CLASSICS: PLAY — Festival of American Music 2

SAT 07 APR :: Jim James, lead and founder of the indie-rock band My Morning Jacket, joins with Teddy Abrams to create a set of 7 songs for band and orchestra. Including his top hits, selections from his latest album and new material — a brand new collaboration between James and Abrams.

Andrew  Norman’s Play, the 2017 Grawmeyer competition winner, is being talked about as the most important new work of our time. Teddy Abrams premiered Natural History by Michael Gordon at the 2016 Britt Festival. Requiring a massive array of musicians and dancers, the piece is an homage to the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest region of our country. Together with his wife Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon are founders of the acclaimed Bang on a Can Festival and contemporary music organization in New York City.

JULIA WOLFE:  rIse and sHiNe
ANDREW NORMAN: Play, Level 1
MICHAEL GORDON:  Natural History

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
JIM JAMES, special guest

Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman

Classics: KENTUCKY CLASSICS: Festival of American Music 1

SAT 24 MAR :: Celebrating American roots with music featuring both Kentucky-centered music and featuring Kentucky-based composers and performers.

AARON COPLAND:  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

TYRONE COTTON, singer-songwriter
LIZZIE NO, vocalist
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman
Concert sponsored by PharMerica

Coffee: PLAY: Festival of American Music 2

FRI 06 APR  ::  Andrew Norman’s Play, the 2017 Grawemeyer competition winner, is being talked about as the most important new work of our time.

JULIA WOLFE:  riSE and fLy
ANDREW NORMAN: Play, Level 1
MICHAEL GORDON:  Natural History

Native American Ensemble
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

Series Sponsored by Hilliard Lyons
Series Presented by Treyton Oak Towers
Coffee provided courtesy of Heine Bros.

Classics 2017-2018

Up to 25% off the single ticket price!

2016-17 Concert Broadcasts

Selected concerts of the 2016-2017 LO Season will be broadcast on 90.5 WUOL on Thursday evenings at 8PM.

Schedule and program:


Teddy Abrams, conductor
Matt Wallace, director
Kentucky Shakespeare: Byron Coolie, Gregory Maupin, Abigail Bailey Maupin, Dathan Hooper, actors
Recorded November 19, 2016

ARTHUR SULLIVAN: Macbeth Overture
HECTOR BERLIOZ:  “Queen Mab Scherzo” from Romeo et Juliette
FELIX MENDELSSOHN:  Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
EDWARD ELGAR: Excerpt from Falstaff
LEONARD BERNSTEIN:  “Mambo” from West Side Story
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet

July 27: BRAHMS 2
Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor
Julia Noone, violin
Jack Griffin, viola
Recorded January 14, 2017

CLAUDE DEBUSSY:  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
W.A. MOZART:  Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major K.364  ::  Julia Noone, violin    Jack Griffin, viola
JOHANNES BRAHMS:  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Andrew Tyson, piano

LJOVA:  Current   (Co-commission with Britt Festival)
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30  :: Andrew Tyson, piano
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (“The Year 1905”)

Teddy Abrams, conductor, piano, harpsichord
Gabriel Lefkowitz, violin; Andrea Levine, clarinet; Sebastian Chang, piano
Jubilant Sykes, vocalist
Scott Moore, violin
University of Kentucky Balinese Gamelan Angklung Ensemble, Donna Kwon, director

DARIUS MILHAUD:  The Creation of the World, Op. 81A
HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ von BIBER:  Rosary Sonata No. 9 (“Jesus Carries the Cross”)
Gabriel Lefkowitz, violinist   Teddy Abrams, harpsichord

Gamelan Ensemble Selections
(arr. HAN) Tabuh Empat (Composition in Four) ::  Martina Vasil, suling flute   Naizal Hargana, morinhuur
(No, MCPHEE Sakar Uled (Uled Blossoms)

OSVALDO GOLIJOV:  Dreams and Prayers of Isaac The Blind, Prelude & Movement 1  ::  Andrea Levine, clarinet
J.S. BACH:  “Sinfonia” from Cantata No. 174
IGOR STRAVINSKY:  “Sacrificial Dance” from The Rite of Spring  Teddy Abrams, piano   Sebastian Chang, piano

Traditional Spirituals with Jubilant Sykes
(arr. CLAYTON ERB) City Called Heaven
(arr. MARK RICE) Ride on King Jesus
(arr. MARK RICE) Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
(arr. MARK RICE) Were You There?
ENCORE (arr. J. MORGAN) Witness

PAGE/PLANT: Achilles Last Stand
(arr. ABRAMS) Scott Moore, electric violin

Teddy Abrams, Conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Scott Carney, vocalist
Chad Sloan, narrator
Recorded March 31, 2017 & April 1, 2017

GEORGE HESPE:  The Three Musketeers, Suite for Brass
GUSTAV HOLST:  “Jig” from St. Paul’s Suite, Op. 29, No. 2, Mvt. I
WILLIAM BYRD (arr. Muhly):  Miserere mei, Deus
ANNA CLYNE:  Masquerade
HENRY PURCELL:  Pavan No. 1 in A Major, Z. 748
GEORGE BENJAMIN:  Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra, No. 2
DAVID BOWIE: Sweet Thing   ::  Scott Carney, vocalist
WILLIAM WALTON:  Selections from Façade: An Entertainment  ::  Chad Sloan, reciter

Teddy Abrams, conductor, piano, clarinet
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, piano
Donata Cucinotta, soprano
Recorded April 15, 2017

LEONARD BERNSTEIN:  Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
AARON COPLAND: Orchestral Variations
M.T. THOMAS Grace  :: Teddy, piano   Donata Cucinotta, soprano
JOHN ADAMS:  Short Ride in a Fast Machine
M.T. THOMAS:  Agnegram
GEORGE GERSHWIN:  An American In Paris
GEORGE GERSHWIN:  Promenade (“Walking the Dog” from the movie Shall We Dance)

August 31: Pops – BOB BERNHARDT TRIBUTE: The Music of John Williams
Bob Bernhardt, Conductor
Michael W. Davis, violin
Louisville Youth Choir, Terri Foster, director
Cardinal Singers from UofL, Kent Hatteberg, conductor
Recorded November 5, 2016

JOHN WILLIAMS:  “Superman March” from Superman
JOHN WILLIAMS:  “Anakin’s Theme” from The Phantom Menace
JOHN WILLIAMS:  “The Imperial March” from Star Wars
JOHN WILLIAMS:  “William’s Theme” from Schindler’s List  ::  Michael W. Davis, violin
CARLOS GARDEL (Arr. Williams): Tango por una Cabeza  :: Michael W. Davis, violin
DOUG LOWRY:  Mr. Serious Gets his YaYas Out
JOHN WILLIAMS: “Duel of the Fates” from The Phantom Menace
JOHN WILLIAMS:  “Somewhere In My Memory” from Home Alone
JOHN WILLIAMS:   “Dry Your Tears, Africka” from Amistad
JOHN WILLIAMS: “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan
JOHN WILLIAMS:  Call of the Champions
JOHN WILLIAMS: “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
JOHN WILLIAMS:  Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha
JERRY BOCK (Arr. Williams): Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof  :: Michael W. Davis, violin
JOHN WILLIAMS:  “Rey’s Theme” from The Force Awakens
JOHN WILLIAMS: “March of the Resistance” from The Force Awakens
JOHN WILLIAMS:  “Jedi Steps” and “Finale” from The Force Awakens

JOHN WILLIAMS:  “Raider’s March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark


SAMUEL BARBER: Overture to The School for Scandal
S.K. SNIDER Four Selections from Penelope
1. The stranger with the face of a man I loved
4. The lotus eater
9. Dead Friend
13. Baby teeth, bones, and bullets
Susan Narucki, soprano

LOU HARRISON:  Suite for Symphonic Strings
1. Estampie
2. Et in Arcadio Ego
3. In Honor of Heracles

D.J. ARGUE Transit  ::  Jacob Duncan, saxophone
HERBIE HANCOCK: Cantaloupe Island
JORDAN/FOSTER I’d Rather Go Blind
Carly Johnson, vocalist
Craig Wagner, guitar
Jacob Duncan, saxophone

TIMO ANDRES:  Everything Happens So Much
TEDDY ABRAMS:  Selections from The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
I. Maya Angelou
II. Walt Whitman
III. Float Rumble Rest
Jecorey “1200” Arthur, vocalist
Susan Narucki, vocalist

$25 Hall Pass

Students get one free ticket to upcoming concerts (as available) for the independent High School student or the younger student who will attend concerts with parents.

HOW IT WORKS: Students must present the current season Hall Pass with a valid student I.D at the ticket office on the night of a performance to receive one free ticket for that event. Seating is at the discretion of the Louisville Orchestra. Companion seats are available at full price.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:  Elementary, secondary and matriculated higher education students who can verify their status. Age limit: 25 years old.

 Hall Passes may be purchased online, by phone (502.587.8681)  or in-person at the Louisville Orchestra Ticket Office (620 W. Main, Suite 600, downtown Louisville, 40202).

Student Tickets are also offered by the LO. Available for advance purchase, $10 Student Tickets can be purchased for the performances listed below plus any Coffee Concert. Students should have a current I.D. These tickets are offered in-person only at the Kentucky Center or Louisville Orchestra ticket office.


Hall Pass Details:
  • Pre-purchase of Hall Pass
  • Student I.D. presented when requesting a ticket
  • Tickets available only at the door
  • One ticket per student
  • Seating location assigned at the discretion of the LO ticket office staff
  • Not valid for “sold-out” concerts
Hall Pass is valid for these concerts upcoming in the 2017-2018 season (starting August 7, 2017):
  • 16 SEP   ::  Sgt. Peppers 50th Anniversary Pops
  • 23 SEP  ::  Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff
  • 14 OCT  ::  Why Beethoven?
  • 04 NOV :: The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
  • 25 NOV ::  Home for the Holidays
  • 13 JAN   ::  Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
  • 20 JAN  ::  Mambo Kings at the the Pops
  • 03 FEB  ::  War + Peace
  • 24 FEB  ::  The Planets: An HD Odyssey
  • 10 MAR  ::  Michael Cleveland + Flamekeeper at the Pops
  • 24 MAR ::  Kentucky Classics: Festival of American Music 1
  • 07 APR  ::  Play:  Festival of American Music 2
  • 20 APR  ::  The Music of Prince at the Pops
  • 28 APR  ::  Beethoven Piano Concerto
  • 12 MAY  ::  The Rite of Spring


Concert Broadcasts


Performances of the 2015-2016 season of the Louisville Orchestra will be broadcast on WUOL Classical 90.5 on consecutive Thursday evenings through May and June starting this week. More broadcasts will be announced in upcoming weeks. We hope you enjoy these performances! Link to Listen to WUOL

June 23, 2016 – 8pm

Classics #9 – Festival of American Music II
Teddy Abrams, conductor | Chase Morrin, pianist | Mason Bates, composer/electronica
Steve Cooley, banjo | Jacob Duncan, saxophone | Jamey See Tai & Garrett Crabtree, GlitterTitz DJs
Adams Harmonielehre, Mvt 1
Mason Bates Mothership
Mason Bates, Electronica
Steve Cooley, banjo
Jacob Duncan, saxophone
Chase Morrin Two and a Half Songs – Concerto for Improvising (World Premiere)
Chase Morrin, piano
I. Lively
II. Serene
III. Fluid and Driving
Abrams/Morrin/ Orchestra Improv
GlitterTitz DJs
Copland Symphony No. 3
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Andantino quasi allegretto
IV. Molto deliberato – Allegro risouto

June 30, 2016 – 8pm

Classics #10
Teddy Abrams, Conductor
Mancini Theme from Peter Gunn
(By artist request, The Impostor by Bela Fleck is excluded from this broadcast)
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
I. Rêveries – Passions
II. Un bal
III. Scène aux champs
IV. Marche au supplice
V. Songe d’une nuit du sabbat


Explore the programs available to your students.

MakingMUSIC – Literacy and Math :: Concert Hall Program

MakingMUSIC concerts are designed to introduce the orchestra experience to 4th and 5th-grade students at the historic Brown Theatre. Learn more and sign up here.

MakingMusic Ensemble Visit :: In-School Program

Louisville Orchestra chamber ensembles are available to present programs related to the MakingMUSIC concert.  Instrument demonstrations are presented in the classroom followed by the chamber concert.

Recommended Grades:  4th and 5th-grades only

Dates:  September – December 2017

Time:  9:30am – 11:00am

Duration:  Approximately 90 minutes

Cost:  $550-$1000

(FREE for all JCPS  Elementary Schools A – J; 4th and 5th-grade students only)


Teddy’s Kids

This program gives 4th and 5th-grade students the opportunity to learn to conduct with the LO’s Music Director Teddy Abrams.  As part of their participation in the MakingMUSIC concerts, each school will select one student to represent them at the concert.  Two conducting sessions with Teddy Abrams will be scheduled for these students ahead of MakingMUSIC concerts for them to learn one piece that will be performed at these concerts.  These students will have two one-hour sessions with Teddy to learn to conduct this piece as well as the basics of conducting and when they attend their specific MakingMUSIC concert, they will join Teddy on stage to conduct the Louisville Orchestra. Please email by January 15, 2017, with your student nomination.

Landfill Orchestra

As part of MakingMUSIC, 5th-grade students focus on creating original instruments from found/recycled objects to create the “Landfill Orchestra”. Building rhythms and/or adapting reading materials into a musical rhythm, students can also explore creating melodies with their new instruments. Students can also create more complicated math sentences using different time signatures and explore performing as smaller (chamber) and larger (entire class) ensembles. They can also improvise as the ensembles can be interchangeable. Students are encouraged to bring their Landfill Orchestra instruments to the MakingMUSIC concerts to play along to a specific piece during the performances. With funding partner Fifth Third Bank, the Landfill Orchestra was piloted in 2014/15 with Hartstern Elementary. New community partners include ReStore/Habitat for Humanity who has provided access to materials to build these instruments. This program is open to any school who would like to participate and the curriculum is available in the MakingMUSIC curriculum guide.

Coffee Concerts 

These public concerts are open to Middle and High School students who are ready for the full-length concert experience.  Concert Previews gives students the chance to learn about the concert program including history, composers, and musical genres.  Online Curricular Connections study guides are specific to each Coffee Concert and can be found here.

Recommended Grades:  6 to 12


WHY BEETHOVEN? – OCT 13, 2017   || Link to Study Guide
TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO – JAN 12, 2018  || Link to Study Guide
WAR + PEACE – Jan 13, 2018  || Link to Study Guide
THE PLANETS:  AN HD ODYSSEY – FEB 23, 2018  || Link to Study Guide
PLAY: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC – APR 6, 2018  || Link to Study Guide
BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO – APR 27, 2018 || Link to Study Guide
THE RITE OF SPRING – MAY 11, 2018  || Link to Study Guide

Concert Talks:  10AM, reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance
Performance Time:  11AM

Location:  Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Arts

Duration:  70 minutes, no intermission

Cost:  $10 per student, 1 FREE chaperone for every 10 students, additional chaperones $10

Reserve Seats Today: LINK to RSVP FORM or contact (be sure to indicate if you wish to attend the Concert Talks when you make your reservations)

Open Rehearsals

Introduce your students to the rehearsal process with this behind-the-scenes experience. Students will get the unique opportunity to watch the music unfold as they see guest artists up close and hear comments from the conductor.

Recommended Grades:  9-12

Dates:  Please contact for specific date availability

Times:  9:30am – 12:00pm or 1:30pm – 3:30 pm, depending on rehearsal schedule

Location(s):  Whitney Hall

Duration:  Approximately 2.5 hours

Cost:  $0 per student – reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance of requested rehearsal observation.  Limit of up to 60 total (including chaperones).

Call to book today:  502.585.9426


Chamber Ensemble Visit  :: In-School Program

Louisville Orchestra chamber ensembles are available to visit your school!

Recommended Grades:  K-12

Dates:  September-December; March and April, subject to ensemble availability

Time:  Varies, subject to ensemble availability

Duration:  45 minutes

Cost:  $550-$1000


Individual Masterclasses / Ensemble Coaching Sessions :: In-School

Louisville Orchestra musicians are available to visit instrumental programs for individual masterclasses. Ensemble coaching sessions may include but are not limited to: masterclass lectures, performances, evaluation/adjudication for ensemble contests, professional development for directors, rehearsal techniques, etc. This may be in conjunction with a chamber ensemble visit.

Recommended Grades:  6-12

Dates:  September-December; March and April, subject to ensemble availability

Time:  Varies, subject to ensemble availability

Duration:  up to 2 hours

Cost:  $300-$1000 depending on individual or ensemble requested

Call to book today:  502.585.9426

Abrams’ Kids

In 2017/18, the Louisville Orchestra will continue the ground-breaking program for incoming juniors and seniors in high school; Abrams’ Kids.  This intensive mentorship program includes at least once per month meetings with Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams as well as ongoing opportunities to job shadow LO musicians and administrative staff.  Students who are accepted into this program will receive a Louisville Orchestra Hall Pass that gives access to all LO Classics, Pops and Music Without Borders concerts throughout the 2017/18 season.   Students who are accepted into the program must be members in good standing of their school’s performing arts program(s) and will be expected to attend all scheduled meetings as well as give a minimum of four volunteer hours for the season.  Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from performing venues as well as meeting locations.  Students who apply for this mentorship program should be serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts.  Meetings with Teddy will include opportunities to discuss college options (what to look for, specific programs, in-state vs. out-of-state, etc.), summer music programs, learning about composition, collaboration, and improvisation as well as ongoing projects about the role of an orchestra in the 21st century.  Students will also be required to report regularly to their peers through their school music program about their experiences.

Jonathan Mueller

An Ohio native, occupying the Virginia Kershner Schneider Viola Chair, violist Jonathan Mueller has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra since 2006 and served as Adjunct Instructor of Viola and Violin at Bellarmine University since 2009. Mr. Mueller finished his Master of Music in Viola Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School in May of 2006 under the instruction of former Cleveland Quartet Violist, James Dunham. While at the Shepherd School, Mr. Mueller performed in master classes for the Tokyo, American and Mendelssohn Quartets. During his years at Rice, Mueller obtained orchestral experience with the Austin Symphony and the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont.

Mueller earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where he studied with former LA Philharmonic Principal Violist, Alan DeVeritch. While in Indiana, Mueller was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic for two seasons. In 2002, Mr. Mueller attended the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where he had the opportunity to perform Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto. In 2003 and 2004 he attended the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, where he had the pleasure of playing under the batons of Neville Mariner, Christoph Eschenbach, Heinrich Schiff and Kurt Masur. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Mueller now lives in the Highlands with his wife Krista and their son Everett.

Devonie Freeman

Second violinist (occupying the Mary Catherine Klan Violin Chair), Devonie Freeman has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra since 1974. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Ms. Freeman attended the University of Cincinnati (B.S. Music Education), the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the University of Louisville (M.M. Education-Violin Performance).  Along with the Louisville Orchestra, Ms. Freeman played in several renowned orchestras, including the American Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. She also played Radio City Music Hall and the Aspen Music Festival.

In her free time, Ms. Freeman enjoys bird watching, playing with her cats, watching T.V. movies, and reading mysteries. Her favorite musical groups are the Chicago Symphony, New York City Ballet, Coldplay, The Cult, and the St. Louis Symphony. She particularly enjoys the music of composers W.A.  Mozart and Johannes Brahms. Ms. Freeman is especially motivated by the orchestra’s  patrons. “Performing for the audience and meeting all our listeners is the best part of being a musician.” Her advice for young musicians is to “Practice hard if you really want to perform professionally, it takes a lot of dedication.”