Two Iconic Symphonies and a Modern American Master at LexPhil’s Simplicity

LEXINGTON, KY— The Lexington Philharmonic presents the second concert of the 2017-18 Season, Simplicity on Friday, October 13th at 7:30 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The evening opens with Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, followed by Pulitzer-prize winning American composer Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, an exquisite song cycle which brings to musical life the letters of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony closes the evening on a purely joyous note.

“Each of these works delivers its own approach to the idea of musical simplicity,” says Music Director and Conductor, Scott Terrell. “Though less known than his famous 5th Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 packs great energy and optimism throughout. Prokofiev’s exuberant Classical Symphony harkens back to music of an earlier time, and is a real showpiece for any orchestra.”

Dominick Argento's song cycles are often noted for their use of dramatic or unusual texts that may not initially seem to present such rich, musical, possibilities. In 1975, Argento received the Pulitzer for From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, another song cycle utilizing prose excerpts from Woolf’s diaries. Casa Guidi premiered to acclaim in 1983, and in 2004, the Minnesota Orchestra received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for their recording of the work.

“LexPhil is proud to consistently provide emerging artists the stage to perform with our fine orchestra,” says Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell. “I’m thrilled to welcome mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky to Lexington - having had the pleasure of working with her at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Selowsky's artistry will be in full display for Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, a beautiful song cycle that celebrates the happiness of hearth and home, with texts derived from the letters of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.”

Praised by Opera News as a “silvery-luminescent mezzo-soprano of power and poise,” Sofia Selowsky is quickly establishing herself as an exciting young artist on both the operatic and concert stage. In addition to debuting with LexPhil, Ms. Selowsky makes several significant debuts during the 2017/18 Season, joining the Houston Ballet for its production Mayerling, and the North Carolina Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem. A graduate of the famed Houston Grand Opera Studio, Ms. Selowsky returns to Houston Grand Opera to make her role debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In 2014, she was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and won Third Place in the Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Eleanor McCollum Competition.

Simplicity is made possible through the generous support of Kentucky Bank, Ovation Concert Partner. The 2017/18 Season Series is presented by Central Bank, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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. LexPhil’s New Year’s Eve concert 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. 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. 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 Simplicity range from $25-75, with $11 student tickets available the day before the concert and just before curtain, as available. Pick Four 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.

LexPhil Season Series: Simplicity
Friday, October 13th, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Singletary Center for the Arts

Beethoven
    Symphony No.4 in B-flat Major

Dominick Argento
     Casa Guidi
     Sofia Selowsky, mezzo soprano

Prokofiev
     Symphony No.1, ‘Classical ‘

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.