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UK Senior Wins Brevard's Best College Student Award

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

UK Musicians Score Rave from Saxophone Today

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

UK Alumnus to Lead Panama National Symphony Orchestra

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

UK Opera Theatre Presents a 'Tale' of a Season

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:14pm
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Diego Garcia video of "Sunnier Days." 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Ticket prices vary for the 2014-15 Singletary Signature Series performances and are on sale today beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets to Singletary Signature Series shows can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Professor Releases Debut CD 'Lost Trumpet Treasures'

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Only Three More 'Grand Nights' Remain

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

Trombone Shorty to Bring Supafunkrock to the Bluegrass

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

"Grand Night" tickets are $15-$45 plus applicable fees. Each performance will also have a limited number of select seats available to UK staff for only $25. The special staff price is presented in memory of Russ Williams, the university's first representative of the staff on UK's Board of Trustees who died in 2009. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office, by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue.  

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

UK Trumpet Students Perform at International Trumpet Guild Conference

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

UK trumpet students who performed at the ITG conference included:

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

· Robbie Elliot, a music education senior from Lexington;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

UK’s Jefferson Johnson Returns to Carnegie Hall

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

UK to Jazz Up China's Music Scene

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 6:23pm

 

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — Before embarking on a two-week tour of China, the University of Kentucky’s Jazz Ensemble will take a Bluegrass stage to present a preview concert of music they plan to perform on tour. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The concert, featuring everything from big band swing music to more contemporary jazz performed by the UK Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Miles Osland, is designed to showcase the tremendous breadth of the American art form for Chinese audiences, who have become major fans of the genre but rarely get to hear live American performances. 

 

UK is serving as an ambassador for the American music genre. "We're one of the first American university jazz ensembles ever to play in China. So the programming that I have is wide and varied, doing some Count Basie, Duke Ellington, but then doing a lot more contemporary, more updated things too," said Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies and a professor of saxophone at UK School of Music.


The ensemble will also play some hip versions of popular tunes like the theme song to "The Flinstones," as well as a jazz version of "My Old Kentucky Home."

 

UK Jazz Ensemble, composed of 17 undergraduate and graduate students, will pack up their instruments and depart for Beijing June 4. During their 14-day stay, the group will perform at the Beijing Contemporary Music Institute in Beijing, the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in Xi’an, and the JZ Club and Shanghai University in Shanghai. At the last concert, the ensemble will even perform with students from Shanghai University’s music program during UK Week at the institution.

 

Based on the popularity of jazz in China the ensemble is looking forward to playing for the Asian audience. "I think the crowds are really going to enjoy it. They will probably come out to hear an American ensemble playing a variety of different types of big band music. I think we are going to be rock stars over there," said Carlos Espinosa, a saxophone player and doctoral candidate from Fort Worth, Texas.

 

In addition to playing concerts for audiences abroad, the UK students and Osland will also open their rehearsals and present seminars and master classes in jazz for the Chinese music students and educators where they hope to also learn from the local artists.

 

"We're actually going to be working with students form Shanghai University. I am really excited to see not only how they play jazz, but how they approach it, how the ensemble works together and in the back of my mind compare it to how we do things here and hopefully take something back from that," said UK Honors Program member and Singletary Scholar Drew Burke, a trumpet player and music education and music performance freshman from Pikeville, Ky.

 

Osland is also interested in hearing the Chinese musicians. "It will be real interesting to see how they feel and play jazz. I am not saying that you have to be American, but it is America's indigenous art form. Hopefully they'll learn a lot from us, but it will be interesting to hear how they foresee or pursue their jazz interests also."

 

While they aren’t rehearsing, teaching and performing, the UK students will get to visit such popular and important historic sites as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and the Bird’s Nest. The UK Jazz Ensemble Tour is made possible by support of the China Jazz Association and the UK Confucius Institute.

 

For many of the students this will be their first trip abroad. "This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us. We get to travel halfway across the world and play jazz," said Colleen Wagoner, a saxophone player and music education senior from Lexington. "I know I am going to be overwhelmed with the amount of people and the size of the buildings. I am just excited to just experience China because I have no idea what to expect and know I will be in disbelief."

 

"Personally, I just want to share my love of this music and show them individually the things I have to offer as a musician. I want to speak basically from my heart, my soul, my mind in music and I want to put that out there for other people to see. And collectively as a group, I think we can really showcase how much fun it is to be in an ensemble like this, the camaraderie that's built, not just through music but personally. And just bring them a taste of Kentucky," Espinosa said.

 

Even after the students head back to the United States, Osland will remain to participate as one of a group of 15 UK faculty members teaching at Shanghai University during the inaugural UK Week at the school. He will present a jazz appreciation course during his time at the university. Osland will also perform in the week’s opening ceremony to be held June 20.

 

"I get to impart not only the music with the ensemble performing, but also the knowledge, a little bit of our history and what it really is," said Osland. "What's nice is that I've got recordings, I've got videos, and I plan on personally playing in class a lot because the music says it all. I can talk all day about it, but when you hear it, that says it all."

 

Osland has made appearances throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia as a guest conductor, performer and clinician for Selmer Saxophones, Jody Jazz mouthpieces and D'Addario Woodwinds, Osland’s compositions and arrangements have been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and by numerous other art foundations.

 

Under Osland, the UK Jazz Ensemble has received invitations to perform at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference three times, most recently in 2013, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference.  In July 2011, UK Jazz Ensemble, along with the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, toured France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, performing at two of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals.

 

Recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Ensemble certificate at the Annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and winner of “Downbeat Magazine’s” DeeBee award for Best Jazz Instrumental Studio Orchestra, UK Jazz Ensemble has been featured with many national touring artists, including David Liebman, Tom Harrell and Mel Torme.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Arts Administration Group to Launch Kickstarter to Support Community Art Initiative

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:47am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — A group of University of Kentucky arts administration students has taken a course project from the classroom to the community, launching an effort to bring art to Lexingtonians who need it the most. The group will begin seeking community support this weekend as they launch their own Kickstarter campaign June 1.

 

Art in Unlikely Places was founded by 17 students in an arts administration spring 2014 class under the guidance of UK Arts Administration Director of Undergraduate Studies Mark Rabideau. What began as a class project has grown into a fully functioning arts organization. Driven by the belief that creativity is the seed of hope, Art in Unlikely Places connects artists to those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts.

 

To support the development of the organization, the students were awarded a grant from the Michael Braun Endowment Fund, which awards projects and activities that enrich student knowledge of the arts administration profession and field.

 

The organization’s first project is Future Doors, launched with the belief that art by definition challenges the mind and emotions and refocuses our perspective of the world.

 

For the project, local artists were commissioned to create works of art on doors that reflect the mission of eight partner nonprofit organizations. These artworks serve as reminders of hope for the underserved of Lexington. Each door is on display at its respective nonprofit until June 25, at which time they will be auctioned off at the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Proceeds from the auction will go to the artists and nonprofit organizations.

 

To help further support the Future Doors project and auction, Art in Unlikely Places will launch a Kickstarter campaign beginning June 1. Funding received through the campaign will be used for supporting the efforts of Art in Unlikely Places partner charitable organizations and future cultural and social entrepreneurial projects.

 

"For me, the real investment through Future Doors is empowering young people to see themselves as change-agents, leveraging their skills, knowledge, experience and passion toward providing hope for those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts," Rabideau said.

 

The Future Doors participating nonprofits and artists, including current UK students and alumni, are:

For more information about Art in Unlikely Places, visit the organization’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/artin.unlikelyplaces​, or contact Mark Rabideau, at mark.rabideau@uky.edu.

 

The Arts Administration Program at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the country and the first online master's degree in the field at a public university. The program is designed to teach students the concepts, technologies and skills necessary to successfully direct an arts organization in a competitive and changing environment.

 

 

 

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

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