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KSO Returns to Live Performance at Month's End with Bach Celebration


The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra continues its 29th season with in-person and live-streamed performances, with a concert planned for January 30 celebrating the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The program opens with J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major which likely debuted in a coffeehouse performance in Leipzig around 1730. Its Italianate Air has been extracted and performed on solo violin and with full strings beginning in the late 1800s often under the title “Air on the G-string.” C.P.E. Bach (Carl Philipp Emanuel) was one of J.S.’s most gifted offspring, and his music was said to bridge the Baroque and Classical eras. After pursuing a law  degree, C.P.E. became one of the foremost clavier players in Europe and composed symphonies, keyboard and choral music. As court musician to Frederick the Great, C.P.E. wrote flute music that the King would play,  including the Concerto in A Minor to be performed by renown flutist Demarre McGill. 

Demarre McGill serves currently as principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He and his brother Anthony McGill (principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic) grew up playing their instruments in Chicago. Today, both are world-renowned musicians, soloists, chamber music collaborators and involved in music education efforts in underserved communities. Demarre has appeared as soloist and/or as principal flute with many of the top orchestras in the U.S.

The KSO’s ‘Best of the Bach Boys’ tribute concludes with a book end work by the famous father — the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 featuring Demarre McGill, KSO Concertmaster Manami White and harpsichordist Michael Unger. 

The KSO invites the community out for a live concert of beautiful, contemplative and inspired music by a father and his three sons — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 30th. Safety measures used by St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica will be employed, and patrons are asked to don masks and maintain distance.  

Tickets for each show this year remain $35 to experience great musicians, guest artists and innovative programming unique to our region. For those who must stay home, the KSO is live streaming each concert (via multiple cameras) for your ‘at home access’ for the price of a single ticket. Tickets are available online at, by phone (859) 431-6216, or at the door. 

-Staff report

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