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A Rat Pack Reboot: Kentucky Symphony Orchestra closes season with tribute to Sinatra, Martin, Davis

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will close its 2020-21 season with a tribute to three iconic crooner/entertainers of the 1950s-80s — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.

As one of the very few orchestra’s nationwide to perform a complete in-person season, the KSO made use of unconventional (warehouse) and outdoor venues to adhere to safety protocols since July

For its 29th season finale, the KSO takes the newly renovated
Newport Car Barn (former Greenline Trolley and Bus depot) for a
test spin. The block-long historic building in SW Newport will
provide plenty of safe distancing and a peek at one of NKY’s newest
event spaces.

It will be held Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Car Barn, 1102 Brighton Street.

In 1953, actress Lauren Bacall returned to her Holmby Hills, California home
 to find her husband (Humphrey Bogart) with a drunk and disheveled
group of friends including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Cary Grant 
and others. She dubbed them a “Rat Pack.” After Bogart’s death in
 1957, Sinatra became the defacto leader of the gang that would add Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and others.

Though Frank eschewed Bacall’s label, the media kept the Rat Pack monicker alive. The Pack went on to make the original Ocean’s 11 film (1960), and the Vegas glitz and glamor portrayed by these singer, actor/entertainers became synonymous with The Strip.

The Rat Pack (Photo provided)

The 1950s and 60s were a heyday for songwriters, arrangers and singers up until the British Invasion, but the swing and swagger of the Rat Pack sustained loyal following for another decade and more.

The KSO’s “Reboot” features three local singer/entertainers that can be heard with groups around town — Dan Radank (Frank), Mickey James (Dean) and Corey Tucker (Sammy).

The big band with strings will be playing many of the original recorded arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Marty Paich and Quincy Jones, along with some adaptations of other originals by long-time KSO arranger and orchestrator Terry LaBolt.

Come fly with the KSO and the universal nostalgic tunes of the Rat Pack at this new Northern Kentucky venue — The Newport Car Barn — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

Tickets are $35 to experience the region’s great musicians, guest artists and innovative programming unique to our region.

For those who must stay home, the KSO is live streaming the concert (with multiple cameras) for ‘at home access’ for the price of a single ticket.

Three hundred in-person tickets are available online here or by phone (859) 431-6216.

The KSO has managed pandemic concerts “Their Way” by making sure freelance musicians continued to work and audiences were free to decide whether to attend in person or from home (livestream). To accomplish its 29th season, the KSO had the support of the City of Ft. Thomas, 7 Hills Church, Verst Group Logistics, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica, and now Fedders Construction and the Newport Car Barn.

The KSO is expanding its summer season to six performances from July through September for Season 30.

Meantime, if you want to purchase tickets for the KYSO’s drawing on May 8 for the raffle of some fine bourbons, click here.

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