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Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala: Bourbon and Bond at former IMAX Theater on Levee

Linking Kentucky spirits with a dash of espionage, the KSO moves its Gala to a secret abandoned hideout.

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra knows how to throw a party, but for this one, we’ve added some intrigue. Attendees will recon the former IMAX Theater at Newport on the Levee — which will feature three levels of live music, video, Bourbon tasting, food, drink, dancing and silent auction sure to leave you both shaken and stirred.

This marks the KSO’s 23rd Gala. Over the years these parties have become a hit, while raising much needed support for the Symphony’s free educational and family offerings, that reach over 20,000 kids and multiple generations each year. Imagine school children never hearing an orchestra, or
 summers without the traditional monthly Devou Park concerts.

 those memories thriving in NKY is the reason to join the KSO and party 
like Tomorrow Never Dies.

KSO musicians will perform throughout all three areas of the IMAX complex. Patrons will be greeted by a harpist and strolling violinist in the lobby, before adjorning after dinner to the theater, where the KSO’s studio orchestra and vocalist Michelle Wells perform hit Bond songs from the Sean Connery through Daniel Craig eras. Upon exiting the theater a KSO combo opens the first dance set in the Cabaret with nostalgic instrumentals from the 1960s & 70s. MC and VJ Troy Hitch gets the party thumping with infectious dance tunes from 1960 through 2017.

Live, silent and on-line auctions feature destinations, sports and
entertainment tickets, dining options and much more. The evening’s two raffle drawings include a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year family reserve or a week’s stay anywhere in the world at one of 7300 RCI locations.

Can’t attend? Support the KSO’s outreach programs by buying raffle tickets or bidding on auction items on-line. Preview and bid on auction items on-line. Bidders have the opportunity to place absentee bids if they can not attend on April 22nd. (tickets available on-line; winner need not be present to win).

This Thunderball is BYOG/G (Bring your own Bond girl/guy), so pull out the tux/gown and your savoir faire/sensuality and discover (For Your Eyes Only) what the defunct IMAX at the Levee could become.

On Saturday, April 22 the VIP reception & bourbon tasting begins at 6 p.m. as other agents and their significant operatives infiltrate the target venue at 7 p.m. Bid high and often on both the live and silent auctions. Hobnob, dine, dance and sneak out having accomplished your mission — offering the KSO a Quantum of Solace, and having had a great time doing so
Call the KSO today and make your reservations for Bourbon and Bond (deadline— 4/20): (859) 431-6216 or visit kyso.org/gala The full evening with reserved seating, cocktails, Bourbon tasting, dinner by the bite, wine, and dancing/live entertainment is $125 per person for VIP reserved tables at 6 p.m. ($60 tax deductible). Special agents arriving at 7 p.m. partake of cocktails, abbreviated bourbon tasting, dinner by the bite, dancing and live entertainment for $85 per person ($20 tax deductible). Proceeds from the event help fund eight free educational and park concerts throughout the year.

Dress is black tie (It is Bond, after all).

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