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February 2020

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 29 FEB :: The full orchestra performs the spectacular John Williams movie score live as the movie plays on a big screen with full sound effects and dialogue. For the entire family! “You must feel the Force around you...” The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where…

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March 2020

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SUN 1 MAR :: The full orchestra performs the spectacular John Williams movie score live as the movie plays on a big screen with full sound effects and dialogue. For the entire family! “You must feel the Force around you...” The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where…

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COFFEE: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC 2

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 13 MAR 2020  ::  The second of the Festival of American Music presents a program titled "Never Was. Will Be." We offer a world premiere of a trio of symphonic poems featuring the orchestra, a vocal ensemble, a jazz sextet, and featuring Norah Jones and guest soloists composed by Louisville composer Jacob Duncan. Jacob DUNCAN:  War Prayers Jacob DUNCAN:  Somnambulist in America Jacob DUNCAN:  Being Jacob DUNCAN:  Lonely Lament Jacob DUNCAN: Nova Vita Horace SILVER:  Peace TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor JACOB DUNCAN, tenor…

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CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC 2

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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14 MAR 2020 :: The second of the Festival of American Music presents a program titled "Never Was. Will Be." We offer a world premiere of a trio of symphonic poems featuring the orchestra, a vocal ensemble, a jazz sextet, and featuring Norah Jones and guest soloists composed by Louisville composer Jacob Duncan. Mason BATES:  Art of War Jacob DUNCAN:  War Prayers Jacob DUNCAN:  Somnambulist in America Jacob DUNCAN:  Being Jacob DUNCAN:  Lonely Lament Jacob DUNCAN: Nova Vita Horace SILVER:  Peace TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor JACOB…

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POPS: ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN: A TRIBUTE TO ABBA

Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 28 MAR 2020 :: ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN is the world's greatest ABBA tribute band.  They perform ABBA hits with the passion and happiness of the original 70s supergroup. This is the only tribute group that tours with members of the original backup band and sells out arena shows all over the world (including Sweeden)! MAMMA MIA! It's time for you to bring out your inner dancing queen and have fun at the LO POPS! BOB BERNHARDT, conductor SERIES SPONSORED…

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April 2020

COFFEE: RACHMANINOFF 2nd SYMPHONY

Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 10  APR 2020  :: Passionate and yearning, Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony builds in waves of emotional intensity from the menacing growl of the opening strings to the powerful chorus of brass at the end. Don't miss a note as the young, dynamic conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic takes the podium in her Louisville debut. 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. SERGEI…

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CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN + RACHMANINOFF

Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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11 APR 2020 :: Passionate and yearning, Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony builds in waves of emotional intensity from the menacing growl of the opening strings to the powerful chorus of brass at the end. Plus, we celebrate Beethoven's 250th "birthday" with his witty and buoyantly inventive Eighth Symphony. The concert opens with the 2013 composition about Detroit's massive River Rouge Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant. Fascinated by the industrial and social history of the city of Detroit, Mazzoli transforms the “grit and noise…

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POPS: MICHAEL CAVANAUGH PLAYS THE SONGS OF ELTON JOHN

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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FRI 17 APR 2020  ::  Michael Cavanaugh is the new voice of the American Rock + Roll Songbook.  Hand-picked by Billy Joel to portray the Piano Man in his Broadway Musical, Movin' Out, Cavanaugh has the mad piano skills and the charisma to bring audiences to their feet.  Cavanaugh and the Louisville Orchestra, alongside his energetic band, will pay tribute to Sir Elton John's greatest hits, including "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind," "Crocodile Rock," "Bennie and the Jets," and…

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CLASSICS: CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA

Saturday, April 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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25 APR 2020 :: Composed by Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider on a text by American poet Carolyn Forché, The Blue Hour seeks the precious individual in the rush of the difficulties of life on our Earth. Béla Bartók's massive Concerto For Orchestra is his last completed work and is a wondrous celebration of life that vibrantly showcases various instruments and instrument groups from start to finish. The Hungarian composer wrote this showpiece for…

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September 2020

POPS: FANTASTIC FILM MUSIC

Saturday, September 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 12 SEP 2020 :: The memorable tunes and big orchestra sound from some of the great films of the last 50 years. Bob will pick his favorites to share. BOB BERNHARDT, conductor  

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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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CLASSICS: FLOWER POWER

Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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26 SEP 2020 :: Flower Power draws on my memory of that political and artistic time period, harnessing the energy and power of liberation and activism,” says composer Julia Wolfe about her new work for orchestra and amplified ensemble that looks back at the 60s in America. Paired with the symphonic drug-induced dreaming of Berlioz’s love struck hero. 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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October 2020

CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN’S MISSA SOLEMNIS

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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17 OCT 2020 :: “From the heart, may it go to the heart!” So Beethoven inscribed the manuscript of his greatest and most sublime masterpiece. In this overwhelming and deeply spiritual work Beethoven calls upon God for mercy, gives glory and honor, and begs for peace for all mankind. 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. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis TEDDY…

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CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN’S MISSA SOLEMNIS

Sunday, October 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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18 OCT 2020 :: “From the heart, may it go to the heart!” So Beethoven inscribed the manuscript of his greatest and most sublime masterpiece. In this overwhelming and deeply spiritual work Beethoven calls upon God for mercy, gives glory and honor, and begs for peace for all mankind. Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor SERIES SPONSORED BY THE BROWN FORMAN FOUNDATION

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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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CLASSICS: RAVEL’S BOLERO

Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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21 NOV 2020:: Longtime friend to Teddy Abrams, Alasdair Neale has conducted orchestras across the country. For this concert of musical treats, we welcome Maestro Neale, together with esteemed pianist Jorge Federico Osorio who is known for his elegant and patrician style. 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. Richard STRAUSS: Don Juan W.A. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 ("Elvira Madigan") Claude DEBUSSY…

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FAMILY: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Saturday, November 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 28 NOV :: Enjoy Yuletide magic as well as familiar family selections as part of your holiday tradition at the Louisville Orchestra! STUART CHAFETZ, conductor  

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POPS: HOLIDAY POPS

Saturday, November 28, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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SAT 28 NOV 2020 :: Hear the sleigh bells and gather ‘round for some holiday cheer! You and your family will enjoy the best music of the Christmas season with guest singers, dancers, and our Yuletide chorus. Our Holiday Pops 202 will be bigger and shine brighter than ever before. STUART CHAFETZ, conductor  

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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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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 Oliver 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. 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. Oliver MESSIAEN: Turangalîla-symphonie TEDDY ABRAMS,…

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