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It feels appropriate that the Lexington Philharmonic went up against Gypsy last weekend, because the orchestra has been slowly revealing its 2008-09 season over the past month.

First, we got concert dates, then we found out about the program for George Zack's final concert on the podium as music director. Now, we get the music and soloists for all but one concert.

Here's what they will be playing, and with whom they will be performing:

Sept. 12: George Zack, conductor; Aaron Rosand, violin. Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto; Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 1.

Oct. 24: Hai-Ye Ni, cello. Ottorino Respighi, The Birds; Franz Joseph Haydn, Cello Concerto; Edward Elgar, Serenade in e minor; Zoltan Kodaly, Dances of Galanta.

Nov. 21: Conrad Tao, piano. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, selections from Idomeneo: ballet music; Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 1; Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica).

Dec. 19: Jefferson Johnson, conductor; Lexington Singers and soloists. George Frideric Handel, Messiah.

Jan. 23: Daniel Mason, violin, and viola soloist TBA. Akira Ifukube, Ballata Sinfonica; Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola; Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 6.

Feb. 13: Yolanda Kondonassis, harp. Osvaldo Golijov, Last Round; Alberto Ginastera, Harp Concerto; Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale).

March 27: Andre Laplante, piano. Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3; Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21; Brahms, Symphony No. 4.

April 17: Artists and repertoire TBA.

On April 25, the remaining candidates to succeed George Zack will be unveiled at an event preceding this season's final concert. Those ­conductors, along with this season's five guest conductors, will be the finalists for the music director post. The announcement of the winner is expected to come next spring.

Contact the philharmonic at or (859) 233-4226 for season ticket information.

"Legacy' premiere

In the world of band music, the Georgetown College ensemble has scored a coup.

At its April 24 concert, the Tiger Symphonic band will offer a world premiere of Legacy by David Holsinger.

Holsinger is a Hardin, Mo., native who teaches at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He is one of America's foremost concert band composers, renowned for the sonic richness of his works. They include numerous military and religious works such as the Song of Moses, which was premiered by the U.S. Air Force Band and the Singing Sergeants and was broadcast on National Public Radio.

The Air Force Band — that's good company.

The Georgetown College concert, which is free, is at 8 p.m. April 24 in the college's John L. Hill Chapel.

Herald-Leader staff report