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November 2019

CLASSIC: DON QUIXOTE + OTHER JOURNEYS

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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23 NOV 2019 :: Featuring LO principal cellist Nicholas Finch as the intrepid Don, Strauss' virtuoso piece for cello and orchestra is one of his most profound works. Equally comic and philosophical, the hero of this fairy-tale draws us into our own deepest emotions. Plus, British composer Anna Clyne writes of spiritual and creative "turbulence" as her Night Ferry travels through winds and waves in a vivid journey. We welcome guest conductor Vinay Parameswaran for his LO debut. Mr. Parameswaran…

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January 2020

CLASSICS: TEDDY TALKS MAHLER

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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18 JAN 2020 :: With the most tender love letter ever written in music at its heart and a finale of unalloyed joy, Mahler's Symphony No. 5 is a miracle of symphonic music. Teddy Abrams offers a program reminiscent of the "Omnibus" series of the 1950s, demonstrating and explaining the work with the orchestra's help before intermission with the complete performance to follow. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted…

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February 2020

CLASSICS: BRAHMS THIRD

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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01 FEB 2020 :: No less a pianist than the virtuoso Franz Liszt told Edvard Grieg "You carry on, my friend; you have the real stuff in you. And don't ever let them frighten you!" upon previewing the younger man's first (and only) piano concerto. This splendid masterpiece, with its sincere melodies and warm sonorities, has offered vigorous poetry to listeners ever since. We welcome UofL faculty member and international touring and recording artist, Anna Petrova as piano soloist. Composer…

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CLASSICS: GOSPEL AT THE SYMPHONY

Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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22 FEB 2020 :: Gospel music has shaped American music like no other and in this first concert of our Festival of American Music, Teddy and the LO are joined by one of the finest gospel choirs in the United States for a spectacular concert. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program direction Daniel Gilliam. Edward "Duke" ELLINGTON:  Three Black Kings VARIOUS:  Gospel selection with Orchestra…

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March 2020

CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC 2

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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14 MAR 2020 :: The second of the Festival of American Music is currently under construction. Details will be announced soon. TBA TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor SERIES SPONSORED BY BROWN-FORMAN CONCERT SPONSORED BY LOUISVILLE TOURISM

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April 2020

CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN + RACHMANINOFF

Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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11 APR 2020 :: Passionate and yearning, Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony builds in waves of emotional intensity from the menacing growl of the opening strings to the powerful chorus of brass at the end. Plus, we celebrate Beethoven's 250th "birthday" with his witty and buoyantly inventive Eighth Symphony. The concert opens with the 2013 composition about Detroit's massive River Rouge Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant. Fascinated by the industrial and social history of the city of Detroit, Mazzoli transforms the “grit and noise…

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CLASSICS: CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA

Saturday, April 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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25 APR 2020 :: Composed by Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider on a text by American poet Carolyn Forché, The Blue Hour seeks the precious individual in the rush of the difficulties of life on our Earth. Béla Bartók's massive Concerto For Orchestra is his last completed work and is a wondrous celebration of life that vibrantly showcases various instruments and instrument groups from start to finish. The Hungarian composer wrote this showpiece for…

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