Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Changes, Broadens Management Team: PRESS RELEASE

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Contact:   Elias Gross – Executive Director
elias@chambermusiclex.com | 859.813.4265

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.

Changes include:

       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.   

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Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Presents Two World Class Stars: PRESS RELEASE

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Contact: Elias Gross – Executive Director
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Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Presents Two World Class Stars

Soprano Karen Slack and Pianist Cliff Jackson to Perform for One Night Only Fundraiser at Blue Grass Trust Mansion March 4th

February 8, 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 a rare evening of musicfeaturing the talents of two internationally recognized artists who call Lexington home.

On Friday, March 4th soprano Karen Slack accompanied by Cliff Jackson on piano will team up for the second time on behalf of the Festival, in an intimate evening of music at the newly renovated Blue Grass Trust mansion at 210 North Broadway, known formerly as the Women’s Club. Billed as a fundraiser for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, the evening will feature wines, food catered by Donna Potter, and a custom lounge provided by Ethan Allen

President Gregory Pettit noted, “the response to last year’s performances by Karen Slack and Cliff Jackson on behalf of our Festival was so strong, we are thrilled to have them back this year, as we begin celebrating our 10th season. Both of these talents have performed for audiences in Carnegie Hall and in classical venues internationally, and we are privileged to have the chance to see them here in Lexington. The evening’s repertoire will have something for everyone, from Tosca to spirituals. It’s a very rare opportunity to see this kind of talent for this kind of an evening.”

Pre-show reception begins at 7 PM, with an 8PM curtain time. Tickets are priced at $100 and $150 (for stage-side cabaret seating). Portions of the ticket prices ($80 and $110, respectively), are deductible for tax purposes. Tickets are available online here http://www.chambermusiclex.com/tickets, or by calling (859) 813-4265.

About Karen Slack
Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, soprano Karen Slack is in demand across the US, Europe and Asia. She was most recently heard in the title role of Tosca and as Leonora in Il trovatore with Arizona Opera, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with The Latvian National Symphony, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Alabama Symphony, and as Aida with West Bay Opera. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller, and made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera. She also was a featured artist for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington’s 2014 program. More recently, Ms. Slack opened the Lexington Philharmonic’s latest season performing in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2.

About Cliff Jackson
A graduate of Oberlin College, Cliff Jackson is often cited for his sensitive accompaniments and insightful musicianship, and has been the pianist for many internationally renowned artists, including Renée Fleming, Kathleen Battle, Renata Scotto, Simon Estes, Edda Moser, Felicia Weathers, and Gwendolyn Bradley. His skill as a collaborative artist has earned him a place on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mr. Jackson was awarded a coaching fellowship by the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School, and Mr. Jackson has been recognized as a leading pianist from among the pool of his peers. He has also acted as pianist, organist, and harpsichordist while on the musical staffs of Miami Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Mobile Opera. A faculty member at UK for decades, Mr. Jackson's extensive work with singers, in particular his work with UK’s opera program, has earned him a wide reputation as an outstanding coach of vocal repertoire. In 2008 Classical Singer Magazine named him Coach of the Year.

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 bringstogether 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 anda 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 or call (859) 813-4265.

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.   

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