Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

Have a 'Grand Night' With UK Opera Theatre

Published: Jun 10, 2013

 

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Video courtesy of UK Opera Theatre. A transcript of this video can be found here 

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2013) — Hailed as the official kick off to the summer musical season in the Bluegrass, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s annual town-and-gown celebration, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!," turns 21.

 

Executive producer and music director Everett McCorvey along with stage director Peggy Stamps and choreographers Lyndy Franklin Smith and Jeromy Smith lead a cast of 50 singers from the university and the Lexington community. Conductor Robert Baldwin, of the Salt Lake Symphony, returns for his 13th "Grand Night" to lead an orchestra of more than 20 musicians.

 

Selections in this year’s "Grand Night" program include numbers from the Tony-nominated musical "Matilda," the 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical "Once," and such popular Broadway fare as "Wicked," "Shrek," "Chicago" and "The Rocky Horror Show."

 

Over the course of 21 years, more than 1,830 people have graced the "Grand Night" stage. Among those casts are several previous cast members who have become nationally recognized for their talents, including Phumzile Sojola, currently performing the role of Lord Pinkleton in the Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Cinderella"; Andrea Jones-Sojola, who recently performed as the Strawberry Woman and understudied Clara and Serena in the Broadway production of "Porgy & Bess"; Reshma Shetty, star of USA’s "Royal Pains"; and Gregory Turay, a Metropolitan Opera singer, as well as Kentucky State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr. Turay lends his talents to the show again this year.

 

"It's exciting and invigorating to work with such talented artists in bringing this show to life. It's been 21 years and 21 different shows. It's such a joy to see 'Grand Night' come to life," said McCorvey.

 

The last three performances of this celebrated revue filled with Broadway and Top 40 hits will be presented 7:30 p.m. June 13-15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Audience members should take note there is the addition of a Thursday evening show this week and no Sunday matinee.

 

Ticket prices for "Grand Night" are $45 for adults; $40 for seniors, UK faculty and staff; and $15 for students. A processing fee will be applied upon completion of transaction. To purchase tickets, contact the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, or in person.

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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