Arts & Culture

WUKY to Broadcast Performances of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra on HD-2 Channel, Essential Classics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2020) — WUKY is announcing its recent partnership with the Lexington Chamber Orchestra. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lexington Chamber Orchestra will not be offering any live performances for audiences in Central Kentucky for the time being. However, WUKY will re-broadcast several fan-favorite performances to bring concerts right into listeners' homes — complete with musical commentary from Maestro Jan Pellant, a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

The performances will air on WUKY’s HD-2 channel, Essential Classics. The first broadcast will be available July 14 and will feature a 2017 performance titled “Sunset” with guest artist and soprano Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, a UK alumna. The broadcasts will continue for five consecutive weeks, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and again the following Sundays at noon. Visit for more information as the schedule becomes available.  

“The Lexington Chamber Orchestra is one of the jewels of the Central Kentucky music scene, and we are proud to bring their delightful concerts under maestro Jan Pellant to our HD-2 Essential Classics listeners at a time when live concerts are otherwise unavailable,” said Tom Godell, WUKY station manager.

Listeners who do not have an HD radio or who live outside Central Kentucky can listen online via, with their smart speaker (say "Play WUKY HD Two") or with the WUKY phone app from the Play Store or iTunes.

Essential Classics is Central Kentucky's home for the world’s greatest classical music, 24/7. Complete, full-length symphonies, concertos and sonatas are presented without interruption. Selections include the best performances of our own time and the most remarkable recordings of the past — both stereo and mono — often played from the original vinyl LPs.

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