OSO reimagines season

August 24, 2020 | 12:07 am

Updated August 23, 2020 | 9:16 pm

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Owensboro Symphony Orchestra announced the series of concerts originally scheduled for 2020-21 will be shifted forward one year to the 2021-22 season.

In February, the Owensboro Symphony unveiled what promised to be a season for the record books. The concert season was to have included the Symphony’s 55th Opening Night featuring five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Michael Feinstein, along with other amazing artists and noteworthy programs.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the Owensboro Symphony had to “reimagine” how events can be offered safely to the region.


When restrictions are lifted and make it possible to safely have an event for large gatherings, the Symphony plans to immediately return to the RiverPark Center and present single-ticketed events.

“We have high hopes of returning to the concert hall in the spring and getting back to sharing the music that we love,” said Troy Quinn, Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony.

Patrons who have already subscribed to the 2020-21 season will be given the opportunity to either roll their subscription payment forward to the 2021-22 season, donate the cost of their tickets to the Symphony or be given a full refund.

Subscribers who roll their payment to the 2021-22 Season will benefit by being able to keep their same reserved seats, while also locking in this year’s ticket prices.

In an effort to keep musicians and patrons safe, the Symphony will offer small ensembles performing in public spaces where patrons can socially distance from one another.

In the fall, the Symphony will offer several different types of events in settings that allow for social distancing. 

On Sept. 25 the community will be invited to stroll along the riverfront and enjoy the sounds of the Owensboro Symphony.

The event entitled Symphony Stroll will be offered free to the community and will feature ensembles placed throughout Smothers Park, beginning with Quinn and the Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the Overlook Stage and reaching all the way to the plaza behind the RiverPark Center where a jazz quartet will perform.

In December, the Symphony will stream a Holiday special called “Safe at Home for the Holidays” featuring Quinn and members of the Owensboro Symphony, with special guest vocalist, Michael Preacely.

The broadcast of the performance will be aired at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. The Symphony encourages everyone to remain home and enjoy their favorite holiday music in the comfort of their own home.

August 24, 2020 | 12:07 am

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