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And the Band Played On

7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020

Tower Park Amphitheater, Fort Thomas, KY


The fun continues August 8th with our 2020 Summer Series in Ft. Thomas! Join the Symphony for an old-fashioned band concert with a couple surprises in Tower Park. 100 years ago towns used to gather in the Summer to hear their own local or national touring concert band perform at the bandshell or gazebo. Most wind, brass and percussion players of today’s symphony orchestras started their careers via middle and high-school band programs, playing the warhorse works penned in the early to mid 20th century. Current band students and teachers are invited to experience their musical heritage. The KSO’s wind ensemble re-creates this nostalgic setting and sound, with cornet soloist Michael Mergen from the “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band.   

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There is no admission charge for this concert.  However, we do appreciate and encourage contributions.

Register now to receive updated concert news and be entered into a drawing to win a KSO prize package worth over $325. We will be drawing a winner five days after each concert, and a grand prize winner will be chosen, Sept 10th.  To enter, all you have to do is register and complete that concert’s post-concert survey.

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Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics welcome. Concessions will be available.

Parking is free but limited.

For those considered to be at risk because of health or age, sickness, or exposure to COVID-19, the performance will be streamed live on Facebook. Seniors are also invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. dress rehearsal in the park if they wish.

The KSO and City of Fort Thomas want to share with you what we are doing to keep you safe, and comfortable when you attend. In compliance with Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” requirements, the KSO will:
– Encourage physical distancing (6 feet or more).
– Encourage use of face masks in close proximity.
– Provide adequate hand sanitizer and encourage hand-washing.
– Conduct daily temperature and health checks of staff, musicians, and volunteers.

If you are sick or have been in contact with someone in the last 48 hours who is sick with COVID-19, please stay home.  For more information, visit https://kyso.org/event/re-opening/

For more information, call (859) 431-6216.                                                                     This concert is sponsored by


On the Program –

Click on title to listen to each selection. Or click here for a preview of the entire playlist.

Bennet’s Triumphal  Melvin Ribble
Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Robert Jager
Lincolnshire Posy Percy Grainger
Napoli” (Michael Mergen, trumpet) Herman Bellstedt
March from Symphonic Metamorphosis Paul Hindemith
Fandango Frank Perkins
Festive Overture Dmitri Shostakovich
Tulsa Don Gillis
Jalousie Jacob Gade