Currently in its 56th season, the world-class Lexington Philharmonic performs a mix of classical and contemporary music under visionary Maestro Scott Terrell. The orchestra is noted for its jubilant renditions of iconic pieces and the technical acuity of its musicians. The philharmonic, founded in 1961 to provide background music for a film produced by the University of Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture, serves as central Kentucky's only professional orchestra and is dedicated to enriching the lives of Kentucky’s diverse citizenry.
Lexington Philharmonic presents and participates in over 200 concerts and educational programs in Kentucky each season, engaging diverse communities across central Kentucky and fostering creativity in school children through targeted educational programing. Before taking the helm of the Lexington Philharmonic in 2009, Conductor Scott Terrell served as the Resident Conductor and Director of Education of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. Under his stewardship, the Lexington Philharmonic has been the three-time recipient of the coveted Copland Award, named for renowned American composer Aaron Copland.