The UK Symphony Orchestra opens its 104th concert season – Kentucky Kernel


The Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Personal

The UK Symphony Orchestra (UKSO) will launch its 2022-2023 concert season on Friday 23 September at 7.30pm with the performance of three compositions.

Conducted by UKSO conductor John Nardolillo, the orchestra will perform Maurice Ravel’s ‘Bolero’, Hector Berlioz’s ‘Symphonies Fantastiques’ and Gabriella Smith’s ‘Tumblebird Contrails’. This marks the Kentucky premiere of Smith’s play.

Smith’s website described the title as a “nonsensical phrase” coined to evoke the feeling and sound of the musical piece.

“Tumblebird Contrails is inspired by a single moment I experienced while hiking in Point Reyes, sitting in the sand by the ocean, listening to the mind-bending sounds of the Pacific,” Smith’s website says. .

Although Nardolillo has worked at the university for 18 years, he says he still feels like the new one. He highlighted the exciting pieces the orchestra will perform this Friday, calling “Bolero” and “Symphonie Fantastique” two of the most popular pieces of music ever written.

Nardolillo said the concert will feature two church bells on loan from the Cincinnati Orchestra, each weighing more than 200 pounds. These bells will be used in a “Bolero” movement.

“We have a very exciting orchestra and people are going to love the concert,” he said. “They’re going to love this music, so they don’t want to miss it.”

UKSO will return to the UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall for the first performance of their 104th concert season. The all-student orchestra has 100 members and performs more than 50 concerts each season, according to the UK School of Music.

Tickets are free in advance for all UK students through the Singletary Center for the Arts Ticket Office. Presentation of a UK student card is required. Free advanced tickets are not available on the day of the show.

Other attendees can buy tickets online or the Friday before the show.


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