Mission And History:The Paducah Symphony (PSO) was founded in 1979 to provide the highest quality orchestral and choral music to area residents and employment to professional musicians in Western Kentucky. The mission of the PSO, currently under the direction of Raffaele Ponti, is to bring the rewards of great music to a growing and diverse regional audience. The PSO, the Carson Center Orchestra-in-Residence, encompasses a wide range of ensembles, including the Professional Orchestra, adult Symphony Chorus, multi-county Youth and Childrens Chorus, and Music Education Program. Both the Symphony Chorus and Childrens Choruses have performed in Europe. The PSO continues to serve as the premier musical organization in Western Kentucky and surrounding region, strengthening the areas cultural reputation through collaborations with organizational partners.