An iconic musician is coming to Bowling Green for a night of firsts with Orchestra Kentucky.
In the 1970s, Keith Emerson was part of the band Emerson Lake and Palmer, a group that often combined classical music and progressive rock , catching the ear of a young Jeff Reed.
“I was a teenager and because I loved classical music and rock music, I thought it was great to hear the combination of the two styles. I think they did a lot for classical music,” said Reed. “They took it out of the concert hall and put it through vinyl and onto young people’s turntables. They made it a little cooler and a little bit more accessible and I’m all for that.”
Flash forward to 2013 and Reed is now musical director of Orchestra Kentucky. On Monday at SKyPAC in Bowling Green, Reed's orchestra will take the stage with Emerson.