Arts & Culture

UK Opera Theatre Undergrads to Present 'Intersecting Moments'

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2022) — University of Kentucky undergraduate opera students will present "Intersecting Moments," a staged ensemble recital of art songs and arias, at 3 p.m. Monday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 27, in the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center on UK's campus. The workshop will be free and open to the public. 

Conceived and staged by UK Opera Workshop Director Janet Scott, "Intersecting Moments" will feature UK opera undergraduate students, including Christopher Burchett, who will serve as music director, accompanied by Tina Wagner. Performers include Harrison Hancock, Cameron Howard, Lillian Meekin, Natalie Monell, Grace Platt, Samuel Powless, Anazha Santiago, Alex Thibault, Andrew Tran and Emily Wrede. 

“Intersecting moments in life can lead to new and unexpected connections. Chance encounters can provoke empathy. We can be startled by a sudden reflection of ourselves in a stranger,” said Scott. “Art songs and arias contain profound experiences and mysterious possibilities. When they are woven together by movement and passion, the interconnectedness of humanity glimmers. Come and discover new ways of seeing music in 'Intersecting Moments.'” 

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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