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It's Gonna Be Lots of Fun When the Kentucky Symphony Returns to Devou!

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra returns to Covington’s Devou Park for a free, three-concert summer season beginning in July that offers pop, jazz, and a Viennese New Year-style celebration that previews the KSO’s upcoming 25th anniversary season.

Audiences are invited to dance, clap and sing-along when the musical party in the park begins July 9 with Pop Fitty (5 Decades of Pop — from The Beatles to Bruno Mars).

Founding musical director J.R. Cassidy says programs for all three concerts are being finalized but happily offered sample song lists.

The July concert, Cassidy says, is for audiences who have listened to music – “pop, rock, country, R&B, Latin, disco, soul” during the last 50 years. “The KSO has all generations and all genres covered.”

Sample program: "Shake It Off", "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da", "Vogue", "Here for the Party", "Love Shack", "Smooth", "We Are Family", "Puff the Magic Dragon", "Uptown Funk", and many more.

Catching the Sun on Aug. 6 features “smooth and crossover jazz from the 1970s and 1980s -- a feel good vibe that became a sort of soundtrack for the times.”

Cassidy promises gems by Chuck Mangione, Spyro Gyra, Eumir Deodato and Chick Corea. Sample program includes: The Hill Where the Lord Hides, Spain, Morning Dance, Feels So Good.

Straussing Out closes the summer-under-the-stars series on Sept. 3. The 25th season sneak peek will have “choirs, cartoons, gunfire, musical saw, singing, dancing and audience participation. Those Austrians could party.”

Sample program: Die Fledermaus selections, At the Hunt, Blue Danube, Jockey Polka, Voices of Spring and Homage to Queen Victoria of Great Britain in its U.S. outdoor premiere. “The KSO had the U.S. premiere of this piece in 1992.”

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m.  Free (suggested donation $5 person.) Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Restrooms and concessions are available on-site. For more information and directions, visit the KSO at or call 859-431-6216. There is limited free parking.  

-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
Photo: Devou Park Bandshell (RCN file)