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UK School of Music to Premiere Recital Inspired by African-American Poetry

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 2:12pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — The University of Kentucky School of Music will celebrate Black History Month with a special recital inspired by African-American poetry performed and composed by two accomplished alumni. The world premiere of “What Dreams We Have,” featuring Reginald Smith Jr. and Daniel Arnold, will begin 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

 

This new composition by Arnold incorporates the themes of night and dreams that are prevalent in poetry from such notable writers as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes and more. Works featured will also include Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” Morgan Collins’ “Creole Girl” and Clarissa Scott Delany’s “Night Song,” just to name a few.

 

In addition to Smith and Arnold, the recital will feature School of Music faculty Nan McSwain, lecturer in opera and vocal coach, and Margaret Karp, lecturer in violin and viola.

 

The day after the recital, Smith and Arnold will participate in a public panel discussion from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Gail Robinson Memorial Library in the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center. This discussion will explore new musical compositions, what it is like working with composers and performers, and finding inspiration from poetry, along with other topics.

 

The recital is presented with support from the Friends of the UK School of Music and OperaLex.

 

Baritone Reginald Smith Jr. was a grand finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He has been praised by the New York Times as a "passionate performer" and by Opera News for his "powerful and attractive voice." In the 2015-2016 season, he had his company debut with Toledo Opera, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony. He is an alumnus of the Seagle Music Colony, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and of the Filene Young Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera. He is a 2013 graduate of UK where he earned bachelor's degrees in in vocal performance and choral music education. Smith studied with Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre.

 

Daniel Arnold’s music has been performed in Germany, England, Portugal and Romania, in addition to cities across the United States. Primarily a composer of solo piano music and chamber music, Arnold received his master's degree in composition in 2012 from UK, where he studied with Joseph Baber. Arnold currently works as a freelance composer, arranger and engraver.

 

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

Heat Up Your Valentine's Celebrations with Jazz

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 4:45pm

 

 

 

UK Jazz Ensemble plays "My Funny Valentine," written by Rogers and Hart, arranged by Dave Barduhn. 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — The  University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band invite couples and jazz lovers alike to come in out of the cold for "A Jazzy Valentine Concert" 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), Feb. 11, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Conducted by Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies, the UK Jazz Ensemble is composed of undergraduate and graduate students. The ensemble has received invitations to perform at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference multiple times and at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference. In 2011, the UK Jazz Ensemble, along with the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, toured France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, performing at two of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. In 2014, the ensemble completed at two-week tour of China.

 

Under the direction of Raleigh Dailey, associate professor of jazz studies, the UK Lab Band has performed regionally as well as at jazz festivals in Elmhurst, Illinois, and Louisville, Kentucky.

 

UK's Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band are housed in 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

Singletary Center Signature Series Presents Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:56pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will present three celebrated songwriters on stage together for one night only. Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

 

In a critically acclaimed career spanning over 20 years, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin has established one of the strongest and most inimitable voices in contemporary folk music. In addition to being an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, Joan Osborne, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins, first praised for her work as a founding member of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, has since established a solo career including highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists. Widely known as “the Queen of Modern Folk Music,” Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. A Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell’s musical style, sound, and performance have led her to be compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Gillian Welch. 

 

For one night only, enjoy three of America’s finest songwriters on stage as Griffin, Watkins and Mitchell join together for a very special evening of music. Presented as a “songwriters-in-the-round” concert, all three of these noted performers will share songs and stories for an intimate and unforgettable evening.

 

Tickets for this concert are $45-32 depending on location of seating. A ticket processing fee will be applied upon transaction. Tickets can be purchased from Singletary Center ticket office at www.scfatickets.com, phoning 859-257-4929 or at the venue.

 

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 Faculty Win Big at Lexington Music Awards

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:36am

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2016) — Two University of Kentucky School of Music faculty and a former faculty member took home awards at the second annual Lexington Music Awards held Jan. 31, at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.

 

Raleigh Dailey, associate professor of UK Jazz Studies, took home the award for Best Keyboardist. Dailey, who earned his doctoral degree from UK, is an internationally recognized jazz pianist, composer, scholar and educator. Under his direction, UK's Lab Band and Jazz Combos have performed nationally at various jazz festivals, including the International Jazz Education Network Conference. Dailey regularly performs worldwide, and his recordings were the subject of a recent feature article in DownBeat magazine.

 

Kevin Holm-Hudson, an associate professor of music theory, took home the Jay Flippin Music Education Award. Holm-Hudson has taught at UK since 2000. He holds a doctoral degree in composition (with an ethnomusicology emphasis) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of "Genesis and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (Ashgate, 2008) and the editor of "Progressive Rock Reconsidered" (Routledge, 2002). He is currently preparing a music theory textbook for Oxford University Press.

 

This is Holm-Hudson’s second Lexington Music Award. In addition to being one of the evening's winners, Holm-Hudson and his group, The Twiggenburys, served as the house band for the awards ceremony.

 

Vince DiMartino, a former UK faculty member, received the Lexington Music Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to Kentucky music. Described as one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators, DiMartino has also received the CASE Professor of the Year award in Kentucky in 2004 and the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. DiMartino retired in 2012 from Centre College.

 

The idea for the Lexington Music Awards came about from Lexington musician and music teacher, David McLean. McLean intended for the event to be a small gathering, but soon realized that there was much more interest in the event than he originally predicted. In order to determine the winners of each category, McLean has the public make nominations online. He then narrows down the votes to the top four candidates per category and had individual nominees vote on each category to determine the winners.

 

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 Wind Symphony to Give Featured Concert at KMEA Conference

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 3:42pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2016)The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, will be a featured performing ensemble at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Conference. The symphony will perform 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, in Louisville, Kentucky. 

 

UK's Wind Symphony will perform three musical selections at the conference: "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" by John Adams, "Gone" by Scott McAllister and "Bells for Stokowski" by Michael Daugherty. The ensemble’s performance of “Gone” will be dedicated to the memory of Ken Haddix, a UK alumnus and former associate director of bands and professor of trombone at Eastern Kentucky University.

 

This marks the second time since 2006 that the UK Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the annual KMEA conference, which is attended by as many as 10,000 teachers, students and performing artists annually. The UK Wind Symphony consists of the finest wind and percussion graduate and undergraduate students in the nationally recognized UK School of Music. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over 100 years, the symphony continues a rich tradition of performing the finest traditional and contemporary compositions in the concert band/chamber winds repertoire.  

 

The UK Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at many of the nation’s most prestigious concert band events, including recent appearances at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conferences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Minnesota and University of Georgia. The symphony was also recently invited to perform at the Southern Division CBDNA Conferences in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oxford, Mississippi. In 2008, the UK Wind Symphony performed a 10-day concert tour of the People’s Republic of China.

 

Next up, the UK Wind Symphony will be a featured performing ensemble at the 83rd Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association to be held March 8-11, 2017, in Lexington.

 

For more information on the UK Wind Symphony, contact Director of UK Bands John Cody Birdwell at cody.birdwell@uky.edu.  

 

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

 

 

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

Opera Symposium Explores Representations of Race

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 1:53pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2016) — An upcoming symposium presented by the University of Kentucky Opera Research Alliance aims to explore African-American representations in opera. "Confronting America’s Racial Past through Opera" will be held 3:30–5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center on the UK campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the UK School of Music and the UK Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, the symposium will feature presentations by graduate students in musicology, ethnomusicology and vocal performance. The doctoral student speakers and their topics are:

· musicology student Kaylina Madison, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Louis Gruenberg’s "The Emperor Jones," an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s 1920 play of the same title, at 3:30 p.m.;

· ethnomusicology student Nathaniel Lucy, of Toledo, Ohio, on "Many Thousand Gone," an opera that portrays the tragedy of a real-life Missouri lynching, at 4 p.m.;

· vocal performance student Iris Fordjour-Hankins, of Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan, on the story of Kentucky slave Margaret Garner in Richard Danielpour’s opera "Margaret Garner," set to a libretto by Toni Morrison, author of "Beloved," at 4:30 p.m.; and

· musicology student Kathryn Caton, of Lexington, on the representation of Martin Luther King Jr. in Philip Glass’s opera, "Satyagraha," at 5 p.m.

 

The following week, Bruce D. McClung, associate professor of musicology and division head of composition, musicology and theory at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, will present "From the Lower East Side to Catfish Row: 'Strawberries!' as Cultural Mediation in 'Porgy and Bess' Street Scene," which will begin 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. This talk is also free and open to the public.

 

Bruce McClung is a musicologist whose interests include American music, musical theater, mass entertainment, manuscript studies and critical editing. His research appears in Theater, The Kurt Weill Newsletter, "Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism," Pipers Enzklopädie des Musiktheaters: Oper, Operette, Musical, Ballet and The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2d ed.); the collections "A Stranger Here Myself: Kurt Weill Studien" and the "Cambridge Companion to the Musical"; and the New York Public Library’s iPad app "Biblion: The Boundless Library."

 

McClung is the author of the award-winning book "Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical" (Oxford University Press). He is also editor of the two-volume critical edition of "Lady in the Dark" for the Kurt Weill Edition, and served as the musical and text consultant for the Royal National Theatre’s production of that musical play. He has received an American Musicological Society Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award. McClung is currently writing a monograph titled "The World of Tomorrow: Music and the New York World’s Fair 1939/40."

 

For more information about the symposium or McClung's lecture, contact Diana Hallman, associate professor of musicology and coordinator of the UK Opera Research Alliance, by email to diana.hallman@uky.edu.

 

 

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

UK Choristers Invites Bluegrass to Join Them for 'A Night on Broadway'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 4:48pm

 

 

UK Choristers perform "Pandemonium" from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in 2013. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2016) — The thrills and trills of New York's biggest musicals will light up the stage as the University of Kentucky Choristers step into the spotlight for "A Night on Broadway" this weekend. The popular annual musical revue, including show-stopping selections from "Les Miserables," "Wicked," "Ragtime" and more, will begin with five-star appetizers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Singletary Center for the Arts lobby prior to the one-act performance at 8 p.m., in the Recital Hall. Dessert will be served in the lobby after the show.

 

The Choristers, conducted by Beth Wilson, is the oldest performing organization on campus. Filled with underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off campus. The 60-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied, and also performs a major work each year with the UK Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, UK Choristers have been featured with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in its "Unplugged and Untied" Concert Series.

 

Admission to UK Choristers' "Night on Broadway" is $10 for UK students with valid student ID, $15 for UK faculty and staff, $25 for general admission, and $35 for VIPs, which includes courtesy parking pass for early ticket purchases. Tickets are available at the Singletary Center ticket office at www.scfatickets.com, by phone at 859-257-4929 or in person at the venue.

 

For more information on the UK Choristers or other UK Choirs' events, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at wrightson.joseph@gmail.com.

 

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

 

 

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

UK's Rachel Shane Named Editor-in-Chief of Arts Journal

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:24pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016)Rachel Shane, director of the University of Kentucky's Arts Administration Program, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.

 

The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society is the authoritative resource for arts policymakers and analysts, sociologists, arts and cultural administrators, educators, trustees, artists, lawyers and citizens concerned with the performing, visual and media arts, as well as cultural affairs. Articles, commentaries and reviews of publications address marketing, intellectual property, arts policy, arts law, governance, and cultural production and dissemination from a variety of philosophical, disciplinary, and national and international perspectives.

 

In addition to serving as director of the UK Arts Administration Program, Shane teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the bachelor's and master's degree programs. Prior to joining UK College of Fine Arts, she served as department head and professor of arts administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she established the arts administration department and grew it to the fourth largest graduate program at the college. At SCAD, Shane led the design and creation of three degree programs and an undergraduate minor in arts and entertainment management.

 

Shane currently serves as a board member for the Association of Arts Administration Educators. In 2012, she served as the conference chair for the 37th annual international Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference. She is also the co-founder of MasterMinds Agency, a national consulting firm for nonprofit organizations.

 

As an arts administrator, Shane has also served in a variety of capacities in the field. She previously served as managing director of the Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, Connecticut; associate director of education at the Delaware Theatre Company; and as the theatre for young audiences tour director and theatre summer camp director for the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida.

 

Shane holds an associate's degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a bachelor's degree in theatre from Northern Arizona University, a master' degree in arts administration from Drexel University, and doctoral degree in cultural policy and arts administration from Ohio State University

 

UK's Arts Administration Program, in the UK College of Fine Arts, is designed to prepare students for a future in the management of arts organizations. Students are provided with a strong liberal arts education, an understanding of the business world, and a comprehensive education in one of the four arts disciplines of art, music, dance and theatre.

 

 

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

Invite Holiday Guests to Sing Along With UK Opera, Alltech's 'Celebration of Song' on WKYT

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 2:49pm

 

 

A performance of "Let it Snow" by UK's Alltech Scholars at the 2014 "Celebration of Song" concert. Video courtesy of Alltech.

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2015) — Local TV station WKYT will broadcast the 10th anniversary "Celebration of Song" sing-along holiday concert featuring University of Kentucky Opera Theatre vocalists leading the community in popular carols. The concert programming will air twice on Christmas at 12:35 a.m. and again at noon Friday, Dec. 25, on WKYT (Insight Cable Channel 9).

 

Conducted by Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey, "Celebration of Song" featured performances of beloved carols by award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre.

 

Lending their talents to the celebration this year were several guest artists, including Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis, a UK sophomore majoring in voice performance and political science; Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise; Professor of Voice and Endowed Chair in Vocal Performance Cynthia Lawrence; UK Artist-in-Residence Gregory Turay; UK Blue Steel; and the Lexington Singers' Children's Choir. WKYT Anchor Barbara Bailey hosted the free public concerts held Dec. 13, at The Square.

 

Each year "Celebration of Song," presented in conjunction with Alltech, encourages the Central Kentucky community to become part of the concert and sing along to a great selection of well-known seasonal songs and carols.

 

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

 

For more information on "Celebration of Song," visit www.celebrationofsong.org.

 

 

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

ACE Brings 'Elf Jr.' to Town for the Holidays

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 2:29pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) presents "Elf Jr." as its holiday offering this month. The musical, based on the popular holiday movie, will enchant audiences for only one weekend of performances Dec. 18-20, at Sts. Peter and Paul School, located at 423 West Short St. in Lexington.

 

In "Elf Jr.," follow Buddy the Elf on his journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his human father, Walter Hobbs. Buddy discovers that a family is the best Christmas gift he could ever receive, and spreads plenty of Christmas cheer along the way. 

 

Based on the Warner Brothers movie starring Will Ferrell and the original Broadway musical "Elf," ACE presents the junior script and score for live audiences in the Bluegrass. The family-friendly junior production was developed by iTheatrics, an educational theater company based in New York City, for Music Theatre International (MTI), one of the world's major dramatic licensing agencies.

 

Elf Jr." will captivate audiences 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, at the Lucille Little Theatre at Sts. Peter and Paul School. Tickets for the show are $12 for children and $14 for general admission. To purchase tickets in advance, call all 859-257-TICS (8427). Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

 

Created in 2009, ACE is a preparatory performing arts program for young students in Lexington and the surrounding communities. The academy provides training and instruction in performing arts and encourages excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion among its students. A department of UK Opera Theatre, ACE was selected for the first ever pilot of a workshop of "Elf Jr." in 2013.

 

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

 

 

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

Come Sing Along With UK Opera and Alltech at 'Celebration of Song'

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 4:47pm

 

A performance of "Let it Snow" by UK's Alltech Scholars at the 2014 "Celebration of Song" concert. Video courtesy of Alltech.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre in conjunction with Alltech proudly present the 10th annual "Celebration of Song." Join the Bluegrass community as it gets in the spirit of the season at these old-fashioned holiday sing-along concerts Dec. 13, at The Square. The concerts are free and open to the public. 

 

Conducted by Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey, "Celebration of Song" features performances of beloved carols by award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre. Lending their talents to the celebration this year will be several guest artists, including Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis, a UK opera theatre and political science sophomore; Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise; Endowed Chair, Professor of Voice Cynthia Lawrence; UK artist-in-residence Gregory Turay; UK Blue Steel; and the Lexington Singers' Children's Choir. WKYT Anchor Barbara Bailey will be on hand to host the festive concerts.

 

Due to popular demand there will be two performances of "Celebration of Song" again this year at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at The Square, located at the corner of West Main Street in downtown Lexington.

 

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

 

For more information on "Celebration of Song" visit www.celebrationofsong.org or contact UK Opera Theatre at 859-257-9331.

 

 

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

'Amahl' Visits Lexington for the Holidays

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 2:50pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2015)University of Kentucky Opera Theatre in collaboration with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra present the holiday classic and family favorite, "Amahl and the Night Visitors." This one-act, English opera will enjoy three performances Dec. 11-12, at the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.

 

Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, "Amahl" tells the story of a disabled shepherd boy, who unexpectedly encounters three kings, traveling to Bethlehem to meet the newborn king. When Amahl offers his crutch to the kings as a gift for the child, a miracle happens and a new journey begins.

 

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 and was the first American opera.

 

UK Opera Theatre's three performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.12, at the Lyric. Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $12.50 for students. Handling fees apply. 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

Have Yourself 'An Appalachian Christmas' With Mark O'Connor

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 4:39pm
 

 

Mark O'Connor and Jane Monheit perform "Winter Wonderland" as part of "An Appalachian Christmas." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2015) — One of the world's most celebrated musicians, Mark O'Connor, returns to the Bluegrass this winter with a wonderful holiday experience for the whole family. Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" will take center stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

O'Connor is a product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music. He is a heavily decorated artist, having garnered two Grammy awards, six consecutive Musician of the Year honors from the Country Music Association, and seven National and Grand Master fiddling championships.

 

With a body of work that spans 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, O'Connor has melded and shaped his influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. Known to many musical giants as a peer, student and leader, O'Connor is highly respected in the industry and continues to inspire future artists.

 

"An Appalachian Christmas" is now in its fifth nationwide tour, combining the familiar melodies of traditional Christmas songs with O’Connor’s world-class musicianship. The Associated Press describes the concert as "heavenly" and the Boston Globe remarked, "All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on violin."

 

Tickets for Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" $38-$25 for general admission and $23-$15 for children based on seat location. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929, on their website at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the box office. Processing fees will be added to all transactions upon purchase.

 

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 Fine Arts Wishes 'Happy Holidays to You'

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 3:03pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2015) — From the university's own art studios to the stages of Guignol Theatre, Singletary Center for the Arts and the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, the talented students and faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts are ringing in the holiday season with everything from classic annual offerings to several new theatrical productions from the stage's next celebrated playwrights, directors and choreographers. With "New Works Now!," Open Studio, "Collage," "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "Celebration of Song," as well as the visiting production of Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" at Singletary, there is something sure to make your every wish come true Dec. 4-13.

 

Open Studio Ready to Deck Your Walls with UK Art

 

For the first time ever UK School of Art and Visual Studies will throw open its doors to the public for its popular Open Studio event at UK's new Art and Visual Studies Building. Open Studio gives the public a chance to tour the new building, as well as view and even purchase artwork by current students and acclaimed UK faculty.

 

UK School of Art and Visual Studies from University of Kentucky on Vimeo. Video by Jenny Wells, UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

After more than 50 years in the Reynolds Building, the school celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art academic creative space in September. As part of this holiday event, the studios of graduate and select undergraduate students will be open with the young artists present to talk about their ongoing projects. A variety of artwork will be on display including metalwork, fiber, paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics, plaster casts, printmaking and woodwork. Much of this 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. 4, at the Art and Visual Studies Building located at 236 Bolivar Street. This event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.

 

UK Theatre Gifts Community with 'New Works Now!'

 

Feel the holiday cheer as the UK Department of Theatre and Dance's brightest creative minds stage this year's performances of "New Works Now!," running Dec. 4-6, at Guignol Theatre.

 

An array of past and present UK theatre and dance students will present their original works with holiday settings from Christmas to New Year's Eve and even President's Day. The showcase of plays, poetry, choreography and even a "choreopoem" will offer a glimpse into the future of the stage.

 

In the spotlight are the following productions:

· "The D/s Auditions" by English and theatre junior Jenny Winstead, of Louisville, Kentucky, directed by theatre junior Maddy Williamson, of Norfolk, Virginia;

· "Paper People" by biology senior Olivia Grothaus, of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky;

· "President’s Day" by English and theatre senior Abby Schroering, of Louisville, directed by theatre senior Katie Noble, of Corbin, Kentucky;

· "Bitch Goddess" by UK alumna and noted Kentucky-born, New York City poet and playwright Ellen Hagan, directed by theatre junior Sloan Gilbert, of Lexington;

· "In the Midnight Hour" by alumna Madison McGhee, directed by theatre senior Alexis Slocum of Fort Knox, Kentucky;

· "Santa Baby" by theatre junior Kenny Hamilton, of Ludlow, Kentucky, directed by theatre and secondary social studies education junior Curtis Lipsey, of Louisville; and

· "New World Eve" by theatre senior Rob Miller, of Hilliard, Ohio, directed by theatre senior Peter LaPrade, of Marietta, Georgia.

 

"New Works Now!" hits the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Guignol Theatre. Tickets for "New Works Now!" are $5 for students with a university ID and $10 for general admission. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com, or visit the ticket office in person.

 

'Collage': 18 Years of Joyous Sounds

 

Performance by UK Choirs and guest artists of "Betelehemu," the traditional closing number of the popular "Collage" concerts. 

 

UK Choirs' most popular concert of the year, "Collage," will get audiences in the spirit of the season at their 18th annual performances. Critically acclaimed vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington community will take to the stage for this much awaited concert Dec. 5-6, at the Singletary Center.

 

A local tradition, the "Collage" concerts feature some of the most treasured holiday 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 university'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 acoUstiKatsPaws and Listen and Blue Note. 

 

In addition to the choral talents filling the stage, "Collage" also features some of the school's most celebrated musicians and vocal soloists, including this year's winners of the Kentucky District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions doctoral student Shareese Arnold and vocal performance senior Mary Catherine Wright, as well as Lexington's best musical talents.

 

The curtain rises on "Collage" 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $27 for general admission, $13 for children and UK students with a valid student ID, and $22 each for groups of more than 15. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center ticket office by calling 859-257-4929, visiting www.scfatickets.com, or in person.

 

We're Dreaming of 'An Appalachian Christmas' with Mark O'Connor at Singletary

 

A performance of "Jingle Bell Rock" from Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas."
 

One of the world's most celebrated musicians, Mark O'Connor, will return to the Bluegrass this winter with a wonderful holiday experience for the whole family. O’Connor and company will present "An Appalachian Christmas" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

 

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, O'Connor's creative journey has garnered two Grammy Awards, six consecutive Musician of the Year titles from the Country Music Association, and seven National and Grand Master fiddling championships — all testaments to the outstanding skill and dedication of one of America’s most accomplished instrumentalists of any genre. With his body of work including 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, O’Connor has melded and shaped his classical, jazz and folk influences into a new American classical music form and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. 

 

"An Appalachian Christmas" is now in its fifth nationwide tour, combining the familiar melodies of traditional Christmas songs with O’Connor’s world-class musicianship. The Associated Press called the concert "heavenly" and the Boston Globe remarked, "All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on violin."

 

Tickets for Mark O’Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" range from $37 to $25 for general admission and $23 to $15 for children based on seating location. Fees will be applied upon transaction. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center box office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person.

 

Double the Holiday Fun with UK Opera Theatre's 'Amahl,' 'Celebration of Song'

 

The talents of UK Opera Theatre give local audiences two popular traditional ways to rejoice in the holiday season with their production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and their 10th annual sing-along concert with Alltech, "Celebration of Song."

 

UK Opera Theatre will team up with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra to present the English one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, "Amahl" tells the story of a disabled shepherd boy, who unexpectedly encounters three kings, traveling to Bethlehem to meet the newborn king. When Amahl offers his crutch to the kings as a gift for the child, a miracle happens and a new journey begins.

 

UK Opera Theatre's three performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.12, at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $12.50 for students. Handling fees apply. To purchase tickets contact the Lyric Theatre box office at 859-280-2218 or visit online at http://lexingtonlyric.tix.com.

 

Later that same weekend, UK Opera Theatre and Alltech invite the community to lend their voices in the spirit of the season at their beloved 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. 13, at The Square.

 

The UK College of Fine Arts is the vibrant arts hub of UK. It's an incubator for creativity and discovery, offering quality educational opportunities for students and engaging arts experiences for the community. The college is comprised of the School of Music, the School of Art and Visual Studies, the Department of Theatre, the Arts Administration Program, the Singletary Center for the Arts and the UK Art Museum.

 

 

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

'Collage': 18 Years of Joyous Holiday Sounds

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 2:34pm

 

Performance by UK Choirs and guest artists of "Betelehemu," the traditional closing number of their popular "Collage" concerts. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2015) — Get in the spirit of the season at the 18th annual "Collage" holiday concerts presented by University of Kentucky Choirs. Critically acclaimed vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington community will take to the stage for this much awaited concert Dec. 5-6, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

A holiday tradition in the Bluegrass, "Collage" is presented by the UK Choirs under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choral Activities. The concerts showcase the department's highly celebrated student groups: UK Chorale, UK Choristers, UK Women's Choir and UK Men's Chorus, as well as the UK Choir's a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats, Paws and Listen, and Blue Note. The concert is fast-paced and a visually exciting program featuring the best of holiday music from around the world.
 

In addition to the UK Choirs, this season’s concerts will feature the Saxcats, a 10-piece ensemble made up of members of the UK Saxophone Studio, led by Director of UK Jazz Studies Miles Osland. The Saxcats will play their rendition of a soulful holiday classic.

 

Other UK faculty members performing in the concert include Schuyler Robinson, organist; Scott Wright, clarinetist; ToniMarie Marchioni, oboist; and Dieter Hennings, guitarist. Other UK ensembles scheduled to join in the entertainment are the GrassKats, the UK Steel Band, under the direction of UK Percussion Studies Director James Campbell, UK Trombone Quartet and the UK Holiday Clarinets.

 

In addition to showcasing the UK Choirs and musicians at UK School of Music, each year "Collage" features the rich talents of the Lexington arts community. This year’s concert is no exception as it will include performances by the Lexington Singers; the Lexington Singers Children's Choir, conducted by Hetzel and Daniel Wesley; the handbell ensemble Alluring, led by Patti Saunders; and the Lexington Christian Academy Women’s Choir, also conducted by Wesley.

 

The concerts' featured solo of "O Holy Night" will be sung by award-winning sopranos Shareese Arnold, a doctoral student from of Sheffield, Alabama, and Mary Catherine Wright, a vocal performance senior from Lexington, at the Dec. 5 and 6 concerts respectively. Both UK vocalists were among the winners of the Kentucky District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. They will be accompanied by more than 200 singers.

 

"Collage" graces the stage 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Singletary Center. Tickets for "Collage" are $27 for adults and seniors, and $13 for students and children. Groups of 15 or more can get tickets for $22 per person. A handling fee will be added upon transaction. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office at 869-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue.

 

For more information on "Collage," contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at wrightson.joseph@gmail.com.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Chorale, Lexington Singers to Perform 'Requiem' World Premiere

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:09pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Chorale will join forces with The Lexington Singers for the world premiere of local composer Gregory Partain’s masterpiece "Requiem." The ensembles will join their voices in song 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

Conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities and music director of The Lexington Singers, "'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" will feature the combined voices of the two choral groups along with soloists and a professional orchestra.

 

Gregory Partain is professor of music at Transylvania University and has performed as piano recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Russia and Greece. "Requiem" was commissioned by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association in conjunction with the Music Teachers National Association. Originally, "Requiem" was an entirely a cappella piece, however, Partain’s newest incarnation is scored for chorus and orchestra with an additional movement for instruments alone.

 

"The work is by turns beautiful and dissonant, soothing and gut wrenching, powerful and intimate. It is an honor to premiere this finished masterwork and an exciting challenge to perform it," Johnson said.

 

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 40-voice group prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st century. Most recently, the UK Chorale has performed Mozart’s "Requiem" with the UK Symphony Orchestra and the live score to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." The UK Chorale was the first non-professional chorus in the world to perform the challenging Kubrick film score in its entirety.

 

The Lexington Singers add this premiere to their long tradition of debuting major works, including Rollo Dilworth’s "In the Spirit of Reconciliation," Rene Clausen’s "Celebration Canticles" and Joseph Baber’s "An American Requiem," among others.

 

"'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" kicks off the 57th season for The Lexington Singers. This season, the singers are celebrating local talent. In addition to Partain’s "Requiem," the annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" will once again feature world-renowned local soloist and UK alumnus Gregory Turay. The spring will feature a performance of local composer Angela Rice’s oratorio, "Thy Will be Done."

 

Tickets for "'Requiem' and Other Sacred Works" range from $9 to $20 and can be purchased from the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929, www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the box office.

 

For more information about this concert or The Lexington Singers, visit www.lexsing.org.  

 

 

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

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Series Closes With Dulcimer Artist Don Pedi

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:26am

 

Don Pedi performing earlier this year in Townsend, Tennessee. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) — The 2015 "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series will end this week with the sweet sounds of the dulcimer in a performance by celebrated musician Don Pedi. The free public concert will begin noon Friday Nov. 20, in the Niles Gallery of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

A talented dulcimer player, who grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Don Pedi was born to a musical family. Pedi's grandfather played guitar, mandolin and banjo, his uncle sang and played music for a living, and his father was a talented singer. He eventually got involved with the folk music scene himself in the early 60s. It wasn't until 1964, however, when Pedi first laid eyes on a dulcimer at a live performance by Richard Farina. The sound of the dulcimer and a conversation with Farina is what sparked an interest and made him want to play the instrument himself.

 

Contemporary performers like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Joan Baez and others are what attracted Pedi to the Newport Folk Festival. It was there where he was exposed to various traditional musicians like Frank Proffitt, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Almeda Riddle and others, who would become a major influence on his musical tastes.

 

By 1966 Pedi started traveling, he lived for various periods of time in different parts of the country. In 1973, while living in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Pedi met Tad Wright and Keither Zimmerman, musicians from Asheville, North Carolina. After hearing Pedi play, they invited him to join them. He took them up on the offer and together they drove to North Carolina. After Pedi's arrival in Asheville he instantly fell in love with the place. Ever since then he has lived in and around the area.

 

Since settling in Western North Carolina, Pedi has been recognized as the man who could "really play" a dulcimer. His music has broken new ground and cleared a path for others. In Pedi's hands, the dulcimer has been accepted as an instrument well suited to playing traditional southern dance music. This was at a time when most old time musicians thought a dulcimer should be used for decoration.

 

In 1991, Pedi and his wife Jean moved to a little farm in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina, an area rich in traditional music and customs. Pedi is still performing and making music there, his most recent recording is "Stranger on a Mule" with acclaimed fiddler Bruce Greene.

 

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 showcases 12 different artists, duos and groups from Southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.

 

The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries.

 

For more information on the Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series or the concert featuring Don Pedi, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles

 

 

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

 

UK's Shades of Blue Trumpet Ensemble Releases CD

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:15pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — It's an exciting time for the University of Kentucky’s Shades of Blue Trumpet Ensemble as the group has just released its first compact disc, "Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble." The CD’s concept was inspired by the group’s 2014 trip to the National Trumpet Competition, where they took second prize in a highly competitive field of ensembles from around the United States.

 

The UK music students were inspired to pursue this ambitious project of recording the most difficult competition music for the trumpet ensemble as a resource for future ensembles who are seeking appropriate reference recordings of challenging music.

 

Shades of Blue is made up of seven students at UK:

· music performance sophomore Morgan Bay, from Butler, Kentucky;

· accounting senior Aaron Brewer, who is minoring in music, from Madisonville, Kentucky;

· music education junior Drew Burke, from Pikeville, Kentucky;

· music performance junior Caden Holmes, from Madisonville;

· music education senior Conner Kinmon, from Williamstown, Kentucky;

· music education sophomore Zachary Robinson, from Lexington; and

· 2015 music performance graduate Jared Wallis, from Talala, Oklahoma.

 

"Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble" includes six tracks. The first track on the disc is "Abstracts No. 2 for Seven Trumpets," written by Robert Russell and arranged by Wiff Rudd, professor of trumpet at Baylor University. This piece was the selection performed by the Baylor University Trumpet Ensemble, when they took first prize at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition.

 

The second track on the disc is "Centrifuge" by Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet at UK School of Music. "Centrifuge" was the selection performed by Shades of Blue at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition, where they advanced to the semi-final round of competition.

 

The third track on the disc is John Adler’s "Clockwork," which was performed by the Virginia Tech Trumpet Ensemble at the 2010 National Trumpet Competition.

 

The fourth track on the disc is Erik Morales’s "Cyclone," which was the piece the UK Trumpet Ensemble took second prize with at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition.

 

The fifth track is Roland Barrett’s "Graffiti." Barrett is the Henry Zarrow Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. This piece was written for the University of Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble.

 

Last but not least, the final track is Danny Judd’s arrangement of Giacomo Puccini’s famous "Nessun Dorma," featuring Dovel as soloist.

 

The CD was recoded May 2015 in various locations around UK’s campus with the help of several people. Joel Crawford, a doctoral student in trumpet performance, served as the engineer for the project. Dovel served as the students’ advisor and project producer, with assistance and consulting from Bradley Kerns, assistant professor of trombone. All of the students contributed to the post-production process.

 

The recording project was supported by a grant from the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

'Peoples Portal' Pop-up Supports Preservation of Peoples Bank

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:38pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition "Peoples Portal" Nov. 14-15, at the popular Peoples Bank structure on 343 South Broadway, in support of the preservation and move of the building.

 

Curated by Stuart Horodner, director of the UK Art Museum, "Peoples Portal" features emerging and established artists from Lexington, Atlanta, Chicago and London, including several current UK talents, including Brian Frye, assistant professor of law; Rae Goodwin, director of Studio Foundations at UK School of Art and Visual Studies; Mike McKay, assistant professor of architecture; Ebony G. Patterson, associate professor of painting; and Alan Rideout, preparator at UK Art Museum.

 

Installed in the Peoples Bank, "Peoples Portal" was conceived by Horodner as a way of drawing attention to the history of the structure and the recent effort to relocate it. Other non-UK artists featured in the exhibition are Louis Zoellar Bickett, Matt Bryans, Katrina Dixon, Sandra Erbacher, Georgia Henkel, Scott Ingram, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Didier Morelli, Robert Morgan, Kristina Rideout and Aaron Skolnick.

 

The two-day event was developed in partnership with Lucy Jones, organizer of the Facebook campaign People for the Peoples; Laurel Catto, board chair of the Warwick Foundation; and Langley Properties Company, owner of the building who is donating it to the Warwick Foundation.

 

The free public pop-up exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Several events are scheduled in conjunction with the show, including:

· dining available from Commonwealth Canteen food truck, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14;

·a reading by Wayne Koestenbaum, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14; and

· a closing reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

 

The closing reception will include food by local "MasterChef" contestant, culinary evangelist and UK alumnus Dan Wu; drinks by Wine + Market; music by LeeRoy; and a reading by poet Frank X Walker, professor of English at UK. The reception is $30 per person with limited availability. To purchase tickets, visit www.warwickfoundation.org/peoplesportal/. Ticket sales will benefit People for the Peoples and UK Art Museum.

 

"When I walked through the space a few months ago, I was struck by the state of glorious decay and formal elegance — the blue glazed brick on the outside and angular concrete ceiling inside, the rooms with peeling paint, and sunlight streaming through the windows. It seemed like a perfect readymade gallery for works that engage issues of architecture, history, time, accumulation, and transformation," Horodner said. "And the idea of a bank — where transactions happen, and emotional and financial resources are protected — quickly brought artists to mind. They were thrilled with the opportunity. I’m so excited to see great art, performances and readings in there."

 

Asked about the Peoples Bank, Lucy Jones added, "The building is not only one of the finest remaining examples of Googie commercial architecture in Kentucky, it is one of the finest examples in the nation. As a community, we are responsible for the architectural stewardship of our city. We are incredibly fortunate that this building has endured the changing trends of the last 50 years and still retains the defining characteristics that architect Charles Bayless envisioned. It is a time capsule which evokes the optimism of the late 1950s and early 1960s. To lose it would have been to lose a piece of our past."

 

When asked about the future of the building, Laurel Catto said, "A grassroots coalition fueled by social media — @People for the Peoples (P4P) — united the community in a race against the clock to save the building from imminent demolition. Since May, P4P has raised $250,000 to relocate the building to government land directly across from Rupp Arena. The Warwick Foundation will transform the Peoples Bank into the Peoples Portal, a public commons that engages Lexington in the global compassionate city movement and promotes respect, understanding and inclusion. We will transform the Peoples Bank and the Peoples Portal will transform us."

 

For more information on the "Peoples Portal" pop-up exhibition of the UK Art Museum, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum or contact Stuart Horodner at stuart.horodner@uky.edu or 859-257-1152.

 

The UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, promotes the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. 

 

 

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

UK Choristers, Dunbar Choir Join Voices

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 7:51pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's own Choristers will join forces and voices with local high school ensemble, the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Concert Choir, for an evening of song. The concert, which will include a variety of music styles ranging from work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to selections from a Caribbean Mass, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The Choristers, conducted by Beth Wilson, is the oldest performing organization on the UK campus. Filled with underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off of campus. The 60-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied and also performs a major work each year with the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Choristers have also been featured with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in the orchestra's “Unplugged and Untied” Concert Series.

 

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Concert Choir, conducted by Tiffany Marsh, is the school's advanced performing ensemble and has achieved much success at district choral contests obtaining distinguished ratings. The group is made up of more than 50 singers who perform in concerts throughout the year with various other ensembles at the school.

 

For more information on the UK Choristers or other UK Choirs, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at wrightson.joseph@gmail.com.

 

UK Choristers are 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

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