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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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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SAT 3 FEB :: Themes of heroism, bravery, lost companions and even life and death come together in a dramatic and moving program. Composer Sebastian Chang collaborates with Iraqi 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: Between Heaven and Earth   A collaboration with Vian Sora…

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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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SAT 24 FEB :: 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 Series sponsored by Brown-Forman

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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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SAT 24 MAR :: Celebrating American roots with music featuring both Kentucky-centered music and featuring Kentucky-based composers and performers. AARON COPLAND:  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo EDGAR MEYER: New Piece for Orchestra MICHAEL CLEVELAND, fiddle TYRONE COTTON, singer-songwriter JOAN SHELLEY, singer-songwriter PAUL KOWERT, bass LIZZIE NO, vocalist TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman Concert sponsored by PharMerica

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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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SAT 07 APR :: Jim James, lead and founder of the indie-rock band My Morning Jacket, joins with Teddy Abrams to create a set of 7 songs for band and orchestra. Including his top hits, selections from his latest album and new material -- a brand new collaboration between James and Abrams. 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…

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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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SAT 28 APR ::  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. 2 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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SAT 12 MAY :: Ripping out all the stops for a powerful season finale! Teddy and the LO perform two of the most influential compositions of the 20th century. RICHARD STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra  IGOR STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring ("Le Sacre du Printemps") TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman

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