Orchestra Kentucky

This Saturday, November 2nd, Jeff Reed and Orchestra Kentucky celebrate the music of Paul Simon. The concert features hits from the Simon & Garfunkel years and Paul Simon’s considerable solo career - including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence,” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” - performed by a trio of talented vocalists and arranged for orchestra by GRAMMY Award winner Jeff Tyzik.

Prices begin at just $17 with tickets available on line any time at www.OrchestraKentucky.com, by calling the Orchestra Kentucky administrative offices at (270) 846-2426 open 9am to 5pm weekdays, or by calling the SKyPAC Box Office at (270) 904-1880 from 10am – 5pm weekdays.

“The music of the 1960s and 1970s are the core of the Retro Series,” said Orchestra Kentucky Music Director Jeff Reed, “and you can’t celebrate the music of the 1960s and 1970s without Paul Simon.” “It’s not an exaggeration to say that ‘The Sound of Silence’ changed a lot of people’s lives, and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ is just as inspiring today as it was when it debuted nearly 50 years ago. This music is timeless and certainly deserves its place in our 20th season.”

“The Paul Simon Songbook” will be performed at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 2nd. The program includes:

Bridge Over Troubled Water

The Sound of Silence

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover


Rhythm of the Saints


Founded in 2000, Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green is south central Kentucky’s professional orchestra. Its members have performed with ensembles such as the Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Charleston and Louisville orchestras. With over 1,600 subscribers in a community of approximately 60,000, the orchestra attributes its success to innovative programming, designed to appeal to a variety of audiences.

Orchestra Kentucky has backed legendary entertainers, including Neil Sedaka, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Paul Williams and The 5th Dimension. It is involved in commissioning new works by popular performers, premiering compositions by Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Peter Tork, Jimmy Webb, and PDQ Bach.


Jeffrey Reed, music director, founded Orchestra Kentucky in 2000. Since then, he has conducted orchestras in Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, South Korea, Milan, Italy and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has twice conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Albert Hall. Bestselling author and marketer Seth Godin singled Reed out in his best-selling study of new creativity, “Small is the New Big.” Godin praised his “clever” concerts and praised the “totally different way” Reed approaches programming. In 2015, the University of Louisville named Reed its Alumni Fellow for the School of Music in recognition of his distinguished work in his chosen field. In 2008, he received the Jefferson Award for public service in South Central Kentucky.

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