2016-2017 Season: FIRST

Opening Night: Rapture

September 16, 2016 - 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

BARBER, Violin Concerto 
   Tessa Lark, violin
TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5

The first note of the 2016-2017 season makes an exhilarating start in Rapture. Contemporary American composer Christopher Rouse’s
ecstatic Rapture ushers in an evening of lush tonal explorations. Barber’s emotional Violin Concerto comes to life in the hands of 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grantee and Kentucky-born violinist Tessa Lark with Tchaikovsky’s rousing Symphony No. 5 completing the program. Purchase tickets!

Finlandia & the Northern Lights

October 21, 2016 - 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

SIBELIUS, Symphony No. 1
SIBELIUS, Finlandia 
CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS, The Legend of the Northern Lights
   Peter Van de Graaff, narrator

The magic of the Northern Lights illuminates the Singletary Center skies in Finlandia & The Northern Lights! Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Theofanidis blends score, film, and narration into The Legend of the Northern Lights. Described by the Chicago Tribune as a “seamless fusion of science and fantasy,” the work features awe-inspiring visuals of the aurora borealis by astronomer Dr. José Francisco Salgado with a lush score by Theofanidis. Sibelius’ ode to his homeland, Finlandia, and his Symphony No. 1 complete an evening exploration of the sights and sounds of the vast north. Purchase tickets!

To Be Certain of the Dawn

November 11, 2016 - 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

SHOSTAKOVICH, Chamber Symphony, op. 110a
PAULUS, To Be Certain of the Dawn   
     Featuring KY Opera Studio Artists and the combined choirs of Berea College, Asbury University, Centre College, and Danville Children’s Chorus

Hundreds of voices from the region and KY Opera Studio Artists unite in Grammy-winning composer Stephen Paulus’ profound oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn. Premiered in 2005, To Be Certain of the Dawn was gifted to Temple Israel Synagogue on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi death camps. With Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, op. 110a, written “in memory of victims of fascism and war,” To Be Certain of the Dawn embodies the triumph of the human spirit in the darkest of times. Purchase tickets!

Candy Cane

November 27, 2016 - 3:00pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and LexPhil will have you dancing in your seats in this year’s Side-by-Side holiday concert - featuring a beloved multi-media presentation of Howard Blake’s The Snowman! Joined by choruses from Fayette County High Schools, Candy Cane journeys from Sleigh Ride (L. Mozart) to Sleigh Ride (Anderson), and more holiday favorites along the way! Purchase tickets!

A Cathedral Christmas

December 10, 2016 - 8:00pm Cathedral of Christ the King

The Cathedral of Christ the King will resound with joyful sounds of chamber choirs, soloists, and orchestra in A Cathedral Christmas! Emerging soloists Jarrett Ott, baritone and Sarah Shafer, soprano and organist Jon Johnson perform works by John Rutter, Gerald Finzi, Vaughan Williams, and Bach with the Lexington Chamber Chorale and the chamber choir ECCO. Purchase tickets!

Casino Royale: the Music of James Bond featuring Hilary Kole

December 31, 2016 - 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

A dangerously glamorous New Year’s Eve brings the Casino Royale and everyone’s favorite spy to the Lexington Opera House. Vocalist Hilary Kole sings through the Bond film catalog, from Casino Royale to Goldfinger to Diamonds are Forever, and more in Casino Royale: the Music of James Bond. Purchase tickets!


February 10, 2017 - 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

GRANADOS, Tres danzas españolas
PIAZZOLLA, Concerto for Bandoneón 
   Héctor Del Curto, bandoneon 
BIZET (arr. Serebrier), Carmen Symphony

Romantic Spanish works by Piazzolla, Granados, and Bizet return to the LexPhil season in Carmen! Granados’ Tres danzas españolas opens the evening, followed by world renowned Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto for Piazzolla’s tango-fueled Bandoneón Concerto and Oblivion. A passionate performance of Serebrier’s arrangement of Bizet’s famous Carmen Symphony brings the evening to a sultry close. Purchase tickets!

Beethoven & Brahms

April 14, 2017 - 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

MAXWELL DAVIES, An Orkney Wedding at Sunrise
BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 1
BRAHMS, Concerto for Violin and Cello
   Marc Rovetti, violin and Yumi Kendall, cello

Bagpipes, Beethoven, and Brahms team up to make a memorable April concert! Davies’ An Orkney Wedding at Sunrise celebrates the unlikely orchestral solo bagpipe, followed by one of the most famous first symphonies, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello features guest artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Marc Rovetti, violin and Yumi Kendall, cello. Purchase tickets!

Gershwin & Tao

May 12, 2017 - 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Concert Partner: UK Healthcare

GERSHWIN, Piano Concerto in F
   Conrad Tao, piano
BARTOK, Concerto for Orchestra

Lauded for his “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, pianist and composer Conrad Tao, joins LexPhil for the final season concert in partnership with UK Healthcare. Tao’s vivid tone poem for orchestra, Pangu, introduces his compositional accomplishments before treating audiences to his dazzling virtuosity in performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. The unmatched exuberance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra closes out the final program of the 2016-2017 season. Purchase tickets!