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

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Contact: Elias Gross – Executive Director | (859) 813-4265

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, 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 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.