Picnic with the Pops returns to Keeneland

Tiempo Libre will perform with the Lexington Philharmonic Aug. 19 and 20 for the Picnic with the Pops concerts. © Photo by Daniel Azoulay.

Tiempo Libre will perform with the Lexington Philharmonic Aug. 19 and 20 for the Picnic with the Pops concerts. © Photo by Daniel Azoulay.

For the second year, Picnic with the Pops will take place at Keeneland, this time featuring the Miami-based Cuban-music group Tiempo Libre with the Lexington Philharmonic.

Last year, Picnic with the Pops moved out of the Kentucky Horse Park and into Keenland’s Meadow at Keene Barn to allow for preparations for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which began the next month at the Horse Park. The one-night program featured Cirque de la Symphonie, and the location and program change proved to be a hit with many people, including Pops chair Tom Minter.

In a statement from the Picnic with the Pops Commission, Minter said, “Our return to Keeneland and a Friday night performance back on the schedule are a direct result of last year’s success and valuable feedback from our patrons.”

In Tiempo Libre, the event gets a mostly conservatory trained group that has a reputation for high-energy performances.

“They are riveting to hear and watch,” Philharmonic music director Scott Terrell said. “It will be a challenge to sit still, so my advice is – don’t!”

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