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.

Full Schedule:

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.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts "Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony" at the Carson Center, February 1.

The performance features Paul Creston's "Dance Overture op.62, Robert Smith's Rites of Tamburo in a side-by-side performance with the youth orchestra and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2. Kate speaks with Ponti about the selection and other activities happening through PSO.

Jacob Tews is Lecturer in Viola and Music Theory at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and performs with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. The October 5th Concert program of the Symphony includes his Chamber Symphony "Three Reflections." We hear the Prologue Hymn and meet the composer to learn more about this composition...

Paducah Symphony Orchestra Maestro Raffaele Ponti visits with us on Sounds Good. The Orchestra’s season opens Saturday (September 7) at 7:30 p.m. at the Carson Center, featuring soloist Ilya Kaler performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Kaler was born in Moscow, Russia and is the only violinist to have won gold medals at each of the three most prestigious international competitions. Ponti speaks with Kate Lochte about the season ahead. See the season schedule and more at Paducah Symphony Orchestra's website.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s artistic director and conductor is Raffaele Ponti. Maestro Ponti and the Orchestra are enjoying successes with each other. Several standing ovations during their recent season opening concert evidence that capacity audiences are delighted to hear them perform together. Kate Lochte has more.