Carson Center

Paducah Symphony Orchestra is preparing for their signature fundraising event of the year, and in a new location. The Carson Center will be the venue for their Sing-Off on May 14. Executive Director Daniel Sene visits with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with details on the talented groups of local performers and guest judge American Idol finalist Jason Castro.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert headlined by Carol Orff's Carmina Burana with over 300 singers on stage in the Carson Center this Saturday. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti about the evening.

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet for Garrison Keillor live at the Carson Center April 2 at 7:30 pm, don't put it off any longer! We have an exclusive last minute deal for WKMS listeners. 

If you call the Carson Center box office at 270-450-4444 and mention WKMS, you'll get 10% off any tickets bought this week. 

Garrison Keillor Comes to the Carson Center This Thursday!  

A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor comes to The Carson Center in downtown Paducah on April 2 at 7:30 p.m.! Mr. Keillor's iconic storytelling style shines in this one man show blending humor and insight heard by public radio audiences for decades.

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Thursday, April 2 in Paducah 

We're hosting a party for "Lake Wobegon aficionados" before the Garrison Keillor LIVE at The Carson Center show later that night.

"Music is life. And like life, it is inextinguishable." - Carl Nielsen. This sentiment is evoked in the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Nielsen's 4th Symphony, featuring side-by-side performance by the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Symphony in D minor "Youth." Also, Respighi's tour through Rome in Fontane di Roma and Verdi's Overture to Nabucco. Kate Lochte speaks with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the March 14th concert.

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Saturday night's Valentine's activities in Paducah include The Paducah Symphony in concert at the Carson Center. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with the Symphony's Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti about the grand selections of music in "A Lincoln Portrait," which he says is a powerful and sincere symphonic journey.

Experience a night of 60s nostalgia this Friday at The Carson Center with The Midtown Men, four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. They reunited to sing their favorite songs of the sixties from The Beatles, The Four Seasons, The Rascals, Motown, The Mamas & The Papas, The Ronettes and Dusty Springfield. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Michael Langoria about how the group got together and what it's like bringing the Sixties to life.

It's Paducah Symphony Orchestra's most popular show, selling out four years in a row, "A Christmas Celebration" is this Saturday at 7:30 at the Carson Center in Paducah. Featuring the symphony and chorus, youth and children's choruses, Murray State Concert Choir and Murray Choral Society. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the program that starts at 7:30 p.m.

Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams opens the program of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Saturday night at 7:30 in the Carson Center. Then, guest soloist Glenn Deicterow joins the Orhcestra for Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, opus 14. And the concert finale is Piotre Tchaikovsky's Symphony Number 1, Winter Daydreams. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti for more about the music.

Saturday's concert of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra showcases the symphonic poem based on 1001 Nights: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade."  The program also features 2014 Young Artist Competition Winner Mary Grace Bender on cello. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Maestro Raffaele Ponti about the program of American, English, Italian and Russian compositions.