UK Fine Art Artists ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ This Christmas Season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 28, 2022) University of Kentucky School of Music students, faculty and staff are ready to help the Kentucky public celebrate the holiday season with three concerts that are sure to warm hearts.

‘Collage’ of UK choirs ‘makes spirits bright’ for 25 years

UK choirs will present his 25the annual “Collage: A Christmas Show” a time-honored holiday tradition in the Bluegrass, December 3-4, at the Unique Center of the Arts Concert hall.

The centerpiece of the UK Christmas season, “Collage” is a fast-paced and visually exciting concert featuring over 500 celebrated vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington Singers Boys Choir. These beloved concerts from holiday favorites close to home and around the world will return to the Singletary Center stage this weekend.

“Collage” is presented by UK Choirs under the direction ofjefferson johnsondirector of UK Choral Activities, andLori Hetzel, Associate Director of UK Choral Activities. Concerts showcase the department’s critically acclaimed student groups:UK chorale;UK showgirls carried out byelizabeth wilson;UK Women’s Choir; Y UK Men’s Choiras well as the a cappella groups of the UK Choirs, the acoUstiKats,paws and listenYblue note.

Along with the UK Choirs, this season’s concerts will feature performances by ProfessorDieter Hennings Yeomanson the guitar; the UK trombone quartet conducted by Associate Professorbradley kerns; UK Tuba-Euphonium Quartet conducted by Assistant Professor matthew hightower; SaxCats led by UK Director of Jazz Studies Osland Miles; UK Blue Steel, a steel drum band led by a teacher joseph smith; UK Festive Clarinets conducted by an Associate Professorscott wright; and crowd favorite the Grasscats, a bluegrass band led by Johnson.

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In addition to showcasing UK choirs and musicians at the UK School of Music, each year “Collage” showcases the rich talents of Lexington’s arts community. The UK will welcome back to the stage the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir, conducted by Hetzel and a UK Choirs alumnus daniel wesley , for several songs. The programs will also have the participation of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Chamber Choir, directed by Tiffany Marsh; the Lexington Christian Academy Chamber Choir, conducted by Wesley; and the Woodford County High School Choirunder the direction of a former student from the UK taylor strickland.

“Collage” will help Bluegrass get into the holiday spirit starting at 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, December 3 and 3 pm Sunday, December 4 (sold out), at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets for “Collage” are $34 for adults and $17 for students, plus processing fees. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center Box Office by phone at 869-257-4929, online or in person at the box office.

UK Opera House ‘Hark’ showcased at Alltech’s ‘Celebration of Song’

Against a backdrop of festive decor, alltech is annual “Celebration of Song”will feature performances of traditional Christmas carols and festive popular music by UK Opera House vocalists and winners of the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. The free concert is scheduled for December 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park .

The concert has been held at The Square in downtown Lexington for many years, but last year it moved to the Alltech Arena, which offers more space and free parking.

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It may be ‘cold outside’ but not on BAJA’s ‘Jazzy Christmas’

Warm up to hot jazz music at the Singletary Center as UK Jazz Studies presents the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors 18th Annual “Jazz Christmas”.The concert will begin on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall of the Singletary Center.

The Bluegrass Area Jazz Association (BAJA) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting jazz education and jazz performance in the Bluegrass area. BAJA is made up of community musicians and students from the UK School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program. BAJA has been presented since 2004 for the enjoyment of the community.

Tickets for “A Jazzy Christmas” are $10 for general admission and $4 for students. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center Box Office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at scftickets.comor visit the site in person.