Arts & Culture

UK Symphony Orchestra, Cellist Amit Peled to Perform Elgar, Humperdinck and Sibelius

Amit Peled, Bach Cello Suites, Wolfgang Schnabl.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2017) The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will perform next with cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence. The concert featuring Peled will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

The November concert will feature Peled and the UK Symphony Orchestra performing Edward Elgar’s legendary Cello Concerto. The orchestra will also perform the overture to the opera “Hansel and Gretel” and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.

Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls, including: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York City; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. Following his enthusiastically received Alice Tully Hall concerto debut playing the Paul Hindemith cello concerto, The New York Times raved: “Glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.” Peled’s extensive discography includes critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, Centaur and Delos Labels. His recent release of “Casals Homage,” which features the legendary 1915 Pablo Casals program, was a best-selling feature on the online iTunes Store.

Some upcoming highlights for Peled include Bach Suite cycles in the U.S., Europe and Israel, a new Naxos installment with the Tempest Trio, a debut collaboration with Maestra Marin Alsop performing the Dmitri Shostakovich Concerto, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Second Cello Concerto conducted by the legendary composer himself, a release of the Johannes Brahms Cello Sonatas, Franz Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata recorded on the Casals cello, and a musical celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s cello/piano sonatas around the world to commemorate his 250th anniversary.

Founded in 1918 and made up of undergraduate and graduate musicians from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, the UK Symphony Orchestra has long served as one of the university’s most prominent musical ensembles. This year they continue that tradition with performances of some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire, alongside contemporary works which push the boundaries of orchestral music. Concerts will feature music by the likes of Brahms and Igor Stravinsky, as well as a concert presented as part of the two-year global celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The orchestra will also continue its partnership with UK Opera Theatre, performing next in the program's spring production of “Showboat.”

John Nardolillo has appeared with more than 30 of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony and principal orchestras of Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis, Oregon, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Alabama, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Toledo, Vermont, Columbus, Omaha and Hawaii. He also recently conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and Carnegie Hall in New York. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France, and has since made conducting appearances in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and China. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. In 2004, Nardolillo joined the faculty at the UK School of Music, where he is currently serving as the director of Orchestras.

Doors for the UK Symphony Orchestra concert with Amit Peled open 7 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and free for UK students with a valid ID before the day of the performance (at the Singletary Center ticket office). Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office online at, by phone 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue.

UK Symphony Orchestra is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, music therapy, and theory and music history.

photos of Amit Peled with cello and John Nardolillo conducting
UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will perform next with cellist Amit Peled beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Singletary Center.

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