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COFFEE: FESTIVAL OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC 2

FRI 12 MAR at 11AM • Kentucky Center • A dazzling concert showcasing the variety and sophistication of music of Latin American composers and those inspired by the vibrant cultures of Central and South America.

Aaron COPLAND:  El Salón Mexico
Gabriela Lena FRANK:  Concertino Cusqueño
José Pablo MONCAYO: Cumbres  (First Edition Louisville Orchestra commission)
Clarice ASSAD:  Nhanderú
Arturo MARQUÉZ:  Danzón No. 2
George GERSHWIN:  Cuban Overture

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor


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CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC 1


SAT 5 MAR at 8PM • Kentucky Center • The color, passion, and rhythmic energy of Latin music explode with these brilliant works. New works and a First Edition commission celebrate the trailblazing spirit of the LO. We welcome the timba band, People of the Earth.

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS:  Alvorada na floresta tropical, (“Dawn in a Tropical Forest”), (First Edition Louisville Orchestra commission)
Dafnis PRIETO:  Concerto for People of Earth and String Orchestra (world premiere, LO co-commission)
Angélica NEGRÓN:  New work (world premiere, LO commission)
Leonard BERNSTEIN:  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
PEOPLE OF EARTH


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COMMISSIONING SPONSOR:  RABBIT HOLE DISTILLERY

CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC 2

SAT 13 MAR at 8PM • Kentucky Center •  A dazzling concert showcasing the variety and sophistication of music of Latin American composers and those inspired by the vibrant cultures of Central and South America.

Aaron COPLAND:  El Salón Mexico
Gabriela Lena FRANK:  Concertino Cusqueño
José Pablo MONCAYO: Cumbres  (First Edition Louisville Orchestra commission)
Arturo MARQUÉZ:  Danzón No. 2
George GERSHWIN:  Cuban Overture

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor


SERIES SPONSORED BY THE BROWN-FORMAN FOUNDATION

COFFEE: FESTIVAL OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC 1

FRI 6 MAR at 11AM • Kentucky Center •The color, passion, and rhythmic energy of Latin music explodes with these brilliant works. New works and a First Edition commission celebrate the trailblazing spirit of the LO. We welcome the salsa band, People of the Earth.

Dafnis PRIETO:  Concerto for People of Earth and String Orchestra (world premiere, LO co-commission)
Angélica NEGRÓN:  New work TBA (world premiere, LO commission)
Leonard BERNSTEIN:  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
PEOPLE OF EARTH


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COMMISSIONS SPONSORED BY RABBIT HOLE DISTILLERY

CONCERT SPONSORED BY MCGRIFF

MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS: CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ

FRI 25 MAR at 7:30PM • The Jeffersonian • A magical and rapturous piece, the Concierto de Aranjuez is a rare treat. This program, part of the Festival of Latin American Music, will enchant you with its lyrical ardor.

George BIZET:  Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Joaquín RODRIGO:  Concierto de Aranjuez
Alberto GINASTERA: Variaciones concertantes

KALENA BOVELL, conductor
STEPHEN MATTINGLY, guitar

MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS: CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ

THU 24 MAR at 7:30PM • The Temple • A magical and rapturous piece, the Concierto de Aranjuez is a rare treat. This program, part of the Festival of Latin American Music, will enchant you with its lyrical ardor.

George BIZET:  Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Joaquín RODRIGO:  Concierto de Aranjuez
Alberto GINASTERA: Variaciones concertantes

KALENA BOVELL, conductor
STEPHEN MATTINGLY, guitar

MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS: CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ

SAT 26 MAR at 7:30PM • Ogle Center • A magical and rapturous piece, the Concierto de Aranjuez is a rare treat. This program, part of the Festival of Latin American Music, will enchant you with its lyrical ardor.

George BIZET:  Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Joaquín RODRIGO:  Concierto de Aranjuez
Alberto GINASTERA: Variaciones concertantes

KALENA BOVELL, conductor
STEPHEN MATTINGLY, guitar


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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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.

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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

TICKET DONATION or REFUND INFORMATION

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 info@louisvilleorchestra.org (name, phone, CID, seat locations) or by phone.
  2. Receive a refund for the value of the ticket. Email to tickets@louisvilleorchestra.org

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:  info@louisvilleorchestra.org.

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.
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