A few months ago I excavated from a basement closet a box of my old albums. I wasn’t surprised to rediscover that a large portion of them fell into the category of movie soundtracks. The oldest one was for Jaws. It may have been the first album I ever bought with my own money, way back in 1975. The unforgettable, simply evoked dread of the famous theme predicted a brilliant career for its composer, John Williams, just as the decision to proceed with such a minimalist score signaled the genius of director Steven Spielberg.
Not far behind in age and permanence in my brain—and the brain of virtually every other cinemagoer of that era—was the soundtrack for Star Wars. Saturday Night Fever was in there, too, though I may have moved to 8-track by the time it was released. I listen to The Godfather from time to time. And the collection still builds, through Blade Runner, Mike Oldfield’s orchestral version of his “Tubular Bells” used in The Exorcist. Hans Zimmer’s simultaneously opulent and haunting score for Gladiator. Many others.read more
The Louisville Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Teddy Abrams, presents a free concert on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. at the Iroquois Amphitheater (near the intersection of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive).
The program, sponsored by Brown-Forman and LG&E, is for the entire family, Teddy leads the LO in a wide variety of music including classical (Symphony No. 9 by Antonín Dvořák), bluegrass (Pando by Jeremy Kittel), traditional (Amazing Grace), and film (Star Wars by John Williams). The concert closes with the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.read more
The Louisville Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (TM) July 6-7 @ The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert, the fourth film in the Harry Potter series. On Saturday, July 6 at 7PM and Sunday, July 7 at 3PM, YOUR Louisville Orchestra will perform the magical score live from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.read more
The Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors, together with CEO, Robert Massey, are pleased to announce an unprecedented 5-year contract to extend the term of Teddy Abrams as Music Director. This extension from the usual 3-year contract renewal shows the organization’s confidence in the artistic direction and creative vision of the young conductor.
“We’re thrilled to make this extraordinary commitment to engaging Teddy until the 2024-2025 Season. His vision for the renaissance of the arts for our orchestra and our community is unique in the world,“ says John P. Malloy, President of the LO Board of Directors.
Abrams was named Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra in 2014, the youngest conductor ever named to that position with a major orchestra. He’s become a popular figure throughout Louisville while developing a national reputation for innovation and community building.
The Louisville Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Massey as Chief Executive Officer. He will start his new position in March 2019. Massey follows Andrew Kipe in this leadership role. Kipe took a position with The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in August 2018.
Mr. Massey has built a reputation as one of classical music’s most innovative, dynamic, visionary, and entrepreneurial leaders. As the head of the Jacksonville Symphony (2014 – 2019), Orchestra Iowa (2008 – 2014), and the Washington Bach Consort (2004 – 2008), he led remarkable transformations at each, developing and implementing innovative strategies that enhanced and diversified program offerings, increased accessibility, extended reach, deepened impact, and ensured financial sustainability.
Louisville Orchestra Presents: Coffee + Brown Forman Series “Teddy Talks Brahms” – April 26-27 – The Kentucky Center
In the second of his one-piece programs, Teddy Abrams deconstructs and explores the miraculous construction of the final symphony of Romantic Era German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Louisville Orchestra Coffee and Classics Series “Beethoven’s Ninth” w/ Teddy Abrams – May 10-11 at Whitney Hall
Conceived on a gigantic scale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is an exaltation of the ideal of universal brotherhood. In his only symphony to use a chorus and vocal soloists, Beethoven traced the line from anguish to joy, and from doubt to hope.
In addition, Teddy Abrams has created a song cycle for soprano and full orchestra that will premiere at this performance.
The Louisville Orchestra Presents: POPS: The Midtown Men – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 PM – The Kentucky Center
The high-octane musical tour de force that took the Jersey Boys phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, brings to life the greatest hits of the Sixties, rocking performing arts centers and symphony halls across the continent. THE MIDTOWN MEN are the four lead cast members from the original Broadway show and they bring the hits of the Sixties with their crisp Rat-Pack style to our stage for a Valentine treat.read more
Louisville Orchestra Presents POPS: Storm Large: Love, Lust, + Rock N’ Roll – April 20 @ 8 PM – The Kentucky Center
From Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and Queen, this music is a pulse-racing tribute to Love, Lust + Rock ‘n’ Roll, with powerful hits including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Kashmir,” “Somebody to Love,” and much more performed by the sensational and sultry Storm Large!
STORM LARGE, vocalist BOB BERNHARDT, conductor
The Louisville Orchestra Presents: Star Wars: A New Hope – Saturday Feb. 2nd at 7:30 PM – The Kentucky Center
Experience the thrilling music of John Williams performed live with a showing of the full-length epic film on the big screen. Live the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the Rebel Alliance as they battle the Galactic Empire. This is the full 1977 George Lucas film that started it all!read more
Louisville Orchestra Presents: Kentucky Spring — Festival Of American Music I (Teddy Abrams) 2/23 at 8 PM – Whitney Hall
Performed as the full ballet, Appalachian Spring touches on the primal issues of marriage, survival, and eternal regeneration. The piece was commissioned and choreographed by the legendary Martha Graham and for the first time presented with NEW CHOREOGRAPHY by the talented Andrea Schermoly, choreographer in residence at Louisville Ballet.
Plus The Way Forth, a new folk opera & film by Louisville native Rachel Grimes. Highlighting real and imagined perspectives of generations of Kentucky women from 1775 to the present day, and inspired by a treasure trove of family photos, documents, and letters, The Way Forth sifts through familiar stories to explore lesser-told tales of the historically oppressed. Through music, voice, and film, the work honors the emotional legacies of the silenced, the feminine, the holistic, the beauty of daily life, and the eternal grace and redemption of time, as symbolized by the great Dix and Kentucky Rivers.
Louisville Orchestra presents The Music of Queen – March 23 at 8 PM – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall
Who isn’t familiar with the classic tunes of Queen? The band plays all the favorites staying as close as possible to the original recordings and the orchestra is “wrapped” around that original sound. If you’re an average fan or someone who knows literally every song ever recorded by Queen, there’s something for you in this show.
Brody Dolyniuk, lead vocals
Dan Clemens, bass + background vocals
Powell Randolph, drums + background vocals
George Cintron, guitar + background vocals
Justin Avery, keyboards + background vocals
Louisville Orchestra’s Coffee & Classics Series “Tchaikovsky Concerto 1” – March 29-30 – The Kentucky Center
Elegant, insightful, balanced and brilliant, pianist Andrew von Oeyen is captivating! Russian composers Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) and Shostakovich (1906-1975) were a generation apart but their passion for their homeland, its people and music, pulses in every beat of these two magnificent works.read more
Louisville Orchestra’s Gabriel Lefkowitz conducts & performs as soloist in 3rd Music Without Borders Series 2/28 – 3/2
The third set of Louisville Orchestra’s Music Without Borders concerts An Evening in Italy will be led by LO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz, making his Louisville Orchestra conducting debut. This concert will whisk you away to the monuments of Rome, the bridges of Venice, and the fountains of Florence. Highlights include Rossini’s overture from The Barber of Seville, and the beautiful and challenging “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with Lefkowitz as soloist.
Performances of An Evening in Italy will take place in three locations: The Temple on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30PM; St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church at Harrods Creek on Friday, March 1 at 7:30PM; and across the bridge at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IUS on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30PM.
Gabriel Lefkowitz joined the LO as Concertmaster in 2016. Prior to his appointment with the LO he was the Concertmaster with the Knoxville Symphony. A versatile musician of the 21st century, Mr. Lefkowitz is an active soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and a composer for films and video games.read more
This season, Bob Bernhardt begins his 37th consecutive year with the Louisville Orchestra as Assistant Conductor, then as Associate Conductor, then Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera, and is now in his 22nd season as Principal Pops Conductor. But…who is Bob Bernhardt?
For nearly four decades, Bernhardt has been a constant presence with the LO and continues to bring his unique combination of easy style, infectious enthusiasm and wonderful musicianship to the city and orchestra he loves.
Bernhardt is concurrently Principal Pops Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and Principal Pops Conductor and Music Director Emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.read more
Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.read more
Pictures at an Exhibition was written as a reaction to artwork. We turn the tables and ask artists to create new works of art with music as their inspiration. We promise a multi-sensory arts experience as we collaborate with artists at the Kentucky College of Art + Design.
On Friday, Concert Talk begins at 10:00 AM in Whitney Hall hosted by Classical 90.5 WUOL. On Saturday, Concert Talk begins at 6:45 PM in Whitney Hall hosted by Classical 90.5 WUOL. Also on Saturday, the Bluegrass Motorsport Donor Lounge is open in the Mary Anderson Room before the concert and at intermission.
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As we celebrate his 100th birthday— nearly thirty years after his death—it is an occasion to muse about how history will treat Leonard Bernstein. In an era of increasing specialization, he was an artist of many talents: a pianist, conductor, composer, writer, educator and musical ambassador-at-large. This is almost without parallel today—few artists become so highly skilled at so many disciplines of their craft. There are even fewer who could master so many genres within their purview, as Bernstein did with classical, jazz and popular music, sometimes combining them all at the same time.
We are thrilled to celebrate Bernstein at 100 on Saturday, September 29th at The Kentucky Center – Whitney hall. Teddy Abrams will be the conductor with vocals from Morgan James. For tickets and more information, visit LouisvilleOrchestra.orgread more
The Louisville Orchestra welcomes Ken Johnson as its Interim Executive Director. Johnson, a Louisville native, served as the Executive Director of the Greeneville Symphony Orchestra from 2007 – 2012. Prior to this role, he enjoyed a long career as a Human Resources executive for IBM Corporation and Lexmark Corporation.
Additionally, Johnson has worked as a consultant and interim executive for non-profits across the country such as Habitat for Humanity, Make A Wish Foundation, and the Clifton Fine Arts Center.read more
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