Category Archives: Classical Music

It’s time to vote in the Lexington Music Awards

David McLean doesn’t mess around. Late in 2014, he had the idea to create the Lexington Music Awards to spotlight local music. By late February, despite some aggressive winter weather, the event happened at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. … Continue reading

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Two University of Kentucky singers advance in Met Auditions

University of Kentucky voice students Shareese Arnold, 29, and Mary Catherine Wright, 21, advanced to the regional round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Saturday, along with two other singers: Nicolette Book, 24, a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of … Continue reading

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Notebook: Lexington Philharmonic with Time for Three

Between the second and the third portion of Time for Three‘s main performance with the Lexington Philharmonic Friday , violinist Nick Kendall leaned forward and said something to the first few rows that was hard to understand. But it did … Continue reading

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Notebook: Lexington Philharmonic’s epic season opener

There is this moment in the middle of the fifth movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’ where the strings are swirling, the percussion is crashing, the winds are rising to the high heavens, and you look at the quiet choir and soloists … Continue reading

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Every note tells a story for ‘House of Cards’ and chamber festival composer Jeff Beal

Read Walter Tunis’ profile of Chamber Fest artist-in-residence Jason Vieaux. Click here for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington schedule. All of Jeff Beal’s music tells a story. Lately, it’s the story of Machiavellian Washington power couple Frank and Claire … Continue reading

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‘House of Cards’ composer coming to Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Fans of the dissonant tune that ushers in every episode of the Netflix hit House of Cards will want to check out next month’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Jeff Beal, whose music has also underscored films such as the Seaworld documentary Blackfish, the … Continue reading

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‘Live from Lincoln Center’ coming to Shaker Village music fest

For decades, arts fans have tuned into PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center to find out what is happening at the venerable New York institution. At the end of this month, the series will travel from New York for the first time to … Continue reading

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Review: Ben Sollee at the Kentucky Theatre

Musicians often give hometown shows around holidays. Thanksgiving or Christmas visits can provide the perfect excuse for a hometown gig. But it was only fitting that the holiday Ben Sollee chose to make a Kentucky Theatre stand was Earth Day. After … Continue reading

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Review: Joshua Bell and the UK Symphony

The night before the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team was set to take the court in Indianapolis in pursuit of a historic 39th win and berth in the national championship game, the UK Symphony Orchestra put a W in … Continue reading

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‘Hoffman’ another chance to enjoy Greg Turay on stage in Lexington

I went to the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s rehearsal for The Tales of Hoffman Tuesday night to work on a story about Matthew Turner, the bass who has joined a small, elite club of UK singers who advanced to the national rounds … Continue reading

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