Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 13, 2014

Change coming for July annual concert

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Orchestra Kentucky will perform in July at Glasgow’s annual Concert on the Square.

This will be the Bowling Green-based group’s first performance at the concert, which has previously featured the Louisville Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony.

Sam Dickinson, chair of the Concert on the Square committee, shared the news Tuesday at a meeting of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission. He asked the commission for help fund the concert.  

“After the Concert on the Square was over, we always gather after the fact to see how things have turned out to give ideas for the concert,” Dickinson said about the committee. “Joe Davis (the owner of Gerald Printing and a concert sponsor) made the suggestion we take a look at Orchestra Kentucky rather than choosing Louisville or Nashville. … If you’ve never been down to see them, it’s just like seeing Louisville or Nashville.”

Dickinson said many of the musicians who perform with Orchestra Kentucky also perform with Louisville or Nashville’s orchestras.

He admitted that he and others were skeptical at first about Orchestra Kentucky, but those fears were set aside after hearing a performance.

“I still have a little bit of that left in me, but I have been down to see them a couple of times and they are just outstanding. There’s really no difference,” he said.

Dickinson asked for the same level of funding the commission awarded in the past for performances by the Louisville Orchestra or the Nashville Symphony.

“If you all can afford to give it, we would love to have it,” he said.

The commission agreed to contribute $2,500 to the event.

Orchestra Kentucky will perform the same type of music as the Louisville and Nashville groups – a mix of classical and patriotic music.

In addition to bringing Orchestra Kentucky to Glasgow, the time for the concert has been pushed back 30 minutes in an effort to avoid problems with summer heat.

The event will also feature a return visit from Broadway the Clown, children’s face painting and food vendors, he said.

The commission also agreed to contribute $3,000 to the annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, an event organized by the Friends of Barren River Lake and Park.

Jane Rutledge of FBRLP told commissioners the annual event draws about 9,000 people and serves as an economic boost to the area.

“Last year we spent roughly $5,500 on the fireworks and as I understand it was the best fireworks we’ve had in a long time,” she said. “It was a longer show. The gentleman was able to do a 45-minute show for us. So we’ve got momentum going in our favor, because the weather was junk. … I think that, along with good weather, could really make it a stellar year for our fireworks show.”

Commissioner Carole Smith said she’d like to see the show be “a little shorter, but a little bit more showy.”

She said that although the fireworks show was long last year, she didn’t think it was as good as in previous years.

Ann Stewart, marketing director for the commission, disagreed.

“I thought there were more (fireworks) than we had the previous two years,” she said.

Smith also said she didn’t think there was much of a finale last year.

“Usually, finales are usually something really spectacular,” she said.

Stewart said that would need to be brought to the firework operator’s attention.

“That’s just my opinion,” Smith said.