Arts & Culture

UK Wind Symphony, Symphony Band to Present 12th Annual Parents Day Concert

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2019) — As part of the festivities welcoming our Wildcats' families to campus, the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and Symphony Band will present the 12th annual Parents Day Concert beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. 

The concert, which is also open to the public, ties in with University of Kentucky Family Weekend. The performance features two outstanding groups from the UK Bands and seeks to draw UK parents and family members of current UK students to the Sunday afternoon performance of music by some of the world’s most famous composers.

The University of Kentucky Symphony Band program, conducted by Associate Professor George Boulden, will include “Symphonic Fanfare” by Mark Camphouse, “Afterlight” by William Pitts, “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger and George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony, under the direction of Professor Cody Birdwell, will present “Sacred Spaces” by John Mackey, Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide Suite,” “Danzon No. 2” by Arturo Marquez and “Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band March” by Roland Seitz.

The University of Kentucky Bands represent over 400 student members from several different organizations including the Wildcat Marching Band, UK Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and the UK Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands.

Tickets for the Parents Day Concert are $12 for the general public and $5 for students with a school ID, including fees. Free tickets are available to UK students in advance through Friday at the Singletary Center's ticket office. Ticket purchases can be made online at, by phone at 859-257-4929, or in person.

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

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