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501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States

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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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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POPS: PROHIBITION: The Music of Moulin Rouge, Boardwalk Empire and more…

Saturday, January 23, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 23 JAN 2021 :: Travel through the cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Louisville in the 1920s! You’ll run into Josephine Baker, Kurt Weill, King Oliver and all their sizzling hits of Roaring 20s. TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor  

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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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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

POPS: ARETHA FRANKLIN: A Tribute

Saturday, March 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 6 MAR 2021 :: All the great Aretha hits that are the soul of America including “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools” performed by the Broadway diva of our time. She will blow you off the planet! BOB BERNHARDT, conductor CAPATHIA JENKINS, vocals  

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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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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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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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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

POPS: DECADES: Back to the 80s

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 16 APR 2021 :: Enjoy a power packed evening of the 80s #1 hit songs. Get on your feet to sing along with “The Power of Love,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Footloose,” and more by the icons of the decade. Love Madonna, Huey Lewis & The News, Phil Collins? We do too! TBD, conductor TBD, singers  

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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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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

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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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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