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Festival of American Music 2017

This year’s Festival features American Mavericks like Ben Folds and Michael Tilson Thomas along with lesser known but important contemporary American composers like Rene Orth, Lou Harrison and Rachel Grimes.  Five concerts in three venues over the last three weekends of April – the second annual Festival of American Music illuminates the development of American music.

 

Ben Folds with the Louisville Orchestra | Friday, April 14 | 8PM | Kentucky Center

A Celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas | Saturday, April 15 | 8PM | Kentucky Center

American Composers/ Music Without Borders  | Thursday, April 20 | 7:30PM  |  The Temple

American Composers/ Ogle Center Series  |  Friday, April 21 | 8PM | Ogle Center at IUS

American Journey / Coffee Concert | Friday, April 28 | 11AM  | Kentucky Center

American Journey / Classics Concert |  Saturday, April 29 | 8PM Kentucky Center

CLASSICS: PLAY — Festival of American Music 2

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.

MASON BATES:  Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
ANDREW NORMAN: Play
MICHAEL GORDON:  Natural History

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

Classics: KENTUCKY CLASSICS: Festival of American Music 1

Celebrating American roots with music featuring both Kentucky-centered music and featuring Kentucky-based composers and performers.

AARON COPLAND:  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

MICHAEL CLEVELAND, fiddle
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

Coffee: PLAY: Festival of American Music 2

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

MASON BATES:  Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
ANDREW NORMAN: Play (selected movements)

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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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:

June 29: MAHLER 2
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Kent Hatteberg, chorusmaster
Celena Shafer, soprano
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo soprano
Recorded October 8, 2016

FRANCES SCOTT KEY:   The Star-Spangled Banner
GUSTAV MAHLER:   Symphony No. 2 in C minor

July 6: ALL-DVORAK
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Amit Peled, cello
Recorded October 22, 2016

ANTONIN DVOŘÁK:   Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 :: No. 1 in C Major   No. 7 in C Minor   No. 8 in G Minor
ANTONIN DVOŘÁK:  Cello Concerto, Op. 104  ::  Amit Peled, cello
ANTONIN DVOŘÁK:  Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70
Encore: DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 72

July 13: No Louisville Orchestra broadcast (Instead, we’ll be live from the Muhammad Ali Center presenting the world-premiere of a string quartet by Florence Price.)

July 20: SHAKESPEARE IN MUSIC
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

August 3: SHOSTAKOVICH 11
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”)

August 10: SACRED + PROFANE
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

August 17: WALTON + BRITTEN
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
HUBERT PARRY: Jerusalem

August 24: MAVERICK: AN EVENING WITH MTT
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
AARON COPLAND:  Our Town
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

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

September 7: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC

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

Classics 2017-18

CLASSICS 10 for Music Lovers
Saturdays at 8pm at Kentucky Center



YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF

23 SEP 2017
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 4
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY:  Symphony No. 5
YUJA WANG, piano
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



WHY BEETHOVEN?

14 OCT 2017
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



THE GREATEST:  MUHAMMAD ALI

4 NOV 2017
TEDDY ABRAMS:  The Greatest:  Muhammad Ali (WORLD PREMIERE)
JECOREY ARTHUR, soloist
TBA, soloists
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO

13 JAN 2018
STEVEN MACKEY: Urban Ocean
JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 7 (in one movement)
PYTOR TCHAIKOVSKY:  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
GABRIEL LEFKOWITZ, violin
JAYCE OGREN, conductor



WAR + PEACE

3 FEB 2018
SAMUEL BARBER:  Adagio for Strings
MAURICE RAVEL: La Valse
SEBASTIAN CHANG:  New Work (WORLD PREMIERE)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  Dona Nobis Pacem, Mvt 2 “Beta! Beat! Drums!”
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI:  Madrigals of War and Love (selections)
GUSTAV MAHLER:  “Revelge” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
CHARLES IVES:  They Are There
AVO PÄRT:  Summa
KURT WEILL:  The Ballad of the Soldier’s Wife (Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib)
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG: A Survivor from Warsaw
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Waltz from War and Peace
TBA, soloists and choir
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



THE PLANETS: AN HD ODYSSEY

24 FEB 2018
GUSTAV HOLST: The Planets
THOMAS WILKINS, conductor



KENTUCKY CLASSICS:  Festival of American Music 1

24 MAR 2018
AARON COPLAND:  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
MICHAEL CLEVELAND, fiddle
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



PLAY: Festival of American Music 2

7 APR 2018
MASON BATES:  Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
ANDREW NORMAN:  Play
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor



BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO

28 APR 2018
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 4
ROBERT SCHUMANN, Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”)
ANDREW HSU, piano
COURTNEY LEWIS, conductor



THE RITE OF SPRING

12 MAY 2018
RICHARD STRAUSS:  Also sprach Zarathustra
IGOR STRAVINSKY:  The Rite of Spring
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor


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$25 Hall Pass

Students get free tickets to 15 upcoming concerts (as available) with a $25 LO Hall Pass. A great gift for the young music lover in your life, the Hall Pass is designed for the independent High School student or the younger student who will attend concerts with parents.

 LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS is WEDNESDAY, DEC 21 (mailing on Thursday)

Hall Passes may be purchased online, by phone (502.587.8681) or in-person at the Louisville Orchestra Ticket Office (323 W. Broadway, Suite 700, 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 I.D. Offered in-person at the Kentucky Center or Louisville Orchestra ticket office.

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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 Available concerts upcoming in 2017:
  • 07 JAN  = Music of David Bowie
  • 14 JAN   = Brahms Second
  • 21 JAN   = Carnival of the Animals
  • 28 JAN  =  Rachmaninoff Third
  • 04 FEB  = America: Ventura Highway
  • 25 FEB  = Classic Film + Music
  • 11 MAR  = Sacred + Profane
  • 18 MAR = Heroes and Villains
  • 22 MAR = A Classical Symphony
  • 23 MAR = A Classical Symphony
  • 25 MAR = Time for Three
  • 01 APR  =  Walton + Britten
  • 15 APR  =  Festival of American Music 1
  • 20 APR =  Young American Composers
  • 29 APR =  Festival of American Music 2

 

Concert Broadcasts

THURSDAYS at 8pm

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