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Candy Cane and the Snowman: LexPhil kicks off annual holiday series on Sunday at Singletary

The Lexington Philharmonic will kick off the Holiday’s with its annual Candy CaneConcert on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra (CKYO) members will return to the stage alongside LexPhil in this side-by-side concert with the combined choirs of Bryan Station High School, Dunbar High School, Henry Clay High School, Lafayette High School and Tates Creek High School.

Through harmonious collaboration, these talented young artists will perform alongside LexPhil musicians to bring joyful life to beloved holiday favorites, featuring a multi-media presentation of Howard Blake’s, “The Snowman!”, narrated by Marcello Cormio, Director of CKYO.


“Our CKYO players are looking forward to joining the Lexington Philharmonic onstage for another installation of their annual Candy Cane Concert. It is a thrilling and inspiring opportunity for our young musicians to play side-by-side with professional musicians under the guidance of Maestro Scott Terrell,” says CKYO Conductor, Marcello Cormio. “We are all very excited to share this experience with our friends and families and celebrate the holiday season.”

Originally named the Youth Music Society of Central Kentucky, the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra (CKYO) was founded in 1949 by Howard Pence, along with Thornton Scott, Chester Travelstead, and eleven others. Beginning with only 49 members, today the CKYO consists of almost 400 members participating in six performing ensembles: three symphonic orchestras, a preparatory string orchestra, and two big-band style jazz orchestras.

In addition, CKYO operates three community-based programs: Friends in Music, an after-school mentoring program that also provides private lessons at two Title I middle schools in Fayette County; CKYO in the Schools, a travel program in which ensembles provide free concerts to schools in Fayette and surrounding counties; and North Limestone MusicWorks, an El Sistema inspired strings training program in the North Limestone neighborhood of Lexington.

In the past, the organization has performed on the White House lawn and in Carnegie Hall, and has toured Europe five times. CKYO is one of the oldest independently chartered youth orchestras in the United States.

Bill Meck will be joining LexPhil and CKYO in their performance of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”, narrating the famous poem “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” with lush orchestral accompaniment. Bill Meck is most well-known as the LEX 18 Storm Tracker Chief Meteorologist. Since arriving in Lexington in 1999, he has visited over 50,000 Kentucky students with his Bill’s Weather 101 presentations; a popular program that makes teaching the complexities of weather fun and accessible for children of all ages.

In 2007, Bill was awarded the Lexington-Herald Leader and kentucky.com’s “Reader’s Choice Award”.

Highlighting the program, 200 choir students from Bryan Station High School, Dunbar High School, Henry Clay High School, Lafayette High School and Tates Creek High School will be featured in Howard Blake’s The Snowman! Based on the children’s book by Raymond Briggs, Blake’s music will be accompanied by projected images from the book in order to create wintry spectacle for the eyes and ears.

Joining LexPhil, students from the University of Kentucky’s press relations department, led by Marcus C. Whitt, Director of Philanthropy Communications, will be offering several pre-concert holiday activities, featuring crafts, a photo booth & more for the whole family to enjoy. LexPhil’s popular pre-concert “Inside the Score” discussion will not take place prior to Candy Cane on Nov. 27.

Free parking is available in any E Parking Lot on the UK campus, as well as Parking Structure 5 located at 409 S. Limestone, with entrances on S. Limestone and S. Upper Street. Due to the holiday weekend, valet and shuttle service will not be available for Candy Cane.

Tickets to Candy Cane are $12. LexPhil’s Candy Cane is made possible through the generous support of Concert Partners, Wells Fargo Advisors and Paul Miller Ford.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Candy Cane, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at 859.233.4226, or visit online at www.lexphil.org.

The mission of the Lexington Philharmonic is to foster excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music; to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; to educate current and future audiences and to bring distinction to our community through the orchestra’s presence and standing. Through LexPhil’s four core values of artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and accessibility, LexPhil will continue to move forward, artistically and purposefully, providing world-class musical experiences and impactful educational opportunities for the Bluegrass Region and beyond.

Now in his eighth season with the Lexington Philharmonic, Terrell has led the orchestra in a significant transformation to align with the organizational values of artistic excellence, collaboration, innovation and accessibility.

From LexPhil Communications

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