FRI 27 APR :: Robert Simonds, Principal Second Violin of the Louisville Orchestra performs a solo violin recital of all American composers at the Paul W. Ogle Center’s Stiefler Recital Hall. With a selection that celebrates the American spirit, Simonds brings an incisive and passionate performance style to the music of today’s rising stars.

KENJI BUNCH: Aria   (1996)
LUKE CISSELL: Perdition  and  She Calls to Me (2014)
MISSY MAZZOLI:  Dissolve, O My Heart   (2011)
MOLLY JOYCE:  Blue Swell  (2012)
SAMUEL ADLER:  Meadowmountetudes #1  (1988)
ELIZABETH KENNEDY BAYER:  I Lost My Livesavings in the Bitcoin Crash of 2014   (2015)
ALEXIS BACON:  Witches of Vardø  (2015)
DANIEL GILLIAM:  Music for Violin  (2015)
JEREMY BECK:   Crossing Mountains  (2013)
DARRELL SCOTT:  You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive   (1997)
MASON BATES:  Ford’s Farm  (2012)
KENJI BUNCH:   Until Next Time  (2006)

CLASSICS: THE JAZZ INFLUENCE — Festival of American Music II

09 MAR 2019 :: Fusing modern classical and jazz,  composer and violinist Johannes Dickbauer (b 1984) has been creating heat in Vienna and throughout Europe. This LO commission will create a new vehicle for this violinist-composer that’s on the burning edge of composition.

JOHANNES DICKBAUER:  Jazz Violin Concerto [New LO Commission and World Premiere]
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS:  Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind
Selected Jazz Songs
TYSHAWN SOREY:  [World Premiere of an LO Commission]
GABRIEL EVANS:  [World Premiere of an LO Commission]

JOHANNES DICKBAUER, violin/composer
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

CLASSICS: BOURBON SPRING — Festival of American Music I

23 FEB 2019 :: Performed as a ballet, Appalachian Spring touches on the primal issues of marriage, survival, and eternal regeneration. Plus, audiences will enjoy a new piece from Teddy Abrams that explores the colorful history of Kentucky distilled spirits, from moonshine to bourbon.

AARON COPLAND:  Appalachian Spring
PEGGY STUART COOLIDGE: Pioneer Dances, Mvt. 3
RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER: Andante for Strings
TEDDY ABRAMS:  [World Premiere]

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
dancers from the LOUISVILLE BALLET

COFFEE: THE JAZZ INFLUENCE – Festival of American Music II

08 MAR 2019 :: Fusing modern classical and jazz, violinist and composer Johannes Dickbauer (b. 1984) has been creating heat in Vienna and throughout Europe. This LO commission will create a new vehicle for this violinist-composer that’s on the burning edge of composition.

JOHANNES DICKBAUER:  Jazz Violin Concerto [LO Commission and World Premiere]
Selected Jazz songs

JOHANNES DICKBAUER, violin/composer
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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

Press Room


Heather O’Mara, Marketing + PR Manager

Michelle Winters, Marketing + PR Director

For the Press
Permission for interviews, photography, and videography is granted by the LO Marketing department. Restrictions apply.  Please contact us to make arrangements.

We offer complimentary press tickets for working media. If you are a member of the press who would like to review or promote a concert, please contact us.

For the General Public
Photography, videography and recording equipment are prohibited.

Press Releases

APRIL 3, 2018::  Announcing the 2018-2019 Season
.                          Concert detail by Series

MARCH 27, 2018::  The Music of Michael Jackson 

MARCH 13, 2018:: Music for Strings, Percussion + Celeste

MARCH 6, 2018:: Third Annual Festival of American Music

FEBRUARY 15, 2018::  Peter + the Wolf

FEBRUARY 12, 2018:: The Concert Formerly Known as Prince

FEBRUARY 8, 2018:: Michael Cleveland with the LO POPS

JANUARY 30, 2018:: The Planets: An HD Odyssey

JANUARY 11, 2018:: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

JANUARY 7, 2018:: War + Peace

DECEMBER 14, 2017:: Mambo Kings

DECEMBER 12, 2017:: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

OCTOBER 25, 2017:: Handel’s Messiah

OCTOBER 17, 2017:: Home For the Holidays

OCTOBER 11, 2017:: Scheherazade

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017:: The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017:: The B-52s with the LO Pops

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017:: Jim James to Perform with LO

AUGUST 31, 2017:: Why Beethoven?

AUGUST 24, 2017:: Mostly Mozart

AUGUST 22, 2017:: Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff

AUGUST 15, 2017:: Free Preview Concert

AUGUST 8, 2017:: Neighborhood Series at the Ogle Center

JULY 26, 2017:: Sgt. Pepper with the LO POPS

JULY 19, 2017:: LO Single Tickets on Sale August 1

JUNE 1, 2017:: We’ve Moved!

MARCH 9, 2017:: A Classical Symphony

MARCH 3, 2017:: Heroes + Villains

FEBRUARY 27, 2017:: LO 80th Season Announcement

DECEMBER 5, 2016:: Teddy Abrams Contract Renewal

DECEMBER 2, 2016:: Harry Potter Film Concert Series


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 WHITNEY HALL at the KENTUCKY CENTER. 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

Time:  9:30am – 11:00am

Duration:  Approximately 90 minutes

Cost:  $550-$1000

(FREE for all JCPS  Elementary Schools K – Z; 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


MOZART REQUIEM – 26 OCT 2018  || Link to Study Guide
OBOE CONCERTO – 16 NOV 2018   || Link to Study Guide
ART + MUSIC  – 25 JAN 2019  || Link to Study Guide
TCHAIKOVSKY CONCERTO #1 – 29 MAR 2019 || Link to Study Guide
TEDDY TALKS BRAHMS – 26 APR 2019 || Link to Study Guide
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH – 10 MAY 2019  || 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/Adopt-a-School

Now in its fourth year, Abrams’ Kids is evolving to an Adopt-a-School model for area high schools. Each semester, Teddy Abrams will be the Artist-in-Residence at an area high school where he will give masterclasses and work with students to create a service project that connects their music to the community. For 2018/19, Teddy will be the Artist-in-Residence at YPAS (fall) and Central High School (winter/spring).

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.