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UK Piano Creativity Lab will be 'Making Music to be Seen' and heard

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2023) — University of Kentucky Piano Creativity Lab students invite the public to a piano concert “Making Music to Be Seen” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

Along with the beautiful music by Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Francis Poulenc, Vasily Kalinnikov and William Gillock, among others, the students will show their creative storytelling by showing the pictures they feel tell the same story as contained in the music they play. Each student has composed a personal story for each piece and then selected visual images which best represent the story.

Both graduate and undergraduate students take part in the concert.

The UK Piano Creativity Lab is proud to have several international and state competition winners. Current and former students are winners of the Vancouver International Music Competition; Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition; Concert Artists International Competition; Liszt international Piano Competition; American Protégé International Competition; MTNA and KMTA Competitions as well as multiple UK’s Concerto Competition winners. To date, 11  students and graduates have performed solos at Carnegie Hall.

While students are primarily trained in piano performance, they also learn to use music, creativity and resourcefulness for mastering life challenges. These skills help them (and those they teach) to navigate the job market and much more.

The concert is free and open to the public.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.