Arts & Culture

KET to Air 25th Anniversary Performance of UK Opera’s 'Grand Night'

photo of "42nd Street" "Grand Night" 2017
photo of Everett McCorvey in "Grand Night" 2017
photo of "Mary Poppins" performance "Grand Night" 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2017) —  Last June, KET (Kentucky Educational Television) cameras captured the magic and music of the 25th anniversary production of “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!,” the beloved annual summer musical revue of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. For those who missed the program or those who just want to relive it, KET will broadcast “A Grand Night for Singing” 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, on KET, and 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, on KET2.

Recorded live at the Singletary Center for the Arts, the anniversary program contains many favorite numbers from past productions, including “Lullaby of Broadway,” as well as more recent hits, including songs from the Broadway musical phenomenon “Hamilton.”

In a special, guest appearance, Ronan Tynan — of The Irish Tenors fame — performs “Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha.” Other highlights include hits from Broadway mainstays such as “Hairspray,” “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Les Misérables” and “Rent.”

Along with Tynan, featured soloists include UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey as well as current and former students of the UK Opera Theatre program, including renowned tenor and UK alumnus Gregory Turay.

KET’s production of “A Grand Night for Singing” was produced by Nick Helton.

For those outside the KET viewing area, the station will also livestream the Dec. 15 broadcast on at 9 p.m. In addition, KET will broadcast the program multiple times this December and January on its stations. For a listing of all viewing times, visit:

UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has gained national recognition for high caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history.

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