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She Got More than 1.4 Million Views on YouTube & She'll Join Kentucky Symphony in Park Hills

Twentieth century composers dialing up icons, tunes and styles from the past and a beat-box flutist are on the March 14-15 Kentucky Symphony Orchestra program at the Frances K. Carlisle Performing Arts Center Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills.

“What’s old is new again,” promises KSO Music and Executive Director J.R. Cassidy, “kinda.” 

Cassidy explains, “Composers have often looked back on their predecessors for ideas and inspiration, be it form, style, or even actual tunes.” The KSO program of 20th century works reflects on composers and music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras. 

A preview of the concert with Maestro Cassidy:

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony -- “Precocious and full of Haydn-esque surprises,” Cassidy says.  “It’s a popular and zippy 15-minute, four-movement piece that fits well within 21st century listening sensibilities.
  • Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin – Cassidy calls it “a tribute to the French Baroque suite championed by Francois Couperin.” From an earlier piano work, “Ravel orchestrated four movements and dedicated them to friends who were lost in the War.”
  • Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1 – 16th century Italian lute works were the inspiration, Cassidy explains, for a “tender and rollicking” short work.  (Vincenzo Galilei, father of famed astronomer Galileo Galilei, penned the Galliard movement.) 

Featured guest artist, 19-year old flutist Annie Wu, joins the KSO in the second half of the program. Wu, a freshman at both Harvard and the New England Conservatory of Music, studies with Paula Robison and has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. Since 2013 she has held the principal flute chair with the National Youth Orchestra and has toured nationally and internationally.

  • Lukas Foss’ Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra – “Foss revels in taking the listener back in time describing the work as ‘an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.’”
  • Greg Pattillo’s Three Beats for BeatBox Flute – Wu performs her YouTube hit. Check it out here: 

  • The Wise Virgins – “The one-act ballet that was created in 1940 to a score of well-known cantata music by Johann Sebastian Bach, as orchestrated by William Walton. The ballet is based on Matthew’s Gospel and parable of the 10 wise and foolish virgins.”

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. March 14, 3 p.m. March 15, Frances K. Carlisle Performing Arts Center Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills. Tickets $19, $27, $35, youth (ages 6-18) half-price. Reserve online at, by phone (859) 431-6216. Tickets will be available at the door.

-Staff report

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