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Lexington Philharmonic awarded grants to support composer-in-residence program

Composer Adam Schoenberg (Erik Rynearson photo)
Contemporary composer Adam Schoenberg (Erik Rynearson photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2013) – The Lexington Philharmonic has received two important grants that recognize its commitment to the performance and presentation of new music.

Both the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the National Endowment for the Arts have announced that they are partnering with the Lexington Philharmonic to support its Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence program for the 2013-2014 season.

This is the second consecutive season that LexPhil has received both the Copland and NEA awards in recognition of its commitment to innovation and the creation of new music.

Both the awards from the NEA and the Copland Fund point to a very important step in the LexPhil’s evolution,” said Scott Terrell, conductor and music director for the Philharmonic.  “The fact that we have been awarded them both in consecutive years speaks to our emergence on a national stage. While it is important for us to present work of the tried and true masters over the centuries, it is equally important that we create a concert and education environment that discovers and promotes the voices of today.  Art must be an expression of the times we live in, given context by our past.”

LexPhil launched the Saykaly-Garbulinska Composer-In-Residence Program to commission new works by emerging composers on a bi-annual basis. LexPhil has selected contemporary composer Adam Schoenberg as the 2013-2014 composer-in-residence.

Schoenberg will write an original work for full orchestra and conduct a five-day residency, during which LexPhil will premiere his new work at the April Season Series concert.

The residency activities will include a pre-concert “Inside the Score” lecture; a lecture/recital performance of Schoenberg’s solo and/or chamber works; and a master class at a local college or university that will be open to composers from the region. Schoenberg will also work with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras as part of LexPhil’s New Music Experiment program for amateur composers and musicians of all ages.

Schoenberg said that “helping to support the creation of new music in Lexington, while nurturing the next generation of ambassadors within our art form is one of the most rewarding components of this residency.”

Dr. Ronald Saykaly, title partner of the program, agreed.

“The composer-in-residence partnership began as a trial experiment with the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington,” said Saykaly. “Then Scott Terrell had a vision that led us to what is now the unique Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence program shared between the Lexington Philharmonic and Chamber Music Festival. The reception by the public and music community has been an overwhelming affirmation of my wife’s love for and faith in this community and a befitting legacy.”

Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Schedule

April 10 – Art @ Noon lecture with Adam Schoenberg on the composer’s process

April 11 – Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence World Premiere, Singletary Center for the Arts, Tickets $20-70, 233-4226 or lexphil.org

April 12 – New Music Experiment workshop with composition students and participating Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra and LexPhil musicians