ABOUT


THE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL OF LEXINGTON IS A 10-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE HEART OF THE FAMED BLUEGRASS REGION OF KENTUCKY.


THE 2017 FESTIVAL

The 2017 Chamber Music Festival of Lexington will present 10 continuous days of events - traditional concerts, pop-up events, fundraisers, and more. It will feature a return of Ensemble-in-Residence WindSync, our core artists, with a guest artist and composer-in-residence to be announced.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR,
NATHAN COLE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

N. Gregory Pettit, President
Sue Weant, Treasurer
Edd MacKay, Vice President
Edward L. Bowen, Secretary
Will Adams
Pamela Blatz-Murff
David Elbon
Rory Harris
Susan Masterman
Dr. Ronald Saykaly
Karen Slack
Linda Slagel
Michelle Young

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 
ELIAS GROSS

ADVISORY BOARD

Jim Clark
Frank Close
Gordon Cole
Kris Cole
Gay Reading
Marie Houlihan
Joe Jones
Margaret Jones
Scott Terrell


Charles Stone,
Founder and President Emeritus


HISTORY

The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington was founded in 2007 by arts patrons Charlie Stone and Charles Thompson, and Nathan Cole, Los Angeles Philharmonic First Associate Concertmaster (and Lexington native). The Festival brought some the best artists from around the country to Lexington to play a weekend of concerts in the beautiful Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. The Festival, now in its 10th season, spans 10 days of programming, hosts an innovative Ensemble-in-Residence program, and commissions a new work annually.


COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE

In 2008, the Festival established a Composer-in-Residence program that commissioned a new work for the Festival each year. In 2010, the program evolved in a joint commissioning program with the Lexington Philharmonic, with the help of the Saykaly-Garbulinska Foundation. The 2016 Composer-in-Residence was the award-winning Avner Dorman. Check back for news about the 2017 Composer-in-Residence!


COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

2016 Festival Artwork by Gordon Gildersleeve

The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington has an established tradition of selecting an area artist to create a work of visual art which becomes the icon for the entire festival year. The festival sees this as a way of calling attention to another important component of the Lexington arts community. The work is displayed around town during the late spring and summer and is moved to the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion for the concerts, where it is offered by silent auction to the highest bidder.

Check back soon for the announcement of the 2017 Festival Artist and see below for more information about past Festival Artists!


PERFORMANCE HALL

Concerts for the Festival are performed in the spectacular Fasig-Tipton Pavilion, located just beyond the city limits to the north of Lexington and situated in the famed Bluegrass horse country for which the region is internationally known. The pavilion was built to serve as an auction arena for the area’s Thoroughbred horses. Easily accessible, with ample parking and award-winning landscaping, the Festival’s home at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion integrates Kentucky’s rich equine legacy with the highest caliber classical music.

 

CONTACT → Chamber Music Festival P.O. Box 21816, Lexington, KY 40522 - 859.813.4265 - info@chambermusiclex.org