​LexPhil Honors Those Who Have Fought For Our Freedoms

The Lexington Philharmonic will present its third Season Series concert, To Be Certain of the Dawn on Friday, November 11, at 7:30 PM at the Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA). This performance embodies several very important messages for humanity today, and is a significant undertaking for the orchestra.

To Be Certain of the Dawn will be presented on November 11, Veteran’s Day, to honor all who have fought for our freedoms.

Opening the program will be Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a.  In this work, Shostakovich expresses the deep sorrow and tragedy of fascism along with great joy for the resilience of the human spirit. Closing the program, To Be Certain of the DawnStephen Paulus’ profound oratorio will be brought to life with projected imagery, vocal talent from KY Opera Studio Artists: Ashly Neumann (soprano), Clara Niemann (mezzo), Ryan Connelly (tenor), and Conor McDonald (baritone) and the combined choirs of Berea College, Asbury University, Centre College, and Danville Children’s Chorus.

To Be Certain of the Dawn is an oratorio composed as a gift “to the Jewish community from the community of Christianity” and memorializes the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Germany’s concentration camps. Michael Browne, the librettist for To Be Certain of the Dawn also brings focus to the Nostra Aetate [Our Era], the 1965 papal encyclical condemning Christian hatred of Jews. Mr. Browne will be in attendance at the November 11 concert as well as discussing the work with Maestro Terrell in LexPhil’s pre-concert discussion, “Inside the Score”. To Be Certain of the Dawn will provide an artistic experience that explores the eternal issues of humanity, tolerance and respect through the lens of the Holocaust and the Exodus, respectively.

LexPhil Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell’s decision to pair Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op.110 and Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn is an important step for LexPhil’s ongoing movement towards “cultivating an environment where high-level artistry is paramount to building a strong arts community. One of the ways we support this growing community is through collaboration with the rich talent found in the region’s choral programs. I am beyond thrilled to unite the diverse voices of our region for what will be a powerful production of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn.”

Composer Stephen Paulus was a prolific American composer of classical music. Mr. Paulus wrote over 600 works for chorus, opera, orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo voice, concert band, piano and organ, receiving premieres and performances throughout the world as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2015 and 2016, which he was awarded in 2016. The New York Times characterizes his music as having “impeccable technique and well-honed audience appeal, often finding melodic patterns that are fresh and familiar at the same time…His scoring is invariably expert and exceptionally imaginative in textures and instrumentation.”

LexPhil’s popular pre-concert “Inside the Score” discussion will take place at an alternate location for To Be Certain of the Dawn. Librettist, Michael Dennis Browne will join Maestro Terrell at UK’s Alumni House (across the street from SCFA) beginning at the normal 6:45 PM time.

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, 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 5:30 PM and after concerts until 9:30 PM to return patrons to the parking garage.  Due to UK athletic events also occurring the evening of November 11, please allow additional time for traffic and parking.

Tickets to To Be Certain of the Dawn range from $35-85 with $11 student tickets as available. To Be Certain of othe Dawn  is made possible through the generous support of an Anonymous Donor as the Premium Concert Partner and Central Bank, Anthem-BlueCross BlueShield and Tempur + Sealy, Season Series Partners.

For more information or to purchase tickets to To Be Certain of the Dawn, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at 859.233.4226, or visit online at www.lexphil.org.

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 eighth season with the Lexington Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor Scott 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.


All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2016-2017, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support.    

LexPhil’s 2016-2017 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 Artist-in-Residence Program, generously brings innovative pianist Conrad Tao to LexPhil for its Arts In Healthcare partnership with UK Healthcare during the 2016-2017 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.