Arts & Culture

UK Opera Theatre, Alltech's 'Celebration of Song' to Bring Holiday Cheer

photo of Everett McCorvey conducting and singing at 2016 Celebration of Song
"Celebration of Song" returns for the 2021 holiday season beginning 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2021) Miss getting together as a community to sing in the holidays? Then you will not want to miss Alltech's annual "Celebration of Song" showcasing the vocal talents of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. Join in the festivities Dec. 12 at its new venue on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. 

Conducted by UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey, "Celebration of Song" will feature beloved holiday music sung by vocalists from UK Opera Theatre. Among the featured vocalists will be winners of the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, as well as special guest performances by renowned musical artists.

“Celebration of Song” was the brainchild of Alltech founder Pearse Lyons, and his wife Deirdre, who continually demonstrated their passion and dedication to Lexington's local arts scene through the years. It also celebrates the long-lasting partnership between Alltech and the UK Opera Theatre program.

Take part in this popular community celebration beginning 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The concert is free and open to the public; there is a $5 fee for parking. Masks are required for the "Celebration of Song" audience. 

UK Opera Theatre is part of the School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school 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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