Arts & Culture

Have Yourself a Merry Little 'Collage'


UK Choirs teams up with UK percussion students and Lexington Singers Children's Choir to perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," a favorite carol sung annually at "Collage." To see the performance, press play above.To view a transcript of the video, click here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2011) − Rejoice in the holiday spirit at the 14th annual "Collage" concerts presented by University of Kentucky Choirs. Celebrated vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington community will take to the stage for this much anticipated concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

A central Kentucky holiday tradition, "Collage" is presented by the UK Choirs under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of Choral Activities, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of Choral Activities. The concerts showcase the department’s highly acclaimed student groups, the UK Chorale, Choristers, Women's Choir and Men's Chorus as well as UK Choirs' a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen

In addition to the UK Choirs, this season’s concerts will feature the UK Faculty Brass Quintet, consisting of Mark Clodfelter and Chase Hawkins, on trumpet; David Elliott, on horn; Bradley Kerns, on trombone; and Skip Gray, on tuba. The quintet will play spirited seasonal favorites throughout the program, as well as present pre-concert entertainment in the lobby of the Singletary Center.  Other UK faculty members performing in the concert include Schuyler Robinson, on organ; Scott Wright, on clarinet; and Dieter Hennings, on guitar. UK ensembles, featuring several of the university's talented musicians, will also join in the entertainment, including the GrassKats, the UK Steel Band, and Mega-Sax I. 

In addition to showcasing the UK Choirs and School of Music, each year "Collage" reaches into the rich talents of the Lexington arts community.  This year’s concert is no exception as it will present the Lexington Singers Children's Choir and the handbell ensemble Alluring.  The concerts are fast-paced and visually stimulating programs highlighting the best of holiday music from around the world.

The concert's featured solo of "O Holy Night" will be sung by lyric soprano Angelique Clay accompanied by more than 200 singers. Clay, an assistant professor of voice at UK, has recorded and toured as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble throughout the United States, Spain and Brazil, and performed in such operatic roles as Fiordiligi in "Così fan tutte," Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus," Susannah in "Susannah," the Mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Lily and Bess in "Porgy and Bess." 

The UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.

Tickets for "Collage" are $22 for adults and seniors and $10 for students and children.  A rate of $15 is available for groups of 15 or more. A handling fee will be added upon transaction. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the venue. For more information on the "Collage" concerts, contact Jefferson Johnson at (859) 257-5897.

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