In Wednesday’s (7/22) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), Melissa Gagliardi writes, “Chris Gerstle of St. Matthews was disappointed that the ROARchestra summer concert series at the Louisville Zoo was canceled this year for lack of funding. But as a fan of classical music, he was happy to attend the first concert of the Louisville Orchestra’s new Summer Classics Series held at Ballard High School’s Sandy Allen Fine Arts Center. Gerstle was one of more than 300 people to attend the first concert on July 9. Tom Noland, president of the orchestra’s board of directors, told the audience about the excitement of launching the new series. And music director Jorge Mester said, ‘A door has closed and instead, a fantastic door has opened for us here.’ The series is made up of six concerts, three at Ballard and three at the RiverStage in Jeffersonville, Ind. … Brad Sidio, chief marketing officer for the Louisville Orchestra, said before the series began that it was hard to guess how it might be received, but that the orchestra was looking for a change this year.”

Posted July 23, 2009