The nationally recognized University of Kentucky’s School of Music is celebrating its 100th year. This May, in honor of its centennial, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony will play New York’s Carnegie Hall.
The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony consists of the finest wind and percussion graduate and undergraduate students in the nationally recognized UK School of Music. For over 100 years, they have upheld a rich tradition of performing the finest traditional and contemporary compositions in the concert band and chamber winds repertoire. They been invited to perform at many of the most prestigious events in the college band profession, including recent appearances at the College Band Directors National Association National Conferences at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, University of Minnesota, and the University of Georgia. In 2008, the Wind Symphony traveled to the People’s Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in person and via broadcast during a ten-day concert tour of several of China’s most prominent cities and highly recognized concert venues.
Founded in 1918, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is a 100-member all-student orchestra presenting more than 50 concerts each year, including classical, chamber and education concerts. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from across world, the orchestra has regularly performed with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Christine Brewer, Pink Martini, Ronan Tynan, Mark O’Connor, Wynonna Judd, Keith Lockhart and Arlo Guthrie. Moreover, they have been featured on television and radio around the world including NBC, ESPN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, the CBC, CCTV (China), ARD (Germany), SVG (Sweden) and RAI (Italy), and have been featured and reviewed in the national press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, American Record Guide, Billboard, and Vanity Fair.