Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony Puts LexPhil’s Full Might on Display

LEXINGTON, KY –The Lexington Philharmonic will capture the intensity and emotion of one of history's most influential, relevant works, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, ‘Leningrad,’ Friday, February 9th at Revolution at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Dedicated to the city of Leningrad, the work has remained a symbol of resistance against totalitarianism and militarism in both the Soviet Union and the West since it was composed in 1939. The span and scope of the symphony is an exciting undertaking, requiring a huge orchestra including eight horns, six trombones and two harps. The longest of all of Shostakovich’s symphonies, clocking in at nearly one hour and 15 minutes, LexPhil will perform Shostakovich’s massive “Leningrad” without intermission.

“Symphony No. 7 is a monumental undertaking for any orchestra, and we’re thrilled to bring this riveting work to Lexington,” says Music Director & Conductor Scott Terrell. “The “Leningrad” is one of the most powerful symphonies ever composed, requiring a massive orchestra, skilled musicianship, and full artistic commitment, and is as deeply moving a work as it was when it was first premiered in WWII - an event not to be missed.” 

Shostakovich composed his Seventh Symphony during World War II, and its premiere in Leningrad remains one of the most moving stories in all of classical music history. Shostakovich’s symphony—premiered in Kuybyshev and then in Moscow in March of 1942—was dedicated upon its completion to the city of Leningrad suffering deeply under siege of Nazi German forces. Though Hitler had declared the Germans would take the city by August, on August 9, 1942, the Leningrad premiere was performed by the surviving members of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra. The performance was broadcast over loudspeakers, to boost morale of the remaining population of the city, and towards the German army in a clear act of defiance. The work immediately became a symbol of resistance, and continues to be performed today as a work embodying the endurance of the human spirit, even amidst history’s darkest horrors.

Tickets to Revolution! range from $25 - 75 with $11 student tickets, as available. Revolution! is made possible through generous support from Landrum & Shouse, LLP.

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.

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 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Tempur Sealy International, Inc. is the sponsor for Inside the Score.

Valet parking is available for $10 per car at the Rose Street entrance to the Singletary Center. 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.

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.

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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.