graduate in May and go straight into professional summer stock and a full-time internship at Orlando Shakespeare Festival in the fall."

 

In addition to the cast of talented UK Theatre and musical theatre students, “Joseph” combines talent from across Lexington to bring every aspect of the tale to life. 

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre Associate Education Director Amie Kisling will direct 20 children from the Lexington community in the performance. Many of the children are already stage veterans in their own right. Cast members J.T. Snow and Alex Simpson, of Lexington, were featured in UK Theatre’s sold-out production of "A Christmas Carol" last December.

 

Animating the story and songs, UK Director of Dance Susie Thiel will serve as choreographer after directing UK's "(RE)Action Winter Dance Concert" this January.

 

The production is directed by Russell Henderson, associate professor of theatre acting and voice, and long-time director of the acclaimed outdoor drama "The Stephen Foster Story." The musical powerhouse wouldn't be complete without a live orchestra and a mix of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Brock Terry, pastor of music for the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, conducts the "Joseph" musical repertoire.

 

UK Theatre, which presents most of its productions at the Guignol Theatre, is excited to bring this production to a larger venue.

 

"We are thrilled to present this family favorite for our first production at the Lexington Opera House, where we will get to showcase the phenomenal talent of our faculty designers, guest lighting designer Matthew Hallock of Centre College, our wonderful students and many of the area's child actors," Jones said.

 

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this production, the first collaboration of Broadway dream team Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are challenged. When news of Joseph’s gift reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is on his way to becoming second in command. His brothers, having suffered greatly, find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed. Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel.

 

Setting the Old Testament tale to a colorful range of music, dance and acting, the musical emerges both timely and timeless.

 

Since "Joseph" was written and first performed in 1968, about 40,000 productions of the story have entertained audiences. With a U.S. tour beginning last month, the show is in the midst of a national resurgence.

 

UK Theatre's performances of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call 859-233-3535 or buy them online through Ticketmaster here

 

 

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

Guitar Professor Collaborates With UK Percussion on World Premiere

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:11pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) — In a world premiere of "Musica Casera," University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Guitar Dieter Hennings will join the critically acclaimed UK Percussion Ensemble, directed by James Campbell, to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

"Musica Casera," from composer Baljinder Sekhon, highlights the similarities between guitar and percussion.

 

Hennings, known for his recent engagements that include concerts with pop singer Natalie Merchant and baroque violinist Monica Huggett, will explore the timbral boundaries of guitar through the use of harmonics, bowed percussion, pitch bending, natural resonance, percussive striking and fast strumming passages in his performance.

 

The concert also features new work from student composer Connor Shafran, a music education, music performance and German freshman from Richmond, Ky. "This is Nimitta," inspired by the “hypnagogic state," explores the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep. Shafran's new work will feature a new instrument he designed, the Zungefon. His research into the design for this new percussion instrument landed him an invitation to present his work at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), hosted by UK earlier this month.

 

UK music performance senior Kelsey Moorhouse from Buford, Ga., will be the featured soloist on Askell Masson’s "Konzertstück," a concerto for a snare drum and percussion ensemble. This work features an interaction between a stabbing rhythmic motive (which spans over various meters changes) and an immutable musical tone row.

 

The Kentucky premiere of Alejandro Vinao’s "Water," for five percussionists and piano, will also be featured in the program. Vinao’s music is known for its complex rhythmic groove and bouncing octatonic melodies. This marks one of the first public performances of "Water" in its entirety.

 

Under the direction of James Campbell, the UK Percussion Ensemble has won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest four times. The ensemble has performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Bands of America Percussion Ensemble Festival, and alongside international guest artists such as Robin Engelman, Glenn Kotche, Steve Houghton, John Bergamo, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, William Cahn, Michael Spiro, Chalo Eduardo, Ney Rosauro, Liam Teague, Dick Schory, Anders Åstrand, Richie Garcia, Dave Samuels, Danny Gottlieb, Glenn Velez, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Jerry Steinholtz, David Johnson, Rich Holly, Dean Gronemeier, Fred Sanford, Thomas Burritt, John Parks, J.B. Smith, N. Scott Robinson, Andy Harnsberger, and many others.

 

For more information on the UK Percussion Ensemble concert, contact James Campbell, director of percussion studies at UK School of Music, at 859-257-8187.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK School of Music to Celebrate Bach, Britten in Performances

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:49pm

Paul O'Dette plays a work by John Dowland for the lute. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) — The University of Kentucky School of Music will celebrate Bach, Britten, lutes and voices with two events in two days. Grammy Award-winning lutenist Paul O'Dette will take the stage first at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall as part of the UK International Guitar Series at the School of Music. The following day, "Benjamin Britten Centennial Celebration: In Words and Music," sponsored by the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Division, will be presented from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Niles Gallery in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

Specializing in renaissance and baroque music, O’Dette's career began by playing the electric guitar in a rock band in Columbus, Ohio. The musician's interests took a turn when he began to play guitar transcriptions of lute music, opting soon after for the lute, as well as the archlute, theorbo and baroque guitar as his primary instruments. More than 120 recordings and five Grammy nominations later, O'Dette returns to UK to perform works from his Bach album, "J.S. Bach Lute Works Vol. I."

 

O'Dette is the co-artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival and since 1976 he has served as a professor of lute and director of early music at the Eastman School of Music in New York. In addition to his activities as a performer, O'Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of 17th-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices and lute technique.

 

Tickets for the Paul O'Dette concert are $25 for general admission, $10 for UK students and $15 for other students. A processing fee will be added upon transaction. Tickets can be purchased through the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online here or in person at the ticket office. 

 

"Benjamin Britten Centennial Celebration: In Words and Music," will celebrate English composer Benjamin Britten and include performances of Britten’s “Canticle III: ‘Still falls the Rain’" and selections from “Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo” by tenor and UK alumnus Justin Vickers, with UK collaborators Nan McSwain, opera lecturer and vocal coach; Michael Baker, associate professor of music theory; and Diana Hallman, associate professor of musicology. Several lectures will also be presented by Vickers; Vicki P. Stroeher, professor of music history at Marshall University; Baker; and Dennis Bender, associate professor of voice at UK. Following Bender’s lecture on Britten’s artistic links to Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, he will perform Shostakovich’s setting of William Shakespeare’s "Sonnet LXVI." 

 

Vicker’s performance begins at 3 p.m., followed by the lectures, which are free and open to the public.

 

Lecture topics and times are:

· "Britten's Monotone Passages: Discursive Shift as Interpretative Device," 3:30 p.m. (Stroeher);

· "Beginners Like Ourselves: Benjamin Britten, Eric Crozier, John Piper and the Independence of an English Opera Group (1946-1948)," 4 p.m. (Vickers);

· "Motives and Motivations: Linkage Technique in Britten's Operas and Other Vocal Works," 4:45 p.m. (Baker); and

· "Britten and Shostakovich: and art made tongue-tied by authority," 5:15 p.m. (Bender).

 

Vickers, an alumnus of the UK School of Music's graduate voice program, is a 20th-century British music scholar whose work focuses on Britten and Michael Tippett. His dissertation on Tippett was recently awarded the biannual Nicholas Temperley Distinguished Dissertation Award at the University of Illinois. Vickers has presented papers at the conference “Guarded Aldeburgh: Capturing Benjamin Britten in Tony Palmer’s A Time There Was (1979)”; the Fourth Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association; and the Annalyser les Processus de Création Musicale conference in Lille, France.

 

Currently a visiting assistant professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, Vickers is completing his doctoral dissertation on the history of the English Opera Group (1947-1980), and is a candidate for the doctoral program in historical musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts in performance and literature degree.

 

Stroeher is professor of music history at Marshall University and centers her musicological research on Britten's songs. She is co-editor, with Nicholas Clark and Jude Brimmer, of the forthcoming book, "A Life of the Two of Us: The Correspondence of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, 1937-1976," and her chapter on Britten’s discursive use of monotone in the book "Literary Britten" is soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

VSA KY Young Soloist Award Goes to UK Voice Student

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:28am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2014) — Each year VSA Kentucky recognizes outstanding young musicians, ages 14-25, with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career in music. These emerging musicians receive a $500 educational scholarship, mentoring sessions with professional musicians and performance opportunities. For the second year in a row, University of Kentucky vocal performance senior Gabrielle Barker has been named the VSA Kentucky Young Soloist Award winner for the state.

 

Barker, a native of Lexington, Ky., studies under Endowed Chair, Professor of Voice Cynthia Lawrence at UK Opera Theatre in the UK School of Music.

 

The vocalist's focus on her talent began in high school, where Barker won vocal competitions, participated in All State Choir and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Choir, and was a part of the Governor's School for the Arts.

 

"I love to act and sing, so I am particularly interested in an opera career," Barker said. "I believe that nothing should hold a person back from their dreams, so I try to take every opportunity that I can to make them happen. Performing has taught me a lot about myself. I am happy to share my gift with others."

 

As VSA Kentucky Young Soloist, Barker is also entered in the VSA International Young Soloist competition at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The competition is open to both individual musicians and ensembles of two to five members.  In order for ensembles to be eligible, at least one member must have a disability. All genres of music are accepted, including, but not limited to, classical, jazz, hip-hop/rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin and World.

 

The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. These emerging musicians receive a $2,500 cash prize, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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.

 

VSA Kentucky is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing inclusive arts and education programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities, in addition to professional development for artists and teachers in schools and communities statewide.

 

 

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

Travel the World with Evening of Music and Dance

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:17am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2014) — The University of Kentucky School of Music presents performances from all around the globe in the Spring World Music Concert beginning 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The World Music Concert, presented each semester, represents music and dance from multiple continents. This semester’s show follows that tradition.

 

The concert will open with the UK Bluegrass Ensemble, led by ethnomusicology graduate student Tanner Jones, who will play traditional Appalachian, gospel and folk favorites including “Old Home Place” and “Blackberry Blossom.” Next, UK School of Music faculty members Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar, and Noemi Lugo, professor of voice, will transport the audience to South America as they perform Argentine folk songs for voice and guitar.

 

Another performance will feature musicology doctoral student Justin Cornelison singing a traditional folk song from the nation of Georgia. Closer to home, the UK Korean Ensemble, led by Donna Kwon, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, will be playing a samulnori drumming number. This ensemble moves and dances while playing percussion instruments strapped to their bodies, such as the janggo (hourglass drum), buk (barrel drum), jing (large gong) and swe (small gong).

 

The final two performers will be featured for the first time at the UK World Music Concert. First, Yao “Lina” Lin, a graduate student in piano at Northern Illinois University, will play two Chinese traditional folk songs, including an arrangement of “Evening Song of a Fishing Boat,” which she premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2013. The last group on the concert, the Richmond Powwow Association, will present several traditional Native American dances, including the Round Dance, which will include audience participation.

 

For more information on the UK World Music Concert, call 859-257-4912 or email Erin Walker at ewalk@uky.edu.

 

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.

 

Big Bands, Big Name in Jazz Coming to UK

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:55am

 

A selection of performances by Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet. Video courtesy of www.jeffcoffin.com. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2014) — Big band ensembles and a famous saxophonist will blast rhythm and jazz onto the University of Kentucky's campus this weekend in the 2014 Big Band Blast. The event will feature the UK Jazz Ensemble, the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA) and the Jazz All-Stars of Central Kentucky, as well as special guest artist, saxophonist and member of the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin. The free public concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

Saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator Jeff Coffin is a Grammy award-winning musician known to captivate audiences by playing two saxophones at a time. Coffin is famous for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones from 1997-2010 and the Dave Matthews Band, which he joined as a member in 2009. When he is not touring with the Dave Matthews Band, he leads his own band, Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet, performing music influenced by funk, jazz, African, New Orleans, Indian, folk, electronic, Gypsy, rock, Brazilian and more. An advocate of music education, Coffin also leads music clinics across the country.

 

Graduating from the University of North Texas with a music education degree, Coffin's success in music began by studying with composer and saxophonist Joe Lovano on a National Endowment for the Arts grant and playing in the esteemed One O’Clock Lab Band.

 

Since then, Coffin has taken the stage and the studio with a range of famed musicians including Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks among others. Performing in concert with many ensembles, a number of Coffin's compositions have been published through the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press as big bang arrangements.

 

BAJA is a popular performing ensemble affiliated with the Bluegrass Area Jazz Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the promotion of jazz education and the performance of jazz in the Bluegrass area. The group is comprised of musicians from the community, both professional and amateur, as well as students from UK Jazz Studies. This 18-piece big band, which came together in 2004, performs under the direction of Raleigh Dailey, assistant professor of jazz studies at UK.

 

The Jazz All-Stars of Central Kentucky (JACK) is a select honor jazz ensemble put together specifically for this concert. The group features jazz talents from around the Bluegrass.

 

The UK Jazz Ensemble, one of several jazz ensembles in the UK School of Music, is conducted by Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies and professor of saxophone at UK since 1989. The UK Jazz Ensemble is a recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Ensemble certificate at the Annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s DeeBee award for Best Jazz Instrumental Studio Orchestra. The ensemble has been featured with many national touring artists, including David Liebman, Tom Harrell and Mel Torme, and has performed internationally at the world's most prestigious jazz festivals in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The UK Jazz Ensemble has also received invitational performances to the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference and the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. 

 

 

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

UK Orchestra Premieres New Pasatieri Work on Circle of Life, Showcases Concerto Contest Winner

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:51pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2014) — Alumna Catherine Clarke Nardolillo takes the Singletary Center stage this Friday in a University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra concert very personal to her. Wife of conductor John Nardolillo, she will perform the world premiere of a work written for their daughter, while nine months pregnant with the couple's second.

 

In addition, the concert will showcase the talents of one of UK School of Music's own, junior Ingang Han, winner of the UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, playing music by Sergei Prokofiev, as well as a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.” The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

Catherine will perform with the orchestra, the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir and the Danville Children’s Choir in a world premiere of composer Thomas Pasatieri's Symphony No. 2. The music follows life from its first stirrings as an embryo through experiences of love, loss, anger, beauty, art, and eventually death capturing the pain and joy one goes through in life.

 

"Symphony No. 2 is about life, the beginnings of life, the end of life, the life force, energy and sickness," the composer said.

 

In addition to celebrating life, the concert will also showcase up-and-coming talent with the solo performance of Ingang Han, winner of the UK Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition.

 

The competition presents a prestigious opportunity for UK music students to perform a solo concerto with the orchestra. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion, but students must also be full time music majors and prepare the entire concerto. A panel of judges composed of artists from outside UK reviews excerpts performed by each contestant and selects the top four to return and play their entire concerto. From these finalists, one to three winners are chosen to perform with the orchestra in the Concerto Competition concert.

 

Ingang Han, a music performance major from South Korea, will play the violin solo from Sergei Prokofiev’s Concert No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 19. He will be backed by the UK Symphony Orchestra.

 

Previously, Han was named the winner of the Lewis Scholarship at UK, a prize winner of the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition, and a finalist in the Utah Symphony Concerto Competition and the Eastern Music Festival Competition.

 

Founded in 1918, the UK Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang, Ronan Tynan and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the concert hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented "Porgy and Bess," "La Bohème," "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly." Over the last three years, they have also begun an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the commonwealth. To date, they have performed for more than 10,000 students as part of this new initiative. In addition to live performances, UK's orchestra is one of the only collegiate orchestra programs to record for with Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label.

 

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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

UK Trumpet Studio Takes Honors at National Competition

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:40pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2014) — Students from the University of Kentucky Trumpet Studio won several honors at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition (NTC), held March 20-23, in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

 

The UK Trumpet Quintet took second prize in the highly competitive ensemble division. More than 60 ensembles from around the U.S. submitted recordings. Thirty of these ensembles were selected for competition in the live, semifinal round in Mechanicsburg. The UK ensemble competed in the live semifinal on March 20 and was selected as one of six ensembles to advance to the final round on March 22, where the ensemble members were selected as the second prize winners.

 

The quintet is comprised of pre-mechanical engineering sophomore Aaron Brewer, of Madisonville, Ky.; music performance freshman Drew Burke, of Pikeville, Ky; music performance freshman Caden Holmes, of Madisonville; music education sophomore Conner Kinmon, of Williamstown, Ky., and music performance senior Jared Wallis, of Talala, Okla.

 

In addition to his honor with the quintet, Wallis advanced to the semifinal division of the solo competition performing "Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra" by Charles Chaynes. The graduate solo division also saw a UK alumnus, Eric Millard, awarded third prize.

 

The UK Trumpet Studio studies under the direction of Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet, himself a former NTC prize winner.

 

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.

UK Pep Band Members Help UK "see spirit."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:48am

 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 18, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Pep Band, part of the Wildcat Marching Band, plays an integral role in amplifying team spirit courtside year round. From women's and men's basketball games to volleyball matches, the band performs regularly for Big Blue Nation including the more than 24,000 Wildcat fans who regularly fill Rupp Arena.

 

In addition to long nights at Rupp and Memorial Coliseum, these dedicated student musicians take their talents on the road for the blue and white. A select 29-member road band travels to every SEC and NCAA tournament game. Even when the team is not there, UK Pep Band is entertaining Wildcat fans at university-wide events and pep rallies.

 

Big Blue Nation isn't the only group that recognizes the talents of the UK Pep Band; they have even been recognized nationally for their work. Last fall, Bleacher Report listed the UK Pep Band to its top 10 list of "The Most Entertaining Pep Bands in College Basketball."

 

Though it is housed in the UK School of Music and is directed by Scott-Lee Atchison, band members represent a variety of majors on campus.

 

Saxophone players Tim Michl, a kinesiology junior from Lexington, and Beth Bailey, a media arts and studies senior from Union, Ky., give us some insight into what it means to not only help fans "see blue." but "hear blue" as well.

Vocal Competition Brings Out Best and Brightest

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:19am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2014) — Alltech and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre present the ninth annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. Hailed as the largest vocal scholarship competition in the country, singers will compete for more than $500,000 in scholarships and prizes. This year’s competition will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The competition is free and open to the public.

 

Prizes include:

· Alltech Graduate First Prize: $12,000 cash prize, full tuition and a full graduate assistantship to UK;

· Alltech Graduate Second Prize: $8,000 cash prize, full tuition and a full graduate assistantship to UK;

· Alltech Undergraduate First Prize: $6,000 and a matching tuition waiver from UK; and

· Bryant’s Rent-All and Kentucky Eagle Inc. Second Prize: $3,000 and a matching tuition waiver from UK.

 

The 2014 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition will be judged by Lauren Bailey, artistic coordinator for Cincinnati Opera; Thomas King, professor of voice at Austin Peay State University and artistic director emeritus for the AIMS in Graz program; and David Roth, artistic director for Kentucky Opera.

 

The competition is open to new voice students who plan to attend the UK School of Music beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The singers must complete an application to the university by the time of their audition and be selected from their audition to compete for the scholarship. They must meet standards for admission to UK and be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2014-15 academic year to receive an award.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Tango Program Searches for the Soul of Argentina

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:51pm

 

 

Julian Hasse plays the bandoneón at a performance for the German Embassy. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2014) — Tango, the popular music and dance genre, and art form, will be the focus of several University of Kentucky School of Music events this semester. This month, Argentinian musician Julian Hasse will play the bandoneón and speak on the instrument's role within tango ensembles 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, and 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7. Both free public events will be in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

Hasse's program, "The Bandoneón: Soul of the Tango Orquesta," will elaborate on styles, techniques and history of this instrument with tango. Before developing a career in Argentina as a bandoneón and guitar player, arranger and orchestra conductor, Hasse attended the Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and a Berklee summer program. He is the founder of Orquesta de la Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires and Tangoscores.com, the largest online store for tango musicians. Hasse currently serves as the Tango Orchestra conductor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and performs with the Julian Hasse Quartet.

 

The Hasse events are presented in coordination with the College of Fine Arts courses MUS 390 and TA 350, "Tango in Argentina and the World: Music, Dance, and Culture," instructed by Associate Professor of Musicology Diana Hallman. The course explores the music, poetry and dance of tango and its history in Argentina, from 19th century beginnings through its Golden Age (1935-55), to contemporary trends of "nuevo tango" and professional tango shows.

 

“The Bandoneón: Soul of the Tango Orquesta" is sponsored by the School of Music and Department of Hispanic Studies

 

 

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

Hollywood Comes to the Bluegrass for Next UK Percussion Concert

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:23pm

 

"Torque Ability" performed by Brad Dutz and Chris Wabich.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2014) — Television and silver screen musician Brad Dutz and duo partner, Chris Wabich, will join the critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble to perform Dutz’s work "Freaked Out Rows" in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The UK Percussion Ensemble's concert is free and open to the public.

 

Dutz and Wabich's work can be heard on several popular TV shows including “King of the Hill,” “Family Guy,” “American Idol” and “American Dad.” Dutz’s motion picture credits include “The Bourne Legacy,” “Transformers,” “Anchorman,” “Battleship” and “Star Trek 5.”

 

Dutz brings his most unique percussion instruments to recording sessions in order to create new sounds, including bones, bata, berimbau, tabla, kanjira, doumbec, riq and others. He has recorded CDs with such artists as Alanis Morrisette, KISS, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes and Jeff Bridges.

 

Wabich has recorded with such artists as Ludacris, Alex Acuna and jazz legend Jeff Hamilton.

 

Also featured in the UK Percussion Ensemble concert is the Kentucky premiere of Alejandro Vinao’s "Water," a work for five percussionists and piano. Vinao’s music is known for its complex rhythmic groove and bouncing octatonic melodies. UK alumnus, percussionist and composer Brian Nozny’s beautiful piece, "Have You Seen the Grand Canyon?” is also on the bill.

 

Under the direction of James Campbell, the UK Percussion Ensemble has won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest four times. The ensemble has performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, the Bands of America Percussion Ensemble Festival, and alongside international guest artists such as Robin Engelman, Glenn Kotche, Steve Houghton, John Bergamo, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, William Cahn, Michael Spiro, Chalo Eduardo, Ney Rosauro, Liam Teague, Dick Schory, Anders Åstrand, Richie Garcia, Dave Samuels, Danny Gottlieb, Glenn Velez, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Jerry Steinholtz, David Johnson, Rich Holly, Dean Gronemeier, Fred Sanford, Thomas Burritt, John Parks, J.B. Smith, N. Scott Robinson, Andy Harnsberger, and many others.

 

For more information on the event, contact Director of UK Percussion Studies James Campbell at 859-257-8187.

 

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, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

March Madness Begins With Mozart’s Masterpiece

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:40pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2014) —Love, lust and murder are at the forefront of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s spring production of “Don Giovanni.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, first performed in 1787, drives along like a Alfred Hitchcock film. In the first scene, we see a murder and then follow the opera as the characters discover several secret truths. UK Opera Theatre presents four performances of "Don Giovanni" March 6-9, at the historic Lexington Opera House.

 

Sung in Italian with English supertitles, “Don Giovanni” is based on the legends of the great seducer Don Juan and is the 10th most performed opera in the world.

 

The UK cast of “Don Giovanni” is filled with award-winning singers, including Whitney Myers and William Clay Thompson, winners of the 2013 Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera (MET) Auditions; Thomas Gunther, winner of the 2012 Kentucky District MET Auditions and 2012 first place winner of the Alltech Competition; and Shareese Arnold, third place winner of the 2013 Alltech Competition.

 

Thirty-eight members of the UK Symphony Orchestra bring Mozart’s opera to life, under the baton of Maestro John Nardolillo. Richard Kagey, artist-in-residence for UK Opera Theatre, directs and designs the production with Tanya Harper serving as lighting designer and Susan Dudley-Wigglesworth serving as costume designer.

 

"Don Giovanni" takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Tickets for the production are available through the Lexington Center Box Office and can be purchased in person, by calling 859-233-3535 or visiting online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org or call 859-257-9331.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Pink Martini, von Trapps Perform With UK Orchestra as CD Drop Date Approaches

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:11pm

 

Preview of Pink Martini and The von Trapps' "Dream a Little Dream" album releasing March 4.  

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) — Less than a week before the release of their seventh CD, celebrated musical group Pink Martini, known for their mastery of many musical genres, will return to the Bluegrass to perform with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo. Pink Martini will be joined by special guest vocalists The von Trapps for a portion of the performance. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

Pink Martini, or the "little orchestra," is a 12-member ensemble that brings lounge, swing, world, classical, jazz, samba and more together to create an original and beautiful sound for audiences around the world. All the members of the group come from multicultural families and study different languages and styles of music from across the world.

 

"If the United Nations had a house band in 1962," says Pink Martini’s bandleader and pianist, Thomas Lauderdale, "then hopefully we’d be that band."

 

Pink Martini (who sometimes travels with string sections) performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America. The group made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with over 25 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.

 

Other noted appearances by Pink Martini include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004 and 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.

 

In January 2012, bandleader Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the legendary Phyllis Diller, who passed away seven months later. The new album, titled "Get Happy," was released Sept. 24, 2013, and features singers China Forbes and Storm Large along with special guests Rufus Wainwright, The von Trapps and Ari Shapiro, who appeared with the group at their last Singletary Center concert.

 

Most recently, the four great-grandchildren of Maria and Georg von Trapp have appeared with Pink Martini and are currently working on a joint album project with the band, "Dream a Little Dream." The collaboration album will be available March 4.

 

The von Trapps, Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, are the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the 1965 film "The Sound of Music." These siblings (ages 19–25) have been singing together for 12 years and have toured all over the world. Drawn into the magical orbit of Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Ore., and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past two years.

         

The four siblings originally began singing Austrian and American folk songs their grandfather, Werner von Trapp (portrayed as Kurt “the incorrigible” in "The Sound of Music") taught them at the family home in Kalispell, Mont. When he suffered a stroke 12 years ago, the siblings made a recording of the songs to cheer him up, never expecting it would inspire a new musical legacy.

 

Since that beginning, The von Trapps have recorded six albums, a concert DVD, and are currently working on a number of musical projects to be released next year. They recently collaborated on a song with Rufus Wainwright called “Kitty Come Home,” which is featured on Pink Martini’s upcoming release “Get Happy.”

 

In the last 10 years of its 95 year existence, with Nardolillo at the helm, the UK Symphony Orchestra has earned significant international acclaim. The orchestra has accumulated several recording credits and shared the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch and Mark O'Connor, as well the Boston Pops. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.

 

Tickets for the Pink Martini concert featuring The von Trapps and the UK Symphony Orchestra are all based on seating location and range from $35 to $55 plus fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Choristers, Student Center Celebrate 75 Years With 'A Night on Broadway'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:35pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2014) — Join the University of Kentucky Choristers for their sixth annual performance of “A Night on Broadway,” featuring 50 of UK's best student vocalists singing favorite Broadway tunes from musicals set around the world. The Choristers will take the stage 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom in the Student Center. This year "A Night on Broadway" will be presented as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of UK's Student Center.

 

“A Night on Broadway" is an entertaining evening for guests of all ages who love Broadway musicals. This event has quickly become one of the most popular concerts at UK with its program of musical theatre solos, duets and ensemble numbers from shows like "Miss Saigon," "Mary Poppins," "Lion King," "Spamalot," "Fiddler on the Roof," "In the Heights," "Camelot" and more.

 

In addition to great entertainment, "A Night on Broadway" also features great food. Appetizers and desserts will be provided by UK Catering Services, and hors d’oeurves will be provided beginning at 6:30 pm.

 

Tickets for "A Night on Broadway" are $25 for adults, $15 for UK faculty and staff, and $10 for college students and children. VIP tickets are available for $35 and include preferred seating and reserved parking. Purchase tickets by calling the UK Student Center Ticket Office at 859- 257-TICS (5897) or at any TicketMaster location, including ticketmaster.com. Corporate tables are available for reservation through the ticket center.

 

The UK Choristers, the oldest performing organization on campus, specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, including musical theatre. The ensemble performs under the direction of Maggie Blair. Students who participate in UK Choristers represent a variety of majors at the university. Part of the UK Choirs, the UK Choristers are housed at the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.

 

Since May 14, 2013, the 75th anniversary of the grand opening of the school’s Student Union, far-flung Student Center alumni have joined with current students and staff at commemorative events that focused on the recognition of the building’s past and praise for the building’s future. The UK Student Center "has been a hub of activity on our campus," UK President Eli Capilouto recently said. "It has played host to famous concerts and events, housed thousands of student organizations and been an incubator for young men and women who would go on to amazing careers in business, politics and civic life."

 

To view a documentary of the history of the UK Student Center produced by its staff, visit http://youtu.be/feRQx3emUfs. Visit the Student Center's 75th anniversary website and follow the extensive timeline of the life of the Student Center.  Also on the Student Center anniversary website, share your favorite Student Center stories and check the calendar for upcoming celebrations

 

 

 

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

 

 

Pink Martini, Von Trapps to Perform With UK Orchestra

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:52pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2014)Pink Martini, an ensemble known for their mastery of many musical genres, will return to the Bluegrass with The Von Trapps to perform with University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

Pink Martini - Get Happy Preview #1 from Pink Martini on Vimeo.

 

Pink Martini, or the "little orchestra," is a 12-member ensemble that brings lounge, swing, world, classical, jazz, samba and more together to create an original and beautiful sound for audiences around the world. All 12 members of the group come from multicultural families and study different languages and styles of music from across the world.

 

Tickets for the Pink Martini concert featuring The Von Trapps and the UK Symphony Orchestra are all based on seating location and range from $35 to $55 plus fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.

 

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

           

 

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

Concert Remembers Life, Contributions of UK Oboist Nancy Clauter

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:56am

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and the UK Women’s Choir will come together to present a concert honoring the memory of beloved friend and colleague in the School of Music. “In Memoriam Nancy Clauter” begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The UK Wind Symphony and the UK Women’s Choir will perform several musical selections along with performances by guest artists from the School of Music, Assistant Professor ToniMarie Marchioni on oboe and English horn, and Assistant Professor Jason Dovel on trumpet.

 

Nancy Clauter, who held a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree from University of Arizona, joined UK’s faculty in 1997. Active in the local music scene, she also performed as principal oboe for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and was an associate professor of oboe at the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.

 

Clauter was diagnosed in 2008 with multiple myeloma, a rare, blood-related cancer.  Wanting to inspire and comfort others who faced the disease, she recorded a CD. "MERIDIAN: The Ascending Journey," featuring a new oboe concerto and Clauter with artists from UK and the Lexington Philharmonic, was made possible through funding from the UK Research Foundation

 

Released in August 2011, "MERIDIAN" both inspired listeners going through the same battle and raised money for research into the rare blood cancer. The CD can be ordered online from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to MMRF's work funding drug discovery and development efforts to treat multiple myeloma.   

 

The Ascending Journey (Trailer) from Vis Center on Vimeo. For a transcript of the video, click here

 

As part of her research project for the CD, Clauter also agreed to participate in a 30-minute documentary of her story, allowing a media team from Research Communications and the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at UK to follow her for six months. "The Ascending Journey" tells Clauter's story, from her diagnosis, through chemotherapy and stem cell transplant therapy.  

 

Clauter retired from UK School of Music in spring 2013 and moved back to Arizona to be closer to her family. She passed away Dec. 24, 2013.

 

Included in the memorial concert's program will be some of Clauter’s favorite works. The concert opens with John Mackey’s “Redline Tango,” which takes its title from both the common term of “redlining an engine” or pushing it to the limit, as well as the IRT subway line of the New York subway system. Next up will be Vincent Persichetti’s historically significant “Symphony for Band,” which premiered in 1956. The work is considered a masterpiece of the genre. Also on the evening’s program is “Quiet City,” a well-known composition for trumpet, cor anglais and string orchestra by Aaron Copland.

 

The UK Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the School of Music. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for more than 100 years, the UK Wind Symphony is considered to be one of the finest university concert bands in the United States. In the summer of 2008, the ensemble participated in a 10-day concert tour of the People's Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in the cities of Suzhou, Yangzhou, Changzhou, and Beijing in celebration of China's hosting of the Summer Olympic Games. The UK Wind Symphony performs frequently on campus in the Singletary Center for the Performing Arts. Concerts are free and open to the public.

 

UK Women's Choir, under the direction of Lori Hetzel, 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 a recent summer tour. Hetzel and the choir were invited to serve as a demonstration choir at the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Conference held in March in Dallas, Texas. 

 

For more information on the memorial concert contact the UK Bands at 859-257-2263 or visit online www.ukbands.org.

 

 

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

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