Symphony Announces 2016-2017 Season

OWENSBORO, KY –  The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra announced today its programming for the 2016-17 Subscription Series. Four finalists vying to become the next Music Director and Conductor of the Owensboro Symphony will take the podium to conduct the Symphony in innovative and exhilarating programs of their own choosing. Programs for the season will include classical blockbusters, recently composed music, vibrant young guest artists who represent the best in the performance world and the return appearance of Cirque de la Symphonie for a Holly Jolly Holiday Spectacular  – guaranteed to please the whole family!


“The Symphony has seen record ticket sales and attendance this season and it’s because we are providing the community with “must-attend” events.” said  Sara Jackson, Symphony Director of Marketing.  “Next season will be exciting and interactive!  The audience will have the opportunity to participate in great programming and most importantly the selection of our new  Music Director and Conductor. We are looking forward to introducing these outstanding young finalist to the community.”


The community’s input into the selection process will be critical in choosing the perfect person who will become the next Music Director. The Symphony will  be  reaching out to the whole Owensboro community and region and encouraging everyone to participate in this exciting season, to welcome each of the candidates to Owensboro, and to see each candidate as they perform with the Symphony. It will be fun to listen and  watch how they conduct and interact with the musicians and audience.  Following each Subscription Series concert, individuals will be able to go online and complete a survey on each candidate. The communities opinion will be  important to the search process, and Symphony leadership looks forward to hearing feedback after each candidate’s concert.


The 2016- 2017 Conductor Search Season runs from October 2016 through April of 2017, and will feature the following works and artists:



Daniel Black, the first conductor finalist to conduct on the season will open with a extraordinarily interesting work by young American composer Mason Bates. Bates has become a sensation in large part thanks to Mothership,  the work to be performed, because of its being premiered by the 2011 YouTube Symphony. This  short energetic opener imagines the orchestra as a mothership that is ‘docked’ by several visiting soloists, who offer brief but virtuosic riffs on the work’s thematic material over action-packed electro-acoustic orchestral figuration.

Joining the orchestra and Black following the opening work will be twenty-five year old Columbian American Cellist, Christine Lamprea.  Hailed a “firebrand” (Incident and noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Lamprea was the Senior Division First Place Laureate of the 2013 Annual Sphinx Competition – a competition open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S.  Its primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize young classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities. Ms. Lamprea will perform one of the music world’s most famous and beloved symphonic poems, the sparkling and thrilling Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No.1.

The Opening Night performance will conclude with the Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. This  stirring and inspirational work is perhaps best  known for the hypnotic and beautiful second movement, which has been featured in many film scores including the Academy Award-Winning The King’s Speech.


Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Christine Lamprea, Cellist

Daniel Black, Conducting

BATES Mothership

SAINT-SAENS Cello Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

The Opening Night concert is generously sponsored by Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP.

The guest artist sponsor is UBS Financial Services.



Troy Quinn, the second conductor finalist to lead the orchestra has chosen a program that may look like a patriotic Fourth of July concert, but is actually a hybrid of classical works and popular/folk tunes. The focus of the program entitled American Roots will showcase and honor American composers who have worked in multiple genres while celebrating the vast eclectic nature of American music. The audience will enjoy works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, John Williams and more.

Joining Quinn and the Symphony will be one of the most celebrated young musicians in the world today, Geoff Gallante. Now 16 years old, he is the youngest instrumentalist, at six years old, to ever perform at the White House or at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Most recently, Gallante was one of 32 high school students to be selected by The GRAMMY Foundation to be a part of the 2016 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. This opportunity launched him into the spotlight surrounding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provided him with opportunities to perform for some of music’s biggest names. Gallante’s network television appearances include THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno, NBC’S Today show and the CBS Early Show.  In addition to his solo engagements with professional orchestras in KY, MA, IL, IN & NJ, Geoff has soloed with some of America’s very finest symphonic bands, most notably, U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band. Recording phenomenon Chris Botti has said, “I’ve never seen such a rare gift!”


Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Geoff Gallante, Trumpet

Troy Quinn, Conducting

BERNSTEIN Overture from West Side Story

COWELL Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 3

IVES The Circus Band

BARBER Adagio for Strings

COPLAND Hoedown from Rodeo


GOULD American Salute

COPLAND Variations on a Shaker Melody

WILLIAMS Suite from Born on the Fourth of July

Geoff Gallante, Trumpet

ANDERSON Bugler’s Holiday

Geoff Gallante, Trumpet Trio

FOSTER arr. DragonMy Old Kentucky Home

WARD arr. DragonAmerica the Beautiful

This concert is generously sponsored by Old National Bank

The guest artist is sponsored by William O. & Deborah Price 



Following their near sell-out engagement last season with the Owensboro Symphony, Cirque de la Symphonie will return to Cannon Hall to spread holiday cheer to all who are near! With magic acts, acrobats, and everything in between, this nail-biting circus spectacle brings nonstop thrills to a festive holiday program of seasonal favorites. Ten year old, multi award winning vocalist, Skylar Cain from Philpot, KY will join Cirque, the Symphony and the Owensboro Symphony Chorus for an evening that will put the audience in the holiday spirit and deliver fun for the whole family!


Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM

featuring Cirque de la Symphonie, Skylar Cain, Vocalist and the

Owensboro Symphony Chorus, Bradley Naylor, Choral Conductor

Nick Palmer, Conducting

This concert is generously sponsored by Aleris Rolled Products

The guest artist sponsors are Independence Bank, HAFER, Martina and Dick Temple and Beltline



The great Russian music of the 19th and 20th centuries is unsurpassed in its unbridled passion, melodic splendor, and kaleidoscopic color. In this Valentine Week concert, conductor finalist Bruce Kiesling , Pianist Andrew Tyson and the Symphony offer up some of the most exciting Russian orchestral masterpieces performed by the world’s finest orchestras and guest artists. The program  includes Rachmaninoff’s glittering piano favorite Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Hailed by the BBC as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice world-wide. Many refer to his piano playing as  being exquisite, flexible, subtle, colorful, passionate, and daring. Tyson has been winning prizes and competitions around the world since he was 15 years of age. Most recently he captured First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, where was also awarded the Mozart and Audience Prizes.  Performances in his busy calendar include recitals  all over the world including twice at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.  He has performed with U.S. orchestras including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Tulare County Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.


Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Andrew Tyson, Pianist

Bruce Kiesling, Conducting

This concert is generously sponsored by The Glenmore Distillery

The guest artist is sponsored by Anne and Ron Sheffer



The Conductor Search Season comes to a close with an electrifying overture to Rossini’s opera L’italiana in Algeri.  Follwing the overture, Conductor finalist Roger Kalia and the Symphony will be joined by one of Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artist, Soprano  Katherine Polit, in a performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxsville: Summer of 1915 – a simple, dreamlike depiction of a summer evening in the American South. The Symphony will conclude the search season with Antonin Dvorak’s pastoral Eighth Symphony, where the music is inspired by the tranquil landscapes, depicting a summer’s day, interrupted by a thunderstorm.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Katherine Polit, Soprano

Roger Kalia, Conducting

ROSSINI Overture to L’italiana in Algeri

BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915

DVORAK Symphony No. 8

This concert is generously sponsored by Swedish Match North America Inc.

The guest artist is sponsored by Owensboro Grain Company Inc.



Season Subscription tickets for the Owensboro Symphony’s 2016-17 Conductor Search Season are now on sale. Current subscribers who renew before May 1, 2016 will receive a twenty-dollar ticket voucher to be used toward any Owensboro Symphony performance during the Conductor Search Season.

First-time Symphony Season Subscribers can purchase season tickets at a 50% discount.

Tickets may be purchased online or through the Symphony Office at 270-684-0661. Single tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, two weeks prior to each performance at the RiverPark Center Box Office.

All guest artists for the 2016-17 Season are made possible in part through a generous gift from the Marjorie M. Hager Fund for the Arts