Paducah Symphony Orchestra

"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.

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.

Saturday night, The Carson Center fills with music as the Paducah Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season starts. Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti has brought a breadth of vision, clarity of interpretation and rich beauty of sound to the Symphony during his tenure and is known for his concise, but charming introductions to program selections. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the opener, "Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto."

Hear Paducah Symphony Orchestra concerts on WKMS! PSO concerts preempt A Prairie Home Companion rebroadcasts Sunday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and are rebroadcast Sunday nights from 9 - 11 p.m. You can also enjoy the concerts simulcast live on our Classical Channel. Also, rebroadcasts on our Classical Channel Mondays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at Noon, and Saturdays a 8 p.m. on weeks following the initial broadcast.

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Paducah to Renew Contract with Symphony for Youth

Aug 27, 2014

Paducah is renewing a contract with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for more than $20,000, up from the amount given last year.

City Manager Jeff Pederson says the annual contract provides in-school ensembles for kindergarten through fifth grade. Sixth through twelfth grade students are provided tickets to see the symphony in concert.

This Saturday's Symphony Sing-Off at Harrah's Metropolis features a special performance by UK's male a-cappella group, the AcoUstiKats, including Paducah natives. Kate Lochte learns more about the event with Paducah Symphony Executive Director Daniel Sene and acoUstiKats' Jordan Lindsey on Sounds Good.

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Paducah city officials are still waiting to receive a financial report from Barbecue on the River that they hope will provide more insight into the organization's financial practices.