Kentucky Symphony moves summer series to new location, with social distancing

Posted on: July 13, 2020

“Due to the pandemic, the city of Covington [Kentucky] decided not to host the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Devou Park’s bandshell, where the orchestra has played for 25 summers,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Thursday’s (7/9) Cincinnati Business Journal (OH). “ ‘These are highly unusual times and the preparation and guidelines are tricky and time-consuming to navigate,’ said music director James ‘J.R.’ Cassidy. … ‘I saw the summer as an opportunity to get musicians back to work and to offer the community a semblance of tradition and normalcy.’ The three-concert series kicks off 7:30 p.m. July 11 at Tower Park [in Fort Thomas, Kentucky] with ‘Swingin’ Cirque Revue,’ featuring the KSO’s 10-piece swing band, the Devon-Doo Daddies, with high-wire acts and juggling by Ludlow’s Circus Mojo…. Attendees are encouraged to register online, observe distance postings, wear masks … and pack hand sanitizer…. Seniors are invited to attend morning dress rehearsals for each show … in the park…. The concert will be live-streamed on Facebook. The series continues on Aug. 8 with ‘The Band Played On,’ featuring cornet soloist Michael Mergen from the President’s Own Marine Corps Band, and on Sept. 5 with the Boogie Band…. Food trucks will be on site.”