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'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Welcomes Lee 'Boy' Sexton, Red State Ramblers

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50am

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Locals and legends seem to be the theme of the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. On Friday, Sept. 12, Letcher County native, Lee "Boy" Sexton, known for his legendary banjo music, and his son Johnny Sexton will perform. The next Friday, Sept. 19, an old time music group with University of Kentucky ties, The Red State Ramblers, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

Master of the Banjo Back for More

Lee "Boy" Sexton performs "Whoa Mule." Video courtesy of Appalshop.

 

Lee "Boy" Sexton has played the banjo since he was eight-years-old and has been known for the sweet yet driving sound that comes from the banjo and fiddle ever since. Working in the mines on the weekend and playing music for the town was where he liked to spend most of his time.

 

Sexton worked on an LP of traditional material, "Whoa Mule," which was originally released in 1988, but later released in a CD version in 2004. He is one of the most respected and admired folk musicians in Eastern Kentucky. He even had a small role in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," where he played the banjo at a square dance. In 1999, Sexton, was presented the Kentucky Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

 

Joining Sexton in concert will be his son, Johnny Sexton, on guitar. Johnny is retired from the coal industry and is an Old Regular Baptist preacher.

 

To hear Sexton perform "Whoa Mule," visit http://youtu.be/pwJbfL7VTfY.   

 

Blue School Ties, Red State Sound

 

This old time string band came together through a shared love for folk music and the state of Kentucky at UK. The Red State Ramblers blend a sound of traditional old time music with a native feel.

 

The Red State Ramblers have performed all over the world, participating in tours in Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. In 2008, the Red State Ramblers was a finalist in the string band competition at Clifftop Old Time String Band Festival.

 

The band, Will Bacon (banjo and kazoo), Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar),Jeff Keith (mandolin and guitar), Nikos Pappas (fiddle), and Ron Pen (fiddle and piano), released their second recording, “Commonwealth,” based on traditional music of Kentucky.

 

The Red State Ramblers is made up of alumni and a faculty member. Presently Keith and Kehrberg serve as faculty at Warren Wilson College and Pappas is a member of the faculty at University of Alabama. Bacon is the owner of the contracting firm, BaConstruction. Pen is director of the concert series host, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and professor of music at UK School of Music.

 

The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.

 

For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Lee "Boy" and Johnny Sexton or The Red State Ramblers, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

 

 

 

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

UK SOOP Presents Sneak Peek of 'Adventures of Alice in Opera Land'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:07pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014)The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (“SOOP”), a University of Kentucky Opera Theatre outreach program now in its 11th year of producing opera for school children across the Bluegrass, presents "The Adventures of Alice in Opera Land." The 35-minute opera uses some of the greatest opera hits to teach students about opera and opera characters. Local audiences can get a sneak peek of the opera 2 p.m., Sept. 13, at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.

 

Alice will travel to elementary schools, public libraries and performing arts centers across the state of Kentucky to expose children to the art form of opera in an educational and light-hearted manner.

 

UK Artist-in-Residence and alumna Gregory Turay directs a cast of familiar faces to UK Opera Theatre fans. Katherine Hay, last seen as Eponine in “Les Misérables,” plays Alice. Playing multiple characters are Wanessa Campelo, last seen as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Fantine in “Les Misérables,” and Samuel Themer, last seen as Thernardier in “Les Misérables.” UK School of Music alumna and pianist Maris Deddens, who played keyboard for “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” plays keyboard for the production.

 

Before SOOP travels this fall, local audiences are invited to take in an open dress rehearsal beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium. The dress rehearsal is free and open to the public. The show is 35 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast. Free parking is available for the show in the hospital visitor garage on South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.

 

Schools or organizations interested in booking the show or wanting more information should contact Kathrin Thawley at 859-402-6946 or uksoop@gmail.com or visit www.ukoperatheatre.org and click “Opera Outreach.”

 

SOOP is the recipient of the 2012-2013 “Friend of Music Award” from the Kentucky Music Education Association. The award is the highest award for non-educator contribution to music education in the state of Kentucky.

 

To see video clips of previous SOOP performances, visit www.ukoperatheatre.org/pages/opera-outreach/soop.shtml.

 

UK Opera Theatre is 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.

Trombone Shorty Kicks Off Singletary Season with Supafunkrock

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 3:10pm

 

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this video can be found hereVideo courtesy of artist. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts kicks off the 2014-2015 season with an artist inspired by such a unique blend of musical genres that he dubbed it a whole new sound - Supafunkrock. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing audiences worldwide. With an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation.

 

Andrews began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans, and upon high school graduation began touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.

 

Currently, Trombone Shorty is the front man for his own ensemble, Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, they have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to Say This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans including a collaboration with funk legends, The Meters.

 

The popular musician has appeared in several episodes of HBO's "Treme," and has recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Austin City Limits.” In 2012, Andrews performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with such music royalty as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones.  Most recently Trombone Shorty turned heads as a standout performer at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

 

In 2012, Andrews received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

 

Ticket prices are based on seating location and are $27 and $35 plus fees. Tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the SCFA ticket office.

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

ACE Sisters Land Roles in Broadway's 'Matilda,' 'Annie' National Tour

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:28pm

 

Brooklyn Shuck sings "Name in Lights" from "The Boy From Oz "at "Songs for Story Shifters."  A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Two of the University of Kentucky's youngest stars are demonstrating the talents they honed as part of UK Opera Theatre's Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) in major musical roles. Brooklyn Shuck, who previously starred in "Annie: The Musical" on Broadway, landed one of the four alternating title roles in "Matilda The Musical" on the Great White Way. Her sister, Sydney Shuck, will step into her shoes taking the role of Kate in the national tour of "Annie."

 

On Aug. 31, Brooklyn took the stage as Matilda. The 9-year-old rotates in the title role of Matilda created by novelist Roald Dahl. A Tony award-winning musical, "Matilda" is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, the youngster dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

 

Brooklyn first performed on Broadway in 2013, starting as a swing portraying various orphans in "Annie." That summer, she moved up to take over the role of Kate in the Tony award-winning show.

 

Sydney will take on the role of Kate starting Sept. 26, as "Annie" begins its national tour in Detroit, Michigan. The 11-year-old will use her versatile talents to portray the next-to-youngest orphan of the six orphans in the popular musical's cast. Together the group led by Annie comprises a gritty, ‘unloved’ and vulnerable group of young girls.  

 

After showing special dancing talents at a very early age, Brooklyn and Sydney joined the ACE program at UK, which promotes a well-rounded and balanced approach to arts training that focuses on both individual development and teamwork. At ACE, the sisters were able to hone their dancing skills, as well as study voice and acting. While the program maintains a fun atmosphere that reflects the joy of live performance, it also strives for professional-level standards and intends to train children and youth for potential careers in the performing arts, from triple threat performers in musical theatre to actor-singers in opera and beyond.

 

During Brooklyn's time studying with ACE, she appeared in several productions including UK Opera Theatre's town-and-gown musical revue, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" and at the annual holiday sing-along concert "Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song," where Brooklyn was the lead vocalist on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” During Sydney's time with ACE, she appeared in "Seussical the Musical."

 

Brooklyn and Sydney are the daughters of Angie and T.G. Shuck, of Lexington.

 

To find out more about Brooklyn or follow her experience on Broadway visit her website, http://brooklynshuck.com; like her fan page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrooklynShuck; or follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BrooklynShuck.

 

ACE is an outreach program of UK Opera Theatre in 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, theory and music history.

 

 

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

 

Trombone Shorty to Give Kentucky a Taste of Supafunkrock

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:00pm

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this video can be found hereVideo courtesy of artist. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will be kicking off its 2014-2015 season with a performance by the Grammy-nominated artist Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The celebrated artist and his ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews is a rare artist inspired by a blend of musical genres, mixing rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul and creating a new name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. A band leader since the age of 6, Trombone Shorty has made his presence known worldwide through appearances on the 2014 Grammy Awards, the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Austin City Limits." In 2012, Trombone Shorty performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month alongside music royalty including B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. Later that same year he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation, providing musical instruments to children in financial need.

 

Ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $27 to $35 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.

 

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

Local Legend Anne MacFie Opens Appalachia Concert Series

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:42pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The sounds of traditional folk music will fill the air in Lexington once again as local artist Anne MacFie kickstarts the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series this fall. The first concert will feature this accomplished folksinger/songwriter, whose music has been heard all over the state of Kentucky. MacFie will perform noon Friday, Sept. 5, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky’s Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

A native of Portales, New Mexico, MacFie held her first professional folk singing gig in 1966. Later in 1969 she began to perform in the duo, Dick and Anne Albin, and then went on to launch her solo career in 1988. MacFie has performed at music festivals in the Kentucky State Parks, and she also directs the Pine Mountain State Resort Park Great American Dulcimer Convention.

 

In January 2013, MacFie performed at the Kentucky Music Winter Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, a classic track named "Every Day is Saturday Morning to a Dog." 

A transcript of this video can be seen here.

 

"Her sweet southern voice is complemented by her guitar and mountain dulcimer accompaniment," said Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, which organizes the concert series.

 

The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.

 

This year’s other series artists and their performance dates are:

· Lee "Boy" Sexton, folk legend from Letcher County, Kentucky, and his son Johnny Sexton, Sept.12;

· The Red State Ramblers, native and adopted Kentuckians with UK ties, Sept. 19;

· Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, internationally recognized musicians, authors and storytellers, Sept. 26;

· SkiPdiPPerS, Letcher County's only female fiddle duo, Oct. 3;

· The Local Honeys, female trio specializing in old time music, Oct. 10;

· "A Kindly Visitation," a play based on the music of North Carolina musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell by James Leva, Oct. 17;

· "Singing Family of the Cumberlands: The Ritchie Family," Oct. 24;

· Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley, folksong mother-daughter duo, Oct. 31;

· Rich Kirby, a virtuosic fiddle, banjo player and mandolinist, Nov. 7;

· The Rail Splitters, an old time string band with deep roots in Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, Nov.14

· United Baptist Church of Lexington, a congregation and its distinctive musical worship, Nov. 21; and

· Don Pedi, legendary dulcimer player, Dec. 5

 

The 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 Anne MacFie concert or the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

 

 

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

Tickets to UK Opera Theatre’s 'Sweeney Todd' On Sale Now

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:47pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller" Oct. 4-12, at the historic Lexington Opera House. Single tickets for the production are on sale now.

 

Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Sweeney Todd” has since seen two Broadway revivals and a major motion picture featuring Kentuckian Johnny Depp. UK Opera Theatre presents a new production by director Richard Gammon and assistant director Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick, featuring a set by Carolyn Mraz. UK-based designers Tanya Harper, on lights, and Susan Dudley Wigglesworth, on costumes, complete the creative team bringing life to “Sweeney.”

 

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 and 8-11, and 2 p.m., Oct. 5, 11 and 12, at the Lexington Opera House. Individual tickets go on sale 10 a.m. today (Sept. 2) at the Lexington Center Box Office, located at Rupp Arena. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 859-233-3535, in person at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster. Tickets range in price from $40.50 to $76.50, with student tickets available for $20.50. There is no ticketing fee for tickets bought in person at the box office. Fees apply online and over the phone.

 

In addition to “Sweeney Todd,” UK Opera Theatre’s season will also include the French fantasy “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach. The new production by director David Lefkowich will feature tenors Gregory Turay and Jonathan Parham in the title roles running March 5-8, 2015, at the Lexington Opera House. Sung in French with English super titles.

 

For more information on these productions please visit the UK Opera Theatre website, ukoperatheatre.org or contact Patrick Joel Martin, marketing coordinator for UK Opera Theatre at 859-257-4590.

 

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 Senior Wins Brevard's Best College Student Award

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:18am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) — Current and former University of Kentucky School of Music students and faculty members had a productive seven weeks at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Among the UK participants in summer programming at Brevard, was cello performance senior Jerram John, recipient of the center's coveted Best College Student Award.

 

Brevard's Best College Student Award was presented to John based on his overall participation in the musical and campus life of the festival. This prize, given to only one college student per year, includes a full tuition scholarship for the coming summer. Previous UK cellists and alumnae who received the award are Andrea Kleesattel and Maggie Thompson.

 

John was among a group of students and alumni participating in the festival. Other UK students joining John at Brevard were: cello performance sophomore Julia Dixon, of Louisville, Kentucky; 2014 graduate and cellist Maureen Kelly, of La Crosse, Wisconsin; graduate student and violist Seon Kyu Kim, of Incheon, Korea; and 2014 graduate and violinist William Ronning, of Noblesville, Indiana. Alumni participating were Leigh Dixon and Megan Lineberry.

 

In addition to UK student participants, two faculty members, Benjamin Karp, associate professor of violoncello, and Margaret Karp, adjunct violin professor, have been in residence for the past seven summers at Brevard.

 

At the festival, Kelly and John spent several weeks playing principal cello of the Brevard Sinfonia, the all-college orchestra, and sitting on the first stand of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the combined faculty/student ensemble. Together they made up the first desk of the Brevard Camerata for a special concert. 

 

Kelly, who received her master's degree in May, was chosen to join a faculty/student chamber ensemble including Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s string sextet “Souvenir of Florence.”

 

Ronning, who also received his master's degree in May, sat principal second violin in the Sinfonia, and performed in masterclass for Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and recently named first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

Brevard Music Center is a summer institute and a festival founded in 1936. The center has matured into one of this country's premier summer training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to Brevard to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty and with renowned guest artists. For seven weeks, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction that includes ensembles, private lessons and chamber music.

 

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 Musicians Score Rave from Saxophone Today

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:05pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The musical talents of University of Kentucky students in the UK Mega-Sax, UK Saxophone Quartet and UK Wind Symphony, as well as Miles Osland, UK School of Music saxophone professor and director of UK Jazz Studies, were recently praised in a review by Saxophone Today. Performances critiqued by the magazine were part of the new CD, "Mega Mega Saxophone at the University of Kentucky."

 

"Mega Mega" is a collection of new recordings by UK student ensembles and faculty groups, the Osland/Dailey Duo and the Osland Saxophone Quartet, produced by Osland. The CD first features a UK Wind Symphony and Osland Quartet piece commissioned by UK. Billy Kerr of Saxophone Today describes the piece as, “The wonderful sound of the Wind Symphony belies the fact that the musicians are students. The quartet’s performance is flawless, exhibiting a great ability to pass the musical line from one voice to the other, with a lovely ensemble sound.”

 

The CD also includes UK Mega-Sax performing Thelonious Monk’s great ballad, “Crepuscule with Nellie,” arranged by saxophonist and arranger Greg Yaskinitsky, as well as an adaptation of band leader/arranger Gordon Goodwin’s piece, “Gordon’s Goodies.” “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano” composed by Raleigh Dailey, UK associate professor of jazz studies and piano, and Osland follows.

 

The UK Saxophone Quartet, under the direction of Lisa Osland, adjunct saxophone professor at UK, is showcased in two pieces, “Saxophone Quartet #1,” by John Carisi, and “Escape to the Center,” by Dana Wilson.

 

The closing piece “…Who Needs Enemies?,” by Russell Peterson, features members of UK Mega-Sax and the UK Wind Symphony, which is directed by John Cody Birdwell, director of UK Bands. The composition is described by Kerr as “a frenetic romp, showcasing the quartet as a traditional sax section, with all the members improvising as well. A fitting high-energy conclusion to this action packed CD.”

 

"Mega Mega" isn’t the first artistic work by Miles Osland, who has been a major force in saxophone and saxophone education for two decades. He is the author of a two-volume "Scale Anthology" and several analytical transcription books. Noting his success, Saxophone Today called him “the organizer of one of the best saxophone studios in North America.”

 

"Mega Mega" CD is available from Amazon, CD Universe, allmusic.com and classicalarchibes.com.

 

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

Supafunkrock, Jazz, Latin, Celtic and Classical Music on Tap at Singletary

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:56am

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts kicks off its 2014-15 Singletary Signature Series with the man behind the Supafunkrock sound, Trombone Shorty, in a season that also includes performances from popular jazz, Latin and classical artists as well as a holiday program with Celtic flair. All tickets to Trombone Shorty, Branford Marsalis, Diego Garcia, Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" and Joshua Bell are on sale now.

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this song video can be found here.

 

The 2014-15 season will open in September with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing audiences worldwide. With an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation. Lexington audiences can hear Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

 

Returning to Singletary Center this fall is a legendary jazz musician from the celebrated Marsalis family, Branford Marsalis. A Grammy award-winning and Tony award-nominated saxophonist and composer, Marsalis is joined by the renowned Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, for 20 performances only, on his national "Well-Tempered" tour, featuring Baroque masterpieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and more. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will take the stage 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

 

Diego Garcia video of "Sunnier Days." A transcript of this song video can be found here.

 

Warm up your chilly November nights with the Latin sounds of Diego Garcia. Prior to his successful solo career, Garcia made his mark on the indie music scene as front man for the popular New York indie rock act Elefant. Drawing from his Argentine roots, he explores his Latin heritage with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970s troubadours like Sandro and Jobim, as well as singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Harry Nilsson. A breakout star with the release of his solo album "Laura," NPR named Garcia’s debut “one of the top 25 albums of the year.” His poignant first single “You Were Never There,” features lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars and distinctly Latin flavor. Diego Garcia brings his sound to the Singletary stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

 

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

 

Kentucky families looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays can take in Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories. Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" will warm your heart beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

Joshua Bell performs "The Four Season" Summer III. Presto by Antonio Vivaldi.

 

Classical aficionados will not want to miss violinist Joshua Bell as he makes his debut at the Singletary Center next April. Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Bell is one of the world's most celebrated violinists. He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty, and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." Bell will join Conductor John Nardolillo and the acclaimed UK Symphony Orchestra to perform a program that includes Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor Op. 26 and Camille Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28. Joshua Bell and UK Symphony Orchestra grace the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.

 

Ticket prices vary for the 2014-15 Singletary Signature Series performances and can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

 

 

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

UK Alumnus to Lead Panama National Symphony Orchestra

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:43pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 25, 2014) — University of Kentucky alumnus César Leal will conduct the first concert of the 2014-2015 season of the Panama National Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Teatro Nacional de Panamá, in Panama City, Panama.

 

The concert is an innovating and challenging program bridging European and Latin American musical traditions from the beginning of the 20th century. The program includes “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas, as seen in the Disney’s film “Fantasia”; “The Afternoon of a Faun” by Claude Debussy; and “Sensemayá” by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. Additionally, Leal will conduct the famous Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvorák as performed by internationally recognized cellist Isaac Casal.

 

After winning a scholarship to attend UK School of Music, Leal, who admired UK’s musicology program, decided to pursue his doctoral degree in musicology. “I was captivated by the professionalism and the expertise of the professors of the musicology division. They supported my activities, research and performances throughout the entire program,” he said.

 

Besides holding a doctoral degree in musicology from UK, Leal holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Columbia, and a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Florida International University. Leal is currently the artistic director and conductor of the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra at Sewanee: The University of the South. Additionally, he teaches and develops courses in musicology and music history.

 

Leal’s activities as a musicologist and conductor often intersect. In September 2013, in collaboration with the Lexington Ballet, he directed a full-stage production devoted to Sergei Diaghilev’s "Ballet Russes." This tribute included performances of Igor Stravinsky’s "Rite of Spring," Frédéric Chopin's "Sylphides" and Claude Debussy’s "Afternoon of a Faun." In 2011 and 2012, he was the assistant director of the Congrés Mondiale d’Écologie Sonore, an event devoted to music research and performance.

 

For his debut with the Panama National Symphony Orchestra, Leal programed works from the fin-de-siècle (late 19th century) that bridge European and Latin American musical traditions.

 

Leal's research interests include fin-de-siècle cultural life in Paris, Latin American contemporary music, and the significance of soundscapes to music history. He is currently the artistic director of EnVaGe (the Ensemble of Variable Geometry). Leal has led ensembles in the U.S., Panama, Colombia, France and the Ukraine. He has also recorded works by several Latin American composers and has presented scholarly papers in the U.S., Canada, Peru, Greece and Switzerland.

 

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 Opera Theatre Presents a 'Tale' of a Season

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:14pm
 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21, 2014) — For 2014-15, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre continues its streak of presenting blockbuster musical theatre in addition to its classical opera programming.

 

UK Opera Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Directing "Sweeney Todd" will be one of the country’s most in-demand young directors, Richard Gammon. Gammon is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and currently is the stage director for Ash Lawn Opera’s Young Artist Program. He previously worked in Kentucky when he directed the 2010 production of "Much Ado About Nothing" for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, in Louisville. Attend "Sweeney Todd” Oct. 4-12, at the Lexington Opera House.

 

A first in UK Opera Theatre history, Jacques Offenbach’s French fantasy "The Tales of Hoffmann" will be presented to the Central Kentucky community in March 2015. Stage Director David Lefkowich, director of Kentucky Opera’s November 2013 production of "Simon Boccanegra," comes to Lexington to bring to life the opera featuring tenors, Gregory Turay and Jonathan Parham. Lefkowich and Turay last worked together in the 2004 premiere of Julie Taymor’s "The Magic Flute" at the Metropolitan Opera. Lefkowich was Taymor’s assistant director, and Turay performed the role of Tamino. Lefkowich was also an assistant director for Angela Brown’s "Aida" debut at the Met. "The Tales of Hoffmann" plays March 5-8, at the Lexington Opera House.

 

Audiences will be wowed with the 23rd annual production of "It’s a Grand Night for Singing!" next summer. Six performances of the annual revue of Broadway, cinema and Billboard hits will be center stage June 12-21, 2015, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

In addition to the main-stage season, the UK Opera Theatre Undergraduate Studio will present the holiday classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors." "Amahl," directed by Gregory Turay, will be a collaborative production with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras under Maestro Daniel Chetel, and the historic Lyric Theatre. "Amahl" will play for three performances Dec. 12-13, at the Lyric Theatre.

 

Season tickets ("Sweeney Todd," "The Tales of Hoffmann" and "Grand Night") are available now through the Lexington Center Box Office at 859-233-3535. Tier I tickets are $157 and tier II tickets are $140. Single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 2.

 

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

Supafunkrock, Jazz, Latin, Celtic and Classical Music, Singletary Center Has It All

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 6:45pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 14, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts kicks off its 2014-15 Singletary Signature Series with the man behind the Supafunkrock sound, Trombone Shorty, in a season that also includes performances from popular jazz, Latin and classical artists as well as a holiday program with Celtic flair. All tickets to Trombone Shorty, Branford Marsalis, Diego Garcia, Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" and Joshua Bell go on sale 10 a.m. today (Monday), July 14.

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." 

 

The 2014-15 season will open in September with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing audiences worldwide. With an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation. Lexington audiences can hear Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

 

Returning to Singletary Center this fall is a legendary jazz musician from the celebrated Marsalis family, Branford Marsalis. A Grammy award-winning and Tony award-nominated saxophonist and composer, Marsalis is joined by the renowned Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 20 performances only, on his national "Well-Tempered" tour, featuring Baroque masterpieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and more. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will take the stage 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

 

 

Diego Garcia video of "Sunnier Days." 

 

Warm up your chilly November nights with the Latin sounds of Diego Garcia. Prior to his successful solo career, Garcia made his mark on the indie music scene as front man for the popular New York indie rock act Elefant. Drawing from his Argentine roots, he explores his Latin heritage with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970s troubadours like Sandro and Jobim, as well as singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Harry Nilsson. A breakout star with the release of his solo album "Laura," NPR named Garcia’s debut “one of the top 25 albums of the year.” His poignant first single “You Were Never There,” features lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars and distinctly Latin flavor. Diego Garcia brings his sound to the Singletary stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

 

 

A preview of Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas."

 

Kentucky families looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays can take in Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories. Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" will warm your heart beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

 

Joshua Bell performs "The Four Season" Summer III. Presto by Antonio Vivaldi.

 

Classical aficionados will not want to miss violinist Joshua Bell as he makes his debut at the Singletary Center next April. Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Bell is one of the world's most celebrated violinists. He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty, and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." Bell will join conductor John Nardolillo and the acclaimed UK Symphony Orchestra to perform a program that includes Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor Op. 26 and Camille Saing-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28. Joshua Bell and UK Symphony Orchestra grace the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.

 

Ticket prices vary for the 2014-15 Singletary Signature Series performances 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 purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Professor Releases Debut CD 'Lost Trumpet Treasures'

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:03pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 10, 2014) — University of Kentucky School of Music's Jason Dovel, an assistant professor of trumpet, has just released his debut solo CD, "Lost Trumpet Treasures." The album is a collaboration with Julliard-trained pianist, Edward Neeman, as well as internationally acclaimed trumpeter Vince DiMartino, who was once the trumpet professor at UK.

 

The title of Dovel's CD, "Lost Trumpets Treasures," captures the artistic purpose of the disc: to promote high-quality trumpet literature that has not been recorded and/or has been 'lost' from the mainstream repertoire.

 

"It is hoped that this project not only provides reference recordings for these wonderful pieces, but also helps promote a renewed interest in their performance." Dovel said.

The CD is now available for purchase through the record company Mark Records at www.markcustom.com/ and will be available on Itunes and other online retailers in August 2014.

 

Prior to coming to UK, Dovel was an associate professor of trumpet at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. An active soloist, Dovel has had recent performances in 14 states as well as at different festivals across the country. In addition to his solo career, Dovel is an orchestral trumpeter, performing with numerous orchestras, ballets and operas. During the summer months, he often plays trumpet with Ash Lawn Opera in Virginia.

 

Outside of performing, Dovel has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal and The Instrumentalist, and he has been a recordings reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal since 2006. He studied privately with Keith Johnson, George Novak, Charles Saenz, James Kluesner, Charlie Geyer, Barbara Butler, Barry Bauguess (Baroque trumpet) and Bruce Dickey (cornetto).

 

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 Vocalists, Army Band to Present Patriotic Concert as Salute to Heroes

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:47pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2014) — Patriotic music from a live military band and a University of Kentucky chorus will help ring in Independence Day festivities at Lexington’s Fourth of July Patriotic Music Concert scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, on the Old Morrison lawn of Transylvania University. "A Salute to Heroes" is free and open to the public.  

 

The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard will play an all-patriotic music program joined by singers from the UK Opera Theatre’s production of "It’s A Grand Night for Singing!"

 

The 202nd Army Band will be under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Stepp, while UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey will conduct the singers from UK.   

 

The evening will also feature a special appearance from a member of the U.S. Soldiers’ Chorus, the premier military chorus in the nation. Staff Sergeant Charis Strange, who is a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky, will travel to Lexington to sing with the band and the UK vocalists. Strange is one of five graduates of UK School of Music’s vocal performance program to serve with the Soldiers’ Chorus. UK has the highest number of singers in the Soldiers’ Chorus of any university conservatory in the country. 

 

The all-patriotic concert will also feature UK Opera Theatre Artist-in-Residence and Metropolitan Opera tenor Gregory Turay and such "Grand Night" favorites as Alicia Helm McCorvey and Darian Sanders, among other cast members.   

 

The concert will take place on the steps of Old Morrison, with seating on the lawn and in nearby Gratz Park. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and stake out spots from which to enjoy the concert. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

 

Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, and Kevin Christopher, news anchor for WLEX-TV (Channel 18), will be co-hosts for the concert.

 

WLEX TV-Channel 18 and the Downtown Lexington Corporation are sponsoring the event this year, with assistance from Alltech and the Henderson Music Company.

 

The concert is a prelude to a full day of activities at the Fourth of July downtown celebration on Friday, July 4. The festivities kick off Friday morning with the Bluegrass 10,000 foot race, feature a large street festival and parade, and end with fireworks over downtown Lexington. Details on all these events can be found at: www.downtownlex.com/lexingtons-4th-of-july-festival/.

 

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

Only Three More 'Grand Nights' Remain

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:38am

 

Ad for "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" 2014. A transcript of this video can be found here. Video courtesy of UK Opera Theatre.

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 18, 2014) — At the University of Kentucky, the music doesn't stop for summer break. UK Opera Theatre stages its final three performances of this year's "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

In its 22nd year, "Grand Night" has become known for performances of beloved Hollywood, Broadway and Top 40 tunes. More than 100 university and community talents come together to present a musical extravaganza of these classic songs.

 

Ticket prices for "Grand Night" range from $17-45. Group rates are available for groups of 25 or more. A processing fee will be applied upon completion of all transactions.

 

In honor of Russ Williams, the university's first representative of the staff on the Board of Trustees who died in 2009, each performance of “Grand Night” will also have select seats available to UK staff for only $25, plus processing fees. There is a limit of two tickets per valid UK staff I.D.

 

To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person.

 

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

Trombone Shorty to Bring Supafunkrock to the Bluegrass

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:27pm

 

Trombone Shorty performs "Fire & Brimstone" at Coachella. A transcript of this video can be found here. Video courtesy of Coachelle YouTube channel. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will kick off its 2014-2015 season with an artist inspired by such a unique blend of musical genres that he dubbed it a whole new sound. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets for Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will go on sale Monday, June 16.

 

New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars and audiences alike. With an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock! Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation.

 

Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.

 

Andrews is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to Say This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

 

The popular musician has appeared in several episodes of HBO's "Treme," and has recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Conan." In 2012, Andrews performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with such music royalty as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones.

 

At this year's Grammy Awards, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert.

 

In 2012, Andrews received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.

 

Ticket prices are based on seating location and are $27 and $35 plus fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.

 

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

 

 

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

'Grand Night': A Tradition 22 Years in the Making

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:55pm

Ad for "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" 2014. A transcript of this video can be found here. Video courtesy of UK Opera Theatre.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — Guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in your seats, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the 22nd annual “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” Executive Producer and Music Director Everett McCorvey brings together a company of more than 100 performers to present the best of Broadway, cinema and Billboard hits June 13-22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The continued popularity of the annual musical revue is a bit surprising to McCorvey. "Wow, that's amazing to me. I pinch myself when I think about it. We started it 22 years ago as a way of giving our opera singers a broader perspective of the business," said McCorvey in an interview with WUKY's Josh James. The tenor and educator speaks from personal experience as he worked on Broadway, in the movies and at the Metropolitan Opera when starting out in New York City.

 

For 2014, stage director Peggy Stamps and choreographers Jeromy and Lyndy Franklin Smith, instructors at UK Department of Theatre, return to stage popular numbers with the 100+ cast of hits from “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Book of Mormon,” “The Fiddler on the Roof” and Disney’s “Frozen.”

 

Students from UK Opera Theatre will again join forces with members of the Lexington community to perform the annual town-and-gown revue. Audience favorites returning to the stage include UK alumnus Gregory Turay, Alicia Helm McCorvey, Ron Wilbur of “Sing-Off” acoUstiKats fame, Zack Morris and Gabrielle Barker from UK's production of “Les Misérables,” and Lexington actor Robert Parks Johnson.

 

One special treat audiences have come to love and will enjoy again this year is when Everett joins his wife, Alicia, for a performance. "We always have fun doing duets together. She is a fantastic performer and I love performing with her," said Everett in the WUKY interview.

 

Showtimes for the six performances of "Grand Night" are 7:30 p.m., June 13, 14, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m., June 15 and 22.

 

"Grand Night" tickets are $15-$45 plus applicable fees. 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 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.  

 

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 Trumpet Students Perform at International Trumpet Guild Conference

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:21pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2014) — Thirteen talented trumpet students from the University of Kentucky School of Music recently took the stage at the 39th annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) held in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

 

Out of the 13 students, 12 performed as members of the UK Trumpet Ensemble and 10 performed as members of the UK Baroque (valveless) Trumpet Ensemble, both under the direction of Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet in the UK School of Music.

 

The UK Trumpet Ensemble performed Dovel's arrangement of Giovanni Gabrieli's “Canzona Segunda,” as well as George Gershwin's “Summertime.” The baroque ensemble performed David Buhl's “Military Fanfare,” an anonymously composed "Sonata Tedesche da Tromba," and Cesare Bendeinelli's Sonata No. 336.

 

UK trumpet students who performed at the ITG conference included:

· Michael Cotten, a music education junior from Harrodsburg, Ky.;

· Robbie Elliot, a music education senior from Lexington;

· Phillip Chase Hawkins, a graduate student from Moore, S.C.;

· Caden Holmes, a music performance and music education sophomore from Hanson, Ky.;

· Conner Kinmon, a music education junior from Williamstown, Ky.;

· Rui Li, a doctoral candidate from Baotou City, Inner Mongolia, China;

· Matthew McMahon, an arts administration sophomore from Fairfax, Va.;

· Sabrina Musick, a music education junior from Shelbiana, Ky.;

· Katie Safa, a music education and Spanish senior from Zionsville, Ind.;

· Tyler Simms, a music education senior from Madisonville, Ky.;

· Steve Slabaugh, a doctoral candidate from Nappanee, Ind.;

· Jared Wallis, a music performance senior from Talala, Okla.; and

· Callista Whorf, an agricultural biotechnology and psychology senior from Crestwood, Ky.

 

In addition to their performances with both UK trumpet ensembles, students also performed in other groups and received accolades from ITG.

 

Hawkins, Elliot and Safa performed in the Festival of Trumpets Concert and Safa also participated in the premiere of Eric Ewazen's “Olcott Overture.” Throughout the week Li assisted with the presentation of Bill Pfund Trumpets and at the awards banquet, Holmes received the ITG Legacy Scholarship.

 

Dovel also had an active role in the conference. In addition to directing the two UK trumpet ensembles, he chaired the ITG Solo Competition, conducted four of his own pieces in the Festival of Trumpets Concert, and served as an official conference reporter for the event. Dovel also performed in the conference’s closing concert with world-renowned trumpeters including Friedemann Immer, Crispian Steele-Perkins and Gabriele Cassone.

 

UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

 

 

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

UK’s Jefferson Johnson Returns to Carnegie Hall

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:35pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) — One of University of Kentucky’s very own returns to the Carnegie Hall stage less than six months since his last performance at the prestigious music venue. Jefferson Johnson, artistic director of The Lexington Singers and choral activities director at UK School of Music, will make his debut in The Distinguished Concerts International New York series conducting The Lexington Singers beginning 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.  

 

Johnson is no newcomer to Carnegie Hall as he conducted the National Festival Chorus in a concert this past February. Active on UK’s campus, he is a professor in the UK College of Fine Arts teaching advanced choral methods and literature and choral conducting. In addition, he directs the graduate program in choral music at UK School of Music and conducts UK Chorale and UK Men’s Chorus. He is also the founder and director of the popular university male a cappella group, the acoUstiKats.

 

Outside of UK, Johnson is an adjudicator and guest conductor for many high school and collegiate choirs throughout the country conducting honor choruses in 30 states. He has appeared as a featured clinician at American Choral Directors Association and MENC (National Association for Music Education) conventions across America. His debut at Carnegie Hall was in 1999 conducting The Lexington Singers in a performance of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.”

 

Under Johnson’s direction, The Lexington Singers will join forces with singers from Florida, New York and Vancouver in an innovative work called “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” that blends the classical mass with bluegrass music. Special guests, Dailey and Vincent, who are hailed as “the rock stars of bluegrass” by CMT.com, will also accompany the choral ensemble on stage. The group has won seven International Bluegrass Music Awards, including Entertainers of the Year, and has worked with such legends as Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson.

 

The Lexington Singers first formed in 1959 when choral experienced men and women decided Lexington needed a community chorus.  Phyllis Jenness of UK Music Department was the founding director, followed by James Ross Beane. The Lexington Singers first took the stage at Carnegie Hall in January 1967 under Jenness. Then returned in March 1999 led by Johnson.

 

Tickets for the concert featuring The Lexington Singers and Dailey and Vincent conducted by Johnson, range from $20-$100 based on seating, and can be purchased online through carnegiehall.org or by phone at 212-247-7800.

 

 

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

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