LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2013) — Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, is presenting its first-ever Arbor Celebration and will feature the critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, in a free concert of works inspired by nature as well as traditional band music. Ashland's Arbor Celebration is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21. The event is free and open to the public.
Ashland's 17 acre estate in the center of Lexington has more than 400 trees, some of which date back to the 1800s when Kentucky statesman Henry Clay lived there. Arbor Celebration festivities begin at 1 p.m. and will include Free Tree Talk and Tours on the half hour with arborist Dave Leonard; an Adopt a Tree program featuring 100 Ashland trees that individuals may adopt for $50, $100, $250 or $500, which will help maintain a tree for a year; and Graeter's ice cream.
The UK Wind Symphony concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Ashland's back lawn. The program will include an assortment of popular traditional band music selections, like John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," as well as other marches, patriotic pieces, overtures and family-oriented concert selections. Many of the pieces performed will be inspired by nature in honor of Ashland's Arbor Celebration. In case of rain, this concert will be moved to the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
The UK Wind Symphony is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for more than 100 years, the UK Wind Symphony is considered to be one of the finest university concert bands in the United States. Several of the recordings of the UK Wind Symphony have been nominated for Grammy Award consideration in recent years, and during the summer of 2008, the ensemble participated in a 10-day concert tour of the People's Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in the cities throughout the country in celebration of China's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Most recently, UK Wind Symphony was one of nine ensembles selected to perform at the 2013 College Band Directors National
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