LexPhil Opens the 2017/18 Season with Colorful Works and Collaboration at Opening Night: BRIGHT

LEXINGTON, KY— The Lexington Philharmonic proudly kicks off their 56th season this Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Opening Night: Bright featuring pianist Joyce Yang and combined choir from Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Lafayette High School, is an energetic open to the 2017/18 season, with an array of colorful works from both contemporary composers and the orchestral canon.

“In the spirit of the excitement that Opening Night always brings, we open the 2017/18 season with works that, though different, are all immensely colorful,” says Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell. “Michael Torke’s celebratory Bright Blue Music is the perfect start to both the concert, and our season. We’re very excited to welcome back pianist Joyce Yang for Grieg’s tour-de-force Piano Concerto, a thrilling piece and challenge for the soloist— she is up to the task.”

Praised for her “virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity,” Yang first came to international attention in 2005, when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at just 19 years old. She is also an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner. Yang’s last performance with LexPhil was November 2009, for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37.

Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music and Grieg’s Piano Concerto on the first half will be followed after intermission by Alberto Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia, a highly energetic work that depicts the bustle of life on an Argentinian cattle ranch. To close the evening, LexPhil performs the lush sounds of Ravel’s beloved Daphnis and Chloé: Suite No. 2. Considered to be one of his greatest works, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé: Suite No. 2 calls for a ‘wordless choir,’ fulfilled by the combined choruses of Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Lafayette Highschool.

“We are proud to support the rich talent found in the region’s choral programs,” says Music Director and Conductor, Scott Terrell. “Saturday’s choir does not sing words, but instead, their voices combine to become an essential layer to our orchestra, and make Saturday’s performance of Daphnis and Chloé: Suite No. 2 unforgettable.”

Opening Night: Bright is made possible through the generous support of Hilliard Lyons, Premium Concert Partner. The 2017/18 Season Series is presented by Central Bank, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Tempur Sealy International, Inc.

All LexPhil Season Series concerts start at 7:30 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. For the 2017/2018 season, concert nights alternate between Friday and Saturday, depending on the concert. The New Year’s Eve concert, A Night at the Cotton Club, will be at the Lexington Opera House.  

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 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 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 6:30 PM and after concerts until 9:30 PM to return patrons to the parking garage. In consideration of continued construction on the University of Kentucky campus, please allow for extra time to locate parking.

Tickets to Opening Night: Bright. range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets the day before the concert and just before curtain, as available. LexPhil is currently accepting renewals of Full Series Subscriptions. Full Series Subscriptions are valid for renewal through Opening Night: Bright. Full Series Subscriptions include six Season Series concerts and one special concert. Smaller subscription packages are available, and single tickets are also on sale for all concerts. For ticket information or purchasing, call 859.233.4226 or visit lexphil.org. To renew a subscription, please call 859.233.4226.

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

            Combined choir from Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury University, and Lafayette High School

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 ninth 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 2017-2018, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support.       

LexPhil’s 2017-2018 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 renowned composer Chris Brubeck to work with the Lexington Philharmonic for the 2017-2018 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.