“A melody, a lyric, or a certain harmony can trigger memories,” says conductor Jeffrey Reed.
Reed has been bringing back the memories as music director of the acclaimed Orchestra Kentucky. His concert presentations are singularly authentic, recreating the soundtracks of pop music’s greatest decades. From the 1940s to our time, his concerts celebrate anniversaries and popular music milestones, from Elvis, The Beatles and The Beach Boys to The Carpenters and beyond, drawing on some of the nation’s brightest musical talent.
Reed has worked with Glen Campbell, Keith Emerson, Neil Sedaka and many others in appearances with his own orchestra and orchestras in St. Petersburg (Russia) and South Korea. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic at London’s Royal Albert Hall at the specific request of Neil Sedaka.
In the U.S., Jeffrey Reed has conducted the orchestras of Alabama, Charleston, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, and Winston-Salem. In the coming season, his guest engagements include a concert with Mary Wilson of The Supremes and the Detroit Symphony, whose string section was featured on many Motown chart busters.
His pops programming has been nationally recognized. Bestselling author and marketer Seth Godin singled out Jeffrey Reed in his best-selling study of new creativity, “Small is the New Big.” Godin praised his “clever” concerts and praised the “totally different way” Reed approaches programming. Reed is the only musician featured in the book.
In addition to his work with Orchestra Kentucky, Jeffrey Reed has also served as music director of the North Charleston Pops and the Murfreesboro Symphony.