OPENING NIGHT: SWING, SWAGGER & SWAY

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

From smoky blues to exuberant big band, Opening Night: Swing, Swagger & Sway is a big and brassy tribute to jazz by Teddy and the LO. Wynton Marsalis’ concerto was described as “shades of Americana” by his collaborator violinist Nicola Benedetti. The music dips and dives through movements titled “Rhapsody,” “Rondo,” “Blues,” and “Hootenanny” to

TEDDY TALKS SCHUMANN

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

Radical Romanticism. Creating passionate music that is brilliantly crafted, Robert Schuman was still a tortured soul who died in an asylum. For this work, his most innovative symphony, Schumann fused 4 movements of a traditional symphony into one flow of music in a move that surprised the music-loving public of his time. Though the music

CLASSICS: TCHAIKOVSKY’S 4th

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

The drama of fate, creation, and destiny lifts this program to celestial heights. We welcome guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt -- assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Dudamel Fellow at the LA Phil, and guest conductor of orchestras here and in Europe. She's selected a powerful program for Louisville that features pianist/composer Timo Andres as the

CLASSICS: FIFTHS OF BEETHOVEN

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

When do two "Fifths" make the whole world take notice? When they are Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Fifth Piano Concerto. Beethoven makes his piano solo part soar with freedom and brilliance but also shares the most tender nocturne in the delicate tension of the sublime middle movement. “Beethoven’s Fifth” is called the most

CLASSICS: THE GILDED AGE OF PARIS AND VIENNA

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

Guest conductor Alasdair Neale turns our hearts to the charms of Vienna and the gilded sheen of Paris before WW1. Maurice Ravel looked to the simple sources of the Viennese waltz and children’s stories to inspire his music but then polished these works to perfection. However, the sheen of surface loveliness belies the deep emotions

CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC: Journeys of Faith

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

Creating music to honor her family, Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth (winner of the 2022 Grawemeyer Award) was inspired by the multi-ethnic origins of her grandfather to create a musical river of sound. Her “Masaot” – Hebrew for “journey” -- traces his life, and explores her own identity, through time and multiple homelands while maintaining a

CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC: The Literary Influence

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

Literature has ever laid its influence on composers. The words of essayist, novelist, and civil rights activist James Baldwin are brought to life in the deeply moving demand for justice by the Emmy-award-winning composer Joel Thompson. Best known for his largest work to date, Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, Thompson is finding new listeners

CLASSICS: RACH & BARTOK

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

Lean, moody, and melancholic… here in the Third Symphony you find the ‘other’ Rachmaninoff. The composer presents melodies that do not burst into heart-wrenching flights but toy around the edges of Expressionism, and a curiously inventive structure that both defies and follows traditional norms. The mystery and drama of celestial beauty you seek can be

CLASSICS: FROM SILENCE TO SPENDOR

Kentucky Center 501 W Main St, Louisville

For the first time in decades, the monumental Symphony No. 7 by Anton Bruckner will be performed by the Louisville Orchestra. Bruckner seemed to become a composer of symphonies overnight after hearing the music of Richard Wagner for the first time. Following the epic scale of Wagner's operas and seemingly trying to reach a level