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Kentucky Symphony Closes Summer Series with Broadway Tunes at Devou

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra closes out its summer concert series on Saturday, September 1, with Overview of Broadway at the Devou Park Bandshell in Covington.

The tunes include a selection of overtures from Broadway classics like ShowboatAnnie Get Your GunThe Music ManHello, Dolly!Kiss Me, KateMy Fair Lady, and Damy Yankees.

The show is free.

The summer concert series is just one of the offerings by KSO throughout the year, which include free educational shows and an affordable subscription series.

This is the 24th summer that KSO has performed at Devou Park.

Attendees can being chairs or blankets, and their own food. The park's concession stand will also be open and food can be purchased from food trucks, too.

Saturday's shows highlight the Golden Age of Broadway, typically defined as 1926 to 1964, after which musical overtures started to be replaced by prologues and big opening numbers.

"(We are) setting the table with several tunes that folks can actually sing," said James Cassidy, KSO's music and executive director. "The Tin Pan Alley composers wrote stellar songs that endure today. These are the classics for which Broadway will continue to be remembered generations from now."

KSO, founded in 1992, has more than 400 musicians, though all don't play at the same time.

Cassidy said when he thinks of inventing a program for the summer months, he tries to imagine someplace he hasn't been before. He thinks of travel and possibly food, to think of an angle that makes it exciting.

"We've been all over the map," he said. "We've done classical and pop. But we are family-friendly, because we see multiple generations come to our concerts. The kids can roll down the hills, and others, young and old, can listen to and enjoy the music."

Shuttles are available from Covington Catholic High School from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and again after the concert, for $1 each way.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor