Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2015-16 season

Soprano Karen Slack will be featured in the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra's season-opening performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection.'" © LexGo.com photo by Mark Cornelison.

Soprano Karen Slack will be featured in the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection.'” © LexGo.com photo by Mark Cornelison.

The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra unveiled a 2015-16 lineup Thursday night that continues music director Scott Terrell‘s adventurous programming and features a monumental opening bow.

Avner Dorman will be the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence, continuing the Philharmonic’s joint program with the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. His world premiere composition will be featured in the April 2016 concert along with his percussion and orchestra work Frozen in Time. Other contemporary composers in the lineup include John Adams, John Corigliano and Eric Whiteacre.

Unlike the season in progress, the coming season’s subscription series of concerts will all take place at the Singletary Center for the Arts for one night only. This season, the orchestra has tried some multi-night stands at the Lexington Opera House.

The highest profile change is the annual December Messiah performance will be replaced by a concert featuring selections from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and works by John Taverner and Whiteacre with guest artists the Lexington Chamber Chorale at the Cathedral of Christ the King. That will be a special concert outside of the subscription series along with another New Year’s Eve concert at the Lexington Opera House, this time with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet.  Last year saw a successful first attempt at a New Year’s Eve show with soloist Ute Lemper.

The subscription season will open Sept 12 with a massive work, Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection symphony, and close with one of the most iconic works in history, Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Here’s the complete 2015-16 lineup:

Sept. 18: 7:30 pm, Singletary Center for the Arts

Mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges. Photo by Devan Cass.

Mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges. Photo by Devan Cass.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”

Guest artists: Karen Slack, soprano; J’nai Bridges, mezzo soprano; college choruses of Transylvania University, Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury University, and Berea College.

Oct. 23: 7:30 pm, Singletary Center for the Arts

Aaron Copland: Our Town

George Gershwin: Catfish Row, symphonic suite from Porgy and Bess

Chris Brubeck: Travels in Time for Three
Guest artists: Time for Three: Zach De Pue, violin; Nick Kendall, violin; Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Fei Fei Dong. Photo by Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland.

Fei Fei Dong. Photo by Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland.

Nov. 13: 7:30 pm, Singletary Center for the Arts

Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Guest artists: Fei-Fei Dong, piano; Stephen Campbell, trumpet

John Corigliano: Voyage
Soloist: Pei-San Chiu, flute

W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Feb. 5: 7:30 p.m., Singletary Center for the Arts

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Beyond the Score multi-media program featuring projected images, live-acting, and narration, produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Composer Avner Dorman. Photo from avnerdormanmusic.com.

Composer Avner Dorman. Photo from avnerdormanmusic.com.

April 15: 7:30 pm, Singletary Center for the Arts

Avner Dorman: world premiere

Avner Dorman: Frozen in Time
Guest artist: Simone Rubino, percussion

Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “New World”

May 13: 7:30 p.m., Singletary Center for the Arts

John Adams: Lollapalooza

Félix Alexandre Guilmant: Organ Symphony No. 1
Guest artist: Paul Jacobs, organ

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Special Concerts

Dec. 12: 8 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the King

Gloria! Concert featuring the music of George Frideric Handel (Messiah) and Antonio Vivaldi (Gloria) paired with modern masters John Taverner and Eric Whitacre

Guest artists: Lexington Chamber Chorale

Dec. 31: 7:30 p.m., Lexington Opera House

Take Five at New Year’s Eve! featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Tickets are available now for current subscribers and go on sale to the general public May 1. Call (859) 233-4226, or visit the Philharmonic website.

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