Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

Soul, Tap, Jazz and Classical in Singletary Center Signature Series Spotlight

Published: Aug 1, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts kicks off its 2013-14 Singletary Signature Series with up-and-coming soul singer Mayer Hawthorne in a season that also includes performances by icons in tap, jazz and classical music. All tickets to the events featuring Hawthorne, Savion Glover, Arturo Sandoval, Lang Lang and Pink Martini go on sale 10 a.m. today (Thursday), Aug 1.


"Her Favorite Song" by Mayer Hawthorne

"Her Favorite Song" by Mayer Hawthorne. Video courtesy of mayerhawthorneVevo YouTube account. A transcript of song lyrics can be found here.


The 2013-2014 season will open this September with singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne. This artist has come a long way since his 2008 debut. He’s released two well-received full-length albums, had songs licensed for film and television, and toured the world with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and the late Amy Winehouse. Lyrically, Hawthorne has moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content, and he’s relaxed his DIY ethos of crafting every song from start to finish. Now, he’s motivated to create soul music that can win — win on the radio, win on the charts, win over clubs and win over hearts. Hawthorne will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. A limited number of UK student priced tickets will be available for this show in the front of the concert hall for $25. These tickets must be purchased in person with a valid UK ID.


Tony award-winning hoofer, choreographer and producer Savion Glover returns to the Bluegrass in November with "STePz." His numerous credits include Broadway shows "The Tap Dance Kid"; "Black and Blue"; "Jelly’s Last Jam"; and "Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk," and the films "Tap" with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.; "Bamboozled" by Spike Lee; and Academy award-winning movie "Happy Feet" and its sequel, which were choreographed by Glover. "STePz" is yet another celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance that takes tap dance to new heights and levels while fusing traditional music selections of the past. This production exposes Glover’s capability of all complexities of jazz phrasing, both bass line and melody, the wild improvisations, structures and deconstruction, from departure to return. Savion Glover's "STePz" storms the stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.


The following month jazz icon Arturo Sandoval takes the Bluegrass stage with the critically acclaimed UK Wind Symphony, under the direction of Cody Birdwell. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Sandoval has been awarded nine Grammys, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy award. He is frequently recognized for his virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but those who have seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, know that Sandoval is among the most multifaceted musicians of our time. Arturo Sandoval and UK Wind Symphony share the stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.


In 2014, classical music superstar Lang Lang travels to Lexington for his first performance in the state, where the pianist will share the stage with UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo. Lang Lang inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages — such as the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance, the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe. He forms enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle, to artists from outside of classical music — among them dubstep dancer Marquese "Nonstop" Scott, Julio Iglesias and Herbie Hancock. Lang Lang and UK Symphony Orchestra will command the stage 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Repertoire for this concert will include, but is not limited to, Strauss Burlesque.


The popular retro combo Pink Martini closes out the Signature Series on their first return visit to the Bluegrass. The group will be joined again on stage by the UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nardolillo. "Pink Martini is like a romantic Hollywood musical of the 1940s or 50s — but with a global perspective which is modern," said founder and artistic director, Thomas M. Lauderdale. "We bring melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something which is new and beautiful." Drawing inspiration from music all over the world — crossing genres of classical, jazz and old fashioned pop — the “little orchestra” was founded in 1994 in Portland, Ore. All 12 members of Pink Martini come from multicultural families, studying different languages, as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world making for an evening of sounds from around the world. Pink Martini and UK Symphony Orchestra will perform together beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.


Ticket prices vary for the 2013-14 Singletary Signature Series performances and are on sale today beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets to Singletary Signature Series shows 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 venue. To see a brochure of the complete season, visit http://tinyurl.com/krzjscc.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.




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

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