Classics 2017-18

Teddy Abrams sets the pace with collaborations, innovations and an explosion of high-octane concerts. Enjoy 10 evening performances of full orchestra concerts with an array of guest soloists. All performances at the Kentucky Center at 8PM (Additional concert dates and times are noted).

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January 2018

CLASSICS: TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO

Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 13 JAN :: This concert features two masterpieces of radiant beauty and a contemporary work that is bright and bustling with "bittersweet humanity" according to the composer. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius thought of his Symphony No. 7 as a "symphonic fantasy" and uses a theme he called "Where the Stars Dwell" that he repurposed from a tone poem that he never completed.  Tchaikovsky's disastrous one-year marriage produced an extraordinary result, a violin concerto of remarkable beauty with both tenderness…

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February 2018

CLASSICS: WAR + PEACE

Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Themes of heroism, bravery, lost companions and even life and death come together in a dramatic and moving program. Composer Sebastian Chang collaborates with Iraqui artist Vian Sora to create a new work based on Ms. Sora's personal experience. CHARLES IVES: They Are There RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  Dona Nobis Pacem, Mvt. 2 "Beat! Beat! Drums!" CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: Madrigals of War and Love (selections) SERGEI PROKOFIEV:  Waltz from War and Peace SEBASTIAN CHANG:  War/Iraq collaboration with Vian Sora   ARNOLD SCHOENBERG:  A Survivor from…

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CLASSICS: THE PLANETS

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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A breathtaking HD video presentation of images of space from NASA rovers, satellites with computer-driven graphics that bring the awe-inspiring music a new, mindboggling dimension. CLAUDE DEBUSSY:  Nocturnes JAMES A. BECKEL:  Toccata for Orchestra GUSTAV HOLST:  The Planets THOMAS WILKINS, conductor  

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March 2018

Classics: KENTUCKY CLASSICS: Festival of American Music 1

Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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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 TYRONE COTTON, singer-songwriter PAUL KOWERT, bass LIZZIE NO, vocalist TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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April 2018

CLASSICS: PLAY — Festival of American Music 2

Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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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

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CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO

Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Three selections from the bedrock of the classical Romantic Era repertory. Hsu is described as " Horowitz right down to the brilliant-yet-delicate high-treble sonority." PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER CARL MARIA von WEBER: Overture to Oberon LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 ROBERT SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish") ANDREW HSU, piano COURTNEY LEWIS, conductor Classics Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman Concert Sponsored by The Arthur J. and Mary Celeste Lerman Foundation

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May 2018

CLASSICS: THE RITE OF SPRING

Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Ripping out all the stops for a powerful season finale! RICHARD STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra  IGOR STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring ("Le Sacre du Printemps") TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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