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Spring World Music Concert

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The University of Kentucky School of Music will be presenting performances from all over the world in the Spring World Music Concert. The concert will take place Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Singletary Cetner for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. 

 The World Music Concert, presented each semester, represents music and dance from multiple continents. This semester’s show follows that tradition.

The concert will open with the UK Bluegrass Ensemble, led by ethnomusicology graduate student Tanner Jones, who will play traditional Appalachian, gospel and folk favorites including “Old Home Place” and “Blackberry Blossom.” Next, UK School of Music faculty members Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar, and Noemi Lugo, professor of voice, will transport the audience to South America as they perform Argentine folk songs for voice and guitar.

Another performance will feature musicology doctoral student Justin Cornelison singing a traditional folk song from the nation of Georgia. Closer to home, the UK Korean Ensemble, led by Donna Kwon, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, will be playing a samulnori drumming number. This ensemble moves and dances while playing percussion instruments strapped to their bodies, such as the janggo (hourglass drum), buk (barrel drum), jing (large gong) and swe (small gong).

The final two performers will be featured for the first time at the UK World Music Concert. First, Yao “Lina” Lin, a graduate student in piano at Northern Illinois University, will play two Chinese traditional folk songs, including an arrangement of “Evening Song of a Fishing Boat,” which she premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2013. The last group on the concert, the Richmond Powwow Association, will present several traditional Native American dances, including the Round Dance, which will include audience participation.

For more information on the UK World Music Concert, call 859-257-4912 or email Erin Walker at

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.