FREE CONCERTS From the “HeARTS” Initiative

The Louisville Orchestra is pleased to announce a brand-new series of free concerts as the LO’s MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS series is presented throughout Metro Louisville with nine performances across the California, Shelby Park, and Jeffersontown neighborhoods.

Presented with the support of Jim and Irene Karp, Louisville Metro’s HeARTS program, and the Fund for the Arts, our traditional MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS concerts are offered with a brand-new expansion for the 2022-2023 season. All concerts will be free – removing the economic barriers to enjoying the essential public service that the LO represents. The multi-faceted program will help achieve Metro Louisville’s goal of Building Community and Healing after the challenges of the last several years – unifying and inspiring neighbors in the unique way of the arts.

Music Director Teddy Abrams explains, “The journey toward reinventing the Louisville Orchestra as an essential public service for our city has re-centered us to use all our creative power to affect momentous cultural change. We strive to make the LO truly an orchestra of and for the people. Our city will thrive by finding the communal inspiration and strength necessary to confront whatever challenges we face in the future. Music Without Borders is our vehicle to accelerate community recovery and connection.”

In its new format, the Music Without Borders programs will emphasize appearances by the LO in selected neighborhoods. Returning at least every three months throughout the concert season to specific venues, the LO will surround the concerts with a wide range of orchestral music and activities for residents seeking creative enrichment and a place to gather and share in the arts. A full schedule will be announced.

For the 2022-2023 season, the neighborhoods chosen for these concerts reflect the diverse range of Louisville’s residents. Venues included for these concerts (more will be added throughout the season) are the California Community Center (1600 West St. Catherine Street in California Park, 40210), the Logan Street Market (1001 Logan Street in Shelby Park, 40204), The Jeffersonian (10617 Taylorsville Rd, Jeffersontown 40299), the Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Rd, South Louisville 40214), and Shawnee Park (4501 W. Broadway in West Louisville, 40211).

Additional Community Activities

In addition to concerts, an array of arts activities will surround the performances building connections within the selected communities through in-school activities, musician engagements in community centers, integration with the LO Creators Corps program, and music-making at all levels.

The LO’s second year presenting the “Once Upon An Orchestra” concerts in conjunction with the Louisville Free Public Libraries offers another part of this free concert and outreach effort. Last season 21 storytelling-with-music concerts were presented by LO ensembles and reached every branch library in the LFPL system. Hundreds of families found their way back to the libraries for the first time in many months during these presentations during the 2021-22 season.

When awarding the Louisville Orchestra funding support for this program, Mayor Greg Fischer said, “This partnership with the City, the Louisville Orchestra, and Fund for the Arts is a commitment to the health, well-being, and healing of the neighborhoods and people of our community. Working together across agencies ensures a sustainability of impact that none of us are able to accomplish on our own. We look forward to building these and many other collaborations to honor the inherent creativity and artistic power of every person in our community.”

These concerts are free. Reservations in advance are requested for the indoor concerts. Doors open 90 minutes before the performance.  No tickets will be issued.
Additional concerts will be added as scheduling permits.


“Symphonic Sparks”

THU 27 OCT at 7:30PM
     The Jeffersonian
FRI 28 OCT at 7:30PM
Logan Street Market
SAT 29 OCT at 7:30PM
California Community Center
Teddy Abrams, conductor
A program featuring two popular romantic orchestral masterworks and music by a member of the LO Creators Corps: Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, Fictional Migrations by Lisa Bielawa, and Symphony No. 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Two selection explores the theme of freedom from different perspectives – as an individual and as a country. The third is a humorous and magical romp through the colors of the orchestra.

“Love at First Listen”

THU 16 FEB at 7:30PM
The Jeffersonian
FRI 17 FEB at 7:30PM
Logan Street Market
SAT 18 FEB at 7:30PM
     California Community Center
Gabriel Lefkowitz, conductor and violin
A program featuring music that laid the foundations of classical music: the Concerto for Violin & Oboe by J. S. Bach and the Symphony No. 5 by Franz Schubert

“An American Flair”

THU 23 MAR at 7:30PM
    The Jeffersonian
FRI 24 MAR at 7:30PM
    Logan Street Market
SAT 25 MAR at 7:30PM
     California Community Center
Kelly Corcoran, conductor
A program featuring music of Americans inspired by the energy and diversity of our country including the Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, The Tender Land Suite by Aaron Copland, and music by LO Creators Corps member TJ Cole.