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September 2020

COFFEE: FANTASTIQUE

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 25 Sep 2020 :: One of the most original pieces ever composed, Symphonie fantastique was created when the composer was under the influence of Goethe's Faust, Beethoven's Eroica, Shakespeare's masterpieces, and the strikingly beautiful actress Harriet Smithson. Berlioz wrote out his obsession with Ms. Smithson in the guise of a love-struck and opium addled musical hero. That the composer never met the actress until years after the symphony became famous (or infamous) did not seem to matter. She is tied to the composer…

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November 2020

COFFEE: BOLERO AND OTHER TREATS

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 20 NOV 2020 :: CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM 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 Claude DEBUSSY (orch. Colin Matthews): Preludes Maurice RAVEL: Bolero TEDDY ABRAMS, guest conductor SERIES SPONSORED BY BAIRD

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January 2021

COFFEE: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC

Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 15 JAN 2021 :: We welcome the "King of Newgrass" as the LO is joined by bluegrass legend Sam Bush as we celebrate this dazzling music. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program direction Daniel Gilliam. Aaron COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Selections: Sam Bush with Orchestra TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor SAM BUSH, mandolin SERIES SPONSORED BY BAIRD

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COFFEE: TCHAIKOVSKY’S SIXTH

Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 29 JAN 2021 :: Tchaikovsky’s greatest symphony – a searing, white-hot work that spans a supreme range of emotional expression. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam. Igor STRAVINSKY: Funeral Song Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 CHRISTIAN REIF, guest conductor SERIES SPONSORED BY BAIRD

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March 2021

COFFEE: REINHARDT CONDUCTS SIBELIUS

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 12 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. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam. Lotta WENNAKOSKI: Helsinki Variations Jean SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 RUTH REINHARDT, guest conductor SERIES SPONSORED BY BAIRD

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COFFEE: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC: Two Americas

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 26 MAR 2021 :: The fifth annual Festival of American Music at the Louisville Orchestra continues to ignore traditional boundaries between orchestras and their audiences. First on this program is 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 10AM in…

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April 2021

COFFEE: SCHEHEREZADE

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 23 APR 2021 :: 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 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam. Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherezade TEDDY ABRAMS, guest conductor SERIES SPONSORED BY BAIRD

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May 2021

COFFEE: TURANGALILA

Friday, May 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 7 MAY 2021 :: “Mind-blowing”… “epic”… “spiritual ecstasy”… These are words that aptly describe this massive symphonic work by French composer Oliver Messiaen.  This is a 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. CONCERT TALK: Starting at 10AM in Whitney Hall, the LO, together with WUOL, offers a free, pre-concert discussion hosted by radio program director Daniel Gilliam. Oliver MESSIAEN: Turangalîla-symphonie TEDDY…

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