Arts & Culture

'Behind the Blue': Everett McCorvey combines passion for performance, teaching into role with UK Opera Theatre

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Everett McCorvey sitting in a podcast recording studio

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2024) — For more than three decades, Everett McCorvey, D.M.A., has been the driving force as director of UK Opera Theatre, which is part of the School of Music at the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts. The school has earned a national reputation for excellence in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as in music education, music therapy, composition, theory and music history.

As the first Black American to earn a doctoral degree in music from the University of Alabama, McCorvey is personally committed to creating opportunities for UK students from diverse backgrounds to thrive.

One of McCorvey’s most renowned projects is “It’s A Grand Night for Singing!”, a vibrant, high-energy musical showcase featuring hits from Broadway and beyond. Since its inception in 1992, “Grand Night” has captivated audiences with its Emmy Award-winning performances, highlighting the best of Broadway both past and present.

On this episode of “Behind the Blue,” McCorvey shares insights into his upbringing in Montgomery, Alabama, the experiences that motivated him to pursue both performance and teaching and offers a preview of this year’s “Grand Night” lineup.

“Behind the Blue” is available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

Transcripts for this or other episodes of “Behind the Blue” can be downloaded from the show’s blog page.

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