The Highly Anticipated Return of the ROARchestra!

A partnership between The Louisville Zoo and Louisville Orchestra Brings Back The Popular ROARchestra! for a Wild Evening of Music and Wildlife

LOUISVILLE, Ky (May 22, 2024)  – The Louisville Zoo and Louisville Orchestra are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of ROARchestra! on July 6 at The Louisville Zoo. Following a 15-year hiatus, this beloved family-friendly event combines the excitement of a visit to the zoo with the soul-stirring sounds of the Louisville Orchestra, creating an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

“Being able to bring back the ROARchestra for this special evening is something we are over the moon about,” said Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney. “It is among the top questions our staff receives. This event is loaded with nostalgia and our community have such fond memories of this great event and we hope to help them build even more memories in July with its return! We look forward to a growing partnership with The Louisville Orchestra.”

“We are excited to bring ROARchestra! back to Louisville after 15 years,” said Graham Parker, Chief Executive of the Louisville Orchestra. “This event is a testament to the incredible partnership between the Louisville Orchestra and The Louisville Zoo, offering a truly unique experience that combines the beauty of wildlife with the power of live music.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. allowing guests to explore the Zoo or get settled and the concert, conducted by Teddy Abrams, begins 8:30 p.m. in the Oasis Field under the stars.  Abrams will be joined by guest vocalists Jason Clayborn and Daria Raymore with backup singers Teaira Dunn, CeCe Dunn, Latiana Clayborn. The evening will be a blend of classical masterpieces with soulful pop hits. This unique fusion promises a series of performances that will resonate with audiences of all tastes.

The concert will kick off with Leonard Bernstein’s energetic Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, setting the stage for an unforgettable musical journey. Audiences will then be immersed in the profound depths of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, a true masterpiece that will captivate and inspire.

Prepare to be moved by the soul-stirring renditions of timeless classics by legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Lionel Richie. The incredible vocalists Jason Clayborn and Daria Raymore, along with Teaira Dunn, CeCe Dunn, and Latiana Clayborn, will take the stage, delivering powerful performances of hits like “Endless Love,” “It’s A Man’s World,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Their extraordinary talent will leave you in awe and have you singing along all night long.


Adults $30, Children under 12 $15, Children under 2 Free, Parking included.

Concert goers are welcome to bring their own picnic items and beverages to enjoy during the concert. Adult libations will not be permitted. Concessions will also be available for purchase. This event is expected to sell out and the Zoo and the Orchestra encourage guests to get their tickets early at