Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

Recital and Concert Series Remembers Gail Robinson

Published: Nov 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2012) — A new series of concerts and recitals presented by United Artists and Authors Agency will pay tribute to Gail Robinson, a professor of voice and distinguished chair in the University of Kentucky School of Music who passed away Oct. 19, 2008. The Gail Robinson Series of Recitals and Concerts will make its debut 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, with a performance by soprano Christine Goerke, at Haggin Auditorium, on the Transylvania University campus.

 

Gail Robinson, a native of Meridian, Miss., moved to Jackson, Miss., where she graduated from Jackson High School. She went on to study voice under Norvell Taylor at Memphis State University (MSU). While at MSU, she won the Metropolitan (Met) Opera's "Audition of the Air" at the age of 19. Robinson left MSU for the Met's development program for young artists, where she sang leading roles in school performances throughout New York.

 

Robinson's successful career as a concert artist and recitalist saw her give performances in more than 80 cities in the United States alone and singing at such well-known places as the White House and Carnegie Hall. After her career on stage, she began mentoring young singers in the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Program, becoming director of both that program and the Met's National Council Auditions for almost 15 years. In 1999, Robinson became professor of voice at the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts, where she held that position until she died.

 

Robinson's legend is best embodied by the singers featured in her series, all of whom found much success in the field. After Goerke opens the inaugural season in November, the series will continue with performances by tenor and UK alumnus Gregory Turay in January 2013 and mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung in April 2013. All performances will take place at Haggin Auditorium.

 

Tickets for the Christine Goerke concert are on sale now and range in price from $30 to $50 depending on seat location. Series seats for the Gail Robinson Series of Recitals and Concerts are also available from $75 to $135, again based on seat location. Students can purchase tickets for $5 with valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at (859) 257-4929, visiting online at, www.scfatickets.com, or in person at the Singletary Center ticket office through Friday afternoon and at the door at Haggin Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. the day of the recital.  

 

 

UPDATE 11-18-12: Future performances of the Gail Robinson Series of Recitals and Concerts have been cancelled. All ticket holders will be reimbursed.

 

 

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

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