Keeneland and OperaLex Announce New Partnership

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Keeneland and OperaLex, formerly the Lexington Opera Society, are announcing a new partnership to promote the art of musical storytelling in Kentucky.  Keeneland’s historic Sales Pavilion will serve as the new venue for Encore!, the annual fund-raising event for OperaLex, to be held Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Encore! promises to be the soiree of the season with this year’s theme, “The Year of the Horse.” An elegant evening of fine tastings – food, wine and spirits  – will accompany encore performances by the stars of University of Kentucky’s Opera Theatre (UKOT) productions. 

Dr. Ray Garman, President of OperaLex, said, “This Keeneland sponsorship offers our supporters the opportunity to enjoy our Encore! event in this elegant venue each spring.  We’re very excited and grateful to Keeneland.” Dr. Everett McCorvey, the Director of UKOT, stated, “We are thrilled to perform in such a gorgeous place for this fabulous annual event.  The brightest stars of the equine world appear here, and our students love performing in this beautiful setting.” Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland, added, “Keeneland enjoys hosting UKOT performances throughout the year, and we’re delighted to offer our support for this exceptional OperaLex event. We congratulate UKOT on being recognized by the Richard Tucker Foundation as a ‘Top Recommended Program for Young Artist Training.’”

An exciting new high-tech feature of Encore! will be electronic bidding for the upgraded silent auction items. The highlight of the evening will be a live auction in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion led by Keeneland’s Director of Auctioneers, Ryan Mahan, followed by a musical finale.

Patron’s Tables, offering select wine and food pairings, sommelier-level service and gift amenities, are available for $2000 for eight people and $1000 for four. Patron’s tables and other sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Susan Mullineaux at 859.269.7178. Individual tickets are available for $125 on the OperaLex website at www.operalex.org.  Encore! also enjoys the support of founding sponsors Liquor Barn and Bryant’s Rent-All.

OperaLex, www.operalex.org, focuses on musical education and outreach in the Bluegrass, primarily through its support of the University of Kentucky’s Opera Theatre www.ukoperatheatre.org. The UKOT students inspire thousands of people in Lexington each year, most recently with their productions of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Through its Schmidt Opera Outreach program (SOOP), 300,000 school children over 70 Kentucky counties have been introduced to the art of musical storytelling over the last decade.

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