In Wednesday’s (7/7) Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio), William Croyle writes, “The city of Covington and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra are planning a $2 million renovation to the band shell in Devou Park that will also become the symphony’s headquarters. The city has committed $500,000 to the project with funds generated from the Drees Pavilion. The rest of the money would be raised by the symphony. … The white, concrete shell has been used for a three-concert summer series by the symphony for the last 16 years. The plan is for the shell to become a weekend destination from May through September with concert, film, dance and theatre performances. … The design calls for the shell itself to basically remain the same, but it would be extended on the sides and a canopy would be added. A sound system, lights and video projection screen would also be added, with amenities such as music stands, chairs and a grand piano available for use. The symphony’s headquarters would be connected to the back of the shell and include offices, a rehearsal room, dressing rooms and a library. A concession stand and restrooms would also be built on the grounds for the public.” The city of Covington, and the KSO’s current offices in Newport, are located just across the border from Cincinnati.
Posted July 8, 2010