The Lexington Philharmonic
Orchestra began in 1961 as the Central Kentucky Philharmonic Orchestra. The original group of 60 volunteer musicians
was comprised of music faculty from area colleges, universities and the public schools,
as well as graduates of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. They performed three subscription concerts in
their first year. The orchestra
soon adopted the name Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and grew
to become the region’s only professional orchestral institution and
broadest reaching music organization.
LexPhil offers extensive educational programs for children and students in K-12, directly reaching over 10,000 children and students each year. LexPhil's "Music Builds" educational platform highlights the importance of integrating music into all subject areas with a special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. "Music Builds" demonstrates how music supports education through its annual Discovery Concerts and programs at Title I elementary schools throughout central and eastern Kentucky. LexPhil’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo, which provides opportunities for children of all ages to play orchestral instruments, is featured at community events and schools throughout the year.
LexPhil's many artistic collaborations provide excellent training opportunities for high school and college-age musicians and chorale groups. Its New Music Experiment allows student composers to work with professional musicians and composers to refine and rehearse original works. LexPhil provides life-long learning opportunities for adults, including free "Inside the Score" lectures before each Season Series concert.
LexPhil brings the highest level of artistry to its central Kentucky audiences by performing a diverse and sophisticated repertoire. LexPhil has built a reputation for commissioning new works and presenting world premieres, innovative concert experiences, contemporary music by living composers, collaborative multi-disciplinary programs and renowned and emerging guest artists.
LexPhil encourages the creation of new music in central Kentucky through innovative programs such as its Composer-In-Residence program. Over the past four years, two of LexPhil's resident composers have received national attention and critical acclaim for the scores commissioned and premiered by LexPhil. In November 2016, LexPhil's recording of the world premiere of "Canto" which it commissioned from composer Adam Schoenberg, was featured on the nationally broadcast "Performance Today" from American Public Media. This is the first time the Lexington Philharmonic has been selected for this honor.
Music education is central to LexPhil's mission. Over the last 3 years, LexPhil has designed its "Music Builds" education platform to align with the STEAM movement; STEM + Arts = STEAM. The "Music Builds" platform demonstrates the value of music integration into all subject areas, with a special emphasis on STEM subjects. As a modular system, "Music Builds" is designed to allow educators to select the programs most applicable for their curriculum needs. Through new partnerships, LexPhil has expanded the reach of its education programs to include schools in rural southern and eastern KY counties that have little or no funding for arts education.
LexPhil’s Immediate Needs:
1. Underwriting / sponsorship of "Music Builds" education programs serving students at underserved Title I schools in central, southern, and eastern Kentucky. Sponsorships of all amounts are needed, to total $100,000 for the 2016-17 season.
2. Underwriting / sponsorship for school bus funding to transport students to its Music Builds Discovery Concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts. $5,000 will support the 2016-17 season
3. Underwriting / Sponsorship for free ticket distribution program benefiting educational institutions and select social service agencies. $25,000 will support the 2016-2017 season
4. Training to prepare LexPhil musicians for education and community engagement roles. $20,000 for 2016-2017 season.
1. Acoustically correct performance, rehearsal and education space that allows LexPhil flexible and regular access with up-dated technological capacity/equipment; adequate backstage space; and secure, climate controlled storage for instruments, music and equipment.
2. Accessible parking for program participants and concert attendees.
The Lexington Philharmonic is central Kentucky's leading music-maker. As such, it has a tremendous responsibility to demonstrate the transformational role music can play in the life of each individual, the vitality of our community, and the effectiveness of our teaching and learning platforms.
Music is primal and deeply complex at the same time. Think about how music can illicit powerful memories or set a tone for communal celebration or sorrow. Learning music helps anchor the neurological structure for learning other subjects such as language, science and math. Music, like visual art, literature and architecture is one of the primary marks that we leave for future human-kind, and is the most universal and visceral of all communication tools.
In America, music is everywhere and the opportunity to consume music is instantaneous. Through electronics and the internet, we can access any kind of music desired, at any time. You might think that with this kind of self-contained accessibility, the need for live orchestral music is diminished and unnecessary. But it is the accessibility of music today that drives the desire for live, communal music experiences. In a world that is increasingly dependent on interfacing with electronics for collective and individual communication, we need more opportunities to engage collectively face-to-face, shoulder-to-shoulder with activities that bring out the best in human nature.
In 1985, Allison joined the Broward Performing Arts Center Authority as Communications Coordinator. She crafted the initial public relations plan for a newly established public/private performing art center authority in Broward County,Florida, which was responsible for building a major performing arts center to serve South Florida. Allison then was promoted to Director, Friends of the Center Program. In this role, she worked to build the foundation for annual support for the new center.
Allison returned to Kentucky, and in 1999, became the Executive Director for the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, an organization working to preserve and promote Kentucky’s rich heritage of art and craft. Prior to joining LexPhil, Allison served as Executive Director for the Lexington Art League from 2003 until 2010. In that role, Allison guided the organization through significant strategic planning and reorganization.
Allison is an active member of the community, working to ensure that the arts are tightly woven into the fabric of the community.
Scott is in his sixth season as LexPhil's Music Director and Conductor. Since joining LexPhil in April 2009, he 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. His programming has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and enhanced the national reputation of the organization through new music, multi-media and inter-disciplinary projects. Through LexPhil collaborations with high schools, colleges and youth performing arts groups, Scott dedicates a tremendous amount of time and energy to educating emerging musical artists. Scott frequently guest conducts for orchestras around the nation, such as the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Arizona Opera.
From 2005-2009, Scott served as Resident Conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), where he was artistic leader and conductor of the Backstage Pass Series, Charleston Pops Series, and Out of the Box concerts. In 2006, he was appointed to Director of Education Programs for the CSO, where he doubled the number and scope of their educational offerings and added neighborhood Kinder Konzerts, Adopt-a-School residencies and High School Curriculum Connections programs. Under his direction, the orchestra further expanded its educational offerings by adding a new Family Concert series.
In 2003, Scott made his highly successful European debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, leading a two-week Bernstein festival including orchestral performances as well as vocal recitals where he served as both pianist and host. Leading an extremely talented international cast, Scott conducted selections from On the Town and West Side Story, as well as concert performances of Candide. Further demonstrating his mastery of operatic repertoire, Scott debuted with Opera Colorado in 2002, leading an acclaimed production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In 2006, he received international rave reviews when he returned to Opera Colorado to lead Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio. Scott was chosen as a fellowship conductor in 2000 for the inaugural season of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival under Music Director, David Zinman. At the conclusion of that summer, he was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize, an honor only given by Mr. Zinman for exemplary musicianship and promise.
The Season Series anchors the LexPhil season, starting in early fall and culminating in late spring. Featuring established and emerging guest artists, a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary music and multi-disciplinary collaborative programs, the Season Series is LexPhil’s most visible offering. The 2016-17 Season Series includes 6 large-scale concerts presented on Friday nights at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington, Kentucky.
Builds is LexPhil’s education platform Music Builds provides schools with programs and resources
that demonstrate the value of integrating music into the teaching of core
subjects, such as science, math and reading. Music Builds includes Discovery Concerts at area concert halls, in-school programs throughout
the year, and curriculum materials that facilitate use of music as a teaching
tool in general education classrooms. LexPhil has developed specific programs for most curriculum areas including the four areas of STEM
education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Music Builds STEAM programming debuted in the 2014-2015 school year and has been in high demand since its introduction. This year LexPhil was asked to give a special presentation on Music Builds STEAM at the Kentucky Science Teachers Association Conference.
Candy Cane. LexPhil
offers holiday music and cheer for all ages at its annual Candy Cane Concert. This
interactive family concert features pre-concert activities, engaging guest
artists and recognizable holiday music preformed by LexPhil's professional musicians.
- Collaborative Concerts. LexPhil's Music Director and professional musicians work directly with middle school, high school, college and university music students involved in LexPhil's collaborative concert programs. LexPhil works with over 30 different school and community-based arts ensembles each year.
LexPhil regularly partners with 30 - 50 local/regional arts organizations, such as:
(2) Concert, Program & Audition Venues: Singletary Center, Lexington Opera House, Keeneland Meadow, Lyric Theater, EKU Center for the Arts, Cathedral of Christ the King, First Presbyterian Church, St. Peter & Paul School, Salato Wildlife Education Center, Hearing & Speech Center, Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Fifth Third Bank, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, KET, UK Healthcare, Eastern State Hospital, Carnegie Center, Lexington Art League, UK School of Art, Life Adventure Center, Lexington Farmers Market.
(3) Education & Community Programs: Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, Fayette County Public Schools, Scott County Elementary Schools, UK Healthcare, East Kentucky Power Cooperatives, KET Network, STEAM Academy, Providence Montessori School; Lexington Public Library; Jessamine County Public Library; Woodford Public Library; MayFest; Woodland Art Fair; LexArts; and LFUCG.
(4) Free Ticket Program: Central Music Academy, Imani Life Center, Greenhouse 17, Vet Tix, Partners for Youth, Fayette County Public Schools.
(5) Media/Programming partnerships: LEX 18, WEKU Public Radio, WRFL, UnderMain.
(6) Other: UK Art Museum (pre-concert events); UK College of Fine Arts and EKU (internship programs); and UK HealthCare (artist-in-residence program).
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