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September 2020

CLASSICS: FLOWER POWER

Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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26 SEP 2020 :: Flower Power draws on my memory of that political and artistic time period, harnessing the energy and power of liberation and activism,” says composer Julia Wolfe about her new work for orchestra and amplified ensemble that looks back at the 60s in America. Paired with the symphonic drug-induced dreaming of Berlioz’s love struck hero. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program…

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October 2020

CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN’S MISSA SOLEMNIS

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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17 OCT 2020 :: “From the heart, may it go to the heart!” So Beethoven inscribed the manuscript of his greatest and most sublime masterpiece. In this overwhelming and deeply spiritual work Beethoven calls upon God for mercy, gives glory and honor, and begs for peace for all mankind. 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. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis TEDDY…

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November 2020

CLASSICS: RAVEL’S BOLERO

Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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21 NOV 2020:: Longtime friend to Teddy Abrams, Alasdair Neale has conducted orchestras across the country. For this concert of musical treats, we welcome Maestro Neale, together with esteemed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio who is known for his elegant and patrician style. 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. Richard STRAUSS: Don Juan W.A. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 ("Elvira Madigan") Claude DEBUSSY…

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January 2021

CLASSICS: THE ROAD TO CARNEGIE HALL

Saturday, January 16, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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16 JAN 2021 :: In part, Teddy offers two selections to preview of the LO’s program at Carnegie Hall in FEB 2021 at this concert. In addition, this All-American program brings GRAMMY Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and “King of Newgrass” to our stage as Sam Bush makes his first appearance with the LO. 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. Andrew NORMAN: Sacred Geometry…

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CLASSICS: REIF CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY

Saturday, January 30, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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30 JAN 2021 :: Based on the opera Doctor Atomic, this symphony by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams evokes the frenzied panic, boorish pandering, and moral tension of a world developing the means for self-annihilation. Plus Tchaikovsky’s greatest symphony – a searing, white-hot work that spans the full range of emotional expression. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam. Igor STRAVINSKY: Funeral…

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March 2021

CLASSICS: SIBELIUS & PROKOFIEV

Saturday, March 13, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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13 MAR 2021 :: Conductor Ruth Reinhardt debuts with the LO in Sibelius’s majestic Second Symphony – a masterwork reflecting the warmth and ease of a composer sojourning in a sun-drenched town in Northern Italy. Virtuoso violinist Paul Huang also returns to brandish the dazzling pyrotechnics of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, whose dark outer movements brim with menace. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program…

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CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC: Two Americas

Saturday, March 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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27 MAR 2021 :: Teddy Abrams leads the LO in a fascinating program of dual Americas. On the concert's first half, he evokes the dreamy sound world and rueful yearnings of America’s great romantic nostalgist, Samuel Barber. Then, a new work for voices and orchestra by Brooklyn-based composer Gabriel Kahane examines the urgent plight of homelessness today and the humanity of those grappling with its effects. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers…

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April 2021

CLASSICS: SCHEHERAZADE

Saturday, April 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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24 APR 2021 :: Two luminous new works by composers Ellen Reid and Paola Prestini (the latter commissioned by the LO) celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment on this richly varied program. After intermission, Rimsky-Korsakov’s sensational symphonic showpiece brings to life the fairy tales of the Arabian Nights, with haunting violin solos giving voice to our heroine storyteller. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 6:45PM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio…

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May 2021

CLASSICS: TEDDY TALKS: A Song of Love and Death

Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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8 MAY 2021 :: “Mind-blowing”… “epic”… “spiritual ecstasy”… These are the words used that aptly describe this massive symphonic work by French composer Olivier Messiaen. This is piece from Teddy’s wish list and we close the season with this overflowing hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, love, life, and even death. Point of History:  This work, Turangalila-symphonie, was set to premiere on 2 DEC 1949 on a Boston Symphony program. When conductor Serge Koussevitzky fell ill, the conducting duties fell to…

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