Founded in 2000, Orchestra Kentucky is now the 3rd largest professional orchestra in the Commonwealth; serves more than 14,000 patrons; brings world-renowned guest artists to Bowling Green; and exports home-grown concert concepts to cities across the United States.
On July 27, Orchestra Kentucky will begin its 20th season of concerts. Founded by Music Director Jeff Reed, the organization has grown rapidly and continues to make a big impact in its community. Orchestra Kentucky:
- Is now the 3rd largest professional orchestra in the Commonwealth as measured by annual operating budget. It ranks behind two orchestras that serve much larger population bases – the Louisville Orchestra and Lexington Philharmonic.
- Enjoyed paid attendance of more than 14,000 to its 2018-19 concerts and is the largest renter of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center – built, in part, because of Orchestra Kentucky’s success.
- Has brought legendary guest artists including Air Supply, BJ Thomas, Kenny Rogers, Rachel Barton Pine, Neil Sedaka, Larry Gatlin, and Peter Tork to Bowling Green.
- Has created concert concepts that have been performed in several US cities including Augusta, Charleston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Memphis, Omaha, and Sacramento.
- Was cited in best-selling author Seth Godin’s book “Small is the New Big.”