Kentucky Christmas Chorus revamps

George Zack conducted the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Singers at the 18th Kentucky  Christmas  Chorus held at Rupp Arena on Dec 12, 2006. Photo by Joseph Rey Au for the Herald-Leader

George Zack conducted the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Singers at the 18th Kentucky Christmas Chorus held at Rupp Arena on Dec 12, 2006. Photo by Joseph Rey Au for the Herald-Leader

The Kentucky Christmas Chorus will have a very different look and a somewhat different cast of performers for its 21st edition at 7:40 p.m. Dec. 14.

The chorus, which has traditionally been held at 23,000-seat Rupp Arena, will be presented in the University of Kentucky’s 1,500-seat Singletary Center for the Arts this year. And the Lexington Philharmonic will not be involved. Instead, the Kentucky Christmas Chorus Orchestra, which will include members of the Phil, will play with the Lexington Singers under the baton of Singers artistic director Jefferson Johnson.

The event will still be broadcast live by WKYT-TV’s CW digital sub-channel (Insight Channel 5) in the Lexington area and WYMT-TV in Eastern Kentucky, and rebroadcast at noon Christmas Day by WKYT and WYMT. The crowd will warm up from 7:40 to 8, with the live broadcast starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 14.

Admission is still free, but since the venue is so much smaller than Rupp, tickets are more essential. They are available through the Singletary Center ticket office.

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