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May 3, 2014 

Lexington girl's violin solo featured on NPR's 'From the Top'

Skye Park, a 12-year-old violinist and student at The Lexington School, will be featured this week on NPR's student music showcase From the Top.

The program, hosted by pianist Christopher O'Reilly and featuring young musicians from around the country, does not air locally, but it can be heard on the From the Top website, In the region, the show airs at 6 p.m. Sunday on Louisville's WUOL-90.5 FM and Cincinnati's WGUC-90.9 FM.

Skye began playing violin at 4 and is a student of Margie Karp. She was accepted to the Cincinnati Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's preparatory department in 2011 as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus, founder and conductor of the Starling Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, she studied at the Great Wall International Music Academy and performed as a soloist on From the Top in its first broadcast from China. She is a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras' Concert Orchestra.

On the From the Top broadcast, recorded April 2 at the University of Cincinnati's Corbett Auditorium, Skye performs Edward Elgar's Salut d'amour with the Starling Chamber Orchestra.

Doctoral student at UK wins Bach vocal prize

Only one Kentucky-based singer entered the 2014 Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach Choir Vocal Competition, but that was enough to keep the prize at home.

University of Kentucky doctoral candidate Marie-France Duclos was awarded the grand prize of $1,500, and she is the first Kentucky student to receive an award in the 4-year-old competition. She competed in a field of nine singers from six colleges and universities across four states.

Two additional singers were awarded $500 encouragement prizes: Julie Lyn Barber, a soprano from Ball State University in Indiana, and Emma Gage, a mezzo soprano from Cedarville University in Ohio.

Duclos is a native of Canada, where she has toured extensively with several opera ensembles and been heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Co. She earned a master's degree in voice performance from the University of Montreal.

Outdoor theater returns to Fort Harrod park

Summer outdoor theater will return to Harrodsburg this year with two shows by Ragged Edge Community Theatre at Fort Harrod Amphitheater in Old Fort Harrod State Park.

The outdoor venue had hosted The Legend of Daniel Boone until it closed 10 years ago due to financial travails.

Ragged Edge teamed with Fort Harrod several years ago for the original show James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky, which has had successful runs at the theater.

This year, Ragged Edge will present the show at the amphitheater from July 3 to 26. It will be preceded by the theater's summer musical, The Sound of Music, June 12 to 22. Visit the theater's website at

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