Louisville Orchestra to perform in Glasgow during a statewide tour “In Harmony – The Commonwealth Tour of the Louisville Orchestra.”
Allyson Dix, Managing Editor / Barren County Progress
“For the past almost three decades, the Concert on the Square Committee has presented to the community annual concerts from the Louisville Orchestra and these concerts have been free to the public and a gift to our community from the Concert on the Square Committee of the Glasgow-Barren County Community Foundation,” said Ernie Myers, Chair of Concert on the Square Committee.
“This year, the Louisville Orchestra, through a grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, will present the concert in Glasgow at no cost to our community,” Myers added.
Furthermore, the Louisville Orchestra is expected to perform under the baton of Teddy Abrams for the first time in Glasgow since the annual tradition began.
The free concert will be held on the East Side of the Glasgow Public Square on July 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of a statewide tour called “In Harmony – The Commonwealth Tour of the Louisville Orchestra.”
The Louisville Orchestra has a longstanding history in Glasgow with annual concerts since 1999 and is a cornerstone of the Louisville performing arts community.
Glasgow will be one of nearly 20 cities across Kentucky to host the free performance and will also include community events like small ensembles, musician meet-and-greets, and musical instructions. The grant is through a legislative budget appropriation.
The concert plans to play orchestral favorites and it’s a concert of overtures – Bernstein kicks it off with his hugely popular Overture to Candide, Abrahms conducts the overture to his ground-breaking rap opera about Muhammad Ali, Rossini gives us a bit of “Hi Ho Silver”, and Tchaikovsky wraps up the program with his rousing 1812 Overture, according to a press release.
Along the way, concert-goers will float down the Moldau River through the Czech countryside, experience contemporary pieces by two composers of the Louisville Orchestra’s Creators Corps, sing along with an arrangement of Blue Moon of Kentucky, and revel in the jazz themes of Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue.
Abrahms said he is excited to build connections across the state through the arts.
“With the ‘In Harmony’ tour, the Louisville Orchestra becomes the only orchestra in the United States committed to traveling to every corner of its state to partner in performance with artists across our communities,” Abrams said, “There is no so-called urban-rural divide in music. Art and music transcend geographic boundaries. We couldn’t be more excited to share our treasured work with our fellow Kentuckians in their hometowns and home counties.”
Visitors who will travel to Glasgow to attend the performance can find accommodations, dining options, and other visitor information at https://cityofglasgow.org/community_resources.
May tour dates for In Harmony have already passed but the July 2023 dates include July 8 at Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, July 11 at MegaCorp Pavilion in Newport, July 13 at Center for Rural Development in Somerset, and July 16 at The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown.