Saturday, October 28: LexPhil’s PB&J Concert Series Gets Spooky at Music Builds Thrills!

LEXINGTON, KY – The second concerts of the Lexington Philharmonic’s 2017-2018 Peanut Butter & Jelly Concert Series will take place next Saturday, October 28th at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate and at the Community Arts Center, in Danville KY. Music Builds Thrills!  will be presented at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM at Ashland, and at 2:00 PM at the Community Arts Center. Following each half-hour PB&J concert, children will have the opportunity to try out instruments from each of the instrument families at LexPhil’s Instrument Petting Zoo enjoy PB&J sandwiches with their families.

Music Builds Thrills! is an energetic and interactive 30-minute concert featuring percussion, singing, and movement, led by percussionists, Austin Robinson and Matt Proffitt. Concert attendees will have the chance to play their very own drum as part of the program, and in the spirit of Halloween, LexPhil is encouraging all attendees to wear their costumes.

This season, LexPhil’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Concert Series is hosted by locations with strong cultural and historical ties to Kentucky. LexPhil is excited to present two morning Peanut Butter & Jelly Concerts at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, KY at 10:00 and 11:00 am, and take the show on the road to the Community Arts Center in Danville, KY for a 2:00 pm show. For many children, the PB&J Series are their very first concert experience. LexPhil’s artistic staff, musicians, and venue partners work diligently to provide experiences that are engaging, educational, and fun.

“We are excited to welcome families to Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate for a Peanut Butter & Jelly concert,” says Jim Clark, Ashland’s Executive Director. “The music and venue are a perfect match, and we invite all attendees to make a day of it by touring the historic home and grounds at Ashland following the performance.”

LexPhil’s PB&J Concert Series, sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company, is designed within the larger framework of LexPhil’s Music Builds education programs. Music Builds is based on the national STEAM movement, which emphasizes the importance of integrating the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education (STEM + Arts = STEAM). By using repertoire from both popular films and the classic canon, LexPhil is able to engage young audiences with music that they are familiar with and encourage lasting connections.

LexPhil’s PB& Concert Series continues in 2018 with two more Saturday concert opportunities. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Music Builds Exploration! comes to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at 10:00 and 11:00 AM, and the Hummel Planetarium in Richmond, KY at 2:00 PM. The final PB&J concert, Music Builds Literacy!, will be held at Lyric Theatre at 10:00 and 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Tickets for PB&J Concerts are $5 each, both in advance and at the door. To purchase tickets, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic at 859.233.4226 or visit 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 ninth season with the Lexington Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell 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.

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

LexPhil’s 2017-2018 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 Composer-in-Residence Program, generously brings renowned composer Chris Brubeck to work with the Lexington Philharmonic for the 2017-2018 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.