PBS NewsHour – Beyond The Canvas: Spotlight on Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra’s In Harmony Tour

Released October, 27, 2023

In a world where classical music and traditional arts organizations face numerous challenges, the Louisville Orchestra is leading a transformative journey, guided by our visionary music director and conductor, Teddy Abrams. Recently featured on PBS NewsHour’s “Beyond The Canvas,” we’re thrilled to share with you our commitment to redefining the intersection of music and public service.

The Power of Music and Community:
Teddy Abrams, an inspiring force behind the Louisville Orchestra, has a unique perspective on the transformative power of music. For him, it’s about building relationships and forging human connections through the universal language of music. Teddy’s philosophy centers on meeting people where they feel comfortable, whether it’s in their hometown, community center, or school. This unwavering commitment to community engagement and public service lies at the heart of The Louisville Orchestra’s mission, and it resonates with all of us.

A Man on a Mission:
Beyond being a part-time pianist and a full-time music director, Teddy Abrams is a civic leader with a profound dedication to using music to bring people together. He defines his role as a public service in Louisville, and this commitment shines through in his numerous initiatives. Teddy’s passion for music and community engagement is rooted in his early days in California’s Bay Area, where he embarked on his musical journey under the mentorship of renowned conductor Michael Thompson Thomas. Today, he’s not only reinvigorating the Louisville Orchestra and our commitment to the Louisville community, but also renewing our commitment to new music evident in one of our most ambitious endeavors, the In Harmony Commonwealth Tour. This two-year tour of Kentucky intends to spread the joy of music to 40 towns across the state. The excitement of these performances is palpable, and it’s a testament to the orchestra’s commitment to artistic leadership and Teddy’s dedication and vision.

Bridging Divides:
Teddy’s impact extends beyond music as he works tirelessly to bridge the rural-urban divide that plagues many communities. His efforts have garnered support from individuals like Republican Senator Robert Stivers, who recognizes the importance of fostering unity and bridging gaps.

Megan Casper says “You get out in the world, you understand more fully how it’s not that people are lucky to come hear you play. It’s that you are part of the stewardship of the community and of your art. That’s just as important as how well you play.” Brian T. echoed Megan’s sentiment, saying, “I have neighbors who have never been to a concert. There is an energy that is kind of infectious. It is exciting. It forces you to recalibrate your whole perspective on what we are doing in a good way.” Their words reflect the profound impact of The Louisville Orchestra’s mission.

A Model for the Future:
Our mission is a testament to the transformative power of music and community engagement. While we acknowledge the enormity of the challenges, we believe that we must step up and use our skills and talents to make a difference. We are proud to be part of this movement, and we invite you to join us on this inspiring journey.

At the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams is leading the way in reimagining classical music’s role in society. Our commitment to community engagement, public service, and fostering human connections through music serves as a beacon of hope in an ever-changing world. Together, we can create a harmonious and connected future through the power of music.