UK Orchestra Premieres New Pasatieri Work on Circle of Life, Showcases Concerto Contest Winner
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2014) — Alumna Catherine Clarke Nardolillo takes the Singletary Center stage this Friday in a University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra concert very personal to her. Wife of conductor John Nardolillo, she will perform the world premiere of a work written for their daughter, while nine months pregnant with the couple's second.
In addition, the concert will showcase the talents of one of UK School of Music's own, junior Ingang Han, winner of the UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, playing music by Sergei Prokofiev, as well as a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.” The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
Catherine will perform with the orchestra, the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir and the Danville Children’s Choir in a world premiere of composer Thomas Pasatieri's Symphony No. 2. The music follows life from its first stirrings as an embryo through experiences of love, loss, anger, beauty, art, and eventually death capturing the pain and joy one goes through in life.
"Symphony No. 2 is about life, the beginnings of life, the end of life, the life force, energy and sickness," the composer said.
In addition to celebrating life, the concert will also showcase up-and-coming talent with the solo performance of Ingang Han, winner of the UK Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition.
The competition presents a prestigious opportunity for UK music students to perform a solo concerto with the orchestra. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion, but students must also be full time music majors and prepare the entire concerto. A panel of judges composed of artists from outside UK reviews excerpts performed by each contestant and selects the top four to return and play their entire concerto. From these finalists, one to three winners are chosen to perform with the orchestra in the Concerto Competition concert.
Ingang Han, a music performance major from South Korea, will play the violin solo from Sergei Prokofiev’s Concert No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 19. He will be backed by the UK Symphony Orchestra.
Previously, Han was named the winner of the Lewis Scholarship at UK, a prize winner of the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition, and a finalist in the Utah Symphony Concerto Competition and the Eastern Music Festival Competition.
Founded in 1918, the UK Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang, Ronan Tynan and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the concert hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented "Porgy and Bess," "La Bohème," "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly." Over the last three years, they have also begun an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the commonwealth. To date, they have performed for more than 10,000 students as part of this new initiative. In addition to live performances, UK's orchestra is one of the only collegiate orchestra programs to record for with Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label.
The UK 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, composition, and theory and music history.
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