UofL School of Music hosts second annual Music in May Festival


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville School of Music’s Music in May Festival is back for a second year with a larger, more diverse lineup of performances in venues throughout the community May 18-28.

    The festival allows the school to demonstrate its commitment to outreach and bring music to the wider public via partners such as the Louisville Mayor’s Office, The Kentucky Center, The Kentucky Derby Museum, The Kentucky Science Museum and 21c Museum Hotel. The UofL Percussion Project series of events and concerts anchors the festival.

    “The festival is a way for the UofL School of Music to raise awareness of the strength and depth of the talents of our faculty, alumni and students,” said Michael Ramach, director of UofL’s Opera Theatre who serves as festival organizer. “Besides raising our profile in the community, these musical events are our gift to our partners and the city at large.”

    Performances include:

    Kentucky Center

    Cardinal Guitar Trio: 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, Brown Theater

    Under the direction of guitar professor Stephen Mattingly, School of Music students will play classical pieces before the Jessica Lang Dance performance.

    Pop Up Concert: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 22, on the steps in front of the building

    Louisville Brass Band performing favorites for a spring lunch time concert.

     Kentucky Science Center

    Gabe Evens Trio: 6-8 p.m., May 18

    The trio will play jazz for the “Mystery at the Museum” benefit for the science center.

    21c Museum Hotel Louisville

    Music at Night: 9-10:30 p.m., May 21, in the museum

    Alumni and students will perform an eclectic repertory.

    The Derby Museum

    Graduate Woodwind Quintet: 11 a.m., May 23

    Students will perform for 20 minutes in the Great Hall. A movie plays from 11:10–11:25 in the same room. Following that, there will be ragtime music for 15 minutes and a docent will do a story about “Seabiscuit.” 

     University of Louisville School of Music

    ArtWorks: CirqueLouis, Chance Designs, and Jecorey “1200” Arthur: 7-8 p.m., May 24, Comstock Hall

    Mayor’s Office

    Brass Quintet: 10 a.m., May 28, Big Four Bridge

    School of Music students will perform for the Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle event

    For a full schedule of festival events, check the School of Music calendar.

    For more information, call 502-852-6907 or visit louisville.edu/music


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.