Orchestra Kentucky has announced details of its 2020-21 season. Highlights include appearances by Grammy award-winner B.J. Thomas and America’s Got Talent favorite the Texas Tenors and tributes to the music of Billy Joel and Queen, plus the return of the J.C. Kirby & Son Christmas Spectacular.
Several season ticket packages – including an option to receive four free concerts – are on sale now. Details are available at Orchestra Kentucky.com and packages may be purchased by calling the Orchestra Kentucky administrative offices at (270) 846-2426, open weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
The new season begins April 24th of 2020 at SKyPAC with Windborne’s “Music of Queen,” featuring singer Brody Dolyniuk and a rock ensemble. Tickets to this special event are on sale exclusively to Orchestra Kentucky subscribers through February 28th. A video showcasing Brody’s remarkable talent in his one-man “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
“With an amazing amount of help, Orchestra Kentucky gave its first concert on September 11th of 2000” said founding Music Director Jeff Reed. “Hard to believe we are coming up on 20 years since then, but I am as excited now about this remarkable organization as I have ever been. The best is yet to come, and I believe our 2020-21 lineup is evidence of that.”
Orchestra Kentucky Executive Director Scott Watkins added, “From day one, Jeff’s programming has set the tone for Orchestra Kentucky, and has been key to attracting an ever-growing audience. Ticket sales for our current season are on pace to set new records. I strongly encourage patrons to subscribe now and guarantee their seats for next season.”
The 2020-21 season features eleven unique programs from April 2020 through May 2021, all at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center:
- 4/24/20 MUSIC OF QUEEN
- 7/25/20 MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL, featuring MICHAEL CAVANAUGH
- 8/29/20 SUMMER MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS
- 9/19/20 B.J. THOMAS
- 10/24/20 THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
- 11/14/20 BACK TO THE 80’s
- 12/12/20 J.C. KIRBY & SON CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!
- 2/13/21 THE BEST OF MY LOVE
- 3/20/21 A CELTIC CELEBRATION
- 4/17/21 CLASSIC ROCK ANTHEMS
- 5/22/21 THE TEXAS TENORS
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 more than 1,000 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.