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2011 NSO American Residency: Kentucky

2011 NSO American Residency: West Kentucky

The American Residencies

Full List

  • Kentucky, 2011
  • West Virginia, 2010
  • Arkansas, 2009
  • South Carolina, 2008
  • Kansas, 2007
  • Nebraska, 2006
  • Nevada, 2005
  • North Carolina, 2005
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • North Dakota, 2003
  • South Dakota, 2002
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • Vermont, 2000
  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Alabama, 1998
  • Arizona, 1997
  • Montana, 1996
  • Wyoming, 1996
  • Maine, 1995
  • Louisiana, 1994
  • Alaska, 1992

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has accepted the invitation from the Kentucky Arts Council to make Kentucky the site of the National Symphony Orchestra's 2011 American Residency. Between February 17 and February 25, 2011, the members of the Orchestra will participate in more than 100 educational, outreach, and performance activities throughout the state.

Because of the generous support of many organizations—principally the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of Education—all proceeds from any ticket sales resulting from these events remain within the state to support local arts organizations.

The announcement was made August 4, 2010 by First Lady Jane Beshear at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Additional participants included Lori Meadows, Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council, Todd Lowe, Chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council, Secretary Marcheta Sparrow and Deputy Secretary Lindy Casebier from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, and NSO Orchestra Manager Cynthia Steele.

"We are very excited about the National Symphony Orchestra coming to Kentucky in 2011," said First Lady Jane Beshear. "The concert experiences and the residencies in schools will have a wonderful impact on communities across the Commonwealth."

"The Kentucky Arts Council is thrilled to host the National Symphony Orchestra's Kentucky Residency for 2011," said Lori Meadows, Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council. "The Residency provides a wonderful opportunity for the people of Kentucky to enjoy a full schedule of concerts workshops, lectures, and other activities led by the NSO. We're also pleased that the Residency will help raise awareness for our state orchestras and the excellent programming that they do both in their own communities and across the state year-round."

"On behalf of the National Symphony Orchestra, it gives us great pleasure to accept the invitation of the Kentucky Arts Council to make the state our home for the 2011 American Residency," said Rita Shapiro, NSO Executive Director. "Over the course of many residencies, I have observed the generosity of the musicians with their time and talents, and their creativity, as they form ensembles with programs geared for people of all ages. Their enthusiastic participation has made the American Residency one of the signature projects of the National Symphony Orchestra."

The Kentucky Arts Council will coordinate all Residency activities. American Residencies are sponsored in part by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as it has been since 1994. Since 2006, the chamber music and outreach performances have been supported by the Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund for chamber music and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.

There will be a total of seven full orchestra concerts throughout the state, including one geared to young audiences. They will take place in Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah, Lexington, Somerset, and Florence. Dozens of educational and outreach activities and other events are being planned in communities both large and small.

For the Kentucky application forms, please visit the Kentucky Arts Council website for a detailed list of available Residency activities and information on how to apply for an activity.

Hugh Wolff, one of today's most distinguished American conductors, is the 2011 Residency Conductor. He began his career in 1979 as the National Symphony Orchestra's assistant conductor, and who since has enjoyed an international career, holding the position of music director with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and other organizations.

Residency Follow-Up Activities

The NSO will continue its relationship with Kentucky long after the National Symphony has left the state.

Summer Music Institute.
Since 1992, the Kennedy Center/NSO National Trustees' Summer Music Institute - a training program for young orchestral musicians (ages 14-21) from across the country - has welcomed students annually for four weeks of study, rehearsal and coaching sessions. As part of the American Residency, up to six students from Kentucky will be chosen to receive scholarships to the 2011 Summer Music Institute. Students will be selected by taped audition.
Teacher Fellowship.
One Kentucky music teacher will be selected for an individually designed program to further the teacher' s professional development. The program will take place in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center.
Chamber Music Commission.
A composer from Kentucky will be selected to create a chamber music work to be premiered at the Kennedy Center.


Schedule of Full Orchestra Concerts
February 17 - 25, 2011

Below is a list of all confirmed full-orchestra events. A complete schedule detailing the dozens of master classes, chamber music concerts, and educational events will be announced in the coming months.

Thursday, February 17:
Concert at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, presented by the Kentucky Center for the Arts and the Louisville Orchestra
Friday, February 18:
Chamber music, outreach, and educational events in the Louisville area
Saturday, February 19:
Concert at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, presented by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, February 20:
Concert at RiverPark Center in Owensboro, presented by the RiverPark Center and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra
Monday, February 21:
Concert at Carson Four Rivers Center, Paducah, presented by the Carson Center and the Paducah Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, February 22:
NSO Young People's Concert at Carson Four Rivers Center, Paducah
Wednesday, February 23:
Concert at Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky, Lexington, presented by the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, February 24:
Concert at Center for Rural Development, Somerset, presented by the Center for Rural Development

All time periods not involving the full orchestra will be devoted to include education, outreach, and chamber music activities requested by organizations within Kentucky.