UK Symphony’s cultural exchange

The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra launches its post-World Equestrian Games Season Friday with a concert that is part of a new cultural exchange.


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Shanghai violinist Sha will be the featured soloist on the concert performing the The Butterfly Lovers violin concerto, a famous 1950s piece by Chen Gang and He Zhanho. Her appearance is part of the launch of the new Confucius Institute at UK, a language and arts exchange program with the Chinese government.

In addition to the Chinese piece, the orchestra will also perform two very familiar pieces from the classical canon: Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.  Graduate conductor Dan Chetel will make his conducting debut with the UK Symphony on the Egmont.

The downbeat is at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 29) in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Admission is free.

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