National Symphony set to begin Kentucky residency

Posted on: February 16, 2011

In Tuesday’s (2/15) Courier-Journal, Elizabeth Kramer writes, “The National Symphony Orchestra is pulling into town Thursday to launch a statewide residency that will take it to dozens of communities for nearly 140 events through Feb. 25.” The residency “includes six full orchestral concerts, beginning Thursday at the Kentucky Center in Louisville, with others in Florence, Owensboro, Paducah, Lexington and Somerset. In between, the musicians, two conductors and supporting staff will fan out to communities throughout the state to present ensemble performances for schools, master music classes for budding musicians at high schools and universities, evening chamber music performances at community centers and more. The inaugural concert will kick off with ‘Route 66’ … by contemporary composer Michael Daugherty. Hugh Wolff, the guest conductor for the residency, called this tribute to the American road trip a ‘terrific curtain raiser.’ … During the residency, Wolff will teach conducting at the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University, and oversee rehearsals of the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and UK’s Symphony Orchestra. On Feb. 23, he’ll join Rita Shapiro, executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra, in a session at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre about the role the arts play in communities.”

Posted February 16, 2011