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An upcoming symposium on chamber music and entrepreneurship will be presented by the University of Kentucky School of Music. "The Innovative Artist: 2017 Music Entrepreneurship Symposium," running Jan. 18-21, will include lectures, workshops, masterclasses and concerts featuring guest artists clarinetist Derek Bermel, pianist Alexandria Le, French horn player Jeffrey Nelsen and violinist Eric Silberger. The concerts on Jan. 18 and 20, as well as many of the symposium events being presented at the Singletary Center for the Arts, are free and open to the public.

Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality and virtuosity. His engagement with other musical cultures has become part of the fabric and force of his compositional language. Bermel is artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, director of Copland House's CULTIVATE emerging composers institute and curator of the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He's recognized as a dynamic and unconventional curator of concert series spotlighting the composer as performer and has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, New Jersey and Pacific Symphonies; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Saint Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; WNYC Radio; Eighth Blackbird; the Guarneri and JACK String Quartets; Music from Copland House; Music from China; De Ereprijs; ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble; Veenfabriek; and violinist Midori.