Finlandia & The Northern Lights: A Multi-Media Spectacle For The Senses

The Lexington Philharmonic proudly continues its Season Concert Series with Finlandia and the Northern Lights on October 21 at 7:30 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Sibelius’ ode to his homeland, Finlandia, coupled with his moody Symphony No.1 will complete the first half of the evening. Closing the program will be The Legend of the Northern Lights, a multimedia work by Christopher Theofanidis that combines music and stunning imagery of the aurora borealis. With a commitment to sustaining innovation through new music, LexPhil’s FInlandia and the Northern Lights is a highly accessible program that provides a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the vast north. 

Theofanidis is a Grammy-nominated composer who is currently on the faculty of Yale University and the Aspen Music Festival. He created the multi-media work with José Francisco Salgado to weave together music, science, fact, and fantasy in the retelling of the Canadian legend of the northern lights. The music begins abruptly, jolting the audience in their seat. As the piece takes shape, a vivid image of planet earth fills the screen, rapidly spinning to the dramatic, pulsing motives of the orchestra below. With a beautiful progression of musical exchanges and colors, Theofanidis’ scoring ignites crystal clarity to even the most demanding passages throughout the work. 

The film for The Legend of the Northern Lights was shot on location in northern Canada by visual artist José Francisco Salgado. Also an acclaimed astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Salgado filmed much of the movie in the Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in partnership with KV 265. Artistic endeavors like these are the focus of KV 265, an inventive organization Salgado founded with colleague Anne Barlow for the purpose of communicating science through works of art. Unlike the majority of his work, Salgado created this film for a musical work that is based on a children's story by Canadian author Walt Terry

“I chose to program this concert as a way of illustrating the sights and sounds of the vast north” says Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell. “The Legend of the Northern Lights encompasses the second half of the program and provides a spectacular experience for the eyes and ears. I am thrilled to share the energy and innovation found in Theofanidis’ work with our audience during Finlandia and the Northern Lights, as well as our annual Music Builds Discovery! concerts for over 2,000 Central Kentucky students.” 

Widely-known for their commitment to music education and outreach, LexPhil will perform two concerts for central Kentucky students at LexPhil’s Music Builds Discovery! concerts on Thursday, October 20, at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Both educational concert s will engage over 2,000 students from 22 schools and 7 counties throughout central and eastern Kentucky as they embark on a journey through one of nature most radiant phenomena. 

Prior to each Season Series concert, guests will 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 pm 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, 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. 

Tickets to Finlandia and the Northern Lights range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets as available. Finlandia and the Northern Lights is made possible through the generous support of The Lexington Philharmonic Guild, Premium Concert Partner -- Kentucky Bank, Ovation Partner -- Toyota and Fifth Third Bank, Education Partners -- Central Bank, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and Tempur + Sealy, Season Partners. 

For more information or to purchase tickets to the, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at (859) 233-4226, or visit online at

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. 

Founded in 1961, LexPhil is the only professional orchestral organization in central Kentucky. Last year, LexPhil presented over 200 concerts and educational programs, including its Season Series, Holiday Concerts, Peanut Butter & Jelly Series for young children, Music Builds education programs, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at 

Now in his eighth season with the Lexington Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor Scott 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 2016-2017, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support. 

LexPhil’s 2016-2017 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 Artist-in-Residence Program, generously brings innovative pianist Conrad Tao to LexPhil for its Arts In Healthcare partnership with UK Healthcare during the 2016-2017 season. 

Special thanks to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for its continued partnership in ensuring a flourishing future for the arts in Lexington and central Kentucky.