By Mollie Harris


LEXINGTON, KY – The third concerts of the Lexington Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Peanut Butter & Jelly Concert Series takes place this Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. LexPhil is thrilled to bring Music Builds Community! to the The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center for a jazz-inspired interactive program featuring music by the greats Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

LexPhil musicians Mike Acord, Principal Clarinet, Joe Van Fleet, trumpet, and Maurice Todd, bass, will present excerpts from Gershwin (Strike up the Band, I Got Rhythm), Louis Armstrong (St Louis Blues, When the Saints), Duke Ellington (It Don’t Mean a Thing, Mood Indigo) and Joplin (The Entertainer). Celebrated Affrilachian Poet, Bianca Spriggs, will narrate ‘Duke Ellington: Piano Prince and his Orchestra’ by Andrea and Brian Pinkney, a beautifully written and illustrated account of the life of one of America's greatest composers, Duke Ellington. Following each of the two 30-minute concerts, children will have the opportunity to try out different instruments at LexPhil’s Instrument Petting Zoo.

LexPhil’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Concerts are partnered and hosted by locations with strong ties to the communities they serve. “We are thrilled to bring Music Builds Community! to the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, and to present music that celebrates the Lyric’s role in music, the arts and Lexington history. This newly designed program will be premiered at the Lyric on Feburary 20th and will be a fun, interactive way for children to learn about jazz,” says Jason Spencer, LexPhil Education & Operations Associate manager. "Our PB&J Concert Series is often a child’s first live-music experience, so we do everything we can to make sure it’s memorable.”

LexPhil will also be working with Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl, who will bring her heart-inspired origami art activity for attendees to learn about heart health through the arts. Dr. Cerel-Suhl spearheads Kidsart4hearts : Origami Group Art Projects. The project was recently profiled by the Lexington Herald Leader columnist Tom Eblen.

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 platform. Music Builds includes emphasis on the national STEAM movement, which integrates the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education (STEM + Arts = STEAM). 

The final PB&J Concert of the season, Music Takes Flight!, is Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at 10:00 am and 11:00 am with a repeat show at 2:00 pm at the Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY). 

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 www.lexphil.org.


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.