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George Zack’s final bow

September 11, 2008 by Rich Copley  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, George Zack, Music

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Lexington Philharmonic music director George Zack conducts the orchestra for the last time on Sept. 12, 2008. Zack took over the music director post in 1972, and will officially retire next year when a new music director named. But the performing aspect of his job ends with a gala season-opening concert featuring one of Zack’s favorite soloists, violinist Aaron Rosand, followed by a celebration on the lawn next to the Singletary Center for the Arts.

We visited one of Zack’s final rehearsals with the orchestra and talked to the maestro and several of his colleagues to get their thoughts on this historic event. Audio, photos and production by Rich Copley.

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Master of collaboration

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Lexington Philharmonic conductor George Zack forged close ties with the Lexington Singers over the years. As he prepares for their last collaboration, hear how he has helped the relationship work. The Singers and the Philharmonic were rehearsing for their performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” on April 25, 2008. Read more here. Photos by Matt Goins.