THU 25 JUN at 8PM :: Enjoy the Louisville Orchestra on the air!

Classical 90.5 FM WUOL presents a broadcast series of past LO performances on Thursdays at 8PM hosted by Daniel Gilliam.

“FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC” — This week’s broadcast concert of the Brown-Forman Classics Series is a program combined from two concerts that were performed on  Saturday, February 23, 2019, and Saturday, March 9, 2019, at The Kentucky Center, Louisville KY.

Program Highlights: George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Teddy Abrams as soloist and conductor; World-premiere performances of Rachel Grimes’ The Way Forth and Tyshawn Sorey’s For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield.


Aaron COPLAND:  Appalachian Spring 

Rachel GRIMES: The Way Forth
….. Got Ahold of Me
….. Postcard from Pauline
….. Patsy
….. Sisterhood of Man
….. Red House School
….. The Hysterical Society
….. Nowhere on Earth
….. There Is No Other
– Pause –
….. The Spells
….. Fontaine Ferry
….. For So Long
….. Dix River Doxology
….. Dolly
….. Bill of Sale
….. End of Dominion
….. Sara
….. A New Land

Gabriel EVENS: Run For It [World Premiere • LO Commission]

Tyshawn SOREY:  For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield [World Premiere • LO Commission]

George GERSHWIN:  Rhapsody in Blue

TEDDY ABRAMS, piano soloist and conductor
Soloists from The Way Forth
…Timbre Cierpke, harp + soprano (Woman/Pauline/Sister/Wife/Pee Wee Queen)
…Scott Moore, violin + vocalist
…Erica Pisaturo, violin
…Laura De St. Croix, viola
…Charlie Patton, cello
…Cecilia Huerta-Lauf, cello
…Aaron May, double bass
…Rachel Grimes, piano + vocalist (Margaret/Daughter/Sister)
…Martha Neal Cooke, vocalist (Patsy)
…Jecorey Arthur, percussion + vocalist (Frederick/Henry)
…Stephen Webber, actor + vocalist (Nephew/Carney/Son/Orator/Man/Preacher)…
…Doris Smith, vocalist (Dolly)
…Sadie Dunn, soprano (Elizabeth)
…Mara Miller, alto
…Tim Roscoe, tenor (Abraham)
…Benton Quarles, bass
…Joe Manning, vocalist (Hoy)
…Laquida Garner, vocalist (Sara)
…Catharine Axley, film co-director, creator + editor

Soloists from Run for It
…UofL Student Jazz Quintet: Blase Groody, tenor saxophone • Isaac Stephens, trumpet • Chad O’Brien, trombone • Jailynn Lake, bass • Pedro Augusto, drumset

Soloists from For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield
…Ansyn Banks, trumpet
…Craig Wagner, electric guitar

Special thanks for the continued support of:

The Fund For the Arts  |  Humana Foundation  | Brown-Forman Foundation  |   Kentucky Arts Council  |  Baird  |  The National Endowment for the Arts   |  Lee and Rosemary Kirkwood |  Blue Grass MOTORSPORT  |  Harshaw Trane  |  Metro Louisville |  Republic BankUnited Mail


CANCELED :: Teddy Abrams leads the LO in a fascinating program of dual Americas. On the concert’s first half, he evokes the dreamy sound world and rueful yearnings of America’s great romantic nostalgist, Samuel Barber. Then, a new work for voices and orchestra by Brooklyn-based composer Gabriel Kahane examines the urgent plight of homelessness today and the humanity of those grappling with its effects.

CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam.

Samuel BARBER: School for Scandal Overture
Samuel BARBER: Adagio for Strings

Samuel BARBER: Symphony No. 1, in One Movement
Gabriel KAHANE: Emergency Shelter Intake Form

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



CANCELED :: We welcome the “King of Newgrass” as the LO is joined by bluegrass legend Sam Bush as we celebrate this dazzling music.

CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program direction Daniel Gilliam.

Aaron COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
Selections: Sam Bush with Orchestra

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
SAM BUSH, mandolin



CANCELED :: The fifth annual Festival of American Music at the Louisville Orchestra continues to ignore traditional boundaries between orchestras and their audiences. First on this program is the dreamy sound world and rueful yearnings of America’s great romantic nostalgist, Samuel Barber. Then, a new work for voices and orchestra by Brooklyn-based composer Gabriel Kahane examines the urgent plight of homelessness today and the humanity of those grappling with its effects.

Samuel BARBER: School for Scandal Overture
Gabriel KAHANE: Emergency Shelter Intake Form

TEDDY ABRAMS, guest conductor


LO Online :: Music, Interviews and more

Since we can’t be together in person to perform for our community, we will continue to bring specially curated content to music lovers with LO Online.  Here you will find DUET performances with Teddy Abrams and some of our LO Musicians, instrument demonstrations, along with some of the fun things our players are doing with their time off stage. Be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss an update.


4.7.21  If the sound of the harp holds a special place in your musical imagination, you may find this piece to be magical. It’s on the shortlist of the “most beautiful pieces ever written” for harp aficionados.

Béla Bartók EnseMble Performance

3.30.21 Swaggering and flashy contrasts with velvety darkness as three contrasting instruments share the stage. Béla BARTÓK: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Andrea Levine, clarinet Gabriel Lefkowitz, violin Kara Huber, piano

Two musicians, violinist Joseph Szigeti and jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, asked for a composition from Bartók, so the composer obliged with this piece for violin, clarinet, and piano. The first recording featured those two eminent musicians plus the composer at the keyboard. It’s Bartók’s only chamber work that features a woodwind instrument.

The first movement dance is a “recruiting” dance featuring a tune that was literally used to recruit young Hungarian boys into joining the army. The final movement depicts the improvisational dancing that the new recruits might do to celebrate their new role as soldiers. The middle movement has been described as a dark night of soul searching and nightmares.

You’ll notice that the violinist uses two different instruments. The alternative instrument has its strings tuned to different pitches in a technique called “scordatura.” Playing the different pitches you hear as open strings on the re-tuned violin gives a particular effect that is often used in folk music.


3.22.21  Teddy Abrams and Jecorey “1200” Arthur are long-time collaborators. Their dedication to using music to uplift the lives of everyone in Louisville has been their collective mission. In this conversation, the two men discuss how Black music has shaped the music and culture of our country. This is the focus of the upcoming online concert of the Louisville Orchestra. Concert details HERE



3.12.21  Louisville native, virtuoso flutist, and composer Valerie Coleman created this fiery piece for a mixed trio. Performed here by Louisville Orchestra musicians Kathleen Karr, flute; Andrea Levine, clarinet; and Matthew Karr, bassoon, we hear the third and final movement of Rubispheres.

A Tale of two Pandemics

LO Clarinetist, Robert Walker discusses Stravinsky and the similarities between the world we are living in now and the world Stravinsky was in when he wrote Three Pieces for Clarinet.


Pulled from a bigger collection of ensemble music from the Louisville Orchestra Virtual Edition and performed by musicians of the Louisville Orchestra, this String Quartet No. 19 in C Major is nicknamed “Dissonance.” It is one of W. A. Mozart’s most harmonically adventurous quartets and deserves its name because of the first movement introduction. Listen as the chord takes some time to resolve to the key of C Major that directs the rest of this masterful work. Dedicated to Joseph Haydn, who Mozart admired whole-heartedly, the work is part of a group of string quartets that were inspired by “Papa” Haydn, the father of the symphony.

Music of Motown

2.22.21 Motown music just gets into your soul and MAKES you move.  Here, we have an ensemble performing some Motown favorites and a few pieces that inspired the style. We tip our hat to Stephen Taylor (violin), James McFadden-Talbot (violin), Jonathan Mueller (viola), Lindy Tsai (cello), Alexander Schwarz (trumpet), and Mark Tate (drums).

Love is in the Air

2.8.21 Valentines Day right around the corner, our friends at Audience Magazine share the LOVE of two LO Musicians, Heather Thomas and James McFadden-Talbot. Read all about their early beginnings and how with the Louisville Orchestra, they could finally be together!

ALL that Jazz

1.22.21  The LO Jazz Trio has recorded a concert for the LO VIRTUAL EDITION.  The performance includes works by Claude Bolling and Chick Corea.  Here is a sample –  Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: Veloce with Louisville Orchestra Musician’s Donald Gottlieb (flute), Grace Baugh-Bennett (piano), and Robert Docs (bass).


Happy Birthday Beethoven

12.16.20  Teddy’s gift to Beethoven for his birthday  –  Its the “Happy Birthday” tune attributed to two Louisville school teachers Patty and Mildred Hill but in the late style of Beethoven!

Chair Snappers

11.3.20 Teddy sat down with Sam Bush and they had a great discussion. The full hour-long conversation is a part of the LO Virtual Edition, but here is a sneak peek and a funny story that Sam shares about audiences.

DUET | Andrea Levine And Jack Griffin

7.14.20 Viva La France! It’s Bastille Day so we are giving you the Duet for Two Violins by French composer Jacques Féréol Mazas.  In this rendition Jack Griffin is playing violin not his usual viola and Andrea Levine playing a violin part on clarinet.

DUET | Trio with Heather Thomas and Jack McFadden-Talbot

6.29.20 It’s been a while since we have had a duet to share, and this one is actually a trio (but with two violins).  Heather Thomas and Jack McFadden-Talbot work as a seamless unit in the beautiful Prelude to Shostakovitch’s Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano.  Special thanks to Criquet Projects Productions for the extra support for this performance.

a look back with Audience

6.24.20 The June issue of Audience hits the digital airwaves today.  It features stories about looking back on favorite performances and events.  Looking back gives us something to look forward to when we can gather and collectively engage in performing art again. For this occasion we are looking back to the 2019 Festival of American Music which featured the Louisville Ballet’s Andrea Schermoly’s revised choreography to Appalachian Spring, and the world premiere of Rachel Grimes’ folk opera, The Way Forth.  

Arts-Louisville 12 Questions with Maria Semes

5.29.20 Violinist Maria Semes talks to Arts-Louisville about her time in quarantine, starting the Social Distancing Quartet ,and what she is most looking forward to when we can finally gather again. Read all about it here:

Duet: ALEXANDER Schwarz

5.26.20 LO’s Principal Trumpet, Alexander Schwarz joins Teddy in Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

Audience Magazine May issue

5.22.20 In this month’s issue of Audience Magazine, LO’s Marketing Director details a (normal) day in the life of our production team.

A Most unusual Gathering

5.18.20 Some of the greatest conductors of our time just chatting about how they are doing now, and how the Covid crisis is changing and will change the Orchestral industry.  WOW.  This was coordinated by Phoenix Symphony’s Music Direcor, Tito Muñoz. The image below will take you to the Facebook video.

Top Row left to right:  Tito Muñoz | Benjamin Wenzelberg | Teddy Abrams
Middle row left to right: Leonard Slatkin | Maya Mira Johnson | Marin Alsop
Bottom: Michael Tilson Thomas


SDQ on INternational Nurses Day

5.12.20 In honor of all the nurses and all healthcare professionals we have asked the Social Distancing Quartet to perform a movement from Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2.  Borodin was a highly respected composer (hanging out with the likes of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky) but as a profession, he was a doctor and a chemist. He also founded  the School of Medicine for Women in Saint Petersburg the first higher education facility in Russia to educate women in medical science.

DUET | Hallelujah

5.4.20 Times like this give us a moment to reflect on what is important and the many things for which we are grateful.  We are grateful for these two and this song.  Violist Jonathan Mueller joins Maestro Teddy in Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

12 Questions with JOnathan Mueller

4.30.20  During the arts season our friends at Arts-Louisville are very busy doing reviews of (almost) all of the shows that happen in our city.  During their down times they have a series called 12 Questions which they have continued during the Covid crisis.   Here is our own Jonathan Mueller’s 12 Answers!


DUET | Trevor’s Treasure

4.23.20 Teddy Abrams and Trevor Johnson perform a formerly out of print piece – Nocturne; by Gilbert W. Porsch.  Our fearless oboe player took up the crusade to get this amazing music for English horn back in circulation.

Trevor Tells the story of Nocturne.



“The piece was originally published in 1940 by a company that no longer exists. I just love the piece, and got tired of preserving a very old copy fraying at the edges. I thought attempting to re-publish it would be good on so many levels. It preserves a great piece of music and introduces it to a new generation. It spotlights this under-sung composer. And it gave me a professional outlet during this period without live performances.

So I did a little editing of minor mistakes and cleaned up some notation into the publisher’s Sibelius program, and Nocturne was re-born! As far as the publishing goes, I asked a couple of composer friends for advice and approached a couple of different classical publishing companies. Ironically, the one owned by another Trevor (Trevor Cramer) was a perfect fit! I also made sure I dedicated the presentation to Mark Weiger, a late, but very important teacher of mine, who introduced me to the piece.

The publisher is TrevCo Music Publishing (TMP), and the website is

Audience Magazine goes DIgital

4.19.20 Our friends that publish the program book for all of our concerts have been busy even if the stages are dark.  They have compiled uplifting stories from each of the arts groups and have made this beautiful publication available to all.  Click on the picture below and the link will take you directly to the LO section featuring the three part story by Bill Doolittle.

Duet :: Teddy and the Tuba

4.16.20  The second in the DUET series, Teddy Abrams teams up with our Principal Tuba, Andrew Doub on a piece originally composed for flute and transcribed for tuba. Enjoy!

#LOPlays :: Tuba Gardener

4.14.20  What does a musician do when he or she is not performing, rehearsing, practicing, teaching or preparing scores?  Here’s what our Principal Tuba, Andrew Doub does with his free time.

A joke from the SOcial Distancing QUartet

4.13.20 The Social Distancing Quartet has been busy!  Here they are playing a little ‘joke’ on us, well maybe a joke FOR us.  It’s Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 colloquially known as “The Joke.”


DUET Performances with Teddy Abrams

4.7.20  Teddy Abrams collaborates with LO’s Concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz on Franz Ries’ Perpetuum mobile, Op. 34, No. 5.


Instrument Demonstrations

4.6.20 Originally created for the LO’s MakingMUSIC Home Edition, Trevor Johnson educates and entertains with a demonstration for 4th and 5th Graders.

































































In This Together

4.3.20   Daniel Gilliam of Classical 90.5 FM WUOL teams up with our own Teddy Abrams for a series of ZOOM interviews shared on Facebook Live with notables like Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. Watch live on Facebook on Fridays at 3pm.

Social Distancing Quartet

3.27.20   Early on in this day of being together while apart, four of our string players created the Social Distancing Quartet Facebook Group.  Violinists, Maria Semes and Andrea Daigle together with violist Evan Vicic and cellist Lillian Pettitt started by posting 20 second musical moments for fans to wash their hands to. The outpouring of support encouraged the team to do longer songs and their choices are getting more clever (Police, Don’t Stand So Close to Me).  Their 1200 fans await each post with with great anticipation.

Elizabeth Kramer wrote a piece on the new group for her blog.

Donna Parkes wins Ford Musician Award

We are so proud of Donna Parkes who won one of 5 Ford Musician Awards from the League of American Orchestras.


The Louisville Orchestra’s principal trombonist Donna Parkes is one of just five orchestra musicians from across the U.S. who received Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the League’s 74th National Conference in Nashville, June 3-5, 2019. The awards celebrate professional orchestra musicians who provide exemplary service in their communities and make a significant impact through education and community engagement.

This year’s awardees work with children of all ages in a variety of initiatives, introducing young children to orchestral instruments through story, live music, and movement; teaching hearing and speech-impaired children new skills; providing music education and engagement to students from underserved communities; connecting with children and families in outlying communities through creative programming; and facilitating the creation of new compositions by high school students.

Donna Parkes at the Heuser Hearing Institute

“Donna is an amazing musician and leader,” states Louisville Orchestra CEO Robert Massey. “In addition to serving as Principal Trombone, she is a member of the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Committee, holds a seat on the Board of Directors, and has extensively been at the forefront of the Orchestra’s community programs. She has been instrumental in the Louisville Orchestra’s Heuser Hearing and Learning Academy Residency program for more than a decade. Introducing the wonder of sound and music to deaf and hearing-impaired children, Donna collaborates with the teachers and therapists at Heuser and coordinates the participation of her fellow LO musicians to bring this program to the Academy classrooms every month. We are pleased that Donna is being recognized by the League for her work in this program.”

“These musicians’ artistry and commitment drives compelling work that touches the lives of so many in their communities,” said Jesse Rosen, the League’s President and CEO. “Ford Motor Company Fund’s ongoing support has helped us share the inspiring stories of these trailblazing mentors and leaders with the entire orchestra field and beyond.”

“We’re proud to recognize these five musicians, whose contributions to their communities will create a lasting positive impact,” said Yisel Cabrera, Manager, Government and Community Relations, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Music and the arts have the ability to transcend boundaries and bring people together, which is why the generous service these musicians are providing is so important.”

The musicians received their awards at the League of American Orchestras’ Conference Luncheon, June 4, and discussed their work at Musicians Transforming Communities, a session for Conference delegates on June 4.

About Donna Parkes

Australian trombonist Donna Parkes has been Principal Trombone of the Louisville Orchestra since 2008 and has been Principal Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival since 2009. She has played with the Utah Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Parkes has performed at the Arizona Musicfest, the Marlboro Festival, and the Grand Tetons Festival and in 2016 toured with the Australian World Orchestra. Solo competition successes include winning the Australian National Trombone Competition, the Brisbane International Brass Competition, and finalist in the Jeju Brass Competition in Korea. She has appeared as a soloist or clinician at the International Women’s Brass Conference, International Trombone Festival and the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. Parkes received her Masters Degree studying under Charles Vernon at DePaul University and other primary teachers include Michael Mulcahy and Ron Prussing.

The five award recipients and their orchestras are:

Victoria Griswold, Violin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Teddy Bear Series, introducing young children to orchestral instruments through story, live music, and movement

Jeff Handley, Principal Percussion
Chicago Sinfonietta
Audience Matters and SEED, in-school residency programs for students from underserved communities

Rebecca Patterson, Principal Cello
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
NHSO Harmony Fellowship Quartet / Recording Composition Class, for students from underrepresented communities

Donna Parkes, Principal Trombone
Louisville Orchestra
Teaching communication skills through music to children with hearing and speech impairments in a partnership with the Heuser Hearing Institute.

Rebecca Young, Associate Principal Viola
New York Philharmonic
Very Young People’s Concerts

About the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service:

Now in its fourth year, the League’s Ford Musician Awards program, made possible by the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund, honors and celebrates professional orchestra musicians who provide exemplary and meaningful service in their communities and make a significant impact through education and community engagement.

The musicians were selected by a panel of peer professionals through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards, which include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to the musician’s home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for musicians.

Previous Award Recipients:

2018 award recipients included Jeffrey Barker, associate principal flute, Seattle Symphony; John R. Beck, principal percussionist, Winston Salem Symphony; Jody Chaffee, Community Engagement Director, Flute, Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; and Juan R. Ramírez Hernández, Violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Videos of the 2018 awardees can be found here.

2017 award recipients included Mark Dix, viola, Phoenix Symphony; Michael Gordon, principal flute, Kansas City Symphony; Diane McElfish Helle, violin, Grand Rapids Symphony; Eunsoon Lee-Coroliss, assistant principal violist, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; and Peter Zlotnick, education manager/principal timpani, Greensboro Symphony.
Videos of the 2017 awardees can be found here.

2016 award recipients included Penny Anderson Brill, viola, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Shannon Orme, bass clarinet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Brian Prechtl, percussion, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and Beth Vandervennet, cello, Oakland Symphony.

This is the League’s second partnership project with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.

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FAQ for COVID-19 Effect

Is everyone at the Orchestra okay?

Thankfully the one person with a confirmed case has made a full recovery. Everyone else is reporting good health.

Which concerts have been canceled?

All concerts beginning March 13 to the end of the 2019-20 Season have been canceled.

March 13 & 14:  Festival of American Music
March 21 & 22:   Peter & the Wolf
March 24-26:  MakingMUSIC education concerts
March 28:  Arrival From Sweden: A Tribute to ABBA
April 10 & 11: Rachmaninoff & Beethoven
April 17:  Michael Cavanaugh Plays Elton John
April 24:  The Blue Hour
April 25:  Concerto for Orchestra

How long will you be closed?

All decisions will fully comply with the directives of our Mayor and Governor but we are proceeding with planning for a regular start of the 2020-21 Season in September.


We are extending the renewal deadline until further notice. Your subscription benefits are protected, including seating. If it is determined that we are required to revise seating to respect social distancing, we will be in contact with everyone. If we have to change venues, dates, or programming, we will also reach out with as much information as is available.

Will the orchestra be okay?

Because of the generosity of those donating tickets to the canceled concerts, the orchestra can conclude the 2019-2020 season on May 31 and maintain payroll, benefits, and fixed expenses. Doing so will exhaust the Louisville Orchestra’s cash reserve. The new fiscal year starting June 1 will be challenging and we rely on our ticket buyers and donors to make the new season possible. Because we expect some corporate and foundation support to be shifted to social services and healthcare, the support from our patrons will be even more important in the coming season.  You can donate online HERE.

Why not reschedule concerts?

When the option of large gatherings is available, we are likely to be close to starting the new season. This season has been planned and many contracts are already issued for the performance schedule that was announced on February 22, 2020. There may be some opportunity to reschedule some of the canceled concerts if performance dates become available at our venues. In addition, the guest artists and conductors will also have to be available — and this can be difficult to arrange. It is more likely that we look to the 2021-22 season before any of the canceled events could be re-mounted.

How do I donate my tickets or REQUEST a refund when you are closed?

Like many businesses, the administrative staff is working remotely so we are able to provide customer service. There may be delays but we are still here.
  • To donate your tickets: Please link to our online form HERE. (Scroll to the bottom of the page)
  • To request a refund: Please email to
  • To speak to a ticket office representative: Leave a message at 502-587-8681, press 1. Someone will call you back as soon as possible.

When will I get my refund?

Refunds to those who purchased tickets through the Louisville Orchestra (mainly subscribers) will be issued by May 15.
Refunds to those who purchased tickets through the Kentucky Performing Arts (single ticket buyers and online) are usually issued within a few days of being received at that ticket office. Please be aware that all staff is working remotely so the processes are slowed. We appreciate your patience.

When will I get my donation acknowledgment?

Because of the challenges of our remote work spaces, donation acknowledgment letters may have to wait until May when we expect to be back in the office with printers and postage meters. If you need something sooner, we are glad to offer an email letter with details of your gift. Please contact us at with those requests.

How do I get tickets for next season?

Online or phone orders are easy ways to secure your tickets for the 2020-2021 Season. 

What can I do to help?

You can help stabilize the Louisville Orchestra with a donation toward the 2020-2021 Season and by ordering your season tickets now. LINK HERE to explore options for donating. Or email to to schedule a phone call. We would love to talk with you!

Other questions?

Email any other questions or concerns to A representative will respond as soon as possible.

Concerts Canceled through April 25

Music Director Teddy Abrams issued this comment:

The music world is going to be hit hard by the response to the coronavirus (as will the entire entertainment industry) but immediate sacrifices are necessary if we want to preserve the possibility of a global recovery.

This doesn’t mean that art and culture won’t have a role in this struggle; we are needed more than ever to maintain our humanity and meaningful connectivity. My fellow Louisville Orchestra members and I will be thinking of ways to use our music as a vessel to connect and heal during these times; and we thank our audiences for the love and devotion that you share with us on our journey each season.

Please take care of each other, please support the people in our world making difficult decisions, and let us hope, as we share in these challenges and tragedies, that we emerge as a far more compassionate and empathetic planet when the darkness lifts.

The Louisville Orchestra is joining with others in local arts community to do what we can to keep people safe and healthy. Concerts scheduled through Saturday, April 25, 2020 have been canceled.

We are grateful to those patrons who have or plan to donate the value of their tickets to canceled concerts. These gifts and the support of the community will allow the LO to navigate this challenge and continue to thrive and serve Louisville in the future.


Canceled Concerts

Coffee/Classics Concerts: Festival of American Music 2
Friday, March 17 at 11AM :: Kentucky Center
Saturday, March 18 at 8PM :: Kentucky Center

Family Concerts: Peter and the Wolf
Saturday, March 21 at 11AM :: Brown Theatre
Sunday, March 22 at 3PM :: Old Forester’s Paristown Hall

MakingMUSIC Educational Concerts
all performances on March 24, 25, and 26
Kentucky Center

Pops Concert: The Music of ABBA
Saturday, March 28 at 8PM  :: Kentucky Center

Coffee/Classics: Beethoven & Rachmaninoff
Friday, April 10 at 11AM :: Kentucky Center
Saturday, April 11 at 8PM :: Kentucky Center

Pops Concert:  Michael Cavanaugh Plays the Music of Elton John
Friday, April 17 at 8PM :: Kentucky Center

LO at Paristown Hall: The Blue Hour
Friday, April 24 at 8PM :: Old Forester’s Paristown Hall

Classics:  Concerto for Orchestra
Saturday, April 25 at 8PM :: Kentucky Center


These options are available to those who purchased tickets to the Louisville Orchestra concerts through April 25, 2020.

  1. Donate your tickets and receive a gift acknowledgement for the value of the donation. Ticket donations can be made online through the form below;  by emailing to (name, phone, CID, seat locations) or by phone.
  2. Receive a refund for the value of the ticket. Email to

Please call at 502-587-8681, 1 to leave a message during regular business hours. Your calls will be returned.  Mail to: Louisville Orchestra, 620 W. Main, Suite 600, Louisville KY 40202. Email for donations only to:

Tickets do NOT have to be returned before the scheduled performance. Ticket refund requests and donations will be accepted for these performances through April 30, 2020.


Donate Your Tickets

The contribution of your tickets will help cover expenses related to canceling the concerts. We thank you for your generosity.
  • Located on the stub side of the ticket.
  • On the lower right side of the ticket below the date and time (Be sure to indicate Orchestra, Grand Tier, or Balcony)

Here’s What We Know – COVID-19 Communications

Dear LO Patrons:

In compliance with the efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community, the Louisville Orchestra has canceled two concerts:

Friday, March 13 at 11AM
Coffee:  Festival of American Music 2
Kentucky Center

Saturday, March 14 at 8PM
Classics:  Festival of American Music 2
Kentucky Center


An announcement will be made on Monday, March 16 with details about upcoming concerts. Communications by email and phone (“robo-calls” with recorded messages)  will be sent to ticket-holders with specific information about options and processes. We ask for your patience and understanding as we manage the volume of communications.