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September 2017

CLASSICS: YUJA WANG PLAYS RACHMANINOFF

Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Yuja Wang has secured a place of distinction among the world’s finest performers due to her rare blend of technical refinement, musical insight, and emotional sensitivity. The intense power of her interpretations comes from a combination of exceptional presence on stage and a natural affinity for repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin. ‘Charismatic’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘flawless’ and ‘heartfelt’ are just some of the superlatives used frequently by critics worldwide. A towering work requiring gigantic mastery of the piano, Rachmaninoff's 4th Piano…

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October 2017

COFFEE: WHY BEETHOVEN?

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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The first of the LO Coffee Concerts, this 80-minute performance is presented without an intermission. Enjoy complimentary coffee served by Heine Brothers before the concert in the lobby. Teddy Abrams conductor an All-Beethoven concert exploring the mind and heart of a composer whose influence still resounds today. LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 7 TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor CONCERT TALK is free to ticket-holders and starts at 10AM in Whitney Hall. Daniel Gilliam of WUOL Louisville Public Media hosts a 30-minute discussion with…

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CLASSICS: WHY BEETHOVEN?

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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An All-Beethoven concert exploring the mind and heart of a composer whose influence still resounds today. Teddy Abrams deconstructs the influences and inspirations of one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. LUDWIG van  BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 7 in A Major (a breakdown by movement) LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 7 in A Major TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor Classics Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman Concert Sponsored by The Arthur J. and Mary Celeste Lerman Foundation

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POPS: THE B-52s

Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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The World’s Greatest Party Band! Rocking for nearly 40 years, the B-52s are a beloved and enduring band. From “Rock Lobster” and “Dance This Mess Around” to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack” and “Deadbeat Club,”  The B-52s get the party started every time. Fred Schneider Kate Pierson Cindy Wilson Bob Bernhardt, conductor SERIES PRESENTED BY LG&E CONCERT SPONSORED BY FIFTH THIRD BANK

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November 2017

CLASSICS: THE GREATEST: MUHAMMAD ALI

Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Composed by Teddy Abrams, directed by Jubilant Sykes -- who also performs -- and featuring Rhiannon Giddens (founding member of the Grammy-award winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops), this immersive musical experience is a celebration and tribute to the extraordinary life and impact of a legendary athlete and humanitarian. TEDDY ABRAMS:  The Greatest:  Muhammad Ali JUBILANT SYKES, baritone RHIANNON GIDDENS, vocalist JECOREY ARTHUR, vocalist, rapper TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor SERIES PRESENTED BY BROWN-FORMAN CONCERT SPONSORED BY STOLL KENNON OGDEN PLLC and HUMANA FOUNDATION

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (TM)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Friday, November 17 at 7:30PM Saturday, November 18 at 7:30PM Kentucky Center Relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition while your Louisville Orchestra performs John Williams’ otherworldly score. Experience the wonder of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again! HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling…

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POPS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Celebrate Christmas with the Louisville Orchestra with beautiful holiday music and two thrilling talents from Broadway who light up our stage and kick-off the season! Share this Louisville Yuletide tradition with your entire family. LISA VROMAN, vocalist DOUG LaBRECQUE, vocalist BOB BERNHARDT, conductor SERIES PRESENTED BY LG&E

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December 2017

Christmas with Jennifer Nettles

Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Superstar entertainer Jennifer Nettles is one of the most admired and animated performers in Country music today. ASCAP has honored her songwriting prowess with five awards, including the emotionally charged, No. 1 platinum hit “Stay” that also earned Jennifer GRAMMY®, Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. As the first female artist to be the sole songwriter on an ACM Song of the Year winner since 1972, Jennifer was acknowledged with the Crystal Milestone Award. Leading with her…

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January 2018

COFFEE: TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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This concert features two masterpieces of radiant beauty. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius thought of his Symphony No. 7 as a "symphonic fantasy" and uses a theme he called "Where the Stars Dwell" that he repurposed from a tone poem that he never completed.  Tchaikovsky's extraordinary violin concerto, a work remarkable beauty with both tenderness and fire, resulted from his disastrous one-year marriage. A true "silver lining." JEAN SIBELIUS:  Symphony No. 7 (in one movement) PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D…

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CLASSICS: TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO

Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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This concert features two masterpieces of radiant beauty and a contemporary work that is bright and bustling with "bittersweet humanity" according to the composer. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius thought of his Symphony No. 7 as a "symphonic fantasy" and uses a theme he called "Where the Stars Dwell" that he repurposed from a tone poem that he never completed.  Tchaikovsky's disastrous one-year marriage produced an extraordinary result, a violin concerto of remarkable beauty with both tenderness and fire. Violinist Gabriel…

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POPS: MAMBO KINGS

Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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We add some sizzle to the LO Pops with the electrifying Latin jazz combo, the Mambo Kings -- known for their explosive blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation. RICHARD DELANEY, piano FREDDY COLON, drums, timbales, bongos JOHN VIAVATTINE, saxophone HECTOR DIAZ, bass TONY PADILLA, congas BOB BERNHARDT, conductor

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February 2018

COFFEE: WAR + PEACE

Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Themes of heroism, bravery, lost companions and even life and death come together in a dramatic and moving program. SAMUEL BARBER:  Adagio for Strings MAURICE RAVEL: La Valse  VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  Dona Nobis Pacem TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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CLASSICS: WAR + PEACE

Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Themes of heroism, bravery, lost companions and even life and death come together in a dramatic and moving program. Composer Sebastian Chang collaborates with Iraqui artist Vian Sora to create a new work based on Ms. Sora's personal experience. CHARLES IVES: They Are There RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:  Dona Nobis Pacem, Mvt. 2 "Beat! Beat! Drums!" CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: Madrigals of War and Love (selections) SERGEI PROKOFIEV:  Waltz from War and Peace SEBASTIAN CHANG:  War/Iraq collaboration with Vian Sora   ARNOLD SCHOENBERG:  A Survivor from…

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KMEA Side-by-Side Concert

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Members of the Louisville Youth Orchestra join the musicians of the Louisville Orchestra on stage for a free concert that audiences enjoy for its energy and enthusiasm.  

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COFFEE: THE PLANETS

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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A breathtaking HD video presentation of images from NASA rovers and satellites with computer-driven graphics that bring the awe-inspiring music a new, mind-boggling dimension. GUSTAV HOLST:  The Planets THOMAS WILKINS, conductor

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CLASSICS: THE PLANETS

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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A breathtaking HD video presentation of images of space from NASA rovers, satellites  with computer driven graphics that bring the awe-inspiring music a new, mindboggling dimension. GUSTAV HOLST:  The Planets THOMAS WILKINS, conductor

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March 2018

POPS: MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND FLAMEKEEPER

Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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One of the most important fiddle players of our time, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper make their debut with orchestra. Their hard-driving traditional bluegrass is combined with orchestra in a concert that promised to be an amazing evening of music. MICHAEL CLEVELAND, vocals, fiddle NATHAN LIVERS, vocals, mandolin TYLER GRIFFITH, vocals, bass JOSHUA RICHARDS, vocals, guitar CODY LOOPER, vocals, banjo TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor  

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Classics: KENTUCKY CLASSICS: Festival of American Music 1

Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Celebrating American roots with music featuring both Kentucky-centered music and featuring Kentucky-based composers and performers. AARON COPLAND:  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo MICHAEL CLEVELAND, fiddle TYRONE COTTON, singer-songwriter PAUL KOWERT, bass BEN SOLLEE, cello LIZZIE NO, vocalist TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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April 2018

Coffee: PLAY: Festival of American Music 2

Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Andrew Norman's Play, the 2017 Grawemeyer competition winner, is being talked about as the most important new work of our time. MASON BATES:  Anthology of Fantastic Zoology ANDREW NORMAN: Play (selected movements) TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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CLASSICS: PLAY — Festival of American Music 2

Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Andrew  Norman's Play, the 2017 Grawmeyer competition winner, is being talked about as the most important new work of our time. Teddy Abrams premiered Natural History by Michael Gordon at the 2016 Britt Festival. Requiring a massive array of musicians and dancers, the piece is an homage to the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest region of our country. MASON BATES:  Anthology of Fantastic Zoology ANDREW NORMAN: Play MICHAEL GORDON:  Natural History TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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POPS: THE MUSIC OF PRINCE

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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A night honoring the prolific works of The Purple One, we perform an array of the late artist’s many smash hits, including “Little Red Corvette,” “Purple Rain,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “When Doves Cry.” It's a full night of Prince’s greatest hits. One of the most prolific artists of our time, Prince solidified his place in music history with an astounding range of eclectic styles both vocally and instrumentally, including funk, rock, R&B, pop and many others. He has sold over…

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COFFEE: BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 ROBERT SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish") selected movements ANDREW HSU, piano COURTNEY LEWIS, conductor

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CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO

Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Three selections from the bedrock of the classical Romantic Era repertory. Hsu is described as " Horowitz right down to the brilliant-yet-delicate high-treble sonority." PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER CARL MARIA von WEBER: Overture to Oberon LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 ROBERT SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish") ANDREW HSU, piano COURTNEY LEWIS, conductor Classics Series Sponsored by Brown-Forman Concert Sponsored by The Arthur J. and Mary Celeste Lerman Foundation

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May 2018

COFFEE: THE RITE OF SPRING

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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RICHARD STRAUSS:  Also sprach Zarathustra IGOR STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring ("Le Sacre du printemps") TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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CLASSICS: THE RITE OF SPRING

Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St
Louisville, 40202 United States
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Ripping out all the stops for a powerful season finale! RICHARD STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra  IGOR STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring ("Le Sacre du Printemps") TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

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