Symphony hosting ‘A Night at the Oscars’ concert with famed piper; show will be recorded for future special KET

January 20, 2022 | 12:07 am

Updated January 21, 2022 | 6:12 pm

The Owensboro Symphony will continue its 56th season this month with “A Night at the Oscars,” featuring songs from Oscar-nominated and Oscar winning movies as well as the world’s most recorded piper, Eric Rigler. The concert will also be recorded with a live audience for a future special on Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the RiverPark Center. Tickets begin at $15.50 for students and $48 for adults and are available at or by calling the RiverPark Center Box Office at 270-687-2770. Attendees are asked to remain masked throughout the performance, unless eating or drinking, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status.

“This concert is full of memorable movie music from classics like The Godfather and new hits such as La La Land and everything in between,” said Music Director Troy Quinn. 

Quinn said listeners have probably heard Rigler perform before. He has been featured playing bagpipes, Uilleann pipes and tin whistle for many movie soundtracks including Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Million Dollar Baby, Cinderella Man and most recently on the STARZ series Outlander.

Referred to as “the most recorded piper in history,” Rigler’s diverse body of work also includes concerts with Paul McCartney and Josh Groban, and CD’s by Faith Hill, Phil Collins, Keith Urban, Barbra Streisand, Tracy Chapman, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and many others.

Symphony CEO Gwyn Payne said they are excited to continue a partnership with KET and broaden their audience with the TV special. Local advertising and design agency Tanner+West is producing the special.

“After the great success of our Safe at Home for the Holidays airing in 2020, we knew this was something that we wanted to continue and expand upon,” Payne said. “This concert experience will immerse attendees in a behind-the-scenes look at how a Hollywood production is made as cameras fly over the orchestra as well as the audience. We want everyone to sit back and enjoy the concert as usual.” 

A Night at the Oscars is sponsored by Premier Sponsor Sheffer Law Firm, PLLC and corporate partner Owensboro Grain. 

January 20, 2022 | 12:07 am

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