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Homegrown talent, new work in Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season

by | Apr 16, 2016 | Review Post



Homegrown talent, new work in philharmonics 2016-17 season

1 Tessa_Lark_by_JesseLeeWeinerThe Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016-17 season will have a decidedly local feel from the get-go.

It will open with Richmond’s Tessa Lark, whose early résumé includes the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and Foster Music Camp in Richmond, and has gone on to receive many accolades, including a 2016 Avery Fisher career grant.

She will be on hand Sept. 16 to play Samuel Barber’s iconic Violin Concerto on a concert that will include Peter Iilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

“I’ve been after her a couple of seasons to get her here,” Philharmonic music director Scott Terrell says. “Part of the other thing about next year, I think, is some of our local talent going nationally, she being a product of this region, of Appalachian playing, but going on to a major career.”

The season will end with piano soloist and composer Conrad Tao, who will be the University of Kentucky artist-in-residence next year and who made his Lexington debut as a teenager in 2008, performing on the concert after Terrell’s audition concert in the race to succeed George Zack as Philharmonic director.

A familiar name will take on a new role at the Philharmonic as Ryan Shirar becomes the orchestra’s arranger-in-residence. Terrell says Shirar’s touch will be particularly evident in educational concerts and similar events where the orchestra needs custom arrangements. Shirar is a University of Kentucky graduate who went on to found Paragon Music Theatre, which ran until he departed to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is now based in New York and has a long list of clients.

The season will feature plenty of new work, including a staged presentation of the Stephen Paulus oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, Astor Piazzolla’s Concerto for Bandoneon with bandoneon soloist Hector Del Curto, and a multimedia program featuring Christopher Theofanidis’ The Legend of the Norther Lights.


(Published: April 16th, 2016)

By Rich Copley

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