Spring is a season of grand finales for a number of Lexington's main classical music groups, and of special events and some of the first sounds of summer.
Here are some highlights of Central Kentucky's spring classical music season.
Thy Will Be Done. Angela Rice's Easter cantata has undergone a transformation from its original incarnation in 2012. It is now a full-blown oratorio and features a new cast joining Gregory Turay, reprising his role as Jesus. (7:30 p.m. April 3, Cathedral of the Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd. 4 p.m. April 6, Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Dr. $15-$22. Thywillbedone-ky.com.)
Lexington Philharmonic world premiere. The signature program of Scott Terrell's tenure with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra has been the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence program, allowing the orchestra to commission and present the world premiere of a new work every other year. This year, it will be Adam Schoenberg. The Phil audience also heard his music at September's season-opening concert. (7:30 p.m. April 11. Singletary Center for the Arts concert hall, 405 Rose St. $20-$70. (859) 233-4226. Lexphil.org.)
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and choirs. UK's orchestra will go big and then go home, with its season-finale concert featuring two towering works: Johannes Brahms' Song of Destiny and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection." (7:30 p.m. April 25. Singletary Center for the Arts concert hall. Free. Finearts.uky.edu.)
Lexington Philharmonic plays Beethoven's Ninth. As finales go, it doesn't get much grander than Ludwig Van Beethoven's final symphony, with its iconic choral movement best known as Ode to Joy. For the event, the Philharmonic will assemble a chorus composed of the Lexington Singers, the Lexington Chamber Chorale and the Kentucky Bach Choir. (7:30 p.m. May 16. Singletary Center for the Arts concert hall. $20-$70. (859) 233-4226. Lexphil.org.)
Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Small-ensemble classical music floating out into the grounds has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. Once again, artistic directors Wu Han and David Finckel will bring an ensemble from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a couple days of concerts. (May 24, 25. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. For a complete schedule and tickets, go to Shakervillageky.org/chamber_music_festival or call 1-800-734-5611.)