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Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Changes, Broadens Management Team
Transition Reflects Growth and Greater Community Engagement
February 17, 2016 - LEXINGTON, KY – The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, the only Festival in the US to premiere a new commissioned work by a leading American composer every season, today announced changes to its management team that reflect its increasing popularity, its move to a full ten-day schedule, and increased educational and community outreach.
• Co-Founder and President Charles H. Stone has become President Emeritus, but remains an active board member.
• N. Gregory Pettit, Vice President since 2014 assumes the role of Board President. A board member since 2013, he is Managing Director of Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations in Lexington.
• Elias Gross has been appointed Executive Director. He replaces Richard Young, who had been Executive Director since 2012, when the position was created. Gross is owner of IRV Creative, which provides marketing and design services to non-profits. He is a former marketing director for the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Art League, a professional viola player and teacher and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Kentucky in art history and arts management.
• Edd MacKey has been appointed Vice President. MacKey has been a board member since 2014, and he also serves as President of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative and as a member of the Lexington-Fayette County Arts Review Board.
Co-Founder Charles Stone observed, “we have come a long way over the past decade, and nothing is more gratifying than the fact that our increased scope and reach has been accomplished while maintaining the highest of standards. I look forward to being deeply involved in our 10th Season celebration, even as others take over the day-to-day duties of staging this growing Bluegrass tradition.” President Gregory Pettit noted that, “we want to acknowledge the deep debt we owe to Richard Young for his innovation and unflagging devotion in bringing the Festival to a new level of outreach and scope of performance. I look forward to working with Elias Gross and musical director Nathan Cole to ensure that the festival continues to bring Lexington the best chamber music available anywhere while appealing to new audiences and preserving our capacity to surprise and delight.”
About the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington
The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, now in its 10th season, is the only such Festival in the US to premiere a new commissioned work by a leading American composer every season. Held every August in the famed Bluegrass horse country of Lexington, Kentucky, this Festival brings together a quintet of nationally recognized musicians to offer Central Kentuckians three formal concerts at the beautiful Fasig-Tipton, pop-up concerts by its Ensemble-in-Residence, educational programs and a world class guest artist. Its core group of musicians is led by Musical Director Nathan Cole, first Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For more information please go to www.chambermusiclex.com
Chamber Music Festival of Lexington programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. The annual Fund for the Arts has raised millions of dollars to support the visual, literary and performing arts in Lexington. LexArts provides the single largest grant to the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington each year.
The Saykaly Garbulinska Initiative, funder of the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Program, generously brings innovative composers to the Festival.