LexPhil Ventures to the Vast North at Music Builds Discovery!

The Lexington Philharmonic proudly announces its 2016-2017 Music Builds Discovery! concerts featuring The Legend of the Northern Lights by Christopher Theofanidis’ and excerpts from Jean Sibelius’ repertoire. LexPhil is thrilled to perform two concerts on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM as the sights and sounds of the aurora borealis transport over 2,000 central Kentucky students through the vast north. 

Each year, the Lexington Philharmonic serves as a valuable resource for teachers and educators across the state. During the 2014-2015 Season, LexPhil unveiled its Music Builds STEAM platform for schools across Central Kentucky. This educational initiative is based on the STEM to STEAM movement, which is devoted to expanding the core curriculum standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by adding the Arts. Collectively, Music Builds STEAM integrates the arts as a tool to strengthen the critical thinking skills needed for students to excel in all areas of study. LexPhil’s Discovery Concerts are often a child’s first live-music experience, so the musicians and administrative staff do everything possible to ensure it’s a memorable, engaging experience for everyone. 

“We are delighted to present our Music Builds Discovery! concerts that showcase music celebrating the role of science as a vehicle for learning. This year’s program will provide an interactive chance for children to learn about the aurora borealis, one of nature’s greatest phenomena.” says Amanda Tallant, LexPhil’s Librarian and Artistic Associate. Theofanidis is a Grammy-nominated composer who is currently on the faculty of Yale University and the Aspen Music Festival. He created the multi-media work with José Francisco Salgado and his inventive organization KV 265 to intertwine music, science, fact, and fantasy in the retelling of the Canadian legend of the northern lights. 

Later this month, LexPhil continues its PB&J Concert Series at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company. Similar to LexPhil’s Discovery Concert, The PB&J series is designed within the larger framework of LexPhil’s Music Builds education platform. The second PB&J Concert of the season, Music Builds Thrills! will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM with a third performance at 2:00 PM in the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Tickets for all PB&J Concerts are $5 each, both in advance and at the door. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at 859.233.4226, or visit online at 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. 

Founded in 1961, LexPhil is the only professional orchestral organization in central Kentucky. Last year, LexPhil presented over 200 concerts and educational programs, including its Season Series, Holiday Concerts, Peanut Butter & Jelly Series for young children, Music Builds education programs, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at www.lexphil.org. 

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.