Posts Tagged ‘University of Kentucky’s opera program’

Everett McCorvey and the 1963 March on Washington

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Where were you 50 years ago?

What do you remember about the events that took place in Washington, D.C., the last week of August 1963 as thousands of Americans joined the March for Jobs and Freedom?

Fifty years later profound questions still linger about the state of equality and race relations in our country. Millions of people will likely consider some of these questions as we commemorate the 1963 march.

Everett McCorvey is one of the people reflecting on the civil rights movement. He is professor of voice and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky. McCorvey has vivid memories of growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, under segregation.

(Video provided by Alltech. Edited by Kara Ferguson.)

Next week KET and PBS will air several special programs marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. And in September, I’ll sit down with McCorvey on One to One to discuss his thoughts about the march. We’ll also hear about his recent trip to Ireland, where McCorvey and his American Spiritual Ensemble performed at a celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to his family’s ancestral village of New Ross.

“Renaissance Man” on One to One

Friday, December 16th, 2011

You may know Ronan Tynan as one of The Irish Tenors. But, if that’s all you know about him, you’re missing a great story that’s unfolding right here in Kentucky.

On the heels of success with The Irish Tenors, Tynan, known for his unique voice, solidified a solo career, where, in the United States, he was asked to sing in the wake of 9/11, at the funeral service of former President Reagan, and at the World Series, where he performed “God Bless America.”

You might be surprised to learn that he is a doctor, an Olympian, and a sought-after motivational speaker. He’s also the author of a biography entitled Halfway Home: My Life ‘Til Now. This fall he began a visiting professorship in voice at the University of Kentucky’s opera program. In the clip below from the interview I had with him several weeks ago, Tynan talks about the extraordinary students he found in the UK opera program.

One to One will air this Sunday at 1:00/12 CT and Tuesday night at 7:30/6:30 CT on KET2.

We’re back on the air Monday with a Kentucky Tonight discussion on a state-wide smoking ban. My guests will include the bill sponsor, Rep. Susan Westrom, and an opponent of the measure, Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.

Kentucky Tonight airs Monday at 8/7 CT on KET.

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