It was wonderful visiting with the conductors of the Louisville Youth Orchestra last week and meeting just a few of the more than 350 students who auditioned for the program.  No one is ever turned away at the Louisville Youth Orchestra for not being able to afford the tuition. It was simply music to my ears listening to these young musicians warming up in the black box theatre at Louisville Collegiate School.  I was nervous and excited for each and every one of them!

Let me tell you about just one of the young people I met. Louisville native Rick Tong has a family owned custom cabinet business here in town.  And he brought his son, Cole, to audition for the orchestra.  You see, Cole has a passion for music. He is a performer.  And he doesn’t play just one instrument, he plays five!  So what does Coldplay? Oh wait, I mean what does Cole play? That’s what I want to know.  And if you can email me the correct answer to that question, you can win 2 tickets to the November 24th Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert at the Brown Theatre!

Watch our video blog below, hear the beautiful chaos of a room full of anxious young auditioners, and meet one of the outstanding LYO Conductors!

Upcoming events:

Now – Nov 3  Gene Spatz Exhibition: The Art of A Paparazzo Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Now – Sept. 28 By the Numbers – An Exhibition of 16 Artebella Artists @PUBLIC
Now – Oct. 31 Dracula Actors Theatre
Sept. 28 Louisville Mini Maker Faire Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Oct. 3-4 Midori Plays Brahms Louisville Orchestra
Oct. 5 The Piano Men Louisville Orchestra
Oct. 5 Bourbon Bash 2013 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Oct. 12 & 19 The House at Pooh Corner StageOne Family Theatre
Oct. 15-20 The Addams Family PNC Broadway in Louisville
Oct. 19 Symphonic Spooktacular orKIDStra Louisville Orchestra
Oct. 19 Michael Jackson Louisville Youth Orchestra & 2ND CHANCE
Oct. 20 Fall Concert Louisville Youth Choir

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Barbara Sexton Smith
President & CEO
Fund for the Arts

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