On April 16, 2016, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra featured four Kentucky Wesleyan faculty during the 50th season finale concert – Nicholas Palmer, Diane Earle, Bradley Naylor and Lisa Clark.
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She has played the composition all over the world, and on April 16, she will again perform it during the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s finale performance. “A Gershwin Celebration” will wrap up the group’s 50th season.
“(Rhapsody in Blue) has so much soul and passion in it,” Earle said, that she is excited to be able to play it for what will be current OSO Music Director and Conductor Nick Palmer’s final performance of a subscription concert.
Palmer has been the orchestra’s conductor for the last 17 years. When his contacts ends June 30, he will be heading to Charleston, South Carolina, where he will become the new music director for North Charleston POPS!
The finale concert will be bittersweet for Palmer, he said.
“While I am thrilled with the health and stability of the (orchestra) now and going forward, it will be sad to leave my great musical colleagues,” he said. “This is a world-class orchestra that has a wonderful synergy and rapport.”
The group will also present popular Broadway pieces from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” “Candide,” Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and more, as well as feature some Kentucky Wesleyan College guests, vocalists Bradley Naylor, Lisa Clark and Tevin Vincent, and the Musick Studios All Stars.