Lexington Philharmonic and Music Director Scott Terrell to celebrate his tenth and final season with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra

 Maestro Terrell leads the orchestra at Brahms & Beethoven, Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Photo by Richie Wireman.

Maestro Terrell leads the orchestra at Brahms & Beethoven, Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Photo by Richie Wireman.

 Maestro Terrell rehearses with the combined regional college choirs to prepare for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Photo by Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader.

Maestro Terrell rehearses with the combined regional college choirs to prepare for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Photo by Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader.

 2013-14 Saykaly Garbulinksa Composer-in-Residence Adam Schoenberg at orchestra rehearsal in advance of the world premiere of his work, “Canto.” Photo by Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader.

2013-14 Saykaly Garbulinksa Composer-in-Residence Adam Schoenberg at orchestra rehearsal in advance of the world premiere of his work, “Canto.” Photo by Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader.

 LexPhil presents Philip Glass' multimedia work, Icarus at the Edge of Time, at the Lexington Opera House, October 17, 2014. Photo by Richie Wireman.

LexPhil presents Philip Glass' multimedia work, Icarus at the Edge of Time, at the Lexington Opera House, October 17, 2014. Photo by Richie Wireman.

The Lexington Philharmonic Society and Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell announce that the 2018-2019 season, Terrell’s tenth, will be his last as Music Director and Conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music Director and Conductor since 2009, Terrell has overseen an era of unparalleled artistic growth and engagement for the orchestra. During his tenure, he established LexPhil as a valuable destination for living composers, renowned guest artists, and talented musicians who were emerging onto the world stage.

“For almost a decade, we’ve been delighted to have Scott Terrell on the podium leading our tremendously talented musicians in their performance of some of the best music ever composed”,  said the Lexington Philharmonic Board President, Carol McLeod. “We know that Scott wants to take the exposure he has earned through his work with LexPhil, along with his growing guest conducting work, and build a far-reaching presence. We wish him great success.”

“We are grateful for the incredible work Scott has done to develop the orchestra, continuing the positive trajectory established by his predecessors," said Ellen Karpf, Lexington Philharmonic Board Member and former Board President. 

Of his time with the Lexington Philharmonic, Terrell said “I am extremely proud of the artistic growth and community viability I have experienced during my time as Music Director of the Lexington Philharmonic. The orchestra embodies a commitment to excellence and it has been a joy to lead them through so many wonderful projects. Ten years is an incredible accomplishment for the entire organization but now it is time to move on. We have achieved much of what we set out to do and I am very thankful for my time in Lexington.”

During Terrell’s tenure as Music Director and Conductor at the Lexington Philharmonic, he accomplished several key milestones that have raised the bar for the orchestra and brought Lexington into the national spotlight for orchestral music. As a champion for new music, Terrell introduced a vibrant tapestry of contemporary symphonic works alongside the classical canon to central Kentuckians. With the support of the late Dr. Ronald Saykaly, Terrell initiated the biennial Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence program. Composers who have worked with LexPhil and for whom LexPhil premiered works include Daniel Kellogg, Adam Schoenberg, Avner Dorman, and Chris Brubeck. The Lexington Philharmonic’s April 2014 world premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Canto was selected to be on NPR/APM’s nationally broadcast “Performance Today” in November 2016.

“The Lexington Philharmonic has become more artistically diverse under Scott’s leadership” stated Allison Kaiser, Executive Director. “Scott greatly expanded the range of repertoire, often in unexpected program pairings, introducing our audiences to exciting and unfamiliar works and increasing their desire to explore further.”

Under Terrell’s leadership, large choral works, semi-staged operas and live performance of film scores became regularly scheduled experiences and have attracted a more diverse audience. New relationships were forged with several artistic partners including the Kentucky Opera, Lexington Chamber Chorale, Ecco Chamber Choir, Lexington area high school choruses, and most of the college and university choruses throughout central Kentucky.

Terrell will be conducting all of the 18-19 Season Series concerts as well as the December 2018 Cathedral Christmas and New Year’s Eve concerts. 

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 grow artistically and purposefully, providing world-class musical experiences and impactful educational opportunities for Lexington, the Bluegrass Region, and beyond.


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All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2017-2018, the Lexington Philharmonic received $170,000 in unrestricted support.       

LexPhil’s 2018-2019 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 along with federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Hamilton Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation funds LexPhil’s commitment to continued artistic growth and brings world-renowned artists to perform with LexPhil and participate in outreach for the Lexington community. 

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.

PRESS CONTACT:

Allison Kaiser, Executive Director
(859) 233-4226 • akaiser@lexphil.org

Lexington Philharmonic