The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra holds annual Gala — Bourbon & Bond — in a former IMAX Theater

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Linking Kentucky spirits with a dash of espionage, the KSO moves its Gala to a secret abandoned hideout to raise funds for free student and park concerts.

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"...So we thought we'd kick the tires and take it (the IMAX Theater) for a spin." — KSO Music Director, James Cassidy

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra knows how to throw a party, but for this one, we’ve added a dash of intrigue. Attendees will recon the former IMAX Theater at Newport on the Levee — which will feature three levels of live music, video, Bourbon tasting, food, drink, dancing and silent auction sure to leave them both shaken and stirred.

The April 22nd "Bourbon and Bond" event marks the KSO’s 23rd Gala. Over the years these parties have become a hit, while raising much needed support for the Symphony’s free educational and family offerings, that reach over 20,000 kids and multiple generations each year. Imagine school children never hearing an orchestra, or summers without the traditional monthly Devou Park concerts. Keeping those memories thriving in NKY is the reason to join the KSO and party like "Tomorrow Never Dies.""

KSO musicians will perform throughout all three levels of the IMAX complex, which will be linked via video cameras and screens. "The theater (shuttered for 14 years) could make a unigue concert and media venue given the existing amenities (restaurants, parking), so we thought we'd kick the tires and take it for a spin." said KSO Music Director James Cassidy.

Patrons will be greeted by a harpist and strolling violinist in the lobby, before adjourning after dinner to the theater, where the KSO's studio orchestra and vocalist Michelle Wells will perform hit Bond songs from the Sean Connery through Daniel Craig eras. Upon exiting the theater a KSO combo opens the first dance set in the Cabaret with nostalgic instrumentals from the 1960s & 70s. MC and VJ Troy Hitch gets the party thumping with infectious dance tunes from 1960 through 2017.

Live, silent and on-line auctions feature destinations, sports and entertainment tickets, dining options and much more. The evening’s two raffle drawings include a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year family reserve or a week’s stay anywhere in the world at one of 7300 RCI locations. Can’t attend? Support the KSO’s outreach programs by buying raffle tickets or bidding on auction items on-line. Beginning on April 15th, patrons may preview and bid on auction items on-line. Bidders have the opportunity to place absentee bids if they can not attend on April 22nd. (tickets available on-line; winner need not be present to win).

This "Thunderball" is BYOG/G (Bring your own Bond girl/guy), so pull out the tux / gown and your savoir faire /sensuality and discover ("For Your Eyes Only") what the defunct IMAX at the Levee could become. On Saturday, April 22 the VIP reception & bourbon tasting begins at 6:00 p.m. as other agents and their significant operatives infiltrate the target venue at 7:00 p.m. Bid high and often on both the live and silent auctions. Hobnob, dine, dance and sneak out having accomplished your mission — offering the KSO a "Quantum of Solace", and having had a great time doing so.

Reservations for Bourbon and Bond are due on or before April 20th and can be made on-line kyso.org/gala or by calling the KSO at (859) 431-6216. A VIP ticket for a full evening with entry at 6:00 p.m., includes cocktails, Bourbon tasting, dinner by the bite at reserved tables, wine, and dancing / live entertainment is $125 per person ($60 tax deductible). Special agent guests enter at 7:00 p.m. partake of cocktails, an abbreviated bourbon tasting, dinner by the bite, dancing and live entertainment for $85 per person ($20 tax deductible). Proceeds from the event help fund eight free education and park concerts this year.

About the KSO:
For nearly 25 years The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has taken the “phony” out of symphony via live thematic concerts that culturally enrich, educate and entertain the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The KSO performs throughout Northern Kentucky with three series of concerts.

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