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    Julie Andrews hosts a special symphonic event, presenting new musical delights and celebrating timeless treasures for the first Brown-Forman L.O. WOW! Event of the 2008-09 season. Through additional funding by Norton Healthcare, Ms. Andrews will host the world premiere of The Gift of Music on July 11, 2008 with the Louisville Orchestra. Tickets range from $37.50 – $77.50 and are available by calling 502.584.7777.

    A small number of special guests will be invited to a “meet and greet” after the performance.
    For $150, you can be a part of the after party which will include a VIP seat for the show and the opportunity to meet Dame Julie Andrews herself. To get your name on this very exclusive list, call 502.587-8681.

    Performed by five guest vocalists with Ms. Andrews narrating, the first half of the program takes audience members on a musical journey featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
    The second half of the evening features a new work, Simeon’s Gift, adapted from Ms. Andrews’ children’s book, co-authored with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Bridging the worlds of music, literature and theatre, with a score by Ian Fraser and lyrics by John Bucchino, Simeon’s Gift will be performed by vocalists with a full symphony orchestra. Julie Andrews serves as storyteller, weaving the tale of a 15th century minstrel on a quest to discover his own true gift.

    Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized and beloved figures in the entertainment industry. Her legendary career encompasses the Broadway and London stages, blockbuster Hollywood films, award-winning television shows, multiple album releases and concert tours and the world of children’s publishing.

    Andrews’ dedication to children has been steadfast throughout her career. She began writing books for young readers over thirty-five years ago. With her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, the best-selling mother-daughter team head-up The Julie Andrews Collection imprint at HarperCollins Publishers, dedicated to publishing quality children’s books which “nurture the imagination and cultivate a sense of wonder.”

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