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World Music Concert Transports Audiences From Kentucky to Southeast Asia

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 2:06pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2016) — Join the University of Kentucky School of Music for an evening of world music and dance from Kentucky, Africa and Southeast Asia at the UK World Music Concert beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The UK World Music concert always represents music and dance from multiple continents, and this semester’s show follows that tradition!

 

This spring’s concert will open with the UK Bluegrass Ensemble, led by Ellyn Washburne, who will play traditional Appalachian, gospel and folk favorites including “Shuckin’ the Corn” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Next, Endras Tia Fadhilah will perform “Tari Ngarojeng,” an Indonesian dance that is widely performed in the outskirts of Jakarta. Another performance will feature esteemed visiting UK School of Music faculty member Thomas Turino with the Mbira Wildcats, who will play traditional Zimbabwean mbira music. Then, the audience will be transported to China with an erhu duet by Elaine Cook and Elizabeth Yanarella, a guzheng and erhu duet featuring Elaine Cook and Qi Yu, and a guzheng solo by Qi Yu.

 

Randy Raine-Reusch plays a few of the 700 world instruments from his collection.

 

The concert will also feature several visiting performers. Canadian composer and performer Randy Raine-Reusch, who specializes in East and Southeast Asian wind and string instruments, will present demonstration-performances of the Thai khaen and Sarawaian keluri. From Illinois, honored guests Jiaqi Li, Pei-Han Lin and Jui-Ching Wang will play several traditional Chinese pieces on xiao, dizi and piano. Also Northern Illinois University's Northern Wind Trio will feature the throat singing and horse-head fiddle talents of Tamir Hargana, the guitar skills of Zac Economou, and percussionist Aaron Marsala’s artistry on hand pan and didgeridoo.

 

A performance by Northern Wind Trio.

 

The concert will conclude with a rousing fusion finale that will include a number of the artists listed above. Don’t miss this exciting evening of performances from all around the globe!

 

For more information about these events, call 859-257-4912 or email Erin Walker, lecturer of world music, at ewalk@uky.edu.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Orchestra, Choirs End Season With Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:11pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — The University of Kentucky's Symphony Orchestra and Choirs will close their season with the "symphony to end all symphonies" Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The concert, which also includes music by Igor Stravinsky performed with soloist and Lexington native Nathan Cole, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The concert will begin with a performance of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D. The neoclassical work written for American violinist Samuel Dushkin in 1931 will be performed with Cole, first associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Nathan Cole performs at ArtistWorks booth at NAMM 2014.

 

Cole, who joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2011, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and principal second violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Cole made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of 10 while studying with Donna Wiehe.

 

After eight years working with UK Professor of Violin Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music. While in Chicago, Cole taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and University of Southern California. Cole's articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony and Chamber Music magazines. He is an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. The Nathan Cole School of Violin includes a video curriculum of all major orchestral excerpts, plus concertos, etudes and fundamental lessons.

 

Fittingly, the UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Choir's season will end with Beethoven's masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, written in the composer's final and more experimental period of output. In the epic work, Beethoven expanded the forces of the orchestra to include auxiliary instruments like piccolo and contrabassoon in the woodwinds, trombones and additional French horns in the brass, and bass drum, triangle and cymbals in the percussion section. This large orchestra offered the composer an extended palette from which to paint his musical pictures, and would build the foundation for the romantic symphonists to come. The symphony's final movement is recognizable to audiences worldwide in Beethoven's use of "Ode to Joy," an ode written by Friedrich Schiller.

 

Adding their voices to this work is UK Choirs, comprised of UK Chorale, UK Choristers UK Men’s Chorus and UK Women’s Choir, as well as four soloists: soprano and UK graduate student Stafford Hartman; mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór; tenor and UK alumnus Jeremy Cady; and bass and UK doctoral student André Campelo.

 

To hear more about this concert, visit WUKY online at http://wuky.org/post/uk-symphony-orchestra-takes-stravinsky-beethoven.

 

The UK Choirs fosters excellence in music, service and comradeship. Striving to blend diverse voices into one choir that achieves the highest level of professionalism and musicianship. Through unparalleled discipline and dedication, the UK Choirs proudly extends its reach beyond the boundaries of UK campus and into the Bluegrass community, country and world.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra is a 100-member all-student orchestra presenting 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. Under the direction of John Nardolillo, the UK Symphony Orchestra has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Mark O'Connor, as well as the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UK Symphony Orchestra 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.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Choirs 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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Brass Virtuosos Alessi, Vizzuti Play World Premiere of Barfield's 'North Star' With UK Wind Symphony

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 1:15pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — Two of the world’s leading brass performing artists — trombonist Joseph Alessi and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti — will join the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony for a special concert 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The duo will perform the world premiere of “North Star” by New York City composer Anthony Barfield, who will also be in attendance at the concert.

 

Widely acclaimed as the finest trombone artist living today, Joseph Alessi was appointed principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, he was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music.

 

Alessi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. Alessi has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) and the U.S. Marine Band (President's Own).

 

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. 

 

Vizzutti has recorded extensively in Hollywood for a multitude of movie soundtracks, and his compositions and teaching materials continue to receive critical acclaim. From his home in Seattle, Washington, his current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

 

As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over 100 years, the UK Wind Symphony continues a rich tradition of performing the finest traditional and contemporary compositions in the concert band/chamber winds repertoire. Conducted by John Cody Birdwell, the ensemble has been invited to perform at many of the nation’s most prestigious concert band events, including recent appearances at the College Band Directors National Association National Conferences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia, as well as conferences in Nashville, Tennessee; Oxford, Mississippi; and Louisville, Kentucky. In 2008, the UK Wind Symphony performed a 10-day concert tour of the People’s Republic of China.

 

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

 

General admission for the UK Wind Symphony concert featuring the world premiere of "North Star" by Anthony Barfield is $10 for general admission and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the Singletary Center Ticket Office or by calling 859-257-4929.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Spanish Pianist Jordi Camell's Concert to Showcase Music from the Mediterranean

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:18pm

 

 

Jordi Camell playing Fantasia in C Major.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky School of Music will present award-winning pianist Jordi Camell in a concert featuring music from the Mediterranean Sea. The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room 107 (former Tuska Gallery) in the Fine Arts Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

As part of the concert program, Camell will perform a variety of works by several pianists and composers from the Mediterranean region including Spanish musicians Isaac Albéniz, Frederic Mompou and Pau (Pablo) Casals and French musician Francis Poulenc. It will also include music from celebrated Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados on the centenary of his death.

 

Camell, a pianist with an extended professional career, is a lively musician open to all styles of music. He received his training in Tarragona, Barcelona, Paris and London. He recently performed his first solo show, "X-Ray, Radiography of an Interior Landscape." Camell is professor of piano and head of the Department for Classical and Contemporary Music at the Catalan Music University Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

 

During Camell's visit, he will also offer a master class at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room 17 of the Fine Arts Building. This class is also free and open to the public.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Music for Skins, Metals, Woods and Electronics

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:41pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble (UKPE) will perform a free public concert featuring five extremely musical and physically demanding works for the performers that focus on the elemental families of percussion instruments; those made of skin, metal, wood and electronics. The concert will begin 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

The UKPE concert program begins with Iannis Xenakis’ powerful work “Peaux” (skins), which finds the six percussionists linked by an inexorable network of rhythmic layers, structures and relationships. At times they pound out deliberate, even cruel unison passages. Another of Xenakis’ works, “Claviers” (keyboards) features the keyboard mallet percussion in colorful exchanges that often border on overload.

 

As a prelude to his residency the following week with the Lexington Philharmonic, the UKPE will feature Avner Dorman’s latest work for percussion alone, “Consumed.” The bulk of the melodic and harmonic material is centered on a quartet of marimbas, but also includes vibraphone, bells and tuned cowbells called “almglocken.”

 

Guest artist Dave Gerhart joins the UKPE as soloist on the Caribbean steel pan for "Passageways" by Baljinder Sekhon. In this new work, each section is a process-oriented progression of rhythm, pitch and timbre. These segments act as a string of transitions where each section serves as a passageway leading to the next.

 

The closing work, “Rocket Summer” for percussion ensemble was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic collection of short stories, “The Martian Chronicles.” First published in 1950, it tells the story of Earthmen fleeing a troubled and eventually devastated Earth and setting out to colonize the Martian planet. The work, composed by UK alumnus Dan Moore, features the theremin, a strange electronic instrument often found on old sci-fi radio and movie soundtracks.

 

The UK Percussion Ensemble, conducted by James Campbell, is internationally recognized for its excellence and innovative programming and has won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest five times.

 

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

 

UKPE is one of several ensembles housed at the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. The school 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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Trumpets Take Second at Nationals, Trombones Play D.C.

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:07pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Trumpet Studio recently took second prize at the 2016 National Trumpet Competition, the world's largest instrumental music competition. Later that week in Washington, D.C., it was the UK Trombone Choir taking a national stage, where they were selected to perform at the American Trombone Workshop

 

To be invited to the National Trumpet Competition, trumpet soloists and ensembles from all over the country submit recordings that are screened by a panel of trumpet professionals from around the country. Those who pass this prescreening are invited to the live rounds of competition. Typically 30-40 trumpet ensembles are invited to compete in the live rounds, held this year March 10-12, at Columbus State University in Georgia. Of these ensembles, only three were invited to compete in the final round of performance.

 

The UK Trumpet Ensemble participated in the Getzen Trumpet Small Ensemble Division, and UK was the only public university invited into the final round. Performing UK faculty member Jason Dovel's arrangement of Anthony Plog's "Four Sketches," the UK ensemble took second, with first and third prizes going to private conservatories (Curtis Institute and the Eastman School of Music, respectively).

 

"This was an extraordinary accomplishment achieved in a highly competitive field of students from around the country," said Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet at UK School of Music.

 

In addition to the ensemble's success, UK trumpet students also competed in the solo divisions. UK freshman Matthew Coile, a music and chemical engineering major from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and junior Caden Holmes, a music performance major from Madisonville, Kentucky, competed in the undergraduate division. UK doctoral student Steve Siegel, from Yonkers, New York, and UK alumni Jared Wallis, a 2015 music performance graduate from Talala, Oklahoma, and Eric Millard, 2013 music performance graduate from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, competed in the graduate solo division. Millard, who is now attending graduate school at Florida State University, ultimately took third prize in the graduate solo division.

 

UK has a long history of excellence in trumpet, twice hosting the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 1982 and 1998. The UK Trumpet Ensemble has taken first prize at the National Trumpet Competition (2004) and has also performed at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference. UK graduate student Phillip Chase Hawkins took first prize in the National Trumpet Competition's Graduate Solo Division in 2012. The studio performs under the direction of Dovel, who joined UK School of Music in 2013 after establishing a large trumpet program in Oklahoma at Northeastern State University.

 

This was the 25th anniversary of the National Trumpet Competition, which was established by Denny Eldebrock, an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.

 

On March 12, the UK Trombone Choir played the American Trombone Workshop, presented by the U.S. Army Band, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is the premiere national convention for the instrument. 

 

See video

Video of the livestream of all the performances at the 2016 American Trombone Workshop. Viewers interested in UK's concert only, should begin at 3:35:00.

 

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected to perform at this national event. The group shared the main stage with trombone ensembles from the Juilliard School and Northwestern University," said Bradley Kerns, assistant professor of trombone at UK School of Music.

 

The concert featured several UK student soloists alongside Douglas Rosenthal, assistant principal trombonist of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and Tim Smith, second trombone with the Buffalo Philharmonic, on a world premiere of a new composition by Rob Deemer, 2004 graduate Clint Woltering of the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Rhythm Section.

 

The UK Trombone Choir meets as a chamber ensemble in both the fall and spring semesters. The ensemble explores all genres and styles of music from baroque to jazz and is comprised of music majors, as well as students from other colleges at UK. Recent invitations and performances for the choir include the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop, the 2013 and 2014 International Trombone Festival, the 2014 Kentucky Music Educators Conference, the 2016 American Trombone Workshop, and the 2016 Great American Brass Band Festival. The ensemble regularly hosts world class guest soloists, including Ben van Dijk (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Matt Neiss (U.S. Army Blues), Peter Ellefson (Northwestern University), Michael Davis (Rolling Stones) and UK's own Cynthia Lawrence.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

United States Army Field Band, Soldiers' Chorus to Perform at UK

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 2:21pm

 

U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus to Perform at UK April 2 from University of Kentucky on Vimeo.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — The internationally renowned United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will make a stop in the Bluegrass as part of a national tour. Regional audiences can hear them in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry.

 

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year, thrilling audiences of all ages throughout the nation and abroad. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents. U.S. Army Field Band is considered by music critics to be one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world. Some of the finest musical talent in America, members are selected through a highly competitive audition. More than six decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

 

The Soldiers' Chorus, which was founded in 1957, is the vocal complement of the U.S. Army Field Band. The 29-member mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the concert band. The chorus has performed and entertained audiences of all ages in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, India, the Far East and throughout Europe. The musical backgrounds of Soldiers' Chorus personnel range from opera and musical theatre to music education and vocal coaching. In addition to presenting selections from the vast choral repertoire, Soldiers' Chorus performances often include the music of Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet and Americana.

 

The United States Army Field Band At-A-Glance video.

 

The concert featuring the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus is presented by UK Bands and UK Opera Theatre at the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.

 

Individuals attending this concert should be seated by 6:45 p.m. Tickets for the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus concert can be reserved through the Singletary Center ticket office.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Men's Chorus, Women's Choir Welcome Spring in Concert

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:12am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Men's Chorus and Women's Choir will join voices for their spring concert this week. These nationally recognized choral ensembles represent a range of majors across campus from the College of Fine Arts to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The concert will begin with a pre-show with the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, two of UK’s noted a cappella groups, before the main stage performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is an 80-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshman to graduate students. Begun in fall 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester and is conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice a week, the Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

 

UK Men’s Chorus has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years. Most recently, the ensemble was selected to perform at the prestigious 2015 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference and at the 2016 Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar. Both of these appearances earned standing ovations and national acclaim for the chorus.

 

The UK Women’s Choir is the university’s largest choral ensemble composed of more than 130 of the school’s most talented female voices. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, represent a variety of musical backgrounds. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st century. With an emphasis on music by female composers and contemporary composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms.

 

Despite their limited rehearsal schedule of two and a half hours per week, the UK Women’s Choir has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years under the direction of Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music. In 2008, the choir was featured at both the ACDA Southern Division and MENC (National Association for Music Education) National Convention. Most recently, UK Women’s Choir participated as a demonstration choir for the ACDA National Convention in 2013. The choir has also toured internationally including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in Vienna, in 2005; and St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, and St. Mark’s Cathedral, in Florence, in 2009. The choir has toured England, Ireland and Wales in June 2012 with performances at Canterbury Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Bath Abby and Evensong in St. Patrick’s, in Dublin. In June 2015, the Women’s Choir took their fourth international tour to Spain with performances in Seville, Grenada, Toledo, Cordoba and Madrid and a collaboration with the Seville Youth Orchestra and the University of Toledo.

 

The acoUstiKats, founded in 1993 by Johnson, as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Without the strong support of the UK Choral Department, widely known as a national powerhouse for male singing, this group would not be what it is today. The acoUstiKats have been featured on national television as a part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” season four.

 

Paws and Listen is a premiere a cappella ensemble auditioned from the nationally-renowned UK Women's Choir. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate music education majors and advised by Hetzel. This highly esteemed group performs pop and contemporary music while serving as ambassadors on behalf of UK's choral program at numerous prestigious events throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Tickets for UK Men's Chorus and Women's Choir Spring Concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for UK students and children at the door.

 

For more information on this concert or UK's choirs and/or a cappella groups, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at joseph.wrightson@g.uky.edu.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Old Crow Medicine Show Comes to Singletary Center

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:20pm

 

Old Crow Medicine Show performing "8 Dogs 8 Banjos" at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — Old Crow Medicine Show is coming to the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts for two nights this week. The Grammy Award-winning country music group will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and will follow with a sold-out performance Thursday, March 31.

 

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998 in New York state and north through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina, where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter, the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

It's been over 15 years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album for "Remedy" (2014) and Best Long Form Music Video for "Big Easy Express" (2013). Additionally, their classic single, "Wagon Wheel," received the Recording Industry Association of America's platinum certification in 2013 for selling more than 1 million copies. 

 

This concert is presented by Emporium Presents. Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show are $39.50. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $42. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office in person, by phone at 859-257-4929, or online at www.scfatickets.com. Tickets for the March 31 show are sold out.

 

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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

 

 

UK Orchestra to Perform with Acclaimed Concertmaster, Violinist David Kim

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 1:58pm

 

David Kim performs with the El Camino Youth Symphony.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — The Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster and violinist David Kim will perform with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The concert will feature a performance with Kim of Violin Concerto in D Major (Op. 77) by Johannes Brahms. The orchestra will also perform Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations." Leading up to the concert, Kim will also present a master class, which is free and open to the public, 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), March 24, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

David Kim is an accomplished violinist who has served as the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. He began playing the violin at age three, started studying with Dorothy DeLay at age eight, and went on to obtain his bachelor's and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. Kim appears as a soloist each season with the Philadelphia Orchestra and numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at such festivals as Grand Teton, Brevard, MasterWorks (U.S.) and Pacific (Japan).

 

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 and Mark O'Connor, as well as the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UK Symphony Orchestra 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.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra is 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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

All-Star Ensemble to Perform Works by Pierre Boulez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 4:04pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2016)Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar at University of Kentucky School of Music, and an all-star ensemble will present "Le marteau sans maitre" ("The Hammer Without Master"), the 1953 masterwork by iconic composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, along with Pulitzer Prize finalist Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon's stunning song cycle "Sones de tierra fría." The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

A controversial work of chrystalline, hallucinatory beauty, "Le marteau sans maitre" by Pierre Boulez is rarely performed due to its monumental technical and interpretive demands. The "Marteau" perplexed many composers and theorists of the day with the complexity of its harmonic language. It was a rallying cry for the postwar avant-garde, and became one of the most important works of the 20th century, standing alongside Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire," Igor Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat" and Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" as one of the greatest achievements in modern chamber music.

 

Historical importance and infamous difficulty aside, the music speaks for itself: amidst an exotic and seductive sound world of alto flute, xylorimba, vibraphone, percussion, guitar and viola, texts by the surrealist poet René Char melt into a sea of colors and textures. Australian, Chicago-based mezzo-soprano Jessica Aszodi, member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble, delivers the virtuosic solo vocal part. Grammy Award-winner Molly Barth takes the stage with the alto flute, and Andrew Bliss, the distinguished UK graduate, joins the percussion section.

 

"Sones de tierra fría" is by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, one of Mexico's most prominent composers, who studied with George Crumb and Franco Donatoni and teaches at Eastman School of Music.

 

"'Sones de tierra fría' is an extended 'cancionero' (a songbook), currently 'under construction.' The title of the work refers to my having composed all these songs — my tribute to the 'sones' of México — in Rochester, New York, the cold northern region where I have made my home for the past 13 years," the composer said.

 

When completed, "Sones de tierra fría" will include settings of poems in several languages, penned by a number of authors from different eras, but woven together by a common thematic thread — love and absence. The cycle is also unified by its musical content: each song develops and recasts a small collection of harmonic and melodic archetypes, resulting in an overall formal design that is akin to a set of variations. The composer draws on texts from William Shakespeare (sonnets relating to night and day), and the Mexican poet Raúl Aceves. Internationally renowned soprano Tony Arnold is the soloist in these lush, evocative and rhythmically vital settings.

 

Other guest artists joining Hennings on stage are percussionist Stuart Gerber, fellow member of Bent Frequency and professor of percussion at Georgia State University; violinist Hanna Hurwitz, fellow member of Eastman BroadBand; violist John Richards, of JACK Quartet; percussionist Paul Vaillancourt, professor of percussion at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University; and conductor Tim Weiss, director of Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.

 

For more information on this concert, contact UK doctoral candidate Jeremy Bass, at

jeremy.andrew.bass@gmail.com.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Percussion Group Showcases University Composing Talents in Concert

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 4:30pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Percussion Group (UKPG), a smaller chamber group known for performing cutting-edge percussion literature written for smaller forces, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), March 10, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

The upcoming UKPG concert will feature five extremely musical and physically demanding works for the performers. The program begins with Ivan Trevino's "Catching Shadows," originally written for a marimba duet. The opening will be followed by a premier performance of "The Koala Superdeep Borehole" by C. Snow (Connor Shafran), a UK music and German studies senior from Richmond, Kentucky. The concert will continue with "Volcán de Fuego" by UK doctoral student Francisco Perez, "Mallet Quartet" by Steve Reich and Ryan George's "Consider the Birds," which uses musical "murmurations" built around evolving figures. In addition to UKPG performing work by Perez, he will also serve as a featured conductor for the concert. Perez is a native of Pflugerville, Texas.

 

Chamber percussion performance is a specialized field, and requires a number of skills not normally required for the performance of symphonic or solo music. The percussionists of UKPG develop a close intimacy of shared musical experience, moving into a zone that is not often experienced when a conductor is leading them. They make on-the-spot musical decisions and perform spontaneous gestures, which turns the music into a conversation between the performers.

 

Members of UKPG are drawn from the UK Percussion Ensemble, conducted by James Campbell. The ensemble is nationally recognized for its excellence and innovative programming.

 

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

 

UKPG is one of several ensembles housed at the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. The school 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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

AcoUstiKats, Paws and Listen to Give 'Aca-mazing' Concert 'After Dark'

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 1:34pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 4, 2016) — The University of Kentucky is getting pitch perfect this weekend with "Paws and Kats After Dark," a concert featuring the best of a cappella music on campus. The concert, which will be headlined by the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, as well as include an opening set by UK's newest a capella group, Blue Note, will begin 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6th, at Memorial Hall. With covers of popular music both classic and modern, the night is sure to be "aca-mazing."

 

UK's a cappella groups have been featured in concerts and competitions internationally. Paws and Listen has traveled with the UK Women's Choir on international tours, the most recent being to Spain this past summer. The acoUstiKats have performed in countless venues across the United States from the shores of Hawaii to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Both groups recently competed in the Midwest ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) competition, and both were recognized for excellence. Paws and Listen was recognized for best vocal percussion, performed by Samantha "Sammy" Petitte, a community and leadership development senior from West Bend, Wisconsin. The acoUstiKats were awarded runner-up in their division and will advance to the competition's semifinals to be held April 2, in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

The acoUstiKats, founded in 1993 by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Without the strong support of the UK Choral Department, widely known as a national powerhouse for male singing, this group would not be what it is today. The acoUstiKats have been featured on national television as a part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” season four.

 

Paws and Listen is a premiere a cappella ensemble auditioned from the nationally-renowned UK Women's Choir. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate music education majors and advised by Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choirs and associate director of the UK School of Music. This highly esteemed group performs pop and contemporary music while serving as ambassadors on behalf of the UK choral program at numerous prestigious events throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Blue Note is UK's only mixed a cappella group and was formed as a subsection of the UK Choristers. The group is advised by Beth Wilson, and is student directed. They perform at countless events throughout the semester, both with the Choristers and locally.

 

Tickets for "Paws and Kats After Dark" are $10 for adults and $5 for UK students and children at the door.

 

For more information on this concert or UK's a cappella groups, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at joseph.wrightson@g.uky.edu.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Ohio U, UK Male Vocalists Team Up in Concert

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:50am

 

 

UK Men's Chorus performing R. Vaughan Williams' "Epitaph on John Jayberd of Diss" at the 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 3, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus will join voices with its Ohio University counterparts, the Singing Men of Ohio, for a combined concert that is sure to transcend borders. The event, which will also feature both school's male a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats and Section Eight, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lexington. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The UK Men's Chorus is an 80-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Founded in the fall of 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, UK Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester. The choir takes every opportunity to collaborate with other collegiate men's choruses, continuing the choral tradition of male singing.

 

The Singing Men of Ohio is an ensemble of 80 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all majors of Ohio University. Established as both a performing ensemble within the university's School of Music, as well as a student organization that sponsors service projects, social activities and makes numerous community appearances at university and alumni functions, the Singing Men of Ohio enjoy a blend of professional training in music with opportunities for creative expression in the spirit of fraternity.

 

The acoUstiKats was founded in 1993 by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus. Through the years, the group has become the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. The acoUstiKats have been featured on national television as a part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” season four and have performed in countless venues across the United States from the shores of Hawaii to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Founded in 1991, the eight member male a cappella group dubbed Section Eight named themselves after a reference to the military term for discharge due to mental incompetence. Over the years the group has grown to approximately 15 members and has continued the tradition of being entirely student directed and run. Section Eight has performed at the International Collegiate Choral A Cappella Competition at Penn State and participated in the first annual MACappella hosted by Ohio University.

 

For more information on this concert or the UK Men's Chorus and the acoUstiKats, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at joseph.wrightson@g.uky.edu.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

See the Sexes Battle it Out in UK Opera's 'Così fan tutte'

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:52pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2016) — A battle of the sexes takes center stage as University of Kentucky Opera Theatre brings "Così fan tutte" to campus for one weekend of performances Feb. 26-28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The opera opens to two couples enjoying a romantic getaway when it is proposed that all women are cheaters — the bet is on.

 

Complete with sets and costumes, UK Opera Theatre presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterpiece with a postmodern twist. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the opera addresses the challenges of love, the pain of deceit, the power of temptation and the freedom of forgiveness in a lively comedic setting.

 

The production features the talents of the UK Symphony Orchestra and the following double-cast of vocalists:

· doctoral student Wanessa Campelo and graduate student Holly N. Dodson portraying Dorabella;

· graduate students Stafford Hartman and Brittany Benningfield portraying Fiordiligi;

· graduate student Andre Campelo and vocal performance and music education senior Bongani Ndhlalane portraying Don Alfonso;

· vocal performance junior Michael Pandolfo and graduate student Christopher Kenney portraying Guglielmo;

· doctoral student Zack Morris and vocal performance senior Thabang Masango portraying Ferrando; and

· graduate student Marie-France Duclos and doctoral student Allison Jones portraying Despina.

Richard Gammon returns to UK to direct.

 

For this production, UK Opera Theatre had to design a set that can either remain on stage or be altered and changed on stage in front of the audience due to the orientation of the Singletary Center Concert Hall. To meet these demands, the SCRIBE system, technology UK Opera Theatre developed with UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments for a previous production, will be utilized.  

 

"We are incorporating our SCRIBE system of digital projection which we used in 'Porgy and Bess,' so we are happy to reacquaint our audiences with this technology," said Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey. "The system is basically 50 to 60 projectors positioned on a rack, projecting scenery against a screen. Because of this technology, scenery can be projected against a screen and can move to different places on stage between acts or between scenes." 

 

UK Opera Theatre's "Così fan tutte" will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28, at Singletary Center. Tickets for the opera range from $41.50 to $36.50 for general admission depending on location of seating. Student tickets with valid ID are only $9. A ticket processing fee will be applied upon transaction for all tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Singletary Center ticket office at www.scfatickets.com, phoning 859-257-4929 or in person at the venue.

 

In conjunction with the production, the Hilary J. Boone Center will host a pre-concert buffet dinner before the Saturday evening production. The director of "Così fan tutte" will join those individuals attending the dinner from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 27. Dinner is $28++ per person, those interested in attending should make reservations at 859-257-1133.

 

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

 

 

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

Hear UK Chorale Prepare for Carnegie Hall

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 2:42pm


 

 

UK Chorale performs "O nata lux" by Morten Lauridsen on their 2013 European tour. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2016) — The Bluegrass is invited to join the University of Kentucky Chorale for an afternoon of choral music this Sunday. The UK Chorale will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Lexington. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The UK Chorale, directed by Jefferson Johnson, UK School of Music director of Choral Activities, and assistant directed by Elizabeth L. Wilson, will be performing music they are preparing for their trip to New York City, where they will headline a concert at Carnegie Hall. The program will include works from a wide range of time periods and styles, including well known works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms, and several contemporary pieces.

 

The premier mixed choral ensemble at the university, UK Chorale consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The 40-voice group prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st century. Recently, the UK Chorale has performed Mozart’s "Requiem" with the UK Symphony Orchestra and the live score to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." The UK Chorale was the first non-professional chorus in the world to perform the challenging Kubrick film score in its entirety.

 

UK Chorale has received several regional and national awards and recognition. Most recently, the ensemble received an invitation to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Convention with the Chattanooga Symphony in March 2015. The group has toured Italy (St. Marks Cathedral); Switzerland; France (Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chartres Cathedral, American Cathedral in Paris and La Madeleine Church); Washington, D.C. (Kennedy Center); the Bahamas (private performance in the Presidential Palace); and New York City (Carnegie Hall in 2001).

 

For more information on this concert or the UK Chorale, contact Joseph Wrightson, 

administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at joseph.wrightson@g.uky.edu.

 

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

'Use Your Voice' Puts Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Anaïs Mitchell on Tour for League Of Women Voters

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:47pm

 

 

Patty Griffin performing "Servant of Love" from the "Servant of Love" album.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2016) — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin teams up with Sara Watkins, acclaimed solo artist and member of the platinum recording act Nickel Creek, and critical favorite singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell on the highly anticipated national tour, "Use Your Voice." Catch these three songwriting icons in concert together one night only in the Bluegrass 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center of the Arts.

 

The genesis of the "Use Your Voice" tour came from Griffin wanting to make the world, her country, her community, a better place to be. She asked two of her friends whom she had previously toured with to join her to spread the message that getting informed and participating in the process was the only way to fight the despondency and disconnect that many feel about civic involvement.

 

"I am so excited about this upcoming tour! It all started with me looking for a way to participate in the world as I’ve grown older — you know, complain a little less, do a little more. I then came across information that was surprising to me about voting in the U.S. I didn’t realize that single women are an incredibly influential voting group in the U.S., and, too many are not turning out to vote. This is troubling on a lot of levels, but the most troubling one to me is that so many in this group, of which I am a member, find so little to connect with in the workings of government. So little that we don’t bother. I am hoping with this tour to bang the drum about our democracy, about our communities, and even about our neighbors down the street," Griffin said.

 

It was important to Griffin that the message not be lost in the fog of partisan conversations that dominate civic discourse. That led her to seek out a partnership with the League Of Women Voters, whose mission is to expand participation in the voting process and give a voice to all Americans, regardless of their political ideals.

 

In a celebrated career spanning over 20 years, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin has established one of the strongest and most inimitable voices in contemporary folk music. In addition to standing out in a crowded field as an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, Joan Osborne, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, as well as most of the material on her own impressive catalogue of recordings. Griffin’s recent collaborations include performances with Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, and Dierks Bentley, as well as touring in Band of Joy with Robert Plant and Buddy Miller. She received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, and the American Music Association's 2007 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year awards.

 

Sara Watkins performs "You and Me" from the album "Sun Midnight Sun."

 

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

 

Anaïs Mitchell and the Young Man band perform "Dyin Day."

 

Widely known as the “Queen of Modern Folk Music,” Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. A Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell’s musical style, sound and performance have led her to be compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch. Mitchell was first signed by Ani Difranco to Righteous Babe Records, where she recorded for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among Mitchell’s recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010′s sensationally reviewed “Hadestown” and 2012′s "Young Man in America," which was described by critics as "genre-defining" and her "second consecutive masterpiece,” and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song. In addition to headlining worldwide, Mitchell has supported tours for Difranco, The Low Anthem, Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers, as well as two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall with the band Bon Iver.

 

Ticket prices for the concert featuring Griffin, Watkins and Mitchell range from $32-$45 for the public and are on sale now. Tickets to the concert 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

A Movie Classic, Songwriting Phenoms, Opera and More at Singletary

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 6:16pm


 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2016) — With the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra performing "Star Wars" as well as other major classical works, a concert featuring some of America’s finest songwriters, Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell, and a weekend of performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's well-known opera "Così fan tutte" by UK Opera Theatre, not to mention several recitals and community events, the next two weeks at Singletary Center for the Arts demonstrate the breadth of arts programming presented by the award-winning center.

 

Each year, the Singletary Center, part of UK College of Fine Arts, presents and/or hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events on its recital and concert hall stages for not only the university community, but Lexington and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In addition to the three major events above, the next two weeks will see the center hosting the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra’s teen arts festival, three UK student and guest artist recitals, and the Day of Percussion presented by the Kentucky chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

 

 

John Williams conducts the Boston Pops playing the main theme from "Star Wars".

 

First Stop: Space

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, will take its audience on a voyage through the universe with performances of "Star Wars" and "The Planets" at its February concert. The program, which will also feature this year's Concerto Competition winners from UK School of Music, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Singletary Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

UK Symphony Orchestra's concert will feature popular pieces that connect listeners with space. Only months after the newest film from the "Star Wars" franchise hit theaters, the orchestra will perform the universally recognized main theme from the celebrated movies composed by John Williams. Continuing on the theme of space, the orchestra will also present one of Gustav Holst's most important works, "The Planets." For his magnum opus, Holst gave each planet a distinct astrological character, in a grandly orchestrated work that will also feature the UK Women's Choir, conducted by Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music.

 

In addition to performing the notable works by Williams and Holst, the orchestra will also celebrate the individual talents of two UK students who won the UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. The competition presents a prestigious opportunity for UK music students to perform a solo concerto with the orchestra. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion, but students must also be fulltime music majors and prepare the entire concerto. A panel of judges composed of artists 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.

 

This year two winners are Christine Sallas and Caden Holmes. Sallas, a doctoral student from Conyers, Georgia, will play an oboe concerto by Mozart. Holmes, a music performance junior from Madisonville, Kentucky, will play a trumpet concerto by Alexander Grigori Arutiunian.

 

For Sallas, whose maternal grandfather and mother also played the oboe, the concerto competition and possibility of playing with the orchestra was one the musician couldn't pass up. "I am honored to get the chance to perform as the winner. The chance to perform a concerto with a full orchestra doesn't come along very often, and I am thrilled that I can say I had this opportunity."

 

Sallas hopes the audience will take away the joy and excitement Mozart's music has to offer, while she experiences the magic of performing his work firsthand. "The Mozart Oboe Concerto is THE standard concerto in the oboe repertoire. It appears on nearly every major audition, and it is a piece I will be playing for the rest of my life. I wanted the chance to really experience this music as it was meant to be, not as an audition piece but as an incredible and moving piece of music."

 

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.

 

UK's orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Denyce Graves, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Natasha Paremski and Arlo Guthrie. Under Nardolillo's direction, the orchestra has performed not only in the concert hall at the Singletary Center but also around the U.S. and abroad, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009, and a tour of China in 2013.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and in recent years they have also begun an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the Commonwealth. 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.

 

 

Three Celebrated Songwriters, One Night Only Concert

 

For one night only, Bluegrass audiences will enjoy three of America’s finest songwriters on one stage as Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell join together for a very special evening of music. Presented as a “songwriters-in-the-round” concert, all three of these celebrated performers will share songs and stories for an intimate and unforgettable evening beginning 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Singletary Center.

 

This special concert will close out the center's own programming for the year. "We’re excited to have this fantastic show be the capstone on our 2015-16 Signature Series where we have taken a bit of a break from some of the classical and jazz fare of previous years and have focused this year’s season on more of the rock and folk sounds of the American musical landscape," Singletary Center Marketing and Ticketing Director Matthew Gibson said. "Patty Griffin spans the genres of folk, blues, rock and gospel so well — she is a perfect performer to end the season with, to say nothing of the incredible talents and accomplishments of Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell."

 

Patty Griffin performing "Servant of Love" from the "Servant of Love" album.

 

In a distinguished career spanning over 20 years, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin has established one of the strongest and most inimitable voices in contemporary folk music. In addition to standing out in a crowded field as an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, Joan Osborne, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, as well as most of the material on her own impressive catalogue of recordings. The artist’s recent collaborations include performances with Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples and Dierks Bentley, as well as touring in Band of Joy with Robert Plant and Buddy Miller. Griffin received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album and the American Music Association's 2007 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year awards.

 

Sara Watkins performs "You and Me" from the album "Sun Midnight Sun."

 

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

 

Anaïs Mitchell and the Young Man band perform "Dyin Day."

 

Widely known as the "Queen of Modern Folk Music," Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. A Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell’s musical style, sound and performances have led her to be compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch. She was first signed by Ani Difranco to Righteous Babe Records, where she recorded for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among Mitchell’s recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010′s sensationally reviewed "Hadestown" and 2012′s "Young Man in America," which was described by critics as "genre-defining" and her "second consecutive masterpiece,” and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song. In addition to headlining worldwide, Mitchell has supported tours for Difranco, The Low Anthem, Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers, as well as two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall with the band Bon Iver.

 

Having such renowned artists come together on the Singletary stage is a thrill for the center's staff, who find it particularly exciting to have Griffin here on the heels of her Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. "She has not just received accolades for her past work, but is proving that some of the best performances of her career are happening right now. We can’t wait," Gibson said.

 

Tickets for the concert featuring Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell range from $45 to $32 depending on location of seating. A ticket processing fee will be applied upon transaction. Tickets can be purchased from Singletary Center ticket office at www.scfatickets.com , phoning 859-257-4929 or at the venue.

 

 

'Così fan tutte' Marks Special UK Opera Appearance on Campus

 

In a rare treat for campus audiences, UK Opera Theatre brings its spring production to the Singletary Center for one weekend of performances of Mozart's "Così fan tutte." UK vocalists and the UK Symphony Orchestra will bring this opera to life Feb. 26-28, at Singletary Center.

 

This playful battle of the sexes finds two couples enjoying a romantic getaway when it is proposed that all women are cheaters — the bet is on.

 

Complete with sets and costumes, UK Opera Theatre presents Mozart’s masterpiece with a postmodern twist. Italian with English supertitles, the opera address the challenges of love, the pain of deceit, the power of temptation and the freedom of forgiveness in a lively comedic setting.

 

While UK Opera Theatre presents its annual musical revue, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" at Singletary Center each summer, it is rarer for the opera program to present an opera production at the venue. So this will give audiences a special opportunity to see "Così fan tutte" staged on campus.

 

"We love presenting at the opera house and we look forward to our continued relationship with the Lexington Opera House, but when we can, we also want to bring our operas on campus," said Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey. "Our audiences love Singletary Center because of the comfortable seating, the easy access and proximity to campus."

 

One of the challenges with Singletary Center is that it is not a theatre, it is a concert hall. Most opera productions require fly space (where a pulley system pulls the scenery up into the ceiling) or wing space (where a set can be moved off into the wings). For this production, UK Opera Theatre had to design a set that can either remain on stage or be altered and changed on stage in front of the audience.

 

To make "Così fan tutte," UK Opera Theatre was able to utilize technology they developed with UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments for a previous production.  

 

"We are incorporating our SCRIBE system of digital projection which we used in 'Porgy and Bess,' so we are happy to reacquaint our audiences with this technology," McCorvey said. "The system is basically 50 to 60 projectors positioned on a rack, projecting scenery against a screen. Because of this technology, scenery can be projected against a screen and can move to different places on stage between acts or between scenes." 

 

UK Opera Theatre's "Così fan tutte" will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28, at Singletary Center. Tickets for the opera range from $41.50 to $36.50 for general admission depending on location of seating. Student tickets with valid ID are only $9. A ticket processing fee will be applied upon transaction for all tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Singletary Center ticket office at www.scfatickets.com, phoning 859-257-4929 or in person at the venue.

 

With all these arts options at the community's fingertips, the Singletary Center hopes to see you in the audience soon. 

 

 

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

Join UK Symphony Orchestra on a Voyage through the Stars

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:02pm

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will take its audience on a voyage through space with performances of "Star Wars" and "The Planets" at their February concert. The program, which will also feature this year's Concerto Competition winners from UK School of Music, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Each year, the orchestra celebrates the individual talents of two UK students who win the UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. This year's winners, Christine Sallas and Caden Holmes, will each perform a solo concerto with the orchestra. Sallas, a doctoral student from Orlando, Florida, will play an oboe concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Holmes, a music performance junior from Madisonville, Kentucky, will play a trumpet concerto by Alexander Grigori Arutiunian.

 

The rest of the concert will feature popular pieces that connect with the universe. Only months after the newest film from the "Star Wars" franchise hit theaters, the orchestra will perform the universally recognized main theme from the celebrated movies composed by John Williams. Continuing on the theme of space, the orchestra will also present one of Gustav Holst's most important works, "The Planets." For his magnum opus, Holst gave each planet a distinct astrological character, in a grandly orchestrated work that features the UK Women's Choir.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, and UK Women's Choir, conducted by Lori Hetzel, are housed in the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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