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UK Sophomore Recognized in Regional Woodwind Competition

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:29pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) — Sophomore bassoon major Jonathan Barrett was recognized at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Performance Competition held in January at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Barrett, who represented Kentucky in the competition, performed three pieces, including Alexander Tansman's Sonatine for bassoon and piano. His performance earned him an honorable mention honors.

 

“I've been playing bassoon for 8 years now and have been studying with Professor Peter Simpson for the last three,” Barrett said. “I want to thank all of my teachers over the years, my parents, friends and family, and especially Peter for helping me prepare for this competition, and my trusty accompanist, Tedrin Lindsay.”

 

Barrett has studied other instruments including clarinet, flute, bassoon, guitar and saxophone. He says that guitar was his first instrument but he has been playing the saxophone for nine years.

 

“Music is a life style,” Barrett said. “Growing up with discipline, passion, hard work and the joy of music has no doubt made me the person I am today”.

 

The MTNA's mission is to “support the careers and professionalism of teachers of music” for students like Jonathan Barrett. Each year, nine surrounding states send the winners from their own competition to the Southern Division Competition for an opportunity to be sent to nationals. Winners from the regional competitions go onto nationals, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The MTNA recognizes six Young Artist award winners in composition, brass, piano, string, voice and woodwind.  

 

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

 

 

 

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

UK Orchestra to Showcase Concerto Competition Winner Pianist Yuri Kim

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:19pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, takes the stage this Friday with a variety of compositions that showcase the diverse talent of its own student musicians.

 

The concert will feature one of UK School of Music's own, Yuri Kim, winner of the UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, playing music by George Gershwin. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

Fresh off its dramatic live presentation of “2001: A Space Odyssey” with the UK Chorale, the orchestra will begin the concert with Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Atmosphères,” featured in the film. Next, the orchestra will back up Yuri Kim as she plays George Gershwin’s Concerto in F for piano and orchestra. The concert will conclude with German composer Robert Schumann’s uplifting Symphony No. 2.

 

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

 

Yuri Kim, a native of South Korea, holds a master’s degree in piano performance from UK and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Campbellsville University, where she graduated with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was a member of the honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Kim earned the certificate in piano pedagogy at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Regionally, she won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition in Kentucky and advanced to the Southern division. Kim is currently pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at UK School of Music, where she studies with Professor Irina Voro and serves as a teaching assistant in "Introductory Piano."

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Two UK Vocalists Advance to Semifinals of Metropolitan Opera Auditions

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:43pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The Mid-South Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions were held Saturday, Feb. 21, on University of Kentucky’s campus. Singers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas, including three from UK, competed to advance to the semifinals to be held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera scheduled for March 15 in New York City. UK student Matthew Turner took first place at the regional in Lexington and will advance to the semifinals at the Met. Joining Turner in New York, will be another semifinalist from UK, Reginald Smith Jr., from the Southeastern Region Finals.

 

UK bass Matthew Turner appeared in the tile role of the fall 2014 UK Opera Theatre (UKOT) production “Sweeney Todd,” and will appear in the upcoming UKOT March production of “The Tales of Hoffmann.” A student of Everett McCorvey, director of UKOT and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies, and Dennis Bender, associate professor of voice, Turner received a cash prize of $4,200 from OperaLex, the host of the auditions, and an additional $800 from the Metropolitan Opera for the Mrs. Edgar Tobin First Place Award. A Lexington resident, he holds bachelor's degrees in accounting and vocal performance from UK.

 

Turner sang "Il lacerate spirito" from Giuseppe Verdi’s "Simon Boccanegra," "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" and "Arise, ye subterranean winds" from Thomas Adès’ "The Tempest."

 

Smith, a baritone, advanced to the semifinals out of the Southeastern Region held in Atlanta, Georgia. A 2013 choral music education and vocal performance graduate of UK, Smith came to UKOT as an Alltech Vocal Scholar. Like Turner, he also studied under McCorvey at UK School of Music. Currently, Smith is in the young artist program at Houston Grand Opera.

 

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program provides a venue for young opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a representative of the Met. Applicants prepare a minimum of five operatic arias in their original language; selections must demonstrate contrasting style as well as languages. Upon completing the audition, candidates are given the opportunity to meet with the judges personally to discuss matters of evaluation and advice.

 

The Met holds the auditions to discover new talent and to search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The Lindemann program, designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities, provides financial aid together with supervised artistic direction to the young artists.

 

The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. For more information on the program, visit online at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/ukot.

 

 

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

UK Men's Chorus to Present ACDA 'Send-Off' Concert

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:29pm

 

 

"Gaudete" performed by the UK Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of American Choral Directors Association. A transcript of this video can be seen here.

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus is one of only two all-male collegiate groups who have been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference being presented later this week in Salt Lake City. This evening, the 2015 UK Men’s Chorus will give audiences a free sneak preview of the national concert 7 p.m. tonight (Monday), Feb. 23, at the Singletary Center for the Arts before leaving for Utah.

 

Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of Choral Activities at UK School of Music, the UK Men’s Chorus will perform at the prestigious ACDA National Conference on Feb. 26 alongside many of the world’s most revered choral musicians and conductors. The UK Men’s Chorus was one of only two all-male collegiate choirs selected to perform at this year’s ACDA conference with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club being the second.

 

The ACDA “Send-Off” Concert will not only showcase several works commissioned specifically for the UK Men’s Chorus, but it will also highlight featured soloists Scott Wright, associate professor of clarinet, and guest vocalist Keith Dean, of the American Spiritual Ensemble.

 

Joining the UK Men’s Chorus for the “Send-Off” Concert will be special guests Lafayette High School Madrigal Singers, conducted by Ryan Marsh. The Lafayette Madrigal Singers have distinguished themselves as one of the top high school choirs in America.  They will be performing a reprise of the 30-minute program that they presented at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) conference in Louisville on Feb. 5. 

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is a 90-voice ensemble composed of students from a variety of academic majors on campus. Last year they performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's (NCCO) National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina, and in 2012 at the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They were also featured at the 2011 ACDA National Convention in Chicago, as well as at the 2010 Intercollegiate Male Choruses National Seminar in Miami, Ohio; the 2008 ACDA Southern Division Convention in Louisville; and the 2006 MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City. That same year the Men’s Chorus was featured at the inaugural NCCO National Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

 

As part of the ACDA National Conference, UK Men's Chorus will have performances at the prestigious Salt Lake City Tabernacle (home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) and at Abravanel Hall (home of the Utah Symphony). The chorus recently commissioned and premiered new works by Richard Burchard, Michael Engelhardt and Stacey Gibbs.

 

Rehearsing twice weekly and touring frequently, the UK Men’s Chorus is dedicated to promoting and celebrating male singing at all stages and for all ages.

 

For more information on the ACDA Send-Off Concert or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact:

Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant of UK Choirs, evan.pulliam@uky.edu.

 

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

 

 

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

UK A Cappella Groups, Choristers to Warm Hearts at 'After Dark' and 'Night on Broadway'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:27am

 

 

The Acoustikats peform "Back at One" by Brian McKnight. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Choirs present two February concerts that will set the mood for a romantic evening. A cappella groups Paws and Listen and the acoUstiKats present the popular annual "After Dark" Valentine's concert Feb. 13, at the Worsham Theatre. The following weekend UK Choristers will present their popular annual “Night on Broadway” concert of beloved show tunes Feb. 20 and 21. 

 

“After Dark” will be a night of music showcasing love for guests of all ages and includes a complimentary dessert reception immediately following the concert beginning 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Worsham Theatre, located in the UK Student Center. The reception is courtesy of UK Catering  and the Office of the Student Center Director.

 

Paws and Listen is an a cappella singing group of 16 women who are auditioned from the UK Women’s Choir. The singers perform pop music, as well as a mix of doo-wop, vocal jazz and show tunes. Paws and Listen performs for numerous prestigious events throughout the year and is often featured at high profile events at Maxwell Place, the home of the UK President.

 

The acoUstiKats is a familiar name across campus because of the group's 2013 appearance on the a cappella competition show NBC’s "The Sing Off." The group is made up of 16 men who are auditioned from the UK Men’s Chorus. The ensemble specializes in doo-wop and a cappella pop styles. These students have performed at many events on campus and across the region.

 

If “After Dark” has audiences in the mood for more romantic tunes, they can enjoy another concert the following weekend at “Night on Broadway.” This night features beloved show tunes showcasing 50 student vocalists from the UK Choristers. This year’s theme is "An American Tradition." The show begins 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21, at the Student Center Ballroom. Hors d’oeurves will be served before the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

UK Choristers is the oldest performing organization at UK. Filled with underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off of campus. This 55-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied, and also performs a major work each year with the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Choristers tour frequently throughout the region.

 

Tickets for "Paws and Kats After Dark" are $10 for adults and $5 for UK students and children. Tickets for “Night on Broadway” are $25 for adults, $15 for UK faculty, staff and students, and $35 for VIPs, which includes courtesy parking pass for early ticket purchases. To purchase tickets, contact the UK Student Center Ticket Office at 859-257-TICS.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Awarded Freeman Foundation Grant for Study of Arts, Culture of Inner Mongolia

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:23am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2015) – The University of Kentucky's Office of China Initiatives and College of Fine Arts were recently awarded a Freeman Foundation grant, which will provide three faculty and 10 UK students with an opportunity to study the arts and culture of Inner Mongolia at Inner Mongolia University (IMU) during the fall semester of 2015. 

 

Dean Michael Tick at UK College of Fine Arts said he is excited to help offer this opportunity to UK students and faculty. "As our world’s cultures are brought together even faster and more forcefully, a global experience has proved an indispensable part of a student’s full college experience. This is the motivation behind our global learning partnership with Inner Mongolia University. We are thrilled to have the support of the Freeman Foundation for our visit to the campus of IMU this fall, where our students and faculty will work collaboratively on a number of projects with IMU’s renowned faculty and highly trained student body."

 

IMU is one of only three colleges that specialize in preserving the arts of minorities in China.

 

According to Huajing Maske, executive director of UK's Office of China Initiatives and director of the Confucius Institute, Inner Mongolia is one of the 56 minority groups in China, which is why it is so important to sustain Inner Mongolia’s artistic expression. 

 

Program directors will encourage students to gain appreciation and awareness of the ethnic group. Exact program dates have yet to be scheduled.

 

This program stems from the success of the “Living Landscapes” partnership among UK's Confucius Institute and College of Fine Arts and the Art College of IMU. The partnership began with a visit by a College of Fine Arts delegation to Inner Mongolia led by the Confucius Institute in 2012. "Living Landscapes" included 51 different fine art programs over a one week period in September 2013, which engaged thousands of participants from UK's campus and the community.

 

The Freeman Foundation helps make international connections in a world where China is playing an increasing economic and geopolitical role. 

 

 

 

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

Kasman Piano Concert: A Family Affair

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:24pm

 

A clip of a piano recital featuring Yakov Kasman and his daughter, Aleksandra Kasman, in Orel, Russia. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — It will be a family affair when the University of Kentucky School of Music presents a concert of not one, but two award-winning pianists, Yakov Kasman and Aleksandra Kasman. Yakov Kasman, a silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and his student and daughter, 19-year-old Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman, a national winner of the National Federation of Music Club’s Stillman-Kelley Award, will perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Yakov Kasman and Aleksandra Kasman will play a variety of compositions by Sergei Rachmaninov, with pieces such as Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-Tableaux), Suite No. 2 and the Symphonic Dances, considered one of the most difficult and impressive pieces of music in the classical repertoire.

 

Yakov’s American debut in the Van Cliburn Competition was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.

 

Born in the city of Orel, near Moscow, Yakov began his piano studies at the age of 5. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and served on the faculty at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. He is now a professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is actively involved in local, state and national music teachers’ organizations as a guest artist, teacher and adjudicator. His students are winners of regional, national and international competitions.

 

Sasha, a student of her father, is a sophomore at UAB and a University Honors Program student. Sasha is a silver medalist of the VII International Competition for Young Pianists presented in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev, Ukraine, and second place and Young Jury Award winner at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition in Columbia, South Carolina. She made her European solo debut recital at Salle Cortot in Paris, France, in 2009. She has also given solo recitals in U.S., Ukraine, Russia and Japan. Her recent engagements include solo recitals in the United States and duo-piano performances with her father in Russia and South Korea. Recently she won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist piano competition in state of Alabama and advanced to the Southern division in January 2015.

 

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

Guitarist Dieter Hennings Awarded New Music USA Grant

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:16pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2015) — Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar in the University of Kentucky School of Music, has received one of 62 project grant awards from New Music USA. Hennings received support from New Music USA for Duo Damiana's debut recording, "Adventurous Repertoire for Flute and Guitar," in collaboration with flutist Molly Barth.

 

Hennings has been an assistant professor of music at UK since August 2009. He curates the UK International Guitar Series, which has brought some of the world's finest guitarists to Lexington. Hennings has also performed as a solo artist in concerts all across the world and has won first prize awards in several prestigious competitions. Some highlights of Hennings' 2014-2015 season include invitations to perform with the Oberlin New Music Ensemble, a performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at the Cincinnati Conservatory, a concert for the series "Guitarromania" in Agen, France, and performances with Duo Damiana at Oberlin College, Indiana State University, DePauw University, Baldin Wallace University, Vanderbilt University and many more.

 

Awards for New Music USA’s third round of project grants total $284,250 and support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The program recognizes and supports the multiple roles composers and contemporary music practitioners play in the artistic landscape and responds to the creative spirit of collaboration between artists from multiple disciplines. The 62 awarded projects include concerts and recordings as well as dance, film, theater, opera and more. All projects include contemporary music as an essential element.

 

Duo Damiana is focused on broadening the cutting-edge body of repertoire for flute and guitar. Composers featured in their repertoire include Chen Yi, David Lang, Hebert Vazquez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Shafer Mahoney, Jean-Michel Damase, Michael Fiday and Toru Takemitsu. Future plans for the duo include commissions and performances of works by Jesse Jones, Luca Cori, Marc Satterwhite and Scott Perkins.

 

In summer 2014, Duo Damiana mentored 97 young composers and numerous performers at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium and performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois. The 2014-15 season includes tours through Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Nevada. Past tours have taken Duo Damiana throughout the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States.

 

In response to feedback from artists who were surveyed last summer following the two inaugural rounds of the program, the third round grants included a special focus on requests of $3,000 and below. Approximately 65 percent of grants awarded were in this category.

Including the awards already announced, New Music USA's project grants program has now distributed $932,250 in support of 179 projects since its launch in October 2013. Of the new project grant awardees, 74 are first-time recipients of grants from New Music USA.

 

Awarded projects from all three rounds can be discovered, explored and followed at New Music USA's gallery of projects, which provides artists the ability to update their progress and interact with followers is an important promotional tool that extends the program’s service to artists beyond financial support. The overarching goal of project grants is to reach and aggregate the communities of new music enthusiasts, irrespective of genre preferences, and allow the public to discover new artistic work.

 

Ed Harsh, president and CEO of New Music USA, said, “We want to give artists money, but we want to give artists more than money. We want to give them a way to spread the experience of their work to a wide world of people eager to engage with it.”

 

New Music USA formed in November 2011 from the merger of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer with a mandate to increase the audience for new American music. In doing so, five of the legacy organizations’ grant making programs were consolidated based on two core convictions. First, that the best way to serve new music is to ask practitioners what they need rather than tell them what they should want. Second, that the process for requesting financial support should be simple and should help artists and audiences connect.

 

New Music USA advocates fostering the creation, dissemination and enjoyment of new American music through its magazine NewMusicBox and radio station Counterstream as well as in New Music USA's grant making, which distributes more than $1 million each year to the field.

 

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

UK Home to First Collegiate Presentation of Live Orchestration of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:59pm

 

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2015) — This weekend the Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history in presenting a live orchestration of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, and the UK Chorale, conducted by Jefferson Johnson. This will be the first-ever performance of the repertoire by a university orchestra and chorus. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in cinema. Known for its astute integration of music in film, it features a score like none other. From the iconic first notes of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” to the gentle drift of Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz” and the dramatic tension of Gyorgy Ligeti’s contemporary compositions for orchestra and choir, the power and beauty of the score accompany breathtaking large-format scenes of outer space exploration to create an unforgettable journey “beyond the infinite.”

 

This program has been presented by an exclusive selection of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Philharmonia Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, The Brussels Symphony, and the National Symphony. The UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university ensembles to perform this concert. 

 

"It will be a full orchestra on stage with a full chorus doing all of the sound effects and music from the movie score, and above the orchestra and chorus will be a full screen movie of '2001: A Space Odyssey' with special projectors and sound systems that we had to scour the United States to find. It's basically a technical feat for our hall to stage this show but our technical director, Tanya Harper, and our crew have figured it out and it's going to be pretty exciting," said Michael Grice, director of the Singletary Center.

 

UK's presentation of "2001" is the product of a successful partnership between Nardolillo and Grice. The pair began working together in 2008 to identify major artists and musical opportunities to highlight the talents of UK students with some of the world's best artists and programs.

 

The magnitude of these opportunities and being given the opportunity to be the first university ensemble to perform "2001" is not lost on the students. "That's where the pressure hits. Our parts are actually from the New York Phil, one of the top orchestras in the world. So now the pressure is on us to have the caliber of music that they do. That's an honor to be playing on parts that they performed with as a collegiate orchestra," said Nathan Williams, arts administration and music performance senior from Louisville, who plays the French horn.

 

While UK's students are used to playing and singing a myriad of masterpieces by the world's most celebrated conductors, "2001" stretches their musical muscles with the unearthly, unusual sounds evoking space travel.

 

To be prepared for such a different concert, UK Chorale had to develop its own rehearsal methods beyond just screening the film. "2001" calls for approximately 20 individual sounds from the vocalists performed in a group. In order to be ready to sing the notes given to them, members of UK Chorale practiced not only as a group but often individually with their smart phones and metronome apps that helped them properly time their individual parts.

 

"It's a wonderful experience. It has definitely helped us grow a lot as an ensemble and as individual musicians because it is very challenging music. It demands a lot of outside of class work and it is definitely a lot of ear training for all of us, so it is helping us become better musicians," said Laura Salyer, a December 2014 vocal performance graduate from Lexington.

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, it has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, as well as the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, the orchestra provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. To see the UK Symphony Orchestra's season brochure, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/14-15_UKSO_layout.pdf.

 

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK School of Music. The ensemble consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The Chorale prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st Century.

 

Tickets prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject to box office fees). Tickets can be purchased via the  Singletary Center Box Office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFAtickets.com or in person.

 

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 Students 'Explore Brass in Greece'

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:12pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — Jason Dovel and 10 University of Kentucky students traveled to Greece over winter break to attend the Exploring Brass in Greece international musical festival. During the visit, the UK students performed in Thessaloniki and Leptokarya, Greece.

 

As part of the trip, which ran Jan. 2-10, UK students performed as the university's Brass Ensemble, and joined trumpet ensembles, horn choirs, low brass ensembles and large brass ensembles made up of participants from around the world.

 

Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet in the UK School of Music, led a warm-up clinic, coached chamber ensembles and taught the seminar “Perspectives of Science in Modern Brass Pedagogy” while in Greece. Other educators on the trip included George Babarakos (artistic director), Vincent DiMartino (former UK and Centre College faculty member and international soloist), Jason Crafton (Virginia Tech), Mike Davison (University of Richmond), Alex Van Duuren (University of Tennessee), Rich Illman (Michigan State University), Gerassimos Ioannidis (Orpheon Conservatory of Athens), Judith Saxton (North Carolina School of the Arts) and Daniel Zehringer (Wright State University).

 

UK students stayed at the Poseidon Palace Hotel in Leptokarya but also visited Thessaloniki, Meteora, Dion, Vergina and other areas in northern Greece. The students in particular enjoyed their visit to Meteora, which is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece.

 

UK students who participated in the festival included: trombone player and music education sophomore James Alford, of Lexington; trumpet player and music performance freshman Morgan Bay, of Butler, Kentucky; trombone player and music performance junior Denver Coprade Pascua, of Frankfort, Kentucky; trumpet player and music performance sophomore Caden Holmes, of Hanson, Kentucky; trumpet player and music performance freshman William Lovan, of Lexington; French horn player and music education senior John Andrew Osborne, of Georgetown, Kentucky; trumpet player and music education junior Zachary Robinson, of Lexington; trumpet player and Spanish and music education senior Kathryn Safa, of Zionsville, Indiana; French horn player and music freshman Mya Scheib, of Lexington; and French horn junior and music performance senior Emily Wilson, of Lexington.

 

This trip to Greece was organized as a study abroad experience through UK Education Abroad, with help from Education Abroad staff Ben Vockery and Tony Ogden.

 

UK Education Abroad is the university's comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. The office's goal is to provide academically sound international experiences that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship and foreign language acquisition for all students. 

 

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

 

 

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

UK to Present Live Orchestration of Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:55pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2015) — The Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history by being the first university to perform a live orchestration of Stanley Kubick's film, "2001: A Space Odyssey," featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra and the UK Chorale. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in a cinema. The film is known for its astute integration of music in film and features a score like none other. The program has previously been presented by an exclusive selection of the world's greatest orchestras, but UK's Symphony Orchestra and Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university to perform this concert.

 

Ticket prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject of box office fees). Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center Box Office, by phone at 859-257-4929, and online at www.SCFAtickets.com.

 

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 School of Music Welcomes Nicholas Goluses, Ken Vandermark

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:18pm

 

 

Violinist Zvi Zeitlin and Nicholas Goluses perform Manuel de Falla's "Suite Populaire Espagnole: Asturiana."

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2015) – Two distinguished guest artists will visit the University of Kentucky School of Music to ring in the new semester. Guitarist Nicholas Goluses and free improvisation artist Ken Vandermark will offer master classes and concerts in the coming week.

 

As instrument virtuoso Nicholas Goluses concludes his residency at UK School of Music, the guitarist will present a free public concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Singletary Center for the Arts. The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mauro Giuliani, Mikis Theodorakis and more.

 

Called “a true American master” by 20th Century Guitar magazine, Goluses is founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, he has held the Andrés Segovia Faculty Chair at Manhattan School of Music, where he received his doctoral degree and was the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit.

 

Touring as a soloist, with orchestra, and as a chamber musician has taken Goluses across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has recorded extensively for NAXOS, Albany and BMG. Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of more than 100 works.

 

 

Ken Vandermark plays a solo baritone improvisation in celebration of Miles Davis. 

 

Jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark will present both a master class and concert during his visit to UK. The artist will present a master class 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in room 22 of the Fine Arts Building. Vandermark's concert will follow later that evening at 7:30 p.m., in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucile C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in film and communications from McGill University in 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians, such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris and Nate Wooley.

 

Currently, Vandermark works with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America and Japan, and Vandermark's concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

 

In 1998, DownBeat Magazine named Vandermark one of the "25 For The Future." In 2004, he was named to the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz and chosen as one of Chicago's "40 Cultural Heroes" by Time Out in 2008.

 

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 Alum Among 50 People 'Changing the South'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:55am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2015) — University of Kentucky alumnus Theo Edmonds has been named to Southern Living magazine's "50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015." The article lists influential people who are helping shape the region with ideas and projects that focus on community. Edmonds is one of the founders of IDEAS 40203, America's first contemporary art chamber of commerce.

 

As one of the founders of IDEAS 40203 in Louisville, Edmonds has helped create a chamber of commerce for creative types. The organization describes itself as being a community made up of progressive-minded individuals and businesses sharing new ideas, asking different questions and working together to accelerate sustainable, quantifiable economic and social change in Louisville and beyond. Edmonds and the organization hopes to expand on their idea that art can be a catalyst for revival in a community to other zip codes in the near future.  

 

Edmonds is a 2013 graduate of the UK School of Arts and Visual Studies with a Master of Fine Arts. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Transylvania University, a law degree from Tulane University School of Law, and a master's degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After working in administrative roles in hospitals and medical centers across the country, Edmonds decided to leave the medical professional world and focus on his artistic endeavors in New York City. It was there that he came up with the idea for his IDEAS 40203, bringing him back to Kentucky.

 

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education

 

 

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

UK Talents Featured in Bluegrass Opera Premiere of Long-lost Operetta

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:52am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2015) — The Bluegrass Opera will take to the stage next weekend at the Lexington Opera House to present the world premiere of "Illyria," a long-lost operetta that marries William Shakespeare's classic comedy "Twelfth Night" with music in the rich, entertaining style of Gilbert and Sullivan. The production features the talents of several members of the University of Kentucky community.

 

Composed in 1933 by William Theodore Diebels, professor of music at Washington University in St. Louis, with a libretto by his son-in-law, English professor Maurice Hartmann, "Illyria" calls for a cast of more than 25 and an orchestra of more than 35. It was originally scheduled to be premiered in summer stock in the 1930s, but the production never materialized due to events during the Great Depression.

 

The Bluegrass Opera's production, designed by Bill Barto and directed by UK School of Music alumnus Lorne Dechtenberg, will mark the first time the work has ever been performed.

 

"We're incredibly honored and excited to bring 'Illyria' to the stage for the first time," said Dechtenberg, who has held the baton at The Bluegrass Opera since its inception in 2008. "This will be our largest and most complex production ever, and it wouldn't be possible without the incredible cast and crew who have come together to make it happen. Not only is this production a dream-come-true for generations of the Diebels-Hartmann family, it's also a funny, memorable, and all-around great show that we feel deserves to be seen and enjoyed more, and we're hopeful that the exposure we give it will help lead to more performances."

 

Diebels (1875-1940) was an accomplished organist, composer and conductor who emigrated to the U.S. from Holland around the turn of the 20th century. In addition to teaching, he was recognized for his work as music director of the Cathedral of St. Louis. 

 

Hartmann (1906-1978) was married to Diebels' daughter, Helen, and was a specialist in Elizabethan verse (he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the work of Edmund Spenser, a 16th century English poet laureate and contemporary of Shakespeare). While not a musician himself, Hartmann shared Diebels' strong sense of faith; his contributions to his church and community were such that he was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal by Pope Paul VI in 1971.

 

Family of the composer and librettist will be in attendance at The Bluegrass Opera production.

 

The cast of "Illyria" includes such Central Kentucky theatre fixtures as Rachel Lee Rogers; Bill Barto, former president and director of Studio Players; and Eric Seale, former artistic director of Actors Guild of Lexington.

 

The production also includes a number of veterans from The Bluegrass Opera, such as Alice Jones, who originated the lead role of Claire in "Face Value" in 2011 and directed "A Tree on the Plains" the following year, and Jim Smith, who has appeared in 11 of the company's productions, as well as rising stars Caleb Leonard, who played the title role in "Kelpie," and Elizabeth Maines, who created the title role in "Lady Windermere's Fan".

 

UK is also well represented in the production — most notably by alumni Gordon Earl Thomas and Dena Sullivan-Smith, fresh off a recent appearance at New York's National Opera Center, as well as theatre student Tucker Keel and Michael Bratcher, of UK HealthCare Information Technology.

 

The Bluegrass Opera is a nonprofit performing arts company that specializes in the performance of new and under-recognized musical stage works and that is dedicated to training the next generation of American theatre artists. Founded in 2008, it is the only professional company of its kind in the country.

 

"Illyria" will be presented 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16 and 17, at the Lexington Opera House. General admission tickets are $30, and $15 for students with a valid ID. For tickets, visit The Bluegrass Opera website, www.bluegrassopera.org, or call at 859-940-9379.

 

The UK School of Music and UK Department of Theatre and Dance are housed at UK College of Fine Arts, which is also home to the university's School of Art and Visual Studies and Arts Administration Program.

 

 

 

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

'A Celtic Christmas' Comes to the Bluegrass

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:19pm

 

 

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

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Experience the holidays in Ireland from the comfort of a chair at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts with "Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas." Featuring a program of folktales, music and dance, "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Foley's "A Celtic Chirstmas" captures the holiday childhood experiences of the storyteller and director himself, who was born on a small farm in Teampall an Ghleanntáin. Today, he shares those memories with audiences across the U.S. from Thanksgiving to Christmas with his show. His other program, "Tomáseen Foley’s Irish Times," tours throughout the remainder of the year. Foley has released two CDs, "A Celtic Christmas: Parcel From America" and a live recording, "The Priest and the Acrobat."

 

"A Celtic Christmas" also features the talents of Grammy Award-winning guitarist and musical director William Coulter; vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Irish dancer Marianne Knight; multi-instrumentalist Brian Bigley; Irish dancer Marcus Donnelly; and violinist Edwin Huizinga.

 

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Undergraduate Opera Studio Brings Holiday Classic Back to UK

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:06pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2014) — For many years in the 1990s and early 2000s, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presented the holiday classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” each season. After a 13-year hiatus, UK Opera Theatre’s youngest voices perform the one-act opera for a new generation. The UK Opera Theatre Undergraduate Studio and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) present three performances of this 45-minute opera, originally composed for NBC, Dec. 12 and 13, at the historic Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center.

 

"Amahl" is the story of a young, crippled boy and the miracle that cures him while the three kings are searching for the newborn king. As a result, Amahl wishes to take his crutch to the child as his gift. Gian Carlo Menotti’s inspiration for the piece was Hireonymus Bosch’s painting "The Adoration of the Magi." The opera premiered on NBC television on Christmas Eve 1951. For a full synopsis of the opera, visit UK Opera Theatre’s website.

 

Audiences attending "Amahl" this weekend will have an opportunity to bring a gift of their own to help those in need this holiday season. UK Opera Theatre is proud to partner with God’s Pantry Food Bank to help families in need in the Central Kentucky region. With a $6 (cash or check) donation, or 10 canned vegetables or soups (15oz. or more), donors will be entered to win two tickets to the June 2015 production of “It’s a Grand Night For Singing!”

 

“Amahl” is directed by UK artist-in-residence Gregory Turay. Alumnus Daniel Chetel, of CKYO, serves as conductor and music director. Bob Pickering has designed a new set for the production, with costumes by Susan Dudley Wigglesworth.  

 

UK Opera Theatre and CKYO will present three performances of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.13, at the Lyric Theatre. Tickets are $22.50 for general admission and $12.50 for students. To purchase tickets contact the Lyric Theatre box office at 859-280-2218 or visit online at http://lexingtonlyric.tix.com.

 

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

 

 

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

Singletary to Bring 'A Celtic Christmas' to the Bluegrass

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:06am

 

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

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — Kentucky families looking for a different way to celebrate the holidays can take in "Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas" as part of the 2014-2015 Signature Series at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. "A Celtic Christmas" will warm hearts beginning 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

Now in its 17th season, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland. The show remembers when neighboring families gathered around the fire to grace the wintry night with haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Ticket prices vary from $20 to $30 for "Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas." Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Hark! 'Collage' Holiday Concert Bigger Spectacle Than Before

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:18pm

 

UK Choirs, UK Steel Band and Lexington Singers Children's Choir perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," a favorite carol sung annually at "Collage." To view a transcript of the video, click here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — "Collage" — one of Lexington’s favorite holiday traditions — is back and bigger than ever before. In addition to an added matinee performance, University of Kentucky Choirs will be collaborating with even more members of the Lexington community as the Lafayette High School Madrigals join the list of esteemed musicians.

 

With this newest addition, "Collage" will feature nearly 500 performers sharing the same stage in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. “Collage: A Holiday Spectacular” will grace the stage for three performances 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

 

The list of Collage ensembles performing features all of UK Choirs choral groups including UK Choristers, UK Chorale, UK Women’s Choir, UK Men’s Chorus, acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen. In addition, three other UK School of Music ensembles, GrassCats, UK Steel Band and SaxCats, will share their instrumental talents.

 

Several other community talents will share the stage with the UK and Lafayette vocalists, including Alluring, the Lexington Singers and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir.

 

One of the most active and vibrant collegiate choral programs in the country, UK Choirs involve more than 250 students presenting 60 performances annually. Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, Men’s Chorus and Chorale, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music and director of Women’s Choir, UK Choirs create a positive learning environment that encourages students to seek the great rewards that choral music has to offer.

 

Tickets for "Collage" are $26 for general admission, $13 for UK students with a valid university ID and children, and $20 for groups of more than 10. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office by calling 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.ukscfatickets.com, and in person at the box office.

 

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

 

For more information on "Collage" or UK Choirs, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu

 

 

 

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

UK Fine Arts Rings in the Holiday Season

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:30pm


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014) – From the university's art studios to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Lyric Theatre, students in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts are ringing in the holiday season with everything from classic annual offerings to a new production of a beloved Christmas opera. With Open Studio, "Collage," “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and "Celebration of Song," as well as the visiting production of “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” at the Singletary Center, there is something sure to warm hearts and bring holiday cheer to the Bluegrass community Dec. 5-21.

 

Open Studio Decks Walls with UK Artwork

 

This Friday, UK School of Art and Visual Studies throws open its doors to the public for the last time at the Reynolds Building, before its move to the Bolivar Art Center next summer. The popular annual event gives the community an opportunity to discover and celebrate UK's talented young visual artists.

 

Lots of artwork from undergraduates, graduate students and even faculty will be on display including metalwork, fiber, paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics, plaster casts, printmaking and woodwork. In addition, much of the student and faculty artists' work can be purchased in time for the gift-giving season.

 

Open Studio also includes the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show, featuring UK students' best work over the last year. To round out the festivities there will be arts and crafts for children, live music, food and drinks.

 

Check out Open Studio from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Reynolds Building #1. The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.

 

Hark! ‘Collage’ Concerts Expanding

 

UK Choirs, UK Steel Band and Lexington Singers Children's Choir perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," a favorite carol sung annually at "Collage." To view a transcript of the video, click here.

 

UK Choirs' most popular concert of the year, "Collage," will bring holiday merriment to a larger audience and bring to the Singletary Center for the Arts stage approximately 500 vocalists and instrumentalists from UK and the community as it adds a third performance and an appearance by the Lafayette High School Madrigals.  

 

A local holiday tradition, the "Collage" concerts feature some of the season's most treasured carols from around the world. Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choral Activities, "Collage" showcases the UK School of Music's critically acclaimed UK ChoraleUK ChoristersUK Women's Choir and UK Men's Chorus, as well as the UK Choir's a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen.

 

In addition to the choral talents filling the stage, "Collage" also features some of the school's most celebrated musicians and Lexington's best musical talents.

 

The curtain rises on "Collage" 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $26 for general admission, $13 for children and UK students with a valid student ID, and $20 each for groups of more than 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center ticket office by calling 859-257-4929, visiting www.scfatickets.com, or in person.

 

UK Opera Theatre Does Holiday Double Duty with 'Amahl,' 'Celebration of Song'

 

The talents of UK Opera Theatre give local audiences two classic ways to celebrate the holiday season with a presentation of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and their annual sing-along concert with Alltech, "Celebration of Song."

 

UK Opera Theatre Undergraduate Studio will team up with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras to present Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Amahl is the story of a young, crippled boy and the miracle that cures him while the three kings are searching for the newborn king. This poignant story has become a holiday classic for the whole family.

 

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" will grace the stage beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Lyric Theatre. Tickets for the opera are $12.50 to $22.50 and are available through the Lyric box office 859-280-2218 or by visiting www.lexingtonlyric.tix.com.

 

 

  

The following day, UK Opera Theatre and Alltech invite the community to lend their voices in the spirit of the season at an old fashioned holiday sing-along concert "Celebration of Song." The free public concert, led by Professor of Voice and Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey, will begin 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at The Square (previously known as Victorian Square).

 

Singletary Center's Dreaming of ‘A Celtic Christmas’

 

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

 

Closing out the holiday season on campus, Singletary Center for the Arts will bring “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” to Lexington. The holiday production, now in its 17th year, makes its first appearance on a Bluegrass stage 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

 

"A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland – when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with the haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

 

Tickets for “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” range from $30 to $20 (plus fees) based on location. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center box office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person. 

 

 

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

UK Orchestra Celebrates 175th Birthday of Tchaikovsky

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:26pm

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014)The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, continues its 96th season this Thursday with "Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky." The free public concert, celebrating Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

"Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky" will feature works from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker.” The performance of these iconic classical ballet scores will be conducted by Maestro Nardolillo.

 

From a wide-ranging catalogue of memorable works, Tchaikovsky’s ballets are some of the composer’s most beloved music. These scores are in full effect as an accompaniment to the stories and choreography, but they are also vibrant orchestral works in their own right.

 

Based on Russian folk tales of sorcery and redemption, "Swan Lake" was a collaboration between Tchaikovsky and Julius Reisinger, a choreographer for the Bolshoi Theatre. "Swan Lake" premiered in 1875, but the iconic staging of the work was produced 20 years later by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov at the Moscow Theatre.

 

For his second ballet, "Sleeping Beauty," Tchaikovsky went directly to Petipa, who served as the original choreographer for its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in January 1890. The result of Tchaikovsky’s focus on this composition was a new mature style that would define the last years of his life. More successful at its premiere than "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty" remains a popular choice on ballet stages throughout the world.

 

Tchaikovsky’s final ballet, "The Nutcracker," has become a holiday masterpiece throughout the western world. Another collaboration with Petipa and Ivanov produced at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg—and based on the writings of German author E.T.A Hoffmann —"The Nutcracker" presents Tchaikovsky at his most masterful. This fantastical story of a young girl and a world of toys coming to life was served by Tchaikovsky’s colorful orchestrations, specifically featuring the mystical sounds of the celeste and harp. A writer for the stage as much as for the concert hall, Tchaikovsky displays his penchant for the dramatic and programmatic in this collection of ballets, which constitute lasting contribution to the repertory.

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UKSO, it has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, as well the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UKSO provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK's orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. To see the UKSO season brochure, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/sites/default/files/14-15_UKSO_layout.pdf.

 

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

 

 

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

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