Arts & Culture

UK Wind Symphony to Present Carnegie Hall Preview, World Premiere

photo of "Carnegie Hall Preview" poster
UK Wind Symphony will present its "Carnegie Hall Preview" 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Singletary Center.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony will give local audiences a sneak peek of its upcoming Carnegie Hall program beginning 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The “Carnegie Hall Preview” will feature music that will be performed at the prestigious venue May 29, 2019, as part of the UK School of Music 100th anniversary celebration season. 

Conducted by Director of Bands Cody Birdwell, the UK Wind Symphony will be joined by Matt Hightower, newly appointed assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at UK, as featured soloist. The program will include “Wind in Eb” from Symphony No. V by Julie Giroux, “Spin Cycle” by Scott Lindroth, “Reflections on the Mississippi” by Michael Daugherty (featuring Hightower on tuba), Percy Grainger’s masterpiece “Lincolnshire Posy” and John Philip Sousa’s iconic “The Stars and Stripes Forever” recognized as the “National March of the United States.”

Also on the program will be the world premiere of “Wildcat Run” by Chicago-based composer James Stephenson. The six-minute tour de force was composed specifically for the UK Wind Symphony and for their upcoming performance in Carnegie Hall. Stephenson says “hints of 'My Old Kentucky Home' are present in the piece especially for the discerning ear as a nod to those responsible for the commission, and for those who will be celebrating the University of Kentucky’s ‘run’ at such an event.”

UK Wind Symphony consists of the finest wind and percussion graduate and undergraduate students in the nationally recognized UK School of Music. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over 100 years, the Wind Symphony continues a rich tradition of performing the finest traditional and contemporary compositions in the concert band/chamber winds repertoire.  

The UK Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at many of the most prestigious events in the college band profession, including recent appearances at the American Bandmasters 83rd National Convention in Lexington and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conferences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. The Wind Symphony has also been recently invited to perform at the CBDNA Southern Division Conferences in Nashville, Tennessee, and Oxford, Mississippi, and at the annual conference of the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association, held annually in Louisville.  

In 2008, the Wind Symphony traveled to the People’s Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in person and via broadcast during a 10-day concert tour of several of China’s most prominent cities and highly recognized concert venues.

Tickets for the "Carnegie Hall Preview" are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Additional fees will be added to the transaction upon purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office, by phone at 859-257-4929 or online at www.scfatickets.com. Students with a valid UK ID can get a free ticket in person at the box office during Friday's business hours.

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

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.