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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Lights the Fuse on its 30th Anniversary Season

The Newport Car Barn will host the May 21 KSO show. 

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The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 30th anniversary next month with the first of five concerts in four cities.

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The KSO will launch its 2021-22 season Oct. 16 at St. Henry High School in Erlanger as it returns to auditoriums, a cathedral and a former street trolley depot spanning four cities (Erlanger, Cincinnati, Highland Heights and Newport) in three counties (Boone, Hamilton and Campbell).

Like last season, concerts will be offered in-person and via livestream. The KSO will adopt the safety protocols of each respective venue. 

The schedule:

- "The New Bs," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Drees Auditorium (St. Henry High School). This all-orchestral program features not the Three Bs (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms) but the New Bs (Peter Boyer, Mason Bates and Béla Bartók).

- "Psalms Sung Blue," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, (Cincinnati). King David’s Psalms from the Bible have long inspired composers over the centuries. Devout Catholic Anton Bruckner closes the program with his uplifting psalm of praise, power and glory. 

- "A Parting Opus," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 2022, Greaves Concert Hall, (Northern Kentucky University). The KSO returns to the venue of its very first concert in 1992 for Gustav Mahler’s final complete composition. The KSO has offered commissions to U.S. poet laureates to write poetry inspired by Mahler’s 9th Symphony. These original poems will be juxtaposed with the KSO’s performance of Mahler’s parting opus. 

- "The Greatest Showmen" 7:30 p.m. March 5, Drees Auditorium. The KSO will screen British actor-composer Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film "The Circus" as it performs Chaplin’s own 1967 revised score (restored for live performance by Timothy Brock). Following an intermission, the KSO turns to Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film "The Greatest Showman."

- "Studio 54 Revisited, 7:30 p.m. May 21, Newport Car Barn (Newport). Last year, when the KSO was searching for a venue for its season finale, it stumbled upon the Newport Car Barn, a depot built in the 1890s for electric trolley cars. Studio 54 was the exclusive club in New York City that became synonymous with disco, celebrities and other associations. The KSO performs the charts of Abba, Barry White, the Village People, Vicki Sue Robinson, Kool & the Gang and more with its studio orchestra and vocalists amidst mirrored balls, lights and nostalgia.

Tickets are $35 per concert, $150 for all five. For those who prefer to stay home, the KSO continues live streaming each concert (with multiple cameras).

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