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University of Kentucky – Singletary Center for the Arts

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Madama Butterfly presented by UK Opera Theatre

Opera, Orchestral

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini in the SCFA Concert Hall. In the 1890’s, at the small house on top of a hill in Nagasaki, Japan, Pinkerton, an officer in the American Navy, has arranged to take a Japanese wife. Sharpless, the American consul, advises Pinkerton that his actions are hasty, but Pinkerton ignores this advice. Pinkerton marries a beautiful geisha named Cio-Cio-San, known as Madam Butterfly. After their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America. Three years pass but Cio-Cio-San still believes that he will return to her. One day, Sharpless visits her with a letter from Pinkerton, but cannot bring himself to reveal the contents of the letter as Cio-Cio-San looks so happy with their son, of whom Pinkerton knows nothing. After Sharpless leaves, Cio-Cio-San confirms that an American battleship to which Pinkerton is assigned, has entered the port at Nagasaki. Sharpless appears with Pinkerton and Kate, his new American wife. Pinkerton, overcome with guilt, flees the house, leaving Cio-Cio-San to come in and see only Kate. Realizing the bitter truth, Cio-Cio-San agrees to give her son up, but insists that Pinkerton must return for him. Cio-Cio-San, realizing the shame this situation has brought, returns to her culture's code of honor as Pinkerton runs in, calling out her name. Reserved Seating. All seats are priced by location. Discounts for UK Faculty and Staff available exclusively through the SCFA ticket office. All tickets are non-refundable.


• Fri 3/1/19 - Sat 3/2/19 at - 7:30 PM
• Sun 3/3/19 at - 2:00 PM

UK Symphony Orchestra Alumni Orchestra & Dvorak New World Symphony


The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro John Nardolillo, presents the Alumni Orchestra, Concerto Competition Winners, and Dvorak New World Symphony in the SCFA Concert Hall. Guest Conductors Michelle Di Russo DMA'17 & Daniel Chetel DMA'14. Program: Marquez: Danzon No. 2, Concerto Competition Winner, Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World. Free Advance tickets available for UK Students w/ valid student ID at the SCFA ticket office. Free Advance tickets not available on the day of show. Children age 6 and older are welcome to attend UKSO concerts. UK Symphony Orchestra evening concerts are not appropriate for children under age 6 in an interest in maintaining a quiet and contemplative listening environment. Children who are not able to sit quietly through the performance may be asked to leave the concert hall. Children of all ages are welcome to attend UKSO school concerts.


• Fri 3/22/19 at - 7:30 PM

Lexington Philharmonic - Verdi Requiem

Choral, Classical, Orchestral

A highlight of the season, LexPhil unites the choral forces from central Kentucky colleges for Verdi’s epic masterpiece Requiem. Featuring the combined college choirs from Asbury University, Berea College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Transylvania University.


• Fri 3/29/19 at - 7:30 PM

Chris D'Elia: Follow the Leader

Stand Up Comedy

Outback Concerts presents Chris D'Elia: Follow the Leader tour in the SCFA Concert Hall. Chris D’Elia is one of the most sought after performers in the comedy world. D’Elia is best known for his stand up and starring role on the NBC comedy series UNDATEABLE. His latest standup special, MAN ON FIRE, is now on Netflix. He currently hosts a highly successful weekly podcast CONGRATULATIONS WITH CHRIS D’ELIA, which launched in February 2017 and has since been a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy podcast charts. Chris is signed on for a major supporting role in the Mitja Okorn-helmed romantic drama LIFE IN A YEAR, joining topliners Cara Delevingne, Jaden Smith, Nia Long and Cuba Gooding Jr. D’Elia can also be seen in the Netflix horror comedy LITTLE EVIL opposite Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly. On stage, D’Elia continues to cement his status as a force in standup comedy. He is a regular at Hollywood comedy clubs—where he performs multiples times a week—and continues to tour the US and Canada to sold-out crowds. His standup special, INCORRIGIBLE, debuted on Netflix in April 2015. He could also be seen on the dais of the highly anticipated ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER, which premiered in March 2015 on Comedy Central. In December 2013, he released his first one-hour Comedy Central special, WHITE MALE. BLACK COMIC. Previously, D’Elia starred opposite Whitney Cummings on NBC’s multi-camera comedy series WHITNEY. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS, TBS’s GLORY DAZE, Showtime’s LIVE NUDE COMEDY, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, and COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS. He currently lives in Los Angeles. VIP seating available in the Orchestra Pit (OP) and Row A; VIP tickets include a post show meet and greet with Chris! Reserved seating.


• Sun 3/31/19 at - 7:30 PM

Lexington Philharmonic - Saint-Saëns & Shostakovich

Classical, Orchestral

LexPhil performs innovative female composer Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) in an epic program of Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring violinist Simone Porter, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.


• Fri 4/12/19 at - 7:30 PM

SCFA Signature Series: Amadeus Live with the UK Symphony Orchestra & UK Chorale

Orchestral, Classical, Film

The Singletary Center Signature Series presents Amadeus Live with the UK Symphony Orchestra & UK Chorale in the SCFA Concert Hall. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the UK School of Music, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents Amadeus Live with the UK Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor John Nardolillo and the UK Chorale directed by Dr. Jefferson Johnson. Experience the multi-Academy Award® winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a vast HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live in-sync by a full orchestra and choir. Amadeus is a screen triumph; a sumptuous period epic, a soaring celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Winner of 8 Academy Awards® in 1984, including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Adapted Screenplay, Amadeus tells the story of Vienna court composer, Antonio Salieri and the envy that consumes him upon discovering that the divine musical gifts he has so longed for all his life, have been bestowed on a bawdy, vulgar and impish young composer, Mozart. Salieri’s envy fuels his plot to destroy the man, while all the while unable to tear himself away from the genius of his music. Adapted from Sir Peter Shaffer’s original stage play, Amadeus the motion picture stays true to its origins highlighting the contrast between, as Shaffer himself described, “the sublimity of his [Mozart] music and the vulgar buffoonery of his letters” which, “read like something written by an eight-year-old.” “Amadeus weaves a beautiful, tragic fable, enchanting to children and adults alike. It has gore, a pact with God, celebrity, a masked stranger, murder and some of the best music ever written. What other film offers half as much?” (The Guardian) This production is presented in conjunction with Avex Classics International.


• Fri 4/26/19 - Sat 4/27/19 at - 7:30 PM

Lexington Philharmonic - STAR WARS: A New Hope in Concert

Classical, Orchestral, Family/Child, Special Event, Film

Relive the mythic storytelling of the Star Wars saga like never before with this very special presentation. This concert features the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope on a giant screen, while LexPhil performs John Williams’ iconic score live at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


• Sat 5/18/19 at - 7:30 PM