LexPhil Warms February with the Music of CARMEN

The Lexington Philharmonic continues its 2016-2017 Season, Hear it FIRST, with Carmen on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts. World renowned Argentinean bandoneonist, Héctor Del Curto will be a featured soloist, known for his passionate virtuosity and technical brilliance. Together, Del Curto and LexPhil will bring to life a diverse and dazzling selection of works by some of the most iconic classical composers in the Spanish repertoire.

“This program is a true delight to bring to Lexington--to share the diverse and sultry sounds of Argentina and Spain, says Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell. The centerpiece of the evening is the music of tango master, Astor Piazzolla.  It is a pleasure to welcome a true virtuoso, my friend Héctor del Curto, to perform the Concerto for Bandoneon.  Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with Hector on major stages across the US, including a recent performance at the 2015 Aspen Music Festival.  He is a consummate musician, who breathes life and vigor into this intricate music.  Tango is his lifeblood, and that energy and passion will simmer from the stage.”

Filling out the evening will be highlights from the iconic opera, Carmen.  Distilled down to a 30 minute symphonic suite, LexPhil will display the full Spanish influence of this opera's greatest hits, just in time for Valentine’s Day 2017. This performance is sure to breathe fire into the cool days of February for all.

Praised by the New York Times as a ‘splendid player’, Argentinean bandoneonist, Héctor Del Curto’s career, spanning more than twenty-five years, has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. As one of the most sought-after bandoneonists, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres including the Tango legends, Astor Piazolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, Latin jazz giant Paquito D’Rivera, jazz violinist Regina Carter, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho-Liang Lin and appeared with orchestras around the world.

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 5:30 PM and after concerts until 9:30 PM to return patrons to the parking garage.

Tickets to Carmen range from $25-75 with $11 student tickets as available. Carmen is made possible through the generous support of Bingham Greenebaum Doll and PNC Bank, Season Series Partners.

Prior to Carmen, a pre-concert dinner will be available for LexPhil patrons at the Boone Center on University of Kentucky’s campus with first seating beginning at 5:30 PM.  Pricing is $28 per person with complimentary parking available. To make a reservation, please call The Boone Center at 859.257.1133.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Carmen, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at 859.233.4226, or visit online 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 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.

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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.