Louisville Orchestra

Experience the inspiring performance of Louisville Orchestra’s Seasonal Masterpiece: Holiday: Handel’s Messiah Nov. 29- Dec. 1


Utterly transcendent! An inspiring performance of this seasonal masterpiece in a location that glows with the grace and joy of Christmas. Kent Hatteberg leads the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Chamber Choir and a select group of soloists at Cathedral of the Assumption. What makes this performance even more divine is its astonishing history.
George Frideric Handel was born in Halle, Germany, in 1685 and died in London in 1759. He composed Messiah in 1741 and led the first performance in the New Music Hall, Dublin, in 1742. The text, taken entirely from biblical passages, was assembled by Charles Jennens. The score calls for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists; chorus; 2 oboes; bassoon; 2 trumpets; timpani; strings; and continuo.
Handel spent most of his adult life living in London, composing dozens of Italian-style operas for a city that couldn’t get enough of them. They were usually successful, but not always; both he and his opera company neared the brink of financial ruin more than once. Eventually Londoners lost their thirst for opera, and though Handel tried desperately to keep his string of successes going, it was no use.

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The Louisville Orchestra Celebrates the Holidays with LaKisha Jones from American Idol and Bob Bernhardt

On Saturday, November 24 Bob Bernhardt and the Louisville Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with two concerts filled with Christmas cheer and the phenomenal talent of LaKisha Jones from American Idol! The festivities begin at 11AM with a one-hour concert for the whole family. Bring the kids early to meet Santa in The Kentucky Center lobby and participate in the pre-concert activities! At 8PM, the two-hour LO Pops concert brings more music and magic of the holidays!

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Celebrating Bernstein at 100

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.org

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Who is Bob Bernhardt?

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.

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Bourbon Classic Announces Returns to Louisville in 2019 – Tickets Available Now!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Audience502 partner, the Bourbon Classic, is excited to announce their return to Louisville to celebrate the best of Bourbon at its seventh annual event, February 20 – 23, 2019.

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.

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Louisville Orchestra Announces Ken Johnson as Interim Executive Director

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.

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Pre-season Kick-off Events with The Louisville Orchestra

FREE Preview Concert Sunday, September 9 – featuring highlights from the upcoming Louisville Orchestra season including works by Mozart, John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and Brahms
Star Wars Trivia Night Wednesday, September 12 – join UpTempo (the LO’s young professionals group) for their kickoff event: Star Wars Trivia Night hosted by the Trivia House at Gravely Brewing at 7PM.
ALL IN Vinyl Release Wednesday, September 19 – Music provided by the NuLou String Quartet. The event is free and open to the public.

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Louisville Orchestra Single Tickets on Sale August 1

Individual tickets for Louisville Orchestra Classics, Pops, Coffee, Family, and Neighborhood concerts will go on sale at 10AM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Single tickets can be purchased online at LouisvilleOrchestra.org or by calling The Kentucky Center box office at 502.584.7777.

Subscriptions to each of these series are also still available and offer the best pricing and great benefits. For more information on LO subscriptions, call the LO Patron Services at 502.587.8681 or visit LouisvilleOrchestra.org.

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Free Louisville Orchestra Patriotic Concert – Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 PM – Iroquois Amphitheater

Overview: The Louisville Orchestra has announced a Free Patriotic Concert courtesy of HARSHAW TRANE on Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Iroquois Amphitheater. The concert will replace the originally scheduled July 7 & 8 performances of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert, that has been postponed to Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – November 3-4 – Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Overview:  Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ™ — in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, this thrilling movie is accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.
In their third year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet escaped prisoner Sirius Black and learn to handle a half-horse/half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts, and master the art of Divination. Harry must also withstand soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf, and deal with the truth about Sirius and his relationship to Harry and his parents.

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POPS: Brass Transit — The Musical Legacy of Chicago Bob Bernhard – November 10 at 8 PM – Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Overview: This dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight CHICAGO tribute features spectacular attention to every detail of the CHICAGO songbook. Hits like: “Saturday In The Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “25 or 6 To 4,” and “You’re The Inspiration” have left crowds in awe and on their feet more than once, evoking comments like “Spine-tingling,” “Brought me back to my youth,” and “Perfect in every detail.” Brass Transit goes far beyond just imitating the songs, they embody the music.

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Coffee Series: Oboe Concerto – Suggested By An American Soldier – November 16 at 11 AM – Kentucky Center Whitney Hall

Overview: Ken-David Masur, the next generation of the talented Masur family (his father Kurt was a noted-conductor), is making his mark as a bold and fearless conductor whose performances as Associate Conductor with the Boston Symphony are thrilling audiences. He makes his LO debut conducting our own principal oboist as soloist and Brahms’ (1833-1897)  first significant symphonic work.

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