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The New Bs

Boyer, Bates and Bartok

7:30 Saturday, October 16, 2021
Drees Homes Auditorium— St. Henry District High School, Erlanger, KY

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra literally trumpets, rockets and dances to open its 30th anniversary season with an all-orchestral program featuring the New Bs —(Boyer, Bates and Bartok).  Peter Boyer’s “New Beginnings” (2000) opens with a driving fanfare that gives way to a haunting lyrical melody and zippy, boisterous finish. Grammy award-winning composer and DJ Mason Bates brings his samplings and computer- driven tempi and percussive sounds to his 2018 work The Art of War, featuring sounds of the U.S. Treasury printing presses, a co-mingling of American blues and Iraqi folk music, and the training of a U.S. Marine Corps mortar platoon.  The program concludes with Béla Bartók’s 20th c. warhorse — Concerto for Orchestra (1945).


Peter Boyer “New Beginnings”  Click to Listen. 
Mason Bates The Art of War (for orchestra & electronica)  Listen to the composer describe the music
(Tristate Premiere)
Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra (1945)

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– physical distancing (limited capacity)
– providing hand sanitizer
– reducing touch points
– Wearing face mask (required by venue).

Please stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the last 72 hours.