The Lexington Singers have been performing major works in central Kentucky and around the world for 57 years, making it one of the longest continuously performing independent community choral groups in America. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, The Lexington Singers currently comprises five choirs with over 300 voices and provides opportunities for children, youth and adults.
Recent performances have included, among other works, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ German Requiem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and Verdi’sRequiem. There are eight performances in the concert season, including concerts with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, and a very popular spring Pops concert. Tour concerts have included performances at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, St. Mark’s basilica in Venice, Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
National & International Tours
As part of The Lexington Singers’ mission to represent the best of Kentucky outside the Commonwealth, special concert tours beyond our borders have always been important, beginning with concerts in the 1960s in Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River, and the group’s Carnegie Hall debut in New York. And The Lexington Singers’ first European tour was during the group’s fifteenth season, in Romania.
There have been two more recent European tours by The Lexington Singers. In the summer of 2000, The Lexington Singers toured Austria and France, performing the Mozart Requiem at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and giving open air concerts in Salzburg and Innsbruck. A highlight of the trip was the singing of evening mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, featuring the Mozart Missa Brevis as well as Tschesnokov’s Salvation is Created and Bruckner’s Ave Maria.
In the summer of 2003, The Lexington Singers returned to Europe, this time to tour northern Italy. The concert series began with mass at St. Peter’s basilica in Rome, followed by an enthusiastically received concert in Florence at the European University Institute, and ended with morning mass at St. Mark’s basilica in Venice. The latter, at the church considered to be the home of polychoral music, saw the group break into two equal choirs at opposite sides of the church, resulting in a challenging but exciting finale to the tour.
Special concerts in nationally recognized US venues have included a return to Carnegie Hall for a concert in 2000 featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, and The Lexington Singers’ Kennedy Center debut in 2010 as part of a multi-ensemble performance of Our Lincoln.
The summer of 2007 saw The Lexington Singers touring Brazil, with concerts in some of South America’s most prestigious venues including the Theatro Politheama in Sao Paulo and Candelaria Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro.
Upcoming tours include plans to return to Carnegie Hall during the 2013-14 season, and a return to Europe for a concert tour in the summer of 2015 in Scotland and England.
Scholarships and Awards
Each year The Lexington Singers honors outstanding choral music students from area high schools and awards a scholarship to a local college music student.
Repertoire list: major works recently performed
|Joseph Baber||An American Requiem|
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Magnificat|
|Ludwig von Beethoven||Missa Solemnis|
|Ludwig von Beethoven||Ninth Symphony|
|Leonard Bernstein||Chichester Psalms|
|Johannes Brahms||Alto Rhapsody|
|Johannes Brahms||A German Requiem|
|Benjamin Britten||St. Nicholas|
|Benjamin Britten||War Requiem|
|René Clausen||A New Creation|
|René Clausen||Celebration Canticles|
|Jay Flippin||An Appalachian Triptych|
|Franz Joseph Haydn||Lord Nelson Mass|
|Franz Joseph Haydn||Missa Brevis in D|
|Gustav Mahler||Second Symphony|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||C Minor Mass|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Requiem|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Vespers to the Confessor|
|Carl Orff||Carmina Burana|
|Sergei Prokofiev||Alexander Nevsky|
|John Rutter||Mass of the Children|
|Peter Schubert||Mass in G|
|Igor Stravinsky||Symphony of Psalms|