Darshan – Vision of the Divine featuring Lakshmi Sriraman

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013  // Farrish Theater, 6pm

Located in the Lexington Public Library (Mainstreet Location)

UNA Artist Lakshmi Sriraman will present a Bharatantyam Dance Recital at the Farrish Theater at 6pm in Downtown Lexington on Saturday, February 23. Bharatanatyam is an ancient dance form from India. It is a composite art, integrating movement, music, philosophy, architecture, sculptures, mythology, poetry and painting. It helps one create a rich tapestry of human emotions.

Titled Darshan – Vision of the Divine, the pieces chosen for the Bharatanatyam recital on Feb 23rd explores the many ways that the human soul tries to understand and connect with the divine, within and without, in ways mundane and esoteric.

She will present the premiere of a new gender based collaborative poem titled ‘I have never known two’. This is inspired by the concept of ‘Ardhanareeshwara’. Ardha – half, naree – woman, eshwara – man. More specifically ‘Ardhanareeshwara’ is the fused image of Shiva (the God, on the right side) and Shakthi (the Goddess, on the left side). This iconographic image is neither female, nor male, and both at once.

This new poetry, which was written by her personal friend and dance collaborator, Aniruddhan Vasudevan, is very contemporary in its message. The style of dance will also be treated differently than a traditional Bharatanatyam presentation. Accompanying Lakshmi will be Dr. Suzanne McIntosh, cello, and on the djimbe, Tripp Bratton. The poem will be read by the young and talented UK student Samuel Themer.

The Farrish Theater is located in the downtown location of the Lexington Public Library. Tickets in advance are $12, or $15 at the door.  $8 for children.

Please call (859) 608 8898 to purchase tickets in advance.


Verdi Requiem featuring Hope Koehler, soprano

Friday, March 1, 2013 // Rodeheaver Auditorium 7:30 pm

Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.

 UNA Soprano Hope Koehler  will sing the Verdi Requiem Friday, March 1 with Bob Jones University in South Carolina. LaToya Lain, Issachah Savage, and Patrick Blackwell complete the solo quartet under the direction of Warren Cook with the Bob Jones University Choirs and Symphonic Orchestra.

Ticket can be purchased by calling (864) 770-1372 or online at


Hope Koehler, whose voice has been heralded as having “the richness of Marilyn Horne at the bottom and the clarion clarity of Leontyne Price at the top” has appeared in Carmen, Il Trovatore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, The Impressario, The Old Maid and the Thief, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gianni Schicchi and many others.  She has appeared in the title roles of Tosca, Carmen, Fidelio, and Madama Butterfly. Koehler is also noted for her performances in orchestral and oratorio works from Bach to Verdi.  She is a regular performer and featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group that performs all over the world, and whose mission is to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive and vibrant.She can be heard on the CDs The Lily of the Valley; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; The Spirit of the Holidays; and the DVD The Spirituals, recorded with the American Spiritual Ensemble.  In June of 2008 Albany Records released Koehler’s recording of John Jacob Niles songs titled The Lass from the Low Countree, performed with James Douglass at the piano. This season she was in recital and concert in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. In 2013, the American Spiritual Ensemble will release Koehler’s new recording of John Jacob Niles music featuring unpublished and out-of-print works and sing the Verdi Requiem with Bob Jones University.






Thy Will Be Done featuring Gregory Turay, Amanda Balltrip, and Anthony Clark Evans

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 // Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 7:30pm

Sunday, March 10, 2013 // Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3:00pm

Lexington, KY


UNA Tenor Gregory Turay will be joined by his fellow roster-mates Amanda Balltrip, soprano, and Anthony Clark Evans, baritone, for the second annual performance of the Easter Cantata, Thy Will Be Done. Composed by Angela Rice with new orchestrations by Joseph Baber, Mr. Turay will sing the role of Jesus,  Elizabeth will be sung by Ms. Balltrip, and the role of the devil will be performed by Mr. Evans.

Tickets are available online at For group rates, please call (859) 940-9379. For additional information, email