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Too Hot to Handel

(Water fun, a sing-along, and royal fireworks)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2023

**Rain or Shine**  in Devou Park Band Shell, Covington KY

Admission is free, contributions encouraged. 

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The KSO sets the “Way Back Machine” to early 18th c England and the music of Georg Friedrich Handel.  Everyone knows Handel’s hit tunes, often heard at weddings, on television and associated holidays and with many advertised products over the past 70 years. Pack your squirts guns or spritzers for Handel’s Water Music. Invite your choir buddies to join you on the lawn for a sing-a-long of the “Hallelujah Chorus”.  Then sit back, as the sky darkens, for some Royal Fireworks Music!

A TANK Shuttle Bus will depart every half hour from Covington Catholic High School (CCHS) on Dixie Highway starting at 6 p.m through 7:30 p.m., for $1 each way.   Chairs and coolers are allowed on buses.  At the end of the program, shuttle buses await to return immediately to the CCHS parking lot.

There is no admission charge for this concert. However, we encourage and appreciate contributions of $5 per person. Your generosity keeps the music playing!

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Register for concert updates and a chance to win over $500 in prizes

Register now to receive concert up-dates and a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card plus a pair of tickets to the KSO’s entire 32nd season (5 concerts Oct – May) — a total value of $475.  A $25 gift card drawing (e.g. Kroger, UDF, Amazon etc.) will be held five days after each Summer program, and the grand prize winner will be chosen on Friday Sept 8th.  To enter the drawing, all you have to do is register and complete that concert’s post-concert survey.  The survey responses help the KSO with securing foundation grants.

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Bring blankets or lawn chairs.  Picnics welcome. Concessions will be available. Parking is free but limited.

This concert is sponsored by 

On the Program

Water Music Selections

3. Allegro
6. Air
7. Minuet
8. Bourrée
11. Allegro
15. Bourée
12. Hornpipe

Georg Friedrich Händel






Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 2 HWV 313
“Hallelujah” Chorus from The Messiah (audience sing-a-long)


Overture to an Occassional Oratorio, HWV 62

“Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba” from Solomon

“Ombra mai Fu” from Xerxes

Salleigh Harvey

“Love Sounds th’ Alarm  from Acis and Galatea

Logan Wagner

“Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo

Emma Marhefka

“The Trumpet Shall Sound” from The Messiah


Joseph O’Shea

Royal Fireworks Music
&  Rizzo Fireworks


**The program will be streamed live on this website only, on August 6 at 7:30 p.m. **

For more information, call (859) 431-6216.