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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
I’M WITH HER TRIO
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

Classics: Festival of American Music II

MUSIC TALK starts at 7PM in the Mary Anderson Room

SAMUEL BARBER:  Overture to The School for Scandal
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER:   Four Selections from Penelope /  Susan Narucki, soprano
1. The Stranger with the Face of a Man I Loved
4. The Lotus Eater
9. Dead Friend
13. Baby Teeth, Bones, and Bullets
LOU HARRISON:  Suite for Symphonic Strings (3 movements)
I. Estampie
II. Et in Arcadio Ego
III. In Honor of Heracles
DARCY JAMES ARGUE:  Transit / Jacob Duncan, saxophone
HERBIE HANCOCK:  Cantaloupe Island
TIMO ANDRES:  Everything Happens So Much
TEDDY ABRAMS:  Selections from The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
Susan Narucki, soprano/Jecorey “1200” Arthur, vocalist
I. Maya Angelou
II. Walt Whitman
III. Float Rumble Rest

Susan Narucki, soprano
Jecorey Arthur (1200)
Teddy Abrams, conductor

CONCERT TALK:  Featuring Susan Narucki with Daniel Gilliam at 7PM in the Mary Anderson Room. Free to ticket holders. Presented with the support of WUOL FM.


SPONSORS:

Classics Series Sponsor: Brown-Forman

Coffee: Festival of American Music II

Teddy Abrams previews and excerpt of his current composition Ali Portrait with special guest, Jecorey “1200” Arthur.

SAMUEL BARBER: Overture to The School for Scandal
Sarah Kirkland Snider: Four Selections from Penelope / Susan Narucki, soprano
1.  The Stranger with the Face of a Man I Loved
4. The Lotus Eater
9. Dead Friend
13. Baby Teeth, Bones, and Bullets
JAMES DARCY ARGUE: Transit / Jacob Duncan, saxophone
HERBIE HANCOCK: Cantaloupe Island
STEVE REICH : Triple Quartet    Deleted from the program due to time restraints
TEDDY ABRAMS:  Selections from The Greatest: Muhammad Ali  / Susan Narucki, soprano/Jecorey “1200” Arthur, vocalist
I. Maya Angelou
II. Walt Whitman
III. Float Rumble Rest

Susan Naruki, soprano
Jecorey Arthur (1200)
Teddy Abrams, conductor

CONCERT TALK:  Featuring Susan Narucki and hosted by WUOL FM program host Daniel Gilliam at 10AM in Whitney Hall. Free to ticket holders.


SPONSORS:

Coffee Series Sponsor: Treyton Oak Towers

Classics 2017-2018

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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