The Lexington Philharmonic’s holiday season kicks off with a ride aboard The Polar Express at LexPhil’s annual Family Holiday concert, Candy Cane: Side – by– Side with Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The young musicians of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) will take the stage alongside LexPhil musicians to perform the season’s most loved holiday music, including Sleigh Ride, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with narration by LEX 18’s Bill Meck, and a multimedia performance of Robert Kapilow’s The Polar Express.
Pre-concert activities, including the Instrument Petting Zoo, and crafts with Explorium of Lexington will begin in the Singletary lobby at 2:00 pm. Lexus of Lexington will also be selling raffle tickets in the lobby for the Lexus for the Little Ones vehicle raffle benefiting the Kentucky Children's Hospital.
“I’m thrilled to welcome the talented young musicians of Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras to the LexPhil stage,” says Music Director & Conductor, Scott Terrell. “I know that our young people in the audience will appreciate these young players performance of both holiday favorites and Robert Kapilow’s The Polar Express.”
The music The Polar Express was written by composer Robert Kapilow, who adapted the libretto from Chris Van Allsburg’s popular holiday story of a boy who boards a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. The piece, accompanied by projected images from the beautifully-illustrated book, includes snippets of familiar Holiday songs, such as Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, and The First Noel. SCAPA Children’s Choir from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) and Paul Scholten, baritone, will provide the vocal talent for this exciting musical journey to the North Pole.
LexPhil and CKYO have a long tradition of partnering for educational and performance opportunities, such as the annual New Music Experiment, a workshop for new compositions by young composers and several Holidays concerts, including a short performance during last year’s Candy: Cane Holiday Dance! concert. “The opportunity for these talented students to work within the setting of a professional ensemble is invaluable. I know these young players are ready for the exciting challenge of joining members of LexPhil and Maestro Scott Terrell," says CKYO Conductor and Music Director, Daniel Chetel.
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra (CKYO) consists of almost 400 members participating in six performing ensembles: three symphonic orchestras, a preparatory string orchestra, and two big-band style jazz orchestras. In addition, CKYO operates three community-based programs: Friends in Music, an after-school mentoring program that also provides private lessons at two Title I middle schools in Fayette County; CKYO in the Schools, a travel program in which ensembles provide free concerts to schools in Fayette and surrounding counties; and North Limestone MusicWorks, an El Sistema inspired strings training program in the North Limestone neighborhood of Lexington. In the past, the organization has performed on the White House lawn and in Carnegie Hall, and has toured Europe five times.
Bill Meck will be joining LexPhil and CKYO in their performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrating the famous poem while the musicians play a big-band style orchestral piece. Bill Meck is most well-known as the LEX 18 Storm Tracker Chief Meteorologist. Since arriving in Lexington in 1999, he has visited over 50,000 Kentucky students with his Bill’s Weather 101 presentations; a popular program that makes teaching the complexities of weather fun and interesting for kids. In 2007, Bill was awarded the Lexington-Herald Leader and Kentucky.com’s “Reader’s Choice Award”.
Free parking is available in any E Parking Lot on the UK campus, as well as Parking Structure 5 located at 409 S. Limestone, with entrances on S. Limestone and S. Upper Street. Because there is also a UK Women’s basketball game at 2:00 pm, LexPhil is encouraging all patrons to leave plenty of time for parking. Linden Walk, accessible from Rose Lane, will be reserved solely for LexPhil parking. The Career Center and Alumni lots located off of Rose Lane will not be available for LexPhil patrons due to the basketball conflict.
Tickets to Candy Cane: Side – by– Side with Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras are $12 each for all ages. This concert is made possible through the generous support of The Bluegrass Complex of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, Concert Partner and Paul Miller Ford, Guest Artist Partner.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the concert, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic Box Office at (859) 233-4226, or visit the website at www.lexphil.org.
The Lexington Philharmonic, founded in 1961, 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 STEAM education programs, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at www.lexphil.org. Conductor Scott Terrell just completed 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 interdisciplinary 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.
All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2015-2016, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support.
LexPhil’s 2015-2016 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 innovative composer Avner Dorman to LexPhil for the 2015-2016 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.