Music LEGEND composes for BGHS Orchestra

student debut Chris Carmichael’s newest composition

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green High School orchestra’s annual Fall concert was a performance like no other, thanks in part to mentor and BGHS alumni Chris Carmichael.

“When I went here, back in the late 70s, graduated in 1980 there was no string program,” recounted Carmichael. “I didn’t have that opportunity, so I couldn’t be more proud of what has developed here.”

Carmichael, who’s performed on a total of seven GRAMMY award-winning records and worked with major recording artists including Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, and Tim McGraw, worked with the students leading up to the performance.

BGHS Orchestra Director Patrick O’Rourke, who invited Carmichael to compose for his students said, “It was really great I think for the kids to get to see how the artist works, how something like this is produced. You know, these pieces don’t just spring up out of out of nowhere. I mean, there’s a lot of effort that goes into this, and so it was neat to get to hear it straight from the composer.”

The young musicians breathed life into Carmichael’s all-new composition, ‘Lauren’s Theme’, a piece inspired by his daughter who also shares the title of BGHS alum.

Carmichael said, “I thought ‘Well, I’m going to I’m going to go ahead and put some things out there and challenge each section. The violins, violas and cellos, and basses all have a moment to shine.”

Senior Eva Cook, who made her first solo debut playing ‘Lauren’s Theme’, said, “To the composer, Chris Carmichael, thank you so much for writing this for our school…. I feel honored to be able to play this, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

Carmichael concluded, “I couldn’t have been more happy, and pleased, and proud of the job they did. They really rose to the occasion.”