LexPhil’s 2016-2017 Season Opens with Kentucky-Born Talent

LEXINGTON, KY – The Lexington Philharmonic proudly opens its 2016-2017 Season, Hear it FIRST, with Christopher Rouse’s ecstatic Rapture on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Samuel Barber’s timeless Violin Concerto comes to life in the hands of Kentucky-born Violinist Tessa Lark with Tchaikovsky’s rousing Symphony No. 5 closing the program.

The decision to open the season with Rapture was simple for Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell. “It is an ideal piece to open our 2016-2017 season. Rapture certainly illustrates the approach to this season, but more important, it embodies the energy we’ve invested to produce innovative programming and broaden our reach in the community.” says Terrell. “Presenting such a virtuosic piece can be a huge undertaking for a regional orchestra, but we have worked hard to arrive to a place where we can consistently present challenging repertoire.”

Christopher Rouse’s score calls for a formidable orchestra, complete with auxiliary winds and an extensive percussion section filling the stage. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and dedicated to Mariss JansonsRapture showcases the orchestra both collectively and individually through dazzling tonal explorations. With solos within sections and brilliant use of rhythm across the ensemble, Rouse achieves expansive beauty that only a superlative orchestra can produce.

Following Rapture, LexPhil changes gears with Barber’s Violin Concerto as Richmond native Tessa Lark takes center stage with virtuosic command. As a testament to the 2016-2017 Season, Hear it FIRST, “LexPhil’s artistic reputation for fostering emerging talent continues to grow this season.” says Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell. Joining forces with LexPhil, Kentucky-born violinist Tessa Lark continues to build a reputation for her captivating musical authority and genuine musicianship. Winner of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grantee award, Tessa is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She has been consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility and musical elegance.  

Leading into Rapture, we asked Tessa what it was like growing up in Richmond, KY as an aspiring musician: “I loved it. Making and maintaining a career in music is often very overwhelming, but I feel that growing up in a place like Richmond instilled in me an easygoing and warm approach to life--there really is nothing like Southern hospitality. The variety of music that is alive in the Bluegrass Region also very much shaped the musician I am today.” As we look forward to what will be a stunning performance with LexPhil, Tessa is filled with excitement for a return to Lexington. “Being in my old Kentucky home and playing with the orchestra that was the source of many of my early inspirations is a dream come true.”

LexPhil will conclude its opening program with Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No. 5 in E minor. Composed shortly after a long European tour, the Fifth Symphony is typical of the artistic balance Tchaikovsky struck; it is not overtly nationalistic, but exudes a distinctively Russian flavor that pervades many of the themes. This four movement masterwork embodies a cornerstone of the orchestral canon, showcasing a magnificent display of symphonic writing and high Romanticism from beginning to end.

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 Rapture range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets as available. Rapture is made possible through the generous support of Hilliard Lyons, Premium Concert Partner, Stites & Harbison, LLC, Ovation Partner and Central Bank, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and Tempur +Sealy, Season Partners.

Tickets to the Opening Night Party (immediately after the concert) at 21c Museum Hotel, located at 167 W. Main Street, are available for $50.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the concert and the Opening Night Party, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at (859) 233-4226, or visit the website at www.lexphil.org.

The Lexington Philharmonic, founded in 1961, 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 STEAM education programs, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found 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, 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.