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Beethoven, Brahms and Bagpipes: LexPhil continues 2017 season with pair of masterpieces

The Lexington Philharmonic continues its 2016-17 season, Hear it FIRST, with Beethoven and Brahms, a lively program featuring masterpieces of the orchestral cannon on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Yumi Kendall and Marc Rovetti will join LexPhil in Brahms’ dynamic Concerto for Violin and Cello.

“I am thrilled to bring two very close musical colleagues to play with the Lexington Philharmonic,” said LexPhil music director Scott Terrell. “Marc Rovetti and Yumi Kendall are wonderful musicians, who I have enjoyed working with in my years collaborating at the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Brahms Double Concerto is a true tour de force for the violin, cello and orchestra – and it will be riveting.”

Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding At Sunrise will provide a thrilling opening Beethoven & Brahms, featuring Andrew Carlisle, Professor of Bagpipes at Carnegie Melon University. As one of his shorter works, Davies vividly illustrates the rebellious celebrations after a wedding on Orkney and closes with the entry of the bagpipes, which Davies describes as the rising sun over Scotland.

This piece was written as a commission by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who premiered it under John Williams in 1985, and has since been performed and recorded as one of Davies’s most enduringly popular pieces. Rounding out the first half of the program will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1–a work full of youthful energy and enormous creativity.

As a testament to the 2016-17 season, Hear it FIRST, LexPhil’s artistic reputation for showcasing world-renowned talent continues to grow this season. Joining forces with Maestro Terrell, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, Marc Rovetti and cellist, Yumi Kendall will take the stage in Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello.

Composed as his final work for orchestra, Brahms originally wrote the concerto for Josef Joachim and Robert Hausmann, two venerated musicians of the Romantic era. Since then, the Double Concerto has always been criticized for its requirement to have two brilliant and equally-matched soloists take the stage. “This concert is a great combination of sonic variety, capped off with the virtuosity of our friends from Philadelphia. I am looking forward to sharing this music with Lexington.” says Terrell.

Kendall joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 2004 as Assistant Principal Cellist upon graduation from Curtis, where she studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley. Kendall began studying cello at the age of five following the Suzuki method; at age 16, she made her solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

Kendall’s performances at chamber music festivals include Music from Angel Fire, Verbier, Marlboro, Kingston, and Carnegie Hall. Ms. Kendall is founding cellist of the Dryden String Quartet, which formed in 2001, and with that ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center, Schneider Concert Series, Curtis Alumni recital series, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Lexington audiences are familiar with Yumi’s brother, Nick Kendall, a founding member of Time for Three who has been a guest ensemble with LexPhil twice in the last six years.

Rovetti has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2007 and was appointed to his current position of Assistant Concertmaster in 2009. He has also served as guest Concertmaster of the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Prior to his time in Philadelphia he was a member of the New World Symphony and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

He also performed as a member of the award winning Rothko String Quartet in addition to touring with the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble. As a soloist, Rovetti has appeared with the Atlanta and New World Symphonies, the Sacramento Philharmonic and on Chicago Public Radio with ICE.

Prior to each Season Series concert, guests have the opportunity to participate in an insightful discussion of the night’s events with Maestro Terrell during LexPhil’s Inside the Score. Each Inside the Score starts at 6:45 p.m. and is held in the President’s Room for concerts at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Valet parking is available for $10 per car at the Rose Street entrance to the Singletary Center. Capacity for valet parking has been increased.

Free parking is available in any E Parking Lot on the UK campus unless otherwise noted, as well as Parking Structure 5 located at 409 S. Limestone, with entrances on S. Limestone and S. Upper Street.

A shuttle will run from Parking Structure 5 before concerts beginning at 5:30 PM and after concerts until 9:30 PM to return patrons to the parking garage. In consideration of UK Athletic events, please allow for extra time to locate parking before Beethoven & Brahms.

Tickets to Beethoven & Brahms range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets as available. Beethoven & Brahms is made possible through the generous support of Landrum & Shouse LLP, Season Series Partner.

Prior to Beethoven & Brahms, a pre-concert dinner will be available for LexPhil patrons at the Boone Center on University of Kentucky’s campus with first seating beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pricing is $28 per person with complimentary parking available. To make a reservation, please call The Boone Center at 859.257.1133.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Carmen, 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. His programming has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and enhanced the national reputation of the organization through commissioning of new music, multi-media and interdisciplinary projects and international guest conducting.

From LexPhil Communications

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