Cozy up on the Couch for Alltech’s Celebration of Song Broadcast Christmas Day on WKYT and Affiliate Stations
[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The energy was electric as gutsy singers reached the last high notes of Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus at the 8th Annual Alltech Celebration of Song. The program was presented by the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre on Dec. 15 to a packed crowd at the historic Victorian Square in downtown Lexington. Light glinted off silver flutes and polished wood cellos as sweeping melodies carried the enthusiastic audience members high on the holiday spirit as they sang along to Christmas favorites including “Oh Holy Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” The annual concert was conducted by Dr. Everett McCorvey, director of the UK Opera Theatre, with accompaniment from the Victorian Square Holiday Orchestra.
Now, those who missed this beloved holiday concert or who want to relive its melodic beauty can tune to WKYT on Christmas when it will air twice in the Lexington area – first at 12:30 a.m. for those staying up late to try to see Santa, and then again at noon on Christmas Day. The concert will also be broadcast at noon on Christmas Day on affiliate stations WBKO in Bowling Green and WMYT in Hazard. Video of the concert will also be available on demand on the WKYT website starting Christmas Day.
Viewers will be treated to vocal performances from the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre students, including the winners of the annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition; the UK Blue Steel Band; and The Lexington Singers Children’s Choir. Viewers will also enjoy the powerful spirituals from the American Spiritual Ensemble, which was featured at the concert for the first time. The professional ensemble, which was founded by McCorvey and performs dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers around the world, lit up Victorian Square with its rendition of the gospel favorite “Amen.” Also for the first year, WKYT news anchor Barbara Bailey served as guest host for the event.
Free and open to the public, the spirited concert and sing-a-long has become a holiday favorite and now features two performances each year. Alltech has long been a community supporter of the arts, and Alltech’s Vocal Scholarship Competition in the spring is the largest competition of its kind in the world. The competition, in partnership with the University of Kentucky, awards $500,000 in scholarships to students pursuing their dreams of higher education in vocal performance. Sixteen finalists from around the world will compete for scholarships during the 9th annual competition, Sunday, March 9. In 2012, Alltech was honored as one of the top 10 companies supporting the arts in America by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.