are available from the ticket office at the Singletary
Center and may be reserved by calling (859) 257-4929.
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $10
10, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Clooney Tribute Concert with special guest host
Clooney will be performed by University of Kentucky
students at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the UK Singletary
Center for the Arts.
The Rosemary Clooney Tribute Concert is a product
of the UK School
of Music under the direction of music professors
Richard Domek and Miles Osland. It will feature many
hit songs from the late Kentucky crooner’s storied
music and movie career.
UK students and other special guest performers will
sing, accompanied by the musical instrumentation of
Jazz Repertory Orchestra.
Among the many songs to be performed at the concert
are “Come On-a My House,” “White
Christmas,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,”
“Peachtree Street,” “Hey There,”
“I Got Rhythm,” and “Blue Rose”
from the Blue Rose album Clooney made with the Duke
Ellington Orchestra in 1956.
Tickets are available from the ticket office at the
and may be reserved by calling (859) 257-4929. Ticket
prices are $25 for general admission and $10 for students.
Domek said the tribute is being performed because
Rosemary Clooney “was an absolutely extraordinary
talent who was a terrific musician and a profoundly
her music, her depth of feeling and her personality,
she touched and enriched the lives of people worldwide,
certainly including people in Kentucky,” Domek
said. “She had an internationally celebrated
career with a contribution of such magnitude –
and especially because she maintained and cherished
her Kentucky roots – it is only fitting that
the university with the leading music program in her
home state take time to honor her and shine the spotlight
on her contributions.”
Domek said the concert will review Clooney’s
musical output from her earliest professional days
performing with the Tony Pastor Orchestra (late 1940s)
with her sister, Betty, to her first work as a Columbia
recording artist (early 1950s), including her association
with such greats as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Duke
Ellington. Her later work, a great deal of which reflected
more strongly her early love of jazz and jazz-influenced
swing music, will also be a focus of the tribute.
Among the UK students who will perform are Brian Gill,
a graduate student from Charlotte, N.C., and Teri
Thomas, a graduate student from Fort Collins, Colo.
Doctoral student Mark Gardner of Salvisa, Ky., is
helping with the music preparation.
The featured singer during the first half of the concert
will be Jennifer Zehnder, a native Lexingtonian and
professional singer. The second featured vocalist
Ellen Tanner, a native of Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and
a resident of Covington. She is a long-time professional
vocalist and is a friend of the Clooney family. She
is an adjunct professor in the jazz department at
the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.