University of Kentucky ISC Students Work With Local Orchestra to Plan Student Night Concert

UK Dept of ISC Event Planning Class Photo
Fall 2019 Integrated Strategic Communication Event Planning class.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Integrated strategic communication (ISC) students in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky have been working with the Lexington Philharmonic to plan and host the orchestra's second annual college Student Night concert event. The concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts on UK’s campus. 

This November marks the fourth year ISC students have been in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic. The event is organized by students from Marc Whitt’s  ISC 471: Event Planning course, giving students real-world experience planning and executing an event for the community in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic. 

“The opportunity for ISC event planning students to work with an actual client such as the Lexington Philharmonic is significant. From event conception and planning to execution and evaluation, these students benefit from challenging, real-world experiences throughout the semester,” Whitt said.

Student Night events include their Season Series concert, Wind Power, featuring works by African-American composer Jessie Montgomery, Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto featuring soloist Richard Deane, and Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony. Student Night features engaging and fun activities designed for students before and after the concert. Before the concert, activities in the lobby include a photo booth with props and special swag bags for college and university students. 

"This is our fourth season partnering with students from the Event Planning course, and we have been thrilled with the partnership," says Lexington Philharmonic Executive Director Allison Kaiser. "The perspective they bring as students is invaluable to us as we seek to make the concert experience an inviting one for young people and students throughout the region. We couldn't present Student Night without these talented and passionate young people."

The 2019-2020 season is particularly exciting, as the Lexington Philharmonic embarks on a music director and conductor search. Three of the six candidates for the position are women, and each Season Series concert opens with a work by a female composer. Each concert is led by a candidate for the position, and following each concert, the audience submits their feedback to help inform the search committee’s decision. The music director and conductor candidate leading Wind Power is Kelly Corcoran, music director and conductor of Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble of Nashville, Tennessee.                        

Preconcert activities will take place in the lobby of the Singletary Center for the Arts, and all attendees are encouraged to join in the fun. Student tickets for this event will be $11 and are available on the Lexington Philharmonic website. Students must have a valid student ID to qualify for the $11 student ticket rate. For those who attend the concert, Bear & The Butcher will offer a dinner special. 

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