Classics Series

Under the visionary leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, this year’s Classics lineup is an amazing array of musical wonders, embodying the delight and dynamism that the Louisville Orchestra is renowned for. Imagine yourself immersed in the grandeur of Gustav Holst’s The Planets our season opener, the choral majesty of Carmina Burana, or the poignant narrative of Der Kaiser Von Atlantis. Revel in Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and some of the most beloved concertos brought to life by world-famous guest artists like Ray Chen, Midori, and Louis Lortie. LO’s Creators Corps program promises a Season Finale Festival brimming with fresh compositions crafted especially for Louisville audiences.

You can purchase a package of all eight concerts or a carefully curated mini series!

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The Planets – Season Opener!

September 14, 2024 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Paolo Bortolameolli
Piano: David Fray

Experience Gustav Holst’s stirring and beloved masterwork, The Planets, as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.

Included in the Classics Mini Package A

Carmina Burana

October 19, 2024 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Teddy Abrams
Choir: Louisville Chamber Choir

Discover Carmina Burana and Michael Tilson Thomas’s Meditations on Rilke with the Louisville Chamber Choir, a journey through music’s power and passion.

Included in the Classics Mini Package B

Ray Chen Plays Barber

November 16, 2024 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Teddy Abrams
Violin: Ray Chen
Additional appearances by: Valerie Coleman and Louisville Creator Corps Baldwin Giang, Brittany Green, Oswald Huynh

Teddy conducts Ray Chen in Samuel Barber’s nostalgic Violin Concerto, works by our new Creators Corps, and Valerie Coleman’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Included in the Classics Mini Package B

Midori and An Alpine Symphony

January 18, 2025 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Teddy Abrams
Violin: Midori

Immerse yourself in an evening of enchantment as world-renowned violinist, Midori, performs Sibelius’ timeless Violin Concerto, paired with the grandeur of Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, all under the dynamic baton of Teddy Abrams.

Included in the Classics Mini Package A

Teddy Conducts Der Kaiser Von Atlantis

January 25, 2025 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Teddy Abrams

A rare opportunity to discover Viktor Ullmann’s chamber opera, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, in a staged production conducted by Teddy Abrams, a stirring evening of operatic mastery and emotional depth.

Included in the Classics Mini Package B

Ravel’s Romantic Reverie – A Valentine’s Day Concert

February 15, 2025 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Piano: Louis Lortie

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of romance and music featuring Louis Lortie playing Ravel’s enchanting Piano Concerto in G, Toru Takemitsu’s Star-Isle, and Ravel’s sumptuous Daphnis and Chloe, all under Ken-David Masur’s baton.

Included in the Classics Mini Package A

Stravinsky’s Firebird

March 8, 2025 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Joseph Young

In Stravinsky’s beloved complete Firebird Suite, this iconic composition, filled with lush melodies and evocative storytelling, will captivate your senses and take you on an unforgettable musical adventure.

Included in the Classics Mini Package B

Creators Fest

May 10, 2025 | 7:30 PM
Whitney Hall

Conductor: Teddy Abrams
24–25 Creator Corps: Baldwin Giang, Brittany Green, Oswald Huynh

Be part of the second annual Creators Fest, showcasing the unique world premieres of the Louisville Orchestra Creator Corps residency featuring compositions crafted specifically for Louisville, celebrating the fusion of music, creativity, and community.

Included in the Classics Mini Package A

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Special thanks to our series sponsor, the Brown-Forman Foundation

 

With significant support from 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville