Orchestra to feature classical organist

By Kristin Sherrard

UK School of Music professor and classical organist Schuyler Robinson will accompany the Lexington Philharmonic tonight at 8 in the Singletary Center for the Arts as a part of the MasterClassics series.

Robinson, who started teaching organ and harpsichord at UK in 1982, has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic numerous times over the years.

“It is still an honor to be invited to do this,” Robinson said.

Through a partnership between the Lexington Philharmonic and the UK School of Music, students can get free tickets to the performance at the Singletary Center by showing their student ID. Regular admission ranges from $24 to $45. Lexington Philharmonic marketing director Danielle Dove said students should take advantage of this great chance.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity to see great art in Kentucky and in Lexington,” Dove said.

The program will be guest conducted by Darryl One, who is currently the music director for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in Texas, according to the Lexington Philharmonic Web site (www.lexphil.org). He is one of 12 conductors being considered to replace George Zack, who announced in September that he was retiring as the conductor of the philharmonic.

One and Lexington Philharmonic Director of Education Joe Tackett will be leading a Q&A session at 7 p.m. to preview the upcoming performance and learn more about Zack’s potential replacement. It is an opportunity to learn about “his background and his love and appreciation for music,” Dove said.

The orchestra will perform pieces written by Ottorino Respighi, Francis Poulenc and Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Robinson hopes that students will take advantage of the free tickets and come to the show.

“The arts are very essential to the total education of our students,” Robinson said. “I think students can gain a deeper appreciation for traditional and popular music through their understanding of what the classics bring to them.”