Arts & Culture

Ring in the Holidays With 'Collage'

photo of hundreds of performers at "Collage"
More than 500 performers from UK School of Music and Central Kentucky will perform as part of "Collage."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2018)  Along with twinkling lights, poinsettias and a few snow flurries, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same in the Bluegrass without the University of Kentucky Choirs annual “Collage.”  

More than 500 of the UK School of Music and Central Kentucky’s most talented musicians come together in celebration in this beloved holiday concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts. “Collage” will stir the soul this winter beginning 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. 

A local holiday tradition, “Collage” is presented by the UK Choirs under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK Choral Activities. The concerts showcase the department's highly praised student groups, UK Chorale; UK Choristers conducted by Elizabeth Wilson; UK Women's Choir; and UK Men's Chorus, as well as the UK Choirs' a cappella groups, the acoUstiKats, Paws and Listen and Blue Note. The concert is fast-paced and a visually exciting program featuring the best of holiday music from around the world. 

Along with the UK Choirs, this season’s concerts will feature performances by Assistant Professor Jacob Coleman on piano; Associate Professor Dieter Hennings on guitar; the UK Trombone Quartet led by Associate Professor Bradley Kerns; the SaxCats led by Professor MilesOsland; UK Blue Steel, a steel drum band led by Professor James Campbell; the UK Holiday Clarinets led by Associate Professor Scott Wright; and crowd favorite, the GrassKats, a bluegrass band led by Johnson. 

In addition to showcasing the UK Choirs and musicians at the UK School of Music, each year "Collage" features the rich talents of the Lexington arts community. This year’s concert will include performances by the Lexington Singers Children's Choir, conducted by Hetzel and alumnus Daniel Wesley. 

Tickets for "Collage" are $29 for general admission and $14 for students and children plus processing fees and sales tax. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 869-257-4929, online at, or in person at the venue. 

UK Choirs is part of the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. The school, currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, has garnered a national reputation 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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