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Who Spiked the Symphony?

7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 2021

Devou Park, Covington KY

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The KSO kills the classics with zany comedy bits and parodies with glugs, burps, breaking glass and clean fun for the whole family (especially grandparents).

In the 1940s and 50s, percussionist Spike Jones and his City Slickers were heard on the radio, recordings, on tour, and eventually via their own television show. The cast were all great musicians and zany comics. No music escaped their parodies — pop, jazz, country and classical music. New Orleans percussionist/entertainer, Carl Mack plays Spikes’ original tuned cowbells, car horns, and kooky instruments, as KSO musicians and performers mock opera, historical figures, sporting events and songs with wacky antics. The KSO is the only group who recreates Spike Jones’ original works live (see playlist below).

The TANK Shuttle will depart every half hour from Covington Catholic High School on Dixie Highway starting at 6 p.m., for $1 each way. Masks must be worn on the bus per current TSA health regulations.

Seniors and others who wish to avoid crowds are invited to attend the Saturday 10:00 a.m. dress rehearsal at Devou Park (all pieces may not be played uninterrupted).

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

There is no admission charge for this concert. However, we encourage and appreciate contributions. Your generosity keeps the music playing. 

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Spike Jones

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 30th Anniversary season (5 concerts Oct – May) — a total value of $475.  A $25 gift card drawing (Kroger, UDF, Walmart) will be held five days after each Summer program, and the grand prize winner will be chosen on Sept 10th.  To enter the drawing, all you have to do is register and complete that concert’s post-concert survey.

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If you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone in the last 48 hours who is sick with COVID-19, please stay home. The performance will be streamed live on this website, on August 8 at 7:30 p.m. 

On the Program

Farandole/Hall of the Mt. King
Shh, Harry’s Odd (Scheherezade)
Cocktails for Two
Man on the Flying Trapeze
Alto, Baritone and Bass
Holiday for Strings
Der Fuehrer’s Face
Dance of the Hours
Rhapsody from Hunger(y) (Goose to the Ballet Russe)
Fiddle Faddle
Charlestono Mio
None But the Lonely Heart
That Old Black Magic
Pal Yat Chee (Pagliacci)
Clink Clink Another Drink
William Tell

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