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UPIKE hosts ‘A Grand Night for Singing’

October 06, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Celebrating Broadway’s Greatest Hits with Kelsea Webb

The University of Pikeville will host “A Grand Night for Singing: Celebrating Broadway’s Greatest Hits with Kelsea Webb” on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., in Booth Auditorium, Record Memorial Building. The concert is part of the university’s Homecoming Week events.

A dynamic performer and challenging artist, Kelsea Webb has been praised for her superb storytelling and riveting vocal sensitivity.

A native of Indiana, Webb studied opera at the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her operatic roles include Alice Ford in Falstaff, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Patrick De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, Convoy/Sally/2010 Newscaster in Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil, and Rose in Jake Heggie’s monodrama, At the Statue of Venus. A strong advocate of new works, she has premiered the roles of Lydia in Scenes from 1836 with Conner Prairie Museum, Grace Fisher in Where Fortunes Lie, Ana in Ana y su sombra, Unicorn in Mooch the Magnificent, and Rainbow Crow in The Firebringers.

From a young age, Webb learned to love musical theatre, and played a variety of roles. Some favorites include Lt. Genevieve Marshall in South Pacific, Nancy in Oliver!, Yvonne/Naomi in Sunday in the Park with George, and Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Webb is known for her variety of programming, combining different genres to create interesting and dynamic stories. She has honed these skills through residencies with the Vancouver International Song Institute, Operaworks, the Carnegie Hall Song Continues project, and through her work with soprano and cabaret performer Sylvia McNair.

Webb currently resides in Chicago, Ill., where she is a supplementary chorister with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Admission is free. Donation of non-perishable food items for Thankful Hearts Food Pantry is encouraged. For more information about the concert or other UPIKE Homecoming events, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (606) 218-5270 or visit

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