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Lexington Philharmonic features Mahler, Bernstein in season finale May 19 at Singletary Center for the Arts

The Lexington Philharmonic closes the 2017-18 season with an epic celebration of Bernstein’s musical legacy as a composer and conductor at Celebrating Bernstein, on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m at. the Singletary Center for the Arts. The evening begins with American composer John Corigliano’s “To Music,” followed by Bernstein’s Three Meditations from ‘Mass’ featuring cellist Joseph...

Lexington Philharmonic’s ’18-’19 season, ‘A Decade to Celebrate,’ to feature renowned, emerging artists

The Lexington Philharmonic proudly announces the 2018/19 Season, A Decade to Celebrate. The 2018/19 Season is one of celebrations, beautifully curated by Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell to inspire and uplift, and delight. The 2018/19 Season, a Decade to Celebrate, is a season-long celebration of LexPhil’s achievements over the last ten years under the artistic direction of Maestro...

Beatles and Bluegrass ‘Come Together’ March 30 with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

Imagine the music of the Beatles with bluegrass and jazz infusions and a classical twist. This is the sound Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band has long been known for as the world’s premier Beatles tribute band. Kentucky audiences can hear what it sounds like when the Beatles meet bluegrass 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Each...

Lexington Philharmonic’s American Snapshots to present four uniquely American musical visions

The Lexington Philharmonic presents four distinctly American musical visions in American Snapshots on Friday, April 6th at 7:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts. LexPhil kicks off the evening with John Harbison’s Foxtrot for Orchestra, followed by Erich Korngold’s cinematic Violin Concerto, featuring William Hagen. Closing the concert, the magic of Aaron Copland’s iconic Appalachian...

UKSO to open spring concerts Feb. 16 with Brahms, Kurtág and concerto competition winners

The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will continue its 2017-18 season with a concert featuring the winners of the ensemble’s concerto competition, UK students David Seder and Chase Teachey. The program will also feature the first Kentucky performance of a new work by Hungarian composer György Kurtág and the magisterial final...

Lexington Philharmonic kicks off 2018 with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’ Feb. 9

The Lexington Philharmonic will capture the intensity and emotion of one of history’s most influential, relevant works, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, ‘Leningrad,’ Friday, February 9th at Revolution at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Dedicated to the city of Leningrad, the work has remained a symbol of resistance against totalitarianism and militarism in both the Soviet Union...

Lexington Philharmonic Fairy-Tale Opera at annual Candy Cane! Nov. 26 to feature Hansel and Gretel

The Lexington Philharmonic kicks off the holiday season with its annual Candy Cane Concert on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts. LexPhil will present a very special semi-staged presentation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera Hänsel & Gretel, featuring the talents of Kentucky Opera Studio Artists. Originally conceived by the Brothers Grimm,...

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...