The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Opens Its 19th Summer of Family-Friendly Concerts in Covington’s Devou Park on July 6th with an All-Dvorak Program

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Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for a glimpse of America through the eyes of Antonin Dvorak. "Dvorak: Living in America" is a unique Americana program for the Fourth of July weekend, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., Devou Park Amphitheater, Covington, KY.

The KSO has performed free concerts at the Amphitheater in Convington's Devou Park since 1995.

“Dvorak’s music, written in and for America, presents the KSO with an opportunity to celebrate a traditional holiday while reflecting on American ideals - freedom, character and honor” said KSO Music Director, James R. Cassidy.

On Saturday July 6th enjoy an evening under the stars as the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens its 19th Summer Series with unique musical fare in Covington’s Devou Park. The program, “Dvorak :Living in America” features some of Dvorak’s most beloved music, including his Symphony from the New World and the regional premiere of his cantata, The American Flag.

Celebrated Czech composer Antonin Dvorak moved to the U.S. in 1892 as the director of America’s National Conservatory of Music in New York City. Dvorak also spent time in the Midwest to tap into America’s cultural and musical heritage.Native American, folk songs and spirituals inspired Dvorak to write some of his most well-known and beloved compositions here in the U.S. The KSO offers a musical snap shot of these works during the concert.

“Dvorak’s music, written in and for America, presents the KSO with an opportunity to celebrate a traditional holiday while reflecting on American ideals - freedom, character and honor” said KSO Music Director, James R. Cassidy.

The holiday weekend program will open with a patriotic premiere of KSO pianist Steve Hinnenkamp’s musical setting of “The Pledge of Allegiance” with words by Francis Bellemy.Bellemy wrote the often-recited “Pledge” in 1892, about the time Dvorak arrived in the U.S. The Slavonic Dance No. 8, Op. 46, though not written in the United States, is a joyous curtain raiser with a folk flavor that sets the palette for the program.

Members of the KSO Chorale, Voices of the Commonwealth and Clermont Festival Chorale join forces as the KSO offers the regional premiere of Dvorak's The American Flag Op. 102, a 20-minute cantata in seven short movements on a patriotic poem by Joseph Drake. Dvorak finished the work just before he began work on his New World Symphony. For this premiere the KSO imported the music from Prague.

The Cello Concerto in B minor was inspired by cellist / composer Victor Hebert during Dvorak’s time in NYC. Cincinnati native cellist and incoming Julliard freshmen, Benjamin Fryxell will offer the finale (mvt. 3) to perhaps the most popular cello concerto ever written.After intermission the KSO will perform the complete Symphony No. 9 (New World).

Few opportunities exist today where so many families can gather to create generational memories. Since 1995, the KSO has continued the Northern Kentucky tradition of quality, family- friendly concerts at the Amphitheater in Devou Park. KSO Summer Series concerts at Devou are offered free of charge although donations are encouraged to help defray production costs. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, as it is a natural setting.

New this year, food trucks will be on hand offering a wide variety of savory and sweet options to enjoy a picnic before or during the concert.A portion of each sale also supports the series.

Parking is also free throughout the park. T.A.N.K. Shuttles run from Covington Catholic, on Dixie Highway, to the band shell and back from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. for $1 each way.

The series continues August 31st with "Cirque Devou Deux."The KSO and Circus Mojo re-unite Labor Day weekend for more high-wire hi-jinx at the bandshell. Exploring the atmospheric, musical sounds a la Cirque du Soleil and the klezmeresque fun of Cirkestra, together with nostalgic traditional big-top tunes, the KSO will set the mood and tempo for incredible Circus Mojo performers and acts from around the world.Concerts are held rain or shine. Additional information can be found by visiting kyso.org or calling (859) 431-6216.

About the KSO:

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra takes the “phony” out of symphony through live thematic concerts that culturally enrich, educate and entertain the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Current Music Director, James R. Cassidy founded the group in 1992 with an ambitious purpose – to create a new, broader audience for symphonic music. Through unique and innovative presentations, classical and other genres of music, the KSO has made concerts attractive, accessible and affordable without compromising quality and integrity. The KSO, with offices in Newport, KY, can be found throughout Northern Kentucky (the Commonwealth’s second largest population center) performing three series of concerts in churches, schools and parks. For more information visit http://www.kyso.org

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