Kate Lochte sits down with Maestro Raffaele Ponti for a preview of this weekend’s concert of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, our region’s only professional orchestra. Ponti is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He previews the next concert: Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carson Center. Winners of this year’s Young Artist Competition solo in Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy for piano and orchestra. Works by Beethoven and Dvorak complete the program. Tickets are available at 270-444-0065.
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra has named Paducah native Amy Sanders as its new Artistic Services Manager. Sanders will coordinate children’s programming and handle all of the group’s marketing and communications.
The Black Patch Tobacco War in our part of the country was the most pronounced activity of military aggression between the civil war and the civil rights movement, we learn from Christian County Historian William T. Turner the key players in that conflict and how it’s remembered.
Also, we’ll speak with futurist Ivan Potter on the lasting effects of this year’s drought, and Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham’s take on the changing interoperations of the U.S. Constitution. Plus the history of Fulton’s Banana Festival and details about a Japanese performance group coming to MSU.
Paducah Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director Raffaele Ponti will extend his tenure with the PSO through 2016. Executive Director Daniel Sene announced the extension to audience members at Saturday’s symphony season opener.
A ukele orchestra, gospel groups fresh from church, some familiar faces like Bawn in the Mash, Alonzo Pennington, Solid Rockit Boosters and many more music groups are entertaining at the Lowertown Arts and Music Festival through the weekend. Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Services Manager Leigh Ann Renfro was on the committee choosing the tunes and speaks with Kate Lochte about the eclectic mix of live music.