Our Lincoln presented by The Kentucky Humanities Council
Monday, February 2, 2009,
A cast of more than 375 performers tells the story of our 16th president when the Kentucky Humanities Council and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre present Our Lincoln, a musical-historical grand celebration.
A cast of more than 375 performers tells the story of our 16th president when the Kentucky Humanities Council and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre present Our Lincoln, a musical-historical grand celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Much more than a concert, Our Lincoln features the American Spiritual Ensemble; the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra performing Copland's A Lincoln Portrait with spoken word by Nick Clooney; and the U.S. premiere of River of Time, a new Kentucky folk opera about young Lincoln. More than 170 voices of the Lexington Singers, their Children'sChoir, and the UK Chorale lend their voices throughout the program. Nationally known violinist Mark O'Connor plays music made known widely to the public by filmmaker Ken Burns's The Civil War in addition to other pieces. Our Lincoln also includes Metropolitan Opera stars Angela Brown, performing "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and Kentuckian Gregory Turay, whose tenor solo is the world premiere of a composition based on the Gettysburg Address. Dramatic selections include Kentucky Repertory Theatre's cameo from One Man's Lincoln, and Kentucky Chautauqua theatrical vignettes. Kentucky's poet laureate, Jane Gentry, reads new poetry dedicated to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.