UK Wind Symphony featuring works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky in ‘Symphonic Dances’ performance

The 2017-18 season of the University of Kentucky Bands is in full swing with several performances happening in the coming week, including the UK Wind Symphony concert on Oct. 22 and the UK Symphony Band concert with Madison Middle School Band on Oct. 23. The UK Wind Symphony will perform “Symphonic Dances” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts, with selections from...

UK Opera Theatre kicks off new season with presentation of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will start the season with Giuseppe Verdi’s popular melodrama “La Traviata.” The production will take the stage Oct. 6-8, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. “La Traviata,” the original “Pretty Woman,” explores the life of famed, but ailing, courtesan Violetta, who is frequently on the arm of the wealthy and powerful. Alfredo...

Lexington Philharmonic kicks off 56th season Saturday with Opening Night: BRIGHT

The Lexington Philharmonic proudly kicks off their 56th season this Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Opening Night: Bright featuring pianist Joyce Yang and combined choir from Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Lafayette High School, is an energetic open to the 2017/18 season, with an array of colorful works from both contemporary composers and...

Featuring Broadway hits Hamilton, Matilda, UK raises curtain on 25th summer of ‘Grand Nights’

Even though this year’s show will feature music from such recent Broadway hits as “Hamilton,” “Fun Home” and “Matilda,” University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s popular summer musical revue of beloved tunes from Billboard to Broadway has a 25-year tradition of being “grand.” It was 25 years ago that two University of Kentucky professors came up with the grand idea that would come...

UK Opera Theatre celebrating anniversary of ‘Grand Night for Singing’ with two weekend performances

The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre will celebrate its 25th anniversary of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” with two weekends of performances of the popular musical revue June 9-18, at Singletary Center for Arts. Executive Producer Everett McCorvey will bring together again a company of more than 100 performers from the university and Central Kentucky to stage the best music from Billboard...

Award-winning actress Viola Davis will headline Speak Blue event at Singletary Center on March 2

The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board (SAB) announced Viola Davis as the Speak Blue speaker 8 p.m., March 2, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Viola Davis is an award-winning actress who is currently starring in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder.” This role has earned her two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden...

UK Opera Theatre season takes comedic turn with performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre continues the 2016-17 season with Gioachino Rossini’s critically acclaimed “The Barber of Seville.” The production will take the stage Feb. 24-26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Considered the world’s most popular comic opera, “The Barber of Seville,” is brimming with recognizable melodies, most notably the...

UK Symphony Orchestra concert features concerto competition winner, music from Nielson, Mahler

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will perform next with concerto competition winner, Michael Robinson, a junior at UK School of Music. The concert will include music by celebrated composers Carl Nielson and Gustav Mahler, as well as a premiere of work by UK junior Logan Blackman. The concert...

UK Symphony Orchestra opens 98th season featuring works by Dvorak, Brahms Symphony No. 1

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, one of the university’s most critically acclaimed musical ensembles, opens its 98th season with a concert featuring University of Kentucky Professor of Music and Lexington Philharmonic Principal Cellist Benjamin Karp. This concert evening of exciting collaborations, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will begin...

Fall into the Arts: UK College of Fine Arts offers diverse selection of concerts, theatre, dance and art

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward From the university’s art studios and museum to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Guignol Theatre, students, faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts will transport audiences around the world with a diverse selection of concerts, theatre, dance and art offerings beginning this fall. UK Art Museum UK Art Museum has...

Almost Time: UK Opera Theatre presents 24th annual production ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing!’

Only a few more days remain before the sounds of some of Billboard and Broadway’s most beloved songs fill the campus. Guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in your seats, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents the 24th annual production of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” June 10-19, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Executive Producer and Music Director Everett McCorvey...

UK Symphony Orchestra and Choirs close season with Beethoven’s Ninth, Stravinsky Violin Concerto

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward 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...

Lexington Philharmonic’s 55th season features works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms

The Lexington Philharmonic’s 55th season celebrates music as the collaborative force of the human spirit that inspires reflection, ecstasy and profundity and will feature masterworks of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, contemporary works by Grammy-Award winning composer Stephen Paulus and Christopher Theofanidis are also scheduled. “Programs are centered around music’s power to shape...

Grammy Award winning Old Crow Medicine Show comes to Singletary Center for two shows

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...

Favorite of Seinfeld and Letterman, Brian Regan set for appearance at Singletary Center

Comedian Brian Regan, one of the nation’s most popular comedians, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. A favorite comedian of Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Regan is not only popular with comedians and audiences alike, but he is also making history. Brian Regan, who will be at the Singletary Center on Thursday, is a favorite of Jerry...

Multimedia shares the stage with LexiPhil at February’s Beyond the Score: Scheherazade

Multimedia shares the stage on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016during the Lexington Philharmonic’s presentation of Beyond the Score: Scheherazade at 7:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts. For newcomers to classical music and longtime aficionados alike, the highly acclaimed Beyond the Score series from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra opens the door to the creation process of symphonic repertoire...

UK Art Museum exhibits showcase Kentucky’s ‘King of Chairs,’ American street photography

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   This untitled image is from Van Deren Coke’s ‘Georgetown Street’ series taken in Lexington. It is part of ‘Other Streets: Photographs from the Collection’ exhibit at the Art Museum at UK through July 26. The museum now offers free admission. (Photos from UKNow)   There is still time to see the first three exhibitions mounted...

Singletary Center splits its season between Signature Series and chamber music events

Troy Andrews, known as Trombone Shorty, on left, brings his Orleans Avenue ‘supafunkrock’ sound to the opening of Singletary’s Signature Series on Friday, Sept. 12. (Photo from TS/Facebook)   Unlike other university performance halls devoted either entirely to campus groups or outside artists, the Singletary Center for the Arts at the edge of the University of Kentucky campus...

Trombone Shorty to bring Supafunkrock to the Bluegrass in September, kickoffs season

(Photo provided)   The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will kickoff 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...

Legendary tap dancer, choreographer returns for an exclusive Kentucky STePz performance

Savion Glover and the Otherz (Photo from SG Productions)   The University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts will welcome back Tony award-winning performer and choreographer Savion Glover to campus in an exclusive Kentucky performance of STePz.   Glover will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.   Savion Glover (Photo from Broadway...