The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band will kick off the summer season with a free concert June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Amphitheater Performing Arts Pavilion, located in Murray’s Central Park.

Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band to play summer concert June 4 in Murray’s Central Park

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band will kick off the summer season with a free concert June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Amphitheater Performing Arts Pavilion, located in Murray’s Central Park. This year, the band welcomes guest conductor and Director of University Bands Dr. Trae Blanco, also […]

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Pictured is the Murray State University Jazz Orchestra.

2019 Murray State University-Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival set for March 29

Festival to feature sixteen regional school groups, Murray State University Jazz Band, Murray State Jazz Orchestra and Jamey Aebersold Quartet MURRAY, Ky. — The 13th annual Murray State University-Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival will take place March 29 in historic Lovett Auditorium. Middle school, high school and Murray State University jazz groups from four states will […]

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Six students pose on stage while rehearsing a scene.

Murray State to present ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Department of Global Languages & Theatre Arts presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” with performances Nov. 15–18. The show will be presented in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Shows run Nov. 15–17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The […]

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The Jazz Band sits together in a room holding their instruments.

Murray State jazz students to present Duke Ellington concert Nov. 6

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra will present a concert featuring the music of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899–1974) on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in historic Lovett Auditorium. Ellington composed more than 3,000 pieces of music in his life and kept his famous orchestra together for more than 50 years, […]

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The Jazz Orchestra poses for a group photo on a stage while holding their instruments.

Murray State to host fourth annual Swingin’ Memories Homecoming Dance

MURRAY, Ky. — On Friday, Oct. 26, the walls of Lovett Auditorium will resonate with sounds of the big band era during the fourth annual Swingin’ Memories Homecoming Dance, which features the University’s Jazz Band and award-winning Jazz Orchestra. The event will take place Oct. 26 on the stage of historic Lovett Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. The […]

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The storytellers, from left to right, include Callie Whitmore of Owensboro, Kentucky; Matt Anderson of Imperial, Missouri; and Cory Storm of Owensboro, Kentucky. They look down upon God Arumburu (Nathan Hensley of Johnson City, Tennessee) as he tries to encourage Mouse (Kynlee Mohler of Dover, Tennessee) in her time of need.

Murray State to present production of ‘Tale of the Mouse’

MURRAY, Ky. — The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts at Murray State University will present its annual children’s production of “Tale of the Mouse,” written by Anita Gustafson. This first production of Murray State’s 2018–2019 theatre season will be presented to area preschool, elementary and middle school children Sept. 25–28 with a public viewing Saturday, Sept. […]

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Emma Whitt performs on stage.

Murray State student Emma Whitt performs in national Classical Singer Vocal Competition

MURRAY, Ky. — Emma Whitt has always felt at home on a stage, performing and sharing her passion for music with others. It is that same love for song that led the Murray State University senior to the Classical Singer Vocal Competition in Boston from May 24–27. Whitt is a senior from Knoxville, Tennessee, studying vocal performance in […]

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The Town & Gown Band and Chorale, respectively, sit and stand on stage in Lovett Auditorium.

Murray State to hold Freedom Fest concert July 4

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, Town & Gown Chorale and Governor’s Scholars Program Chorus will host a concert Wednesday, July 4, at 8 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State campus. As part of this year’s Freedom Fest in Murray, the free concert is open to the public and […]

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A crowd of people sits on lawn chairs and blankets outside Lovett Auditorium.

Murray State Town & Gown Community Band concert to take place June 5

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band will host a free concert June 5 at 7 p.m. outside Lovett Auditorium on the campus quad. The 90-member band is under the direction of Murray State’s Dr. Todd E. Hill and is comprised of various community members, including Murray State students and alumni. Attendees are encouraged to […]

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The Jazz Orchestra performing on stage with their instruments.

Murray State to host Swing into Spring Concert with four ensembles

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University is hosting the free Swing into Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in historic Lovett Auditorium. The performance featuring two big bands and two small groups will also be broadcast on Murray State’s NPR station WKMS (91.3 FM). The concert aims to recreate the feeling of jazz in remote locations in […]

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