Kentucky Symphony turns 25 with “Amadeus” film and music

Posted on: April 6, 2017

“On Saturday, Greaves Concert Hall at Northern Kentucky University will play home to a live orchestra screening of the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus,” by the Kentucky Symphony, writes Judy George in Wednesday’s (4/5) Cincinnati CityBeat (OH). “Led by music director James Cassidy, the KSO will play the movie’s music onstage during a high-definition screening of the film, accompanied by pianist Sophie Wang and members of the Voices of the Commonwealth and Collegium Cincinnati’s Summer-Sing chorus…. What is the allure of symphonic cinema? Dave Bukvic, chief marketing officer of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, which includes the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra,” says that when the Dayton Philharmonic performed to The Wizard of Oz, “ ‘Our music director Neal Gittleman had the audience sing [along], conducting the orchestra with one hand and the crowd—people of all ages and generations—with the other…. It was phenomenal.’ … Saturday’s Amadeus Live celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Northern Kentucky-based KSO. Twenty-five years later, music director Cassidy still hews to his original mission: to make music attractive, affordable and accessible. ‘Great music is a gift that needs to be shared with as many people as possible,’ he said.”

Posted April 6, 2017