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SIX CONDUCTOR FINALISTS.
SIX AUDITION PERFORMANCES.
HELP CHOOSE YOUR NEXT MUSIC DIRECTOR.

 

During the 2019/2020 Season, we fill our city with music and possibilities, and call upon our community to help us choose the next Music Director & Conductor of The Lexington Philharmonic.

The 2019/2020 Season is a milestone year in our orchestra’s history and the musical life of central Kentucky. We are so proud to introduce to you our outstanding Conductor Finalists, six highly celebrated musicians who represent a diversity of style and approach, selected for their commitment to delivering exceptional music experiences.

Each Conductor Finalist will spend a week in Lexington, meeting our musicians and members of our community, culminating in six exhilarating Audition Performances you do not want to miss. Following each concert, we will be calling on you for your - don’t miss your chance to sound off!

FULL SEASON, SEASON SIX, AND PICK FOUR SERIES SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE ON SALE NOW!

 

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THOMAS HEUSER   Music Director & Conductor of the San Juan Symphony  Music Director & Conductor of the Idaho Falls Symphony

THOMAS HEUSER

Music Director & Conductor of the San Juan Symphony

Music Director & Conductor of the Idaho Falls Symphony

OPENING NIGHT: HOME

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts

THOMAS HEUSER,
CONDUCTOR FINALIST

JULIA PERRY
A Short Piece for Orchestra

STRAVINSKY

Violin Concerto in D major
Stefan Jackiw, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6 in B minor 'Pathétique'



Born in Lexington’s East End neighborhood, African-American composer Julia Perry became one of the most significant female composers of the mid twentieth century. Perry’s A Short Piece for Orchestra opens the 2019/2020 Season in tribute to Lexington’s unsung musical history, and our exciting future ahead. Stefan Jackiw joins as soloist for Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, a charming and challenging work that embodies all of the warmth and wit of the composer. The evening closes with the passionate emotional depths of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.


AKIKO FUJIMOTO   Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra  Former Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony

AKIKO FUJIMOTO

Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra

Former Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony

DEEP MUSIC

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts

AKIKO FUJIMOTO,
CONDUCTOR FINALIST

LIBBY LARSEN
Deep Summer Music

GINASTERA
Harp Concerto, op. 25
Allegra Lilly, harp

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 7 in A Major

While many consider the harp a delicate, ethereal instrument, Argentinian composer Ginastera broke the mold with his Harp Concerto, commissioned by the first female musician in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Edna Phillips. Allegra Lilly, Principal Harp of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, joins LexPhil as soloist to bring the full color of this versatile instrument to life. The evening opens with Grammy-award winning composer Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music, inspired by the languid last days of summer in her home state of Minnesota. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 brings the evening to a joyous and boisterous close.


KELLY CORCORAN   Music Director & Conductor of Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble in Nashville, TN  Former Associate Conductor & Choral Director of the Nashville Symphony

KELLY CORCORAN

Music Director & Conductor of Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble in Nashville, TN

Former Associate Conductor & Choral Director
of the Nashville Symphony

WIND POWER

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts

KELLY CORCORAN,
CONDUCTOR FINALIST

JESSIE MONTGOMERY
Caught by the Wind

R. STRAUSS
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major
Richard Deane, horn

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 in D Major


Inspired by the winds that helped propel a thousand-mile cycling journey, Jessie Montgomery’s Caught by The Wind opens the evening with a powerful meditation on the cycle of life.  Lexington-native Richard Deane, Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic, returns to his hometown orchestra as soloist for Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. Deane grew up playing in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, and attending Lexington Philharmonic concerts. Brahms’ delightful Symphony No. 2, which famously recycles his well-known “Brahms’ Lullaby,” tops off an evening of works both powerful and ebullient.


ENRICO LOPEZ-YAÑEZ   Assistant Conductor & Principal Pops Conductor Designate of the Nashville Symphony  Former Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony

ENRICO LOPEZ-YAÑEZ

Assistant Conductor & Principal Pops Conductor Designate of the Nashville Symphony

Former Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony

BLUE BEETHOVEN

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts

ENRICO LOPEZ-YAÑEZ,
CONDUCTOR FINALIST

JENNIFER HIGDON
blue cathedral

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
Norman Krieger, piano

DVORÁK
Symphony No. 7 in D minor

The evening opens with one of the most popular contemporary works of the last decade, Jennifer Higdon’s beautiful and contemplative blue cathedral. “One of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation,” pianist Norman Krieger joins the orchestra for Piano Concerto No. 4, one of the greatest of “the five” Beethoven piano concertos. Czech master Dvořák was inspired by Brahms,’ but delivered a work uniquely his own. His dynamic Symphony No. 7 closes an evening of some of the most deeply emotive works in the canon.


JULIA TAI   Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest in Seattle, WA  Conductor & Co-Artistic Director of Seattle Modern Orchestra

JULIA TAI

Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest in Seattle, WA

Conductor & Co-Artistic Director of Seattle Modern Orchestra

TRANSFIGURATIONS

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts

JULIA TAI,
CONDUCTOR FINALIST

MISSY MAZZOLI
River Rouge Transfiguration

BLOCH
Schelomo; Hebraic Rhapsody
Gary Hoffman, cello

MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 3 in A minor 'Scottish'

Inspired by her travels through the industrial landscape of Detroit and the silhouette of the River Rouge Auto Plant, Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration transforms the grit and noise of Motor City into a resonant and unexpected work for orchestra. World-renowned cellist Gary Hoffman joins LexPhil as soloist for composer Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo; Hebraic Rhapsody, a work that embodies the the spirit and sound of traditional Jewish music dating back thousands of years. The evening closes with Mendelssohn’s melodic Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,”  his masterwork inspired by his travels as a young composer through Scotland.


KEITARO HARADA   Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony & Cincinnati Pops  Former Associate Conductor of Richmond Symphony Orchestra

KEITARO HARADA

Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony & Cincinnati Pops

Former Associate Conductor of Richmond Symphony Orchestra

BEYOND THE SKY

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts

KEITARO HARADA,
CONDUCTOR FINALIST

LOREN LOIACONO
Smothered by Sky

WIENIAWSKI
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor
Bomsori Kim, violin

PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major

The finale concert of the thrilling 2019/2020 season kicks off with a percussive bang with Loren Loiacono’s Smothered By Sky,  commissioned and premiered by the Detroit Symphony in 2017. Rising star violinist Bomsori Kim joins the orchestra for Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Described by Prokofiev as "a hymn to pure and noble spirit,” his Symphony No. 5 concludes an exuberant season of vast musical possibilities.


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A CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
8:00 PM · Cathedral of Christ the King

JOHN NARDOLILLO,
GUEST CONDUCTOR

WITH THE LEXINGTON SINGERS
DR. JEFFERSON JOHNSON,
DIRECTOR

LexPhil is joined by The Lexington Singers at the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the King for this beloved Lexington holiday tradition. UKSO Conductor John Nardolillo guest conducts this much-anticipated program of sacred orchestral and choral works.

 

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NEW YEARS EVE:
MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019
7:30 PM · Lexington Opera House

BYRON STRIPLING,
TRUMPET & CONDUCTOR

Ring in the New Year with LexPhil and the one and only, Byron Stripling!
The good times roll with music of New Orleans natives like Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson & Louis Armstrong.  From street parades in the French Quarter to late night jams in the city’s famed clubs, this concert transforms the Lexington Opera House into an unforgettable celebration of New Orleans jazz, with Byron Stripling leading the parade.