Excitement and beautiful music filled the air as the National Symphony Orchestra took the stage at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 17 to perform its first concert in a two-week tour of Kentucky.
While the thrilling evening performance was presented by The Kentucky Center, the opening night of the nine-day tour was part of the 2011 American Residencies program, made possible by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and the Kentucky Arts Council.
Kentucky was the 18th state to be visited on the annual tour, which has become one of the signature projects of the National Symphony Orchestra.
At a reception prior to the opening performance, Yvonne Caruthers, first chair cellist, said the orchestra, is “traveling for nine days to all corners of Kentucky to some very small towns, doing community performances and educational programs for schools.”
The Kentucky Arts Council played host as the internationally-acclaimed orchestra toured the state, coordinating seven full orchestra concerts throughout Kentucky and dozens of educational and outreach activities and other events for more than 20 small and mid-size communities.
“The (National Symphony Orchestra) residency provides a wonderful opportunity for the people of Kentucky to enjoy a full schedule of concerts, workshops and lectures led by the NSO,” said Lori Meadows, executive director for the Kentucky Arts Council. “We’re also pleased that the residency will help raise awareness for our state orchestras.”
As an added bonus, ticket sales from these events remain within the state to support local arts organizations.
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