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Louisville Civic Orchestra to bring free concert to LaRue

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By Ron Benningfield

Come 7 p.m., Sept. 20, LaRue Countians will have the opportunity to hear the Louisville Civic Orchestra perform in a free concert at a site in this county.

“The beauty of these instruments imparts an enjoyment that lasts a lifetime,” said local pianist and music teacher Diana Aubrey who is coordinating the visit.

“The good thing is you don’t have to have all this classical knowledge to enjoy it.”

Aubrey, a veteran teacher who operates a piano studio in Hodgenville, has been on the executive board of the Kentucky Music Teachers’ Association since 1986. She and Krista Boaz, University of Louisville piano instructor and wife of the orchestra’s conductor Aaron Boaz, are both past presidents of that association and have become good friends.

The conductor is an accomplished violinist who began violin study at age four. He holds a bachelor of music in violin performance from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He has played a variety of musical genres throughout the world, from the Grand Ol’ Opry stage at age nine to a sold-out performance in Vienna, Austria.

His wife holds a doctor of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University. She has performed in England, the Netherlands, and as a guest of the Belgian Grand Consulate. She has appeared in concerts across the United States including Carnegie Hall.

Aubrey said the idea for a performance here originated when the couple played violin and piano at Magnolia Baptist Church for her students last Christmas.

“After their performance, Aaron said students in a rural area don’t get to hear a live orchestra that much, so he offered to bring the entire orchestra to this area for a live performance at no charge.”

Aubrey said this was only the second time that the 67-piece full orchestra has performed outside Louisville.

“These are all professional musicians,” she noted. “They have other jobs, but they volunteer their time in the orchestra as an outlet for them to perform.”

As an added performance highlight, 14-year-old violinist John McCaffrey is scheduled to appear with the orchestra.

“One of the reasons for John’s visit is for the young people in the audience to see that it’s possible to do these things, even at a young age,” said Aubrey. “The music that John and the orchestra play, however, will be such that everyone in the audience, regardless of age, can listen to, enjoy, and appreciate.”

Two weeks before the orchestra arrives, Aubrey said Aaron Boaz will visit each of LaRue County’s schools to inform the students what to expect in the upcoming performance.

Though a date and time have been finalized, Aubrey has formed a committee to work out other details, including selecting a site with capacity to hold the large audience expected to attend.

“Hearing this orchestra is an experience that no one will want to pass up,” she said.