COVID admittance protocols are in place for all performances of the Louisville Orchestra. Mandatory masking for everyone age 2 and above. Either proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours must be presented with a government issued ID or parent/guardian authorization for children age 5 and up. Antigen tests will be available at the door for those who arrive without the proofs.

James Rago

A Lyndhurst, New Jersey native, principal timpanist James (Jim) Rago has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra since 1967. Rago attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied percussion under Saul Goodman and other teachers including Anthony Cirone.

In his free time, Rago enjoys oil painting and listening to his favorite musical artist, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. To Rago, the most interesting aspect of being a musician is making music for an appreciating audience. His advice for young musicians is “if you truly love music and your instrument, stick with it – be patient – work at it – and you will find your place.”