Owensboro Symphony’s latest production, A Night at the Oscars, will be aired on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) next month. It will also be available to other PBS member stations and on streaming platforms — meaning the production can be viewed by a nationwide audience.
“Broadcasting on KET allows us to reach residents across the entire commonwealth, and for KET to make it available nationally is such great exposure,” said Symphony CEO Gwyn Payne. “The Symphony Board of Directors is very proud to support this special endeavor, which confirms the commitment of the organization to widespread regional engagement.”
A Night at the Oscars was taped in front of a live audience at the Symphony’s performance on January 29. The program features iconic movie music, from classics such as The Godfather to recent hits such as La La Land.
The production also features world-renowned bagpiper Eric Rigler, famous for his contributions to movie soundtracks including Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Million Dollar Baby, and Cinderella Man.
Directed and produced by Jason Tanner of Tanner+West Advertising and Design Agency, the recording earned high praise from Troy Quinn, Owensboro Symphony’s music director and conductor.
“Throughout my career I have worked with many production teams in Hollywood and beyond. Working with Jason and his team at Tanner+West was an honor. The recording is the best product that I have ever been a part of and I cannot wait for everyone to see it,” Quinn said.
The collaboration between KET and Owensboro Symphony Orchestra began with the success of Safe at Home for the Holidays in December 2020, which aired in lieu of the Symphony’s traditional holiday concert.
“After the success of Safe at Home for the Holidays we immediately knew we wanted to set our sights on recording the full orchestra during a live concert,” Payne said.
KET plans to make the program available to other PBS member stations, further expanding its reach.
“We’re pleased to share this program with viewers across KET’s statewide network and look forward to making it available to other PBS member stations as well,” said Nancy Southgate, Chief Content Officer with KET.
The production will first air on March 3 at 8:30 p.m. Viewers can watch KET on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire Stick by downloading the PBS App on one of those platforms and selecting KET as their local station.