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Singletary Season Celebrates the Sounds of American Music

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:40pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — With rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz and country music influences, the 2015-16 Signature Series at University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts is sure to have something for any American music lover. The Singletary Center will kick off its season with Texas roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys Oct. 24, in a season that showcases an eclectic collection of sounds of American music, including programs featuring the musical talents of pop/rock duo The Helio Sequence, violinist Mark O'Connor and songwriters Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell. Tickets for the season go on sale 10 a.m. today (Monday), Aug. 24.

 

Alejandro Escovedo performs "Man of the World." 

 

A Lexington favorite, Texas roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo has been touring the country and entertaining audiences for more than 40 years and shows no sign of slowing. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, his resolute voice weathers the emotional terrain of our lives in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Escovedo’s own blend of alt-country has brought him through Central Kentucky many times over the years, but die-hard fans and new listeners alike will be thrilled to hear him backed by the Sensitive Boys beginning 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in a tremendous evening of music.

 

The Helio Sequence "Battle Lines" video.

 

Portland's dream pop duo The Helio Sequence play an enchanting blend of indie rock, electronic and neo-psychedelic rock to form a high fidelity kaleidoscopic sound.  Utilizing sequencers and midi-controlled instruments, the Oregon guitar and percussion duo create a rich sonic landscape indicative of a band with two or three times as many members. Now touring in support of their self-titled 2015 album, their fourth on Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, The Helio Sequence are poised to bring Lexington a musically exciting and sonically expansive concert experience 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

 

Performance of "One Winter's Night" - Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas."

 

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey has garnered eight Grammy nominations, 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." A wonderful holiday experience for the whole family, O’Connor and company present "An Appalachian Christmas" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

 

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

 

In a celebrated career spanning over 20 years, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin is one of the most inimitable voices in contemporary folk music. In addition to her strengths as a vocalist, she is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for such notable artists as Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, Joan Osborne, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert. Griffin’s recent collaborations include touring in Band of Joy with Robert Plant and Buddy Miller. She received a Grammy Award for "Best Traditional Gospel Album," Grammy Nomination for "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album," and the American Music Association's 2007 "Artist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" awards.

 

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins, first praised for her work as a founding member of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, has since established an extraordinary solo career including highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists. Watkins is a frequent guest on NPR’s "A Prairie Home Companion" and remains the only person invited to guest host on the program, which she did in 2010.

 

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. Among Mitchell’s recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010's sensationally reviewed "Hadestown" and 2012′s "Young Man in America," which was described by critics as "genre-defining" and her "second consecutive masterpiece," and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for "Best Original Song."

 

This must-see show for fans of Americana and folk music, featuring Griffin, Watkins and Mitchell starts 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. 

 

Ticket prices for the 2015-16 Singletary Signature Series vary by performance and seat location and are on sale today beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets to Singletary Signature Series shows can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to all purchases upon transaction.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Student Musicians Release CD 'Songs Without Words'

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:02pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2015) — At the encouragement of their trombone professor, a group of four University of Kentucky School of Music students and recent graduates transcribed, performed and produced the CD “Songs Without Words,” which was released earlier this summer.

 

This self-directed project highlighting the sounds of the trombone was produced by arts administration senior Kristen Petty, from Sonora, Kentucky; arts administration senior Ben Southworth, from Lexington; 2015 music education graduate Tyler Simms, from Madisonville, Kentucky; and 2015 music performance graduate and cellist/pianist Jerram John, from Lexington.

 

The students chose to record art songs because they wanted to do something outside of the typical trombone repertoire. As Petty and Southworth developed the project they added Simms on trombone and John on piano.

 

The trombone is often described as an extremely vocal instrument. As such, Petty and Simms transcribed vocal art songs for the trombone with piano accompaniment.

 

"It is a huge accomplishment for students to produce something of this magnitude," said the students’ instructor Brad Kerns, assistant professor of trombone, who began talking to the group about producing a CD in spring 2014.

 

Petty, who is pursuing a minor in music performance like Southworth, said the project was something she never anticipated undertaking as an undergraduate student, yet it has been one of the most enriching experiences of her college career.

 

"From designing the album art to studying vocal works and recording the CD, this was truly one of the most amazing projects I have had the honor to be a part of in my college career," Petty said. "I learned more from this experience than I have from almost anything else."

 

Petty credits Kerns for his encouragement to make the CD. "He has always pushed us to do things outside of our comfort zone," she said. 

 

The CD "Songs Without Words" is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

 

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

'No Worries' — ACE Staging Two More Performances of 'Lion King Jr.'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 5:26pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2015) — As Timon and Pumbaa would say, "Hakuna Matata." You still have two more opportunities to catch "The Lion King Jr." presented by the University of Kentucky Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE). The musical, based on the Disney film, will take the stage 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

"The Lion King" has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world for more than 20 years. This regional premiere of "The Lion King Jr." brings to life Simba, Rafiki, Nala, the Lioness Pride, Scar and the animals of the African savanna on their unforgettable journey. The coming-of-age tale, featuring ACE's Broadway Bound middle school/high school cast, is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

 

ACE was created in 2009 as 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. ACE is a department of UK Opera Theatre.

 

Tickets for "The Lion King" are $10 for children (12 and under) and $12 for general admission. To purchase, contact the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

Sounds of UK Talents Fill the Summer Air in Spain, Prague

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:10pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21, 2015) — From a chorus of more than 50 voices to the baton movement on a conductor's rostrum, the talents of the students and faculty of University of Kentucky School of Music were in the spotlight this summer in cathedrals, concert halls and theatres across Spain and in Prague, even in one site that premiered a popular opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

In Spain, a little less than half of the members of UK Women's Choir had the opportunity to further their own education while enriching the lives of others through the beauty of music and cultural exchange in a tour running June 9-19. Student vocalists on the trip not only had a chance to learn about the rich, musical heritage of Spain but also were able to perform in some of the country's most historic cathedrals.

 

During the tour, the choir visited Madrid, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Torremolinos and Toledo and took in such famous sites as the Cathedral of Toledo, Church of Santo Tome, Alhambra, Generalife and the Mezquita Catedral de Córdoba. Under the direction of Associate Director of the UK School of Music Lori Hetzel, the UK Women's Choir performed five concerts across the country, including an exchange concert with the University of Córdoba, a concert with the Seville Youth Orchestra, a Mass at Basilica Nuestra Señora de Las Angustias, and a concert with the children's choir of Granada.

 

"Paying for this trip was especially hard for me but singing with the UK Women's Choir was an experience that made my soul richer than I could've ever imagined," said music education sophomore Savannah Fallis, of Oneida, Kentucky. "I was able to explore places that many people only dream about, make music with my talented friends, and form memories that will last a lifetime."

 

Fellow choir member Malinda Massey, a secondary English education and English senior from Albany, Georgia, agrees the trip was a major blessing. "Being a part of the Women's Choir has always been an adventure, and going overseas with the group made me better understand the musicianship and sisterhood that we all share between one another. To hear our voices echoing in the sanctuaries of cathedrals in Madrid and Grenada was both humbling and moving...We were reaching out to people from another country in a universal language we all spoke, and the connection I felt between myself and the audiences, our choir, and our music was something truly irreplaceable. Joining the UK Women's Choir has proved to be one of the best decisions I've made since coming to college, and going on tour with them proved just that."

 

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

 

More than 2,000 kilometers away Director of UK Orchestras John Nardolillo raised his baton on performances of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Prague Estates Theatre, home to the very stage the legendary composer premiered the opera in 1787. The production was staged as part of the inaugural "Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival," presented by Classical Movements.

 

As part of the festival, Maestro Nardolillo conducted four performances of "Don Giovanni" under the direction of famed baritone Sherrill Milnes. The 30-day Young Artist Festival, running June 7 to July 6, with 100 students featured multiple concerts and productions. Nearly 500 singers and instrumentalists auditioned to be considered for the Prague Summer Nights Festival from all over the world and finally 45 singers, including three UK Opera Theatre vocalists, and 55 musicians, including 24 members from UK Symphony Orchestra, were selected along with leading faculty from all over the world. In addition to conducting, Nardolillo served as artistic director of the music festival. 

 

"Classical Movements has created an extraordinary program and we believe that no other summer musical training offers young artists so many different opportunities to perform in such magnificent venues — both for opera singers and instrumentalists. We were fortunate to get such high caliber applications and to attract such superior faculty," said Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements Inc.

 

Festival highlights included the Opera Gala in the Estates Theatre; a performance of work by Mozart and Maurice Duruflé with the Anchorage Concert Chorus in Smetana Hall; a production of "Suor Angelica" in the Church of St. Simon and Jude, where Joseph Haydn and Mozart performed; a performance by the orchestra at Smetana Hall; chamber music and song recitals in the salon of the Antonin Dvořák Museum in Prague; and a cabaret in one of Prague’s famous jazz clubs. 

 

Performers in the "Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival" hailed from the United States, England, Germany, Korea, Canada, China, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and are from top music conservatories and universities such as the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Southern California, the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as schools in Germany and Austria.

 

Joining Nardolillo from UK were three opera students and 24 musicians. The opera students performing in Prague were: vocal performance senior Mary Catherine Wright, of Lexington; 2015 graduate Taeeun Moon, of Busan, South Korea; and graduate student Christopher Kenney, of Fargo, North Dakota. The 24 UK instrumentalists playing in the orchestra included: Makaila Babiarz, Alexis Corsaut, Heather Gosnell, Sarah Grindle, Chandler Martin, Isabelle Martin, Miranda Martin, Maya McCutchen, Matthew McMahon, Jessica Miskelly, Kristen Morrill, Maria Navarra, Diana Pecaro, Emily Rush, Daniel Taylor, Nathan Williams, and Jessie Zhu. In addition to performing, Miskelly, UK Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster, served as concertmaster of the orchestra for the "Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival."

 

Classical Movements is one of the world’s leading concert planning and music management companies. Clients include some of the world’s finest orchestras and choruses around the world. In its 22 years, Classical Movements has worked in over 140 countries on six continents. The company also commissions new music through its Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, supporting orchestra and choral clients as well as composers, and it owns an international choral series and four annual international music festivals in Europe, South America, Africa and North America. 

 

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

Get More Social Media Savvy with UK Arts Administration Workshop

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:47pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 20, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Arts Administration Program will present the "Executive Workshop Series: Best Practices in Social Media" later this week. The professional development workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 24, in room five of UK's Main Building.  

 

This social media workshop is part of a series of programs for arts administrators of all levels. The workshop will offer social media strategies to further the missions of arts-based and other nonprofit organizations.

 

The seminar is only $55 and includes lunch. A 20 percent discount will be given to multiple participants from the same organization. Participants should register in advance at the Executive Workshop Series page at http://finearts.uky.edu/arts-administration/executive-workshop-series-registration.

 

The workshop will focus on the following topics presented by Arts Administration program faculty and alumni:

· "Trending: Meeting the Mission through Social Media";

· "Effective Communication to Recruit and Retain the Millennial Arts Audience";

· "#engage";

· "Making Social Media Work for You: Maximizing Engagement in Existing Audiences through Formatting, Promotion, and Scheduling";

· "Tumblr Blogging for Arts Organizations";

· "Pacing Those Posts"; and

· "Pin it to Win It: Photography-based Marketing on Social Media."

 

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

 

 

 

UK Professor Honored with Alabama's Distinguished Artist Award

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:39pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015) — University of Kentucky's Everett McCorvey received the 2015 Alabama Distinguished Artist Award at the Celebration of the Arts awards ceremony, which took place May 20 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

 

The Alabama State Council on the Arts annually recognizes individuals who made significant contributions to the arts at the Celebration of the Arts event. The ceremony brings art enthusiasts together to recognize and appreciate a group of exceptionally talented Alabamians and their work in support of the arts in Alabama and beyond. McCorvey was one of seven individuals recognized at this year's event, receiving the 2015 Alabama Distinguished Artist Award. Tenor Roderick George performed at the event in honor of McCorvey with a Metropolitan Opera favorite from "Rigoletto." George is an acclaimed member of the American Spiritual Ensemble.

 

In 1995, the council added the Distinguished Artist Award to recognize artists who made especially significant contributions to the Alabama arts and their art forms. The award is presented to a professional artist considered a native Alabamian or an adopted son/daughter of the state, who earned national recognition and acclaim for their artwork over a period of time.

 

A professor of voice and the director and executive producer of UK Opera Theatre at UK School of Music, McCorvey received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama. He is the artistic director of the National Chorale, as well as the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, and president of a production and management company for musical/theatrical events named Global Creative Connections. Additionally. McCorvey, a tenor, has traveled the world with performances in a number of festivals and theaters.

 

A former member of the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, McCorvey was appointed by Kentucky's governor to two terms on the board of directors of the Kentucky Arts Council and currently serves as a vice-chair. He also previously served as the executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

 

UK Opera Theatre is one of a select groups 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.

 

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

Only Three More 'Grand Nights' Ahead

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 1:05pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 15, 2015) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will wrap up its 23rd production of It's a Grand Night for Singing! with its last three performances June 19-21, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

Since 1993, this popular event has kicked off the start of Central Kentucky's summer arts season, with an incredible turnout and multiple sold-out shows. It's a Grand Night for Singing! is a highly anticipated production in Lexington, with university and regional performers showing off their talent. The event features Broadway-inspired music as well as Top 40 hits to entertain guests of all ages.

 

Grand Night tickets are $45 for general admission, $40 for seniors and $15 for students with valid student IDs. A special 40 percent discount has been added this year for members of the military and their families with a valid military ID. In addition, each performance has a limited number of select seats available to UK staff for only $25. Military and staff tickets must be purchased by phone or in person. Tickets for "Grand Night" are available through the Singletary Center ticket office, by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue. All applicable fees will be added to tickets upon purchase transaction.

 

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.

 

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. 

UK Jazz Saxophonist Upbeat About DownBeat Award

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:45pm

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. View transcript here. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2015) — University of Kentucky School of Music doctoral student and tenor saxophonist Carlos Espinosa Jr. is the recipient of the Outstanding Performer Award in the Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist category in DownBeat’s 38th annual student music awards featured in the magazine's June issue.

 

DownBeat is one of the world’s leading jazz and contemporary music publications. Students and educators can nominate themselves for the magazine's annual awards, and applicants range from junior high to graduate level individuals and ensembles. There are a variety of categories that include large jazz ensembles, jazz chamber groups, vocal ensembles and individual awards for composition, improvisation and producing.

 

The DownBeat award nomination process involves an online application and submission of audio recordings to be judged by professional musicians and educators from across the country. Judging criteria are based on musicianship, creativity, improvisation, technique, sound quality and balance, excitement and authority. 

 

The DownBeat Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. More than 1,000 entries were submitted across all categories this year.

 

"This DownBeat award is an achievement of the highest honor," said Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies and professor of saxophone. "The international competition is fierce — especially in the graduate category"

 

Espinosa, a third year Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in saxophone performance from Killeen, Texas, submitted a few recordings from one of his doctoral recitals, all of which were original compositions.

 

"I owe a debt of gratitude to the musicians that performed along with me: pianist Ben Geyer, bassist Rob Barnes, and drummer Paul Deatherage," Espinosa said. "I would not have won this award without them. As musicians, we are constantly inspiring and pushing each other to grow, so even though it is an individual award, they were the reason I was able to bring my compositions to life."

 

This is the third DownBeat award Espinosa has won, but his first in an individual category. The other two were in the Large Jazz Ensemble category as a member of the University of North Texas 2 O’Clock Lab Band.

 

Osland is far from surprised with Espinosa's recognition. "Carlos has been my doctoral teaching assistant for the past three years. In that time, he has proven to me to be the most passionate and talented performer and educator that I have had the privilege of mentoring."

 

There are numerous award winners in the 38-year history of DownBeat awards that have gone on to become successful professional musicians. The individual awards are especially prestigious, as the name recognition is helpful in networking with other professional musicians and educators. The awards also help bring recognition to the university and the professors who work with the up-and-coming artists. Espinosa is thrilled that UK and Professor Osland will receive well-deserved recognition for this award as well. 

 

During the time Osland has led UK Jazz Studies, the university's program has had eight previous award winners in the DownBeat competition. UK Mega-Sax has won three times in the Jazz Combo category, and in 2007 the UK Jazz Ensemble won in two categories (Jazz Combo and Classical Chamber Ensemble), the only time this has happened in the history of the magazine. In addition, alumni David Harper, Angela Ortega and Dieter Rice have previously won in the Classical Soloist, Jazz Vocalist and Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist categories.

 

"It is humbling to be acknowledged by my musical peers and heroes for my improvisation," Espinosa said. "It is a good feeling to have others recognize the hard work and dedication invested in your craft."

 

 

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

 

'Grand Night' Still Going Strong at 23

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:39pm

 

"It's a Grand Night for Singing!" promo video courtesy of UK Opera Theatre. 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2015) — Guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in your seats, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the 23rd annual production of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” Executive Producer Everett McCorvey brings together a company of more than 100 performers to stage the best from Billboard to Broadway June 12-21, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. And in recognition of their service, "Grand Night" will offer a new discount this year to members of the military and their families.

 

Students from UK Opera Theatre join forces again with members of the Lexington community to open the summer arts season with this popular annual town-and-gown revue. Among this year's hits will be music from such icons as Bob Marley, Cyndi Lauper and Carol King, as well as showstoppers from musicals like "A Chorus Line," "Pippin" and "Cabaret."

 

Showtimes for the six performances of "Grand Night" are 7:30 p.m., June 12, 13, 19 and 20, and 2 p.m., June 14 and 21.

 

"Grand Night" tickets are $45 for general admission, $40 for seniors and $15 for students with valid student IDs. A special 40 percent discount has been added this year for members of the military and their families with a valid military ID.

 

In addition, each performance will also have a limited number of select seats available to UK staff for only $25. The special staff price is presented in memory of Russ Williams, the university's first representative of the staff on UK's Board of Trustees who died in 2009. 

 

Tickets for "Grand Night" are available through the Singletary Center ticket office, by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue. Military and staff tickets must be purchased by phone or in person. All applicable fees will be added to tickets upon purchase transaction.

   

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

UK Student's Win at International Competition Places Her on Carnegie Hall Stage

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:18pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2015) — This Memorial Day, the University of Kentucky will be well represented on one of the nation's most prestigious stages as doctoral candidate Hye Jin Yeom performs at Carnegie Hall. Yeom was one of only 12 first place winners in the college students and professionals' pianist category at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, which qualifies her to perform in a special winners recital held in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 25.

 

A solo appearance at Carnegie Hall is no small feat. "It is a dream for any serious musician to play solo at Carnegie Hall. A performance there never 'just happens' — one has to earn it with hard work, dedication and never-ending self-improvement," said Yeom's professor, Irina Voro, professor of piano at UK School of Music.

 

Yeom will play Allegro de Concierto, op. 49 by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.

 

American Protégé is dedicated to advancing the careers and promoting the talents of all participants and winners. Judges select several winners from different categories including brass, wind, piano, string and voice. The competition is open to artists from around the world who qualify in any of five categories related to age and experience.

 

The 2015 competition saw submissions from musicians from approximately 30 countries. Previous winners have gone on to perform on TV shows, such as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Voice," as well as several prestigious concerts.

 

"Hye Jin Yeom definitely earned her performance at Carnegie Hall. It is an honor for UK School of Music and the entire university that our student won first prize at the international competition," Voro said.

 

Yeom recently completed her second year of doctoral studies under Voro. She earned her master's degree in piano performance from Morehead State University.

 

Music has been an important part of Yeom's life from a very early age when she began playing the piano at the age of 5 in her home in South Korea. "Music is beyond language, I believe. And the music depicts the ‘beyondness’ of the world and human beings."  

 

Locally, the award-winning musician can be heard not only on a UK stage but also at Harrodsburg Christian Church, where she plays the piano and organ.

 

Yeom's passion for music is still strong more than 25 years after the first time sitting down at a piano. "I love Hans Andersen’s expression about music: 'Where words fail, music speaks,'" Yeom said. "Without music, I don’t know how I could awake my soul to see the world the way it is."

 

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