UK Symphony Orchestra

UKSO Concert 2013 - photo by Dana Rogers Photography

Founded in 1918, the University of Kentucky 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. The orchestra has regularly performed with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Christine Brewer, Pink Martini, Ronan Tynan, Mark O’Connor, Wynonna Judd, Keith Lockhart and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., toured the state of Kentucky regularly, and toured China, playing concerts in major concert halls in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Yangzhou and Beijing. The orchestra’s performance at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts was broadcast on China Central Television, a network reaching more than 1.5 billion viewers.  In the fall of 2010 the orchestra played for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, a live performance that featured more than 1500 performers and 200 horses. The performance was seen live on NBC in the United States by 39 million people, and by an estimated 500 million more television viewers worldwide

The UK symphony collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented productions of Porgy and Bess, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, Hänsel und Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Romeo et Juliette, Falstaff, Brundibar, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. 

The orchestra program at UK has been featured on television and radio around the world including NBC, ESPN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, the CBC, CCTV (China), ARD (Germany), SVG (Sweden) and RAI (Italy), and the orchestra’s performances and recordings have also been featured and reviewed in the national press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe the Los Angeles Times, Opera News, the American Record Guide, Billboard, and Vanity Fair magazine.

2015-2016 Season

OPENING NIGHT
Pines of Rome and
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

Friday, September 25, 2015 | 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY
Free

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor

Respighi: Pines of Rome
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Breeders’ Cup Concert
featuring Walter Seyfarth

Friday, October 30, 2015 | 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY
Free
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

ToniMarie Marchioni and
Dieter Hennings perform with UKSO

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY

FREE

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor
Michelle di Russo, conductor
ToniMarie Marchioni, oboe
Dieter Hennings, guitar
Nicholas Goluses, guitar

Ginastera: Dances from Estancia
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez 
Rodrigo: Concierto madrigal 
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by
     Thomas Tallis
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Star Wars, The Planets and
Concerto Competition Winners

Friday, February 19, 2016 | 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY

Free

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
UK Women’s Choirs
John Nardolillo, conductor
Concerto Competition Winners

Williams: Star Wars, Main Title
Concerto Competition Winners
Holst: The Planets

Brahms Violin Concerto
with David Kim

Friday, March 25, 2016 | 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY

Free

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor
David Kim, violin

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations

SEASON FINALE:
Nathan Cole and
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Friday, April 22, 2016 | 7:30pm
Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY

Free

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
University of Kentucky Choirs
John Nardolillo, conductor
Nathan Cole, violin

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

South Pacific
October 8-10, 2015 | 7:30pm
October 10-11, 2015 | 2pm

Lexington Opera House | Lexington, KY

Lexington Center Box Office 859-233-3535

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor
Michelle di Russo, conductor
Jan Pellant, conductor

Rogers and Hammerstein: South Pacific

Così fan tutte
February 26-28, 2016 | 7:30pm
February 27, 2016 | 2pm

Singletary Center for the Arts | Lexington, KY

Lexington Center Box Office 859-233-3535

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, conductor

Mozart: Così fan tutte

2015-2016 Masterclass Series

DWIGHT PARRY
Oboe

September 29
Principal Oboe
Cincinnati Symphony
Faculty, Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music
Niles Gallery | Lucille Little Fine Arts Library

Dwight Parry

WALTER SEYFARTH
Clarinet

October 26
Clarinet Soloist, Berlin Philharmonic

Walter Seyfarth

ALEXANDER KERR
Violin

December 5
Concertmaster, Dallas
Symphony, Principal
Guest Concertmaster,
Indianapolis Symphony

Alexander Kerr

STEPHEN ROSE
Violin

March 8
Principle Second Violin,
Cleveland Orchestra
Head of the String Department,
Cleveland Institute of Music

Stephen Rose

DAVID KIM
Violin

March 23
Concertmaster
Philadelphia Orchestra

David Kim

NATHAN COLE
Violin

April 19
First Associate
Concertmaster,
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Nathan Cole

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Studio Faculty

John Nardolillo, Director of UK Orchestras