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WKRP in Cincinnati, Local TV Personalities Part of Kentucky Symphony's Summer Series

Cue the fireworks! Kentucky Symphony opens its free summer concert season at Devou Park on July 8 with Let Freedom Sing! – but first the symphony will bring the patriotic program to Ft. Thomas’s 150th anniversary on July 4.  

Area vocalists Rob Reider and Nancy James join the KSO Chorale and the KSO in what music director James Cassidy subtitles, “A Patriotic Pastiche” to “celebrate and give thanks for our nation’s freedom.”

The program is filled with everybody’s favorites, including “Yankee Doodle,” “Battle of New Orleans,” “Ashokan Farewell,” “Over There,” “Ballad of the Green Berets,” “You Can’t Blame Your Uncle Sammy,” and of course, “God Bless America.”

All the KSO Devou Park free monthly concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.:

Fit as a Fiddle II, Aug. 5. The KSO reprises the “Beethoven 5K Run” — “See if you can run a 5K before we finish Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5,” Cassidy invites, “It gets you in shape with an orchestra-accompanied aerobics class in ‘Sweatin’ to the Symphony.’” It’s part of the KSO’s participation in Covington’s Outdoor Weekend.

Program Highlights: “Beethoven Symphony No. 5” and popular works and excerpts by Bizet, Mozart, Prokofiev, Smetana, Khachaturian, Tchaikowsky, Offenbach, Rossini, J. Strauss, Grieg, Brahms, Sousa, Massenet and more. 

Remembering WKRP, Sept 2. “We’re livin’ on the air in Cincinnati again!,” says Cassidy. The KSO Boogie Band brings back tunes by Toto, Michael Jackson, Bob Seger, the Pointer Sisters, Queen, and more that were heard on WKRP in Cincinnati, Cincy’s favorite fictional radio station. The classic sitcom ran from 1978-82.

Program Highlights:  WKRP Theme, “Hold the Line,” “ For the Love of Money,” “Rise,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Le Freak,” “Old Time Rock & Roll” and many more.

Concessions are available on-site. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. For more information and directions, visit the KSO at www.kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216. $5 (per person) suggested donation.

The TANK Shuttle from Covington Catholic to the band shell runs from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. and after the concert for $1 each way. Free parking in the park (though limited).

-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts