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Centre Orchestra to perform in concert with special guest Tim Lake


April 25, 2013 By Sallie Bright and Elizabeth Trollinger       
Centre Orchestra Concert

A banjo concerto by an award-winning Lexington composer and banjo virtuoso will be among the offerings when the Centre College Orchestra presents its spring concert, “American Voices, American Voyages.” The concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 in Weisiger Theatre and will be followed by a reception. Both the concert and the reception are free and open to the public.

At the concert, the Centre College Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jaemi Loeb, will perform “Threepenny Opera Suite” by Kurt Weill and “Danzón No. 2” by Arturo Márquez. Centre’s orchestra is made up of 35 students from a variety of majors, as well as some community members, with one thing in common: a love of music. The orchestra performs several times throughout the academic year.

“The opportunity to work with a wide array of American music has been special this term,” says Loeb. “The distinctly American dialects that the orchestra speaks in this concert range from Kurt Weill’s New York of the 1930s to the locally based, but broadly influenced, concerto of Dr. Lake to the contemporary Mexican sound of Arturo Márquez.”

In addition, the concert will feature Dr. Tim Lake performing the solo banjo part for “An American Concerto For Five-String Banjo And Orchestra,” his doctoral work, which depicts an immigrant’s voyage to America.

Lake describes the music as “a serious work for banjo and orchestra composed in an attempt to transcend the hillbilly image that often accompanies this instrument.”

Lake has performed across the United State and internationally as part of The Little Big Band. He earned a doctorate in music from the University of Kentucky in 1991. Lake performed with the Atlanta-Emory Orchestra for the world premiere of his banjo concerto. He was awarded Kentucky’s prestigious Al Smith Fellowship for Composition in 1995.

For his composing and songwriting, Lake has earned recognition from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Standard and Popular Awards panel each year from 1994 through 2012. In 2002, he was honored with the University of Kentucky’s School of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rounder Records released Lake’s first recording, “Same Old Roadside Inn,” and in 1993 he started his own company, Padraig Records, which has since released six of his records. His recording efforts are very diverse in scope but fall within an Americana or “eclectic folk” category in that they are unique banjo related efforts.

For more information about Lake, go to TimLake.com. For more about music at Centre, click here.



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