|Classical music to the bluegrass!|
The Lexington Philharmonic
Scott Terrell, Music Director and Conductor
The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra began in 1961 as the Central Kentucky Philharmonic Orchestra, a group of 65 volunteer musicians who performed 3 subscription concerts in their first year. The orchestra was composed primarily of music faculty from the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Fayette County Public Schools, as well as graduates of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. The orchestra soon adopted the name Lexington Philharmonic and quickly became the region's preeminent symphony orchestra.
In 2011, the Lexington Philharmonic celebrates 50 years of bringing quality classical music to the bluegrass! The orchestra now presents over 150 concerts and educational programs annually that are designed to reach a variety of musical tastes and a vast range of ages! The Classics Series features traditional classical music, newer and world premiere pieces, and world-renowned guest artists. Pre-concert lectures (called Inside the Score) designed to introduce patrons to the guest artists, programming, and other topics are free before each concert. The Family Series is a fun way to introduce children (and grown-ups) to classical music. The Philharmonic also offers extensive educational programs, reaching over 25,000 children a year through Discovery Concerts, Ensembles in Schools, Partners in Education, Instrument Petting Zoos, and Peanut Butter & Jelly Concerts.
In April 2009, the Lexington Philharmonic selected Scott Terrell from nearly 300 applicants and 10 finalists as new Music Director and Conductor.