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‘Here Today, Hear Forever’ the theme for Lexington Philharmonic’s new 2017-18 season series

The Lexington Philharmonic announced its 2017-18 season, Here Today, Hear Forever.

LexPhil’s 56th season celebrates living music as a collaborative force of the past, present and future, combining iconic masters of the orchestral cannon with living composers of today. By intertwining the two, LexPhil continues to create a musical environment of artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and accessibility for all.

The Lexington Philharmonic, known for identifying rising musical talent, will feature a newly commissioned work by Chris Brubeck and performances by great artists, including pianist Joyce Yang, mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky, Canadian Brass, violinist William Hagen, and cellist Joseph Johnson.

“The 2017-18 Lexington Philharmonic season is jam packed with a thrilling, cutting edge collection of guest artists, composers, tributes, and orchestral classics–it is truly a season of many events that are not to be missed,” said LexPhil conductor Scott Terrell. “My goal continues to bring the compelling events that highlight masters of the past and the present, and create concerts that aspire toward a culture of exploration, excellence and curiosity.”

Launching the season, Opening Night: BRIGHT marks the return of pianist and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, Joyce Yang, playing Edvard Grieg’s tour-de-force Piano Concerto on Saturday, Sept. 16. The evening will begin with the colorful sounds of Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music and will be capped off with the thrilling music of Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2, joined by the combined choral forces of Eastern Kentucky University, Ashbury University and Lafayette High School.

On Friday, Oct. 13, LexPhil welcomes Houston Grand Opera Alumni mezzo-soprano, Sofia Selowski to Lexington for Simplicity. Beethoven’s lively Symphony No.4 in B-flat sets the stage for Dominick Argento’s exquisite Casa Guidi for voice and orchestra. Traveling full circle, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony closes an evening dedicated to the tradition and beauty of orchestral music.

A highlight of the 2017-18 season will be a world premiere concerto written by the Sakaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence, Chris Brubeck.

This work is being specially created for the Lexington Philharmonic, featuring the world-renowned brass ensemble, the Canadian Brass.

“This has been a worthwhile collaborative effort, with a composer that we have built strong musical relations with over the last few seasons,” Terrell said. “Chris is a virtuosic trombonist himself, so I thought this would be a wonderful match for his creativity with these unique musicians. The Canadian Brass, who I have had the pleasure of working with several times across the globe were thrilled to be approached about this exciting project.

“A member of the ensemble, trumpeter Caleb Hudson, is a Lexington native and what a wonderful way to welcome him back here! This community will see these two creative and artistic forces interact in a world premiere–simply put, WOW!” In addition to Chris’ concerto premiere, the Lexington Philharmonic will perform Dave and Chris Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America in April 2018. “This sonic landscape by the Brubecks, will feature over 100 projected images of or by Ansel Adams.”

LexPhil will open the second half of the 2017-18 Season with Dmitri Shostakovich’s massive Symphony No. 7, ‘Leningrad’ in REVOLUTION! on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Dedicated to the city of Leningrad in times of civil unrest, this work has remained a symbol of resistance against totalitarianism and militarism in both the Soviet Union and the West since it was composed in 1939.

Moving into the warmer months, LexPhil will take an adventure through folklore and fantasy in American Snapshots on Friday, April 6. LexPhil will kick off the evening with John Harbison’s glitzy Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra) and a spirited performance of Erich Korngold’s cinematic Violin Concerto, featuring soloist William Hagen.

Closing the concert, the magic of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite will delight audiences before a visually spectacular finish in Dave and Chris Brubeck’s Ansel Adams: America.

A major focus for 2018 will be a two-season centennial celebration of the great American icon, Leonard Bernstein. In a closing night program that honors him as a composer and conductor, the Lexington Philharmonic will perform his Three Mediations From ‘Mass’ for Cello and Orchestra in the 2017-18 Season Finale, Celebrating Bernstein on Saturday, May 19.

“Bernstein was always the conducting champion of the music of Gustav Mahler, and we honor that legacy by performing Mahler’s iconic Symphony No. 5 – a work closely aligned with Bernstein,” adds Terrell.

In addition to LexPhil’s 2017-18 Season Series concerts, LexPhil will also present two special concerts during December 2017. Building on the success of the 2016-17 A Cathedral Christmas program, LexPhil will once again offer a magnificent program of sacred music in celebration of the holiday season.

A Cathedral Christmas: Songs of the Manger will be presented at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The concert will feature works by composers Holst, Respighi, Reger, Howard Blake, and many more in a second collaboration between the Lexington Chamber Chorale and the chamber choir Ecco.

LexPhil will provide premiere entertainment for ringing in the New Year in Lexington. On Dec. 31, 2017, LexPhil will transport all to 1920’s Harlem in A Night At the Cotton Club with Byron Stripling at the Lexington Opera House. LexPhil and renowned trumpeter Byron Stripling will create an electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong. With engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and consummate virtuosity, this is a NYE event not to be missed.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are presented at the Singletary Center for the Arts, with the exception of A Cathedral Christmas-Songs of the Manger at the Cathedral of Christ the King and A Night at the Cotton Club with Byron Stripling at the Lexington Opera House.

Effective for the 2017-18 Season, concert nights are Friday and/or Saturday, depending on the program and concert venue.

LexPhil is currently accepting renewals for Full Series Subscribers. Subscriptions will be available to the public for purchase beginning Monday, May 1, 2017. Full Series Subscriptions include six Season Series concerts plus one Special Concert. Single concert tickets go on sale July 2017. Call 859.233.4226 to renew or order subscriptions. For more information, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic at 859.233.4226, or visit 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, Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell has led the orchestra in a significant transformation to align with the organizational values of artistic excellence, collaboration, innovation and accessibility. Scott is passionate about engaging the broadest possible community in music as listeners, musicians, composers and advocates.

Through LexPhil collaborations with high schools, colleges and youth performing arts groups, Scott dedicates time and energy to educating emerging musical artists. 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.

All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2016-17, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support.

LexPhil’s 2016-17 Season is presented by the Dupree Initiative for Innovation, funded by the tremendous generosity of Thomas and Ann Todd Dupree.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Lexington Philharmonic with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation, funder of the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Program, generously brings composer Chris Brubeck to LexPhil for its Arts In Healthcare partnership with UK Healthcare during the 2017-18 season.

LexPhil 2017/18 Season Schedule and Repertoire
(Dates, times, locations and programs are subject to change)

Opening Night: BRIGHT
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
Michael Torke, Bright Blue Music
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Joyce Yang, piano
Ginastera, Four Dances from Estancia
Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No.2

Friday, October 13, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
Beethoven, Symphony No.4 in B-flat Major
Dominick Argento, Casa Guidi for Mezzo Soprano and Orchestra
Sofia Selowski, mezzo soprano
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1, ‘Classical’

CB Squared!
Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
Rossini, Overture to the Barber of Seville
Stravinsky, Pulcinella: Suite
Vaughan Williams, The Wasps Overture
Chris Brubeck, World Premiere Concerto
Canadian Brass and LexPhil

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
Shostakovich, Symphony No.7, ‘Leningrad’

American Snapshots
Friday, April 6, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
John Harbison, Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Korngold, Violin Concerto
William Hagen, violin
Copland, Appalachian Spring: Suite
Dave and Chris Brubeck, Ansel Adams: America

Celebrating Bernstein
Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
John Corigliano, To Music
Bernstein, Three Meditations from ‘Mass‘
Joseph Johnson, cello
Mahler, Symphony No. 5

Special Programming

Candy Cane
Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Singletary Center for the Arts
Humperdinck, Hänsel and Gretel (selections)
Featuring Kentucky Opera Vocal Artists

Special Concerts

Cathedral Christmas-Songs of the Manger
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 8:00 PM
Cathedral of Christ the King
With Ecco, Lexington Chamber Chorale and vocal soloists

A Night at the Cotton Club with Byron Stripling
Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Lexington Opera House

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

From LexPhil Communications

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