LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2012) — This weekend the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony will be showcased on "Kentucky Center Stage" on two local National Public Radio affiliates, WEKU-FM and WKYL-FM. The program featuring the ensemble will air 8-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at 102.1, and 8-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, on 88.9 on the radio dial.
"Kentucky Center Stage" features music performed either in Kentucky venues or by Kentucky musicians. The show is hosted by Michael Carter, music director of WKYL. Through WEKU and WKYL, the UK Wind Symphony will be heard locally as well as in several other Kentucky markets including Frankfort, Hazard, Corbin, Harlan, Barbourville, Middlesboro and Pikeville.
Under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, the UK Wind Symphony is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for more than 100 years, the Wind Symphony continues a tradition of professional-level performances to appreciative audiences throughout Kentucky and beyond. In 2008, the Wind Symphony participated in a 10-day concert tour of the People's Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in the cities of Suzhou, Yangzhou, Changzhou and Beijing in celebration of China's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Recently, the UK Wind Symphony received national and international recognition by being selected to perform at the prestigious 2013 College Band Directors National Association National Convention.
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