Arts & Culture

WUKY, WKYT to Broadcast UK Opera Theatre, Alltech's 'Celebration of Song' Christmas Eve

photo of Everett McCorvey conducting and singing at 2021 Celebration of Song
"Celebration of Song" will air on WUKY and WKYT this Christmas Eve. Photo courtesy of Alltech.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2021) — Lexington TV station WKYT and local NPR affiliate WUKY will broadcast this year's performance of the Alltech "Celebration of Song" holiday concert featuring University of Kentucky Opera Theatre vocalists. To watch the concert on TV, tune into WKYT at 10 a.m. Friday (Christmas Eve), Dec. 24, or visit the station online at www.wkyt.com. Listeners can tune into the concert programming later that day beginning 6:30 p.m. Friday (Christmas Eve), Dec. 24, on WUKY at on 91.3 FM and www.WUKY.org

Conducted by Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey, "Celebration of Song" featured performances of beloved carols by award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre. The free public concerts were filmed Dec. 12, at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky State Horse Park.

"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.

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, theory and music history.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.