Arts & Culture

UK Choristers, Chorale Join Together for Fall Concert

"Lacrimosa" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem performed by UK Choristers.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2017) The University of Kentucky Choristers and Chorale will join together in song at their Fall Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The concert will begin 7:30 p.m., in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall, with a pre-show featuring UK’s mixed a cappella group, Blue Note, at 7 p.m.

The UK Chorale, led by Jefferson Johnson, recently performed at Cathedral of Christ the King, while this will be the first performance of the school year for Choristers, led by Beth Wilson.

This year, both choirs are excited about the significant milestones in their directors’ time here at UK. Johnson is celebrating his 25th school year with the UK Choirs program, having come to UK in 1993. He not only directs Chorale and Men’s Chorus, but also teaches several classes in the School of Music and directs the choral music graduate programs.

Meanwhile, this year the School of Music welcomed Wilson as an adjunct professor in conducting and choral music education, allowing Choristers to have a permanent director leading the ensemble.

Celebrating 25 years and new beginnings, Johnson and Wilson will bring their choirs together for a fall concert that audiences will leave singing songs of autumn. With a wide range of repertoire, the choirs will perform one combined piece, as well as a separate set for each ensemble.

UK Choristers is the oldest performing organization on campus and is composed of approximately 80 underclassmen voices from a variety of majors. UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at the school and is made up of primarily upperclassmen and graduate student music majors. Blue Note is a 17-voice, auditioned a cappella group that represents an array of majors and years.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at, in person at the Singletary Center box office, or by calling 859-257-4929. In addition, students who attend UK may receive one free student ticket when they present their school ID at the ticket office through Oct. 23.

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

photo of UK Choristers at "Collage"
photo of Blue Note at Rupp

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