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LexPhil finalist Kelly Corcoran to present audition concert Wind Power Nov. 22 at Singletary Center


Lexington Philharmonic continues the 2019-2020 season Friday, November 22 with Wind Power, the audition concert for music director and conductor finalist Kelly Corcoran.

Corcoran is the third finalist of six candidates to take the stage at Singletary Center for the Arts during the Lexington Philharmonic’s search for a new music director and conductor. Corcoran will spend a week in Lexington, working with the orchestra, meeting key community arts and civic leaders, and working with students at one of LexPhil’s partner schools, culminating in her audition concert.

Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is an advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations. She is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons, both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus, where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts.

Kelly Corcoran

Following the audition performance, the audience will have the opportunity to provide immediate feedback on the conductor via an online survey, which is forwarded to the Lexington Philharmonic Search Committee. The Lexington Philharmonic expects to announce the next Music Director and Conductor in the summer of 2020.

Inspired by the winds that helped propel a thousand-mile cycling journey, Jessie Montgomery’s Caught by The Wind opens the evening with a powerful meditation on the cycle of life. Lexington-native Richard Deane, Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic, returns to his hometown orchestra as soloist for Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. Deane grew up playing in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, and attending Lexington Philharmonic concerts. Brahms’ delightful Symphony No. 2, which famously samples his well-known “Brahms’ Lullaby,” tops off an evening of works both powerful and ebullient.

Wind Power is made possible through the support of former colleagues and students of Joe Beach, and Paul Miller Ford, Transportation Concert Partner. The 2019/2020 Season Series is presented by Central Bank, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hilliard Lyons – A Baird Company, UK HealthCare, and Wells Fargo Advisors, Media Partners, WEKU and WKYT-TV, and Lexington Marriott City Center, Hotel Partner.

November 22 is also Student Night at the Lexington Philharmonic, presented in partnership with a senior-level course from the Integrated Strategic Communications Department at the University of Kentucky.

The partnership is the fourth season of collaboration between LexPhil and students in professor Marc Whitt’s ISC 471: Event Management course at the University of Kentucky. The students are introduced to the Lexington Philharmonic while gaining real-world experience in their chosen field. This season, the students turned their talents towards a new project — marketing the November concert experience as inviting and exciting for regional college students.

“This partnership is such a unique opportunity for students to see the immediate positive and lasting impact of their coursework in a real world setting,” says Lexington Philharmonic Executive Director Allison Kaiser. “We love the energy and excitement they bring to working with us. The student perspective is so valuable, as we work daily to understand and flip the perceived obstacles to engaging with live orchestral music.”

The students have developed social media campaigns geared towards University students throughout central Kentucky. All students in attendance will also receive a goody bag on their way home, with more information about how they can connect with the Lexington Philharmonic and the music.

Student Rush tickets, normally only available the week of the concert, are priced at $11 and are on sale now.

From Lexington Philharmonic


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