Owensboro Symphony Unveils Troy Quinn’s Inaugural Season

OWENSBORO, KY –  The Owensboro Symphony announced today a spectacular 2017-18 concert schedule that will celebrate Troy Quinn’s inaugural season as Music Director. The historic season will be filled with both classical and contemporary favorites that are sure to please the entire community.

“I have programmed an extraordinarily wide variety of concerts that I believe will appeal to everyone, featuring an undeniable blend of old and new works,” said Troy Quinn, who assumed the role of Music Director on June 1, 2017. “Naturally we’re always thrilled to welcome to Owensboro world-class artists like violinist Rachel Barton Pine, but I’m especially excited to showcase my incredible colleagues that make up the Owensboro Symphony as we share the stage together this season. I couldn’t be happier to begin this next chapter in the Owensboro Symphony’s history.”


Highlights from the 2017-18 Season include:

Opening Night! Shostakovich’s Festive Overture opens Troy Quinn’s Inaugural Season as Music Director as the program continues with a bold and colorful return performance by internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine and concludes with Brahms’ rapturous Fourth Symphony.

A Very Merry Holiday Pops! will feature many familiar holiday favorites, including selections from The Nutcracker, Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone, Spirit of the Season from The Polar Express and Sleigh Ride. The Owensboro Symphony Chorus, Kentucky Wesleyan Chorale, the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, and children’s choruses from area schools will join the Symphony for this Christmas tradition. In addition, Symphony subscribers will be invited to share their favorite holiday photos, including those silly “ugly sweater” photos, that will become a part of this seasonal event!

Shakespeare In Love! Great drama makes for great stories – and that demands great music! The audience will hear how legendary composers have reinterpreted Shakespeare’s timeless literary works. From the tragic story of two star-crossed lovers, come hear Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. The Symphony will also celebrate the sound of Shakespeare on film, with familiar works by Bernstein, Rota, and the good old-fashioned romance of Warbeck’s Shakespeare in Love!

Lights! Camera! Action! The Music of John Williams will pay special tribute to this incomparable film composer. With his instantly recognizable scores, John  Williams has redefined the art of film music, providing the soundtrack of our lives. Relive music of the big screen from his greatest Hollywood scores, including Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, E.T. and of course, Star Wars. This is a concert you won’t want to miss.

Cosmic Convergence will engage the audience through a full-sensory concert experience accompanied by high-definition video and celestial images taken by NASA. Striking pictures of Earth, Mars, Saturn and more will be projected on a giant screen behind the orchestra. Watch in awe as the exploration of our solar system is brought to life in vivid form while the orchestra accompanies with music from Star Trek, Holst’s The Planets, and Dvorák’s New World Symphony. Mozart’s monumental masterpiece the Jupiter Symphony will conclude this epic season finale.

“Owensboro is in for a real sensorial experience at the Symphony –  all season long. Troy has programmed a season complete with some of the most celebrated symphonic masterpieces as well as well-known popular music,” said Dan Griffith, CEO of the Owensboro Symphony. “In addition we will introduce to the audience a new high definition projection system that will greatly enhance the visual experience of listening to the Symphony’s performance. Symphony’s across the country are finding that this type of projected imagery within the concert hall is proving to create a more visible contact between the performers and the audience.”



Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM


Rachel Barton Pine, Violinist

Shostakovich   Festive Overture

Wieniawski      Violin Concerto No. 2 D minor

Brahms             Symphony No. 4 in E minor


In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire, thrilling audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.


“An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays a power and

confidence that puts her in the top echelon.”

                                – The Washington Post

The Opening Night concert is generously sponsored by the law firm of

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP.

 The co-sponsor is

UBS Financial Services – Altaf Merchant.



Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM



the Owensboro Symphony Chorus and

Kentucky Wesleyan Chorale, under the direction of Dennis Jewett,

the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and children’s choruses from area schools



Spirit of the Season from The Polar Express

Traditional arr. Harris

 We Three Kings


Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy Trepak from The Nutcracker Suite

Blake arr. Bateman

Walking In The Air from The Snowman


Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2


Somewhere In My Memory from Home Alone

Silvestri/ Ballard

God Bless Us Everyone from A Christmas Carol

Traditional arr. Dragon

Deck the Hall

Traditional arr. Dragon

The First Noel


Sleigh Ride

Herman arr. Wendel

We Need A Little Christmas from Mame


A Christmas Festival

Traditional arr. Fry

 O Holy Night

The Very Merry Holiday Pops concert is generously sponsored by Aleris.

Co-sponsors are Hafer PSC and Independence Bank.


Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM 


Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rota arr. Ross

Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet


Suite from Henry V


Montagues and Capulets from

Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 

Bernstein arr. Longfield

One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story


Suite from Shakespeare in Love


Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

This concert is generously sponsored by Old National Bank.

Co-sponsored by Messenger-Inquirer.



Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Flight To Neverland from Hook

Nimbus 2000 from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Rey’s Theme from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

March of the Resistance from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Theme from Angela’s Ashes

Flying Theme from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

The Patriot from The Patriot

With Malice Toward None from Lincoln

Finale from Far and Away

Theme from Jurassic Park

Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars

Imperial March from Star Wars

Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars

This concert is generously sponsored by The Glenmore Distillery.

Co-sponsors are Anne and Ron Sheffer and Dick and Martina Temple.



Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM 


Introduction (Sunrise) from Also Sprach Zarathustra


Main Title from Star Trek


Largo from Symphony No. 9 “New World”


Across the Stars from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones


Jupiter from The Planets


Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter”
This concert is generously sponsored by Swedish Match.

Co-sponsored by Owensboro Grain.



Season Tickets for the Owensboro Symphony’s 2017-18 Season are now on sale. Current Season Subscribers have until August 15 to renew their seats.

First-time Season Ticket buyers receive a 50% discount.

Ticket information is available through the Owensboro Symphony or through the Symphony Office at 270-684-0661. Single tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the RiverPark Center Box Office.