The UofL School of Music kicks off a new season of performances Friday with its 25th annual Faculty Gala.
The 8:15 p.m. concert features School of Music faculty artists in both solo and chamber music ensemble performances and showcases new faculty.
“It’s also the only concert that features so many performers, probably more than 20 of our performing faculty, and it’s great way to get to know a lot of folks,” said School of Music Dean Christopher Doane.
For years, audiences streaming into Comstock Concert Hall for the Faculty Gala were greeted to the sounds of bagpipes by Anne Marie de Zeeuw and Larry Frederiksen, and that tradition will continue. There will also be a pre-concert dinner hosted by the Friends of the School of Music at the University Club. Click here for tickets.
As usual, the Faculty Gala serves as the gateway into the School of Music’s jam-packed year of performances, which includes world-class visiting artists along with student and faculty performances. Most of these events are free and open to the public.
Check the calendar for a full list. Highlights include:
Sept. 14-17, annual Guitar Festival and Competition.
Sept. 24, Music eX Series: Brittany MacWilliams, violin, Paul York, cello and Lee Luvisi, piano.
Sept. 25, Guest Artist: Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist.
Sept. 30, Friends of the School of Music 5k Walk/Run at Cherokee Park.
Oct. 31, University Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular.
Nov. 6-10, New Music Festival.
The School of Music will also sponsor a series of free concerts at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3640 River Park Drive, in West Louisville on weekends in September and early October. This concert series is a part of the School of Music’s Signature Partnership outreach.
Sandwiched into the performance season are numerous workshops with dozens of middle and high school students studying music.
“We’re committed to our instructional work with students, and also our outreach and cultural mission for the region,” Doane said. “We’re off to a fast start, as always.”