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Lexington Philharmonic opens season with ‘Firebird & Fandangos’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2012) — The Lexington Philharmonic kicks off the exciting 2012-’13 season with a presentation of the first Classics concert of the year, “Firebird & Fandangos” on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Singletary Center for the Arts.

The season is a celebration of music’s powerful influence, past and present, recognizing and honoring LexPhil’s core values of artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and accessibility.

“Firebird & Fandangos” is this season’s Teresa Garbulinska Memorial Concert; a new initiative in honor and remembrance of the late Teresa Garbulinska, a long-time supporter of the arts and classical pianist who passed away in February. Wells Fargo Advisors is the Guest Artist Sponsor.

“This season proves to be an exciting year of great orchestral music for LexPhil,” said Scott Terrell, music director and conductor. “Included in the line-up are world renowned performers like pianist, Alessio Bax, who will join LexPhil for the opening night concert, Firebird & Fandangos, two-time Grammy winning ensemble, eighth blackbird in March and cellist, Johannes Moser, joining us on the stage in April.”

The opening night program will begin with American composer Roberto Sierra’s fantasy piece, “Fandangos.” Sierra is one of four living composers whose original compositions will be showcased by LexPhil throughout the season. Other composers LexPhil concert-goers can look forward to hearing include Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon, whose composition “On a Wire” will be performed on March 1 by two-time Grammy winning ensemble, eighth blackbird; Mason Bates in April, whose works combine electronica with traditional orchestral music; and Peter Boyer’s multimedia production “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” to close the season in May.

“Emerging the members of our community and our musicians in new works is an important mission of LexPhil,” Terrell said. “In addition to bringing major performing talent to the Lexington region, it is as important to present current composers who are making a major impact in the world of music. Our 51st season will span five centuries to include the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff, as well as composers like Mason Bates and Jennifer Higdon.”

During the opening night performance, emerging artist, pianist Alessio Bax, will join LexPhil for the first time performing “Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.” Bax is not new to Lexington, however; he has been a core member of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington since it was founded in 2007.

The opening night program also includes a performance of “Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien” and will close with Stravinsky’s beloved Russian ballet, “Firebird” (1919 version).

In celebration of LexPhil’s Opening Night concert and the opening of the University of Kentucky’s Art Museum (UKAM) exhibition “Mettle: The UK Art Faculty Exhibition,” The Bluegrass Complex of Wells Fargo Advisors is sponsoring Arts in Harmony, a pre-concert exhibition opening on Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the UKAM, located in Singletary Center for the Arts. This event is by invitation only.

Prior to each Classics Series concert, guests will have the opportunity to participate in an insightful discussion of the night’s events with Maestro Terrell during LexPhil’s Inside the Score, sponsored by Hilliard Lyons.  Each Inside the Score starts at 6:45 p.m. and is conducted in the President’s Room at the Singletary Center.

Full Series subscriptions are available starting at $150. Pick Four subscriptions are available from $100. Single tickets are on sale for $25 to $60.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Lexington Philharmonic at 1-859-233-4226, or through the website at www.lexphil.org.