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LouisvilleKY’s orchestra announces Five Year Contract for Music Director Teddy Abrams

Louisville, KY -The Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors, together with CEO, Robert Massey, are pleased to announce an unprecedented 5-year contract to extend the term of Teddy Abrams as Music Director. This extension from the usual 3-year contract renewal shows the organization’s confidence in the artistic direction and creative vision of the young conductor. “We’re thrilled to make this extraordinary commitment to engaging Teddy until the 2024-2025 Season. His vision for the renaissance of the arts for our orchestra and our community is unique in the world,”  says John P. Malloy, President of the LO Board of Directors. Abrams was…


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Bourbon & Beyond Returns to LouisvilleKY For Third Year With Eclectic Lineup Of Top Rock, Roots And Folk Acts

The World’s Largest Bourbon Festival Expands To Three Days, September 20, 21 & 22 In Louisville, KY At Newly Created Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center  One-Of-A-Kind Event Offers Bourbon And Culinary Experiences Featuring Master Distillers As Well As Celebrity Chefs During Bourbon Heritage Month   LouisvilleKY – The World’s Largest Bourbon Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, will make its anticipated return to Louisville, KY Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22,expanding to three days full of incredible music, unique culinary events, and unmatched experiences from the region’s best distilleries at the new Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center. In addition to an unforgettable lineup…


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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre names new artistic director

Louisville, KY – Robert Barry Fleming will join Actors Theatre of Louisville as Artistic Director. The appointment was announced Monday by Mac Thompson, President of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. Fleming comes to Louisville by way of Cleveland where he serves as Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House; previously, he was the Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His tenure at Actors Theatre begins June 1, 2019. Fleming will be the theatre’s fifth Artistic Director, joining a lineage of distinguished leaders who have guided this nationally-recognized theatre. He comes to the appointment with a varied portfolio and substantial…


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LouisvilleKY’s Southwest Dream Team Unveils Their Fifth Annual South Points Scenic Area Map

Louisville, KY –  Mayor Fischer, the Southwest Dream Team and Metro Council members were joined by local business owners and community members to unveil the fifth annual production of the South Points Scenic Area Map. This tourism initiative is celebrating five years of continued program growth, including a physical map, road signage program, and online presence. This year, the South Points Scenic Area has expanded to s include the South Louisville Business Association and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, which hosts the South Points Buy Local Fair at Iroquois Amphitheater each July. Other additions include Khalil’s on Dixie Highway, a…


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LouisvilleKY’s Locust Grove presenting time with presidents

Louisville, Ky. – Historic Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark established c. 1792, is excited to welcome a series of guest speakers for three evening events celebrating The Age of Hamilton and the first three American Presidents, as well as the refreshments they enjoyed during their lifetimes. The Punch with the President evenings are part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove that looks at the personalities and events of the era of the American Revolution through the Early National period in depth. Washington, Jefferson, Burr, and Hamilton all were part of the world of William Croghan of…


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Legendary Jazz Guitarist to hold concert for Fight to End LouisvilleKY homelessness

  Louisville, Kentucky – For the second time in four years, legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell will donate his time and talents in support of the Coalition for the Homeless’ efforts to end homelessness in Louisville. Frisell, a winner of multiple Grammy Awards who was named Guitarist of the Year a record a 12-times in the Downbeat Jazz Critics Poll, will perform a solo concert at Headliners Music Hall on Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $50, and all proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’ “Rx: Housing” program, which is currently focused on eliminating young adult homelessness in…


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LouisvilleKY’s Comfy Cow creates custom ice cream flavor to help Louisville Zoo celebrate 50th anniversary

LouisvilleKY – To help the Louisville Zoo celebrate its 50th anniversary Comfy Cow has created a custom-made ice cream available in stores March 1 – October 31. Polar Bear Freeze is made with a white chocolate ice cream, Oreo pieces and chocolate chips. It will be available in all five stores. Comfy Cow has generously offered 20% of the proceeds of the sale of Polar Bear Freeze to the Zoo. The Zoo is celebrating its 50 anniversary all year long. The big community celebration — 50Fest — is set for May 18 – 19.  Guests can meet the Zoo’s new animal mascots including…


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LouisvilleKy’s Parks Foundation completes construction on turf soccer field in William Harrison Park

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Fischer joined the Louisville Parks Foundation (LPF), members of the Louisville City FC soccer club, Louisville Parks and Recreation staff, other city officials and donors to celebrate the completion of a new turf soccer field in William Harrison Park. The construction of the field will complete Phase II of three in the LPF turf soccer field campaign for South Louisville, which includes five new fields in three public parks. Funding for the $183,500 project was the result of a partnership between the Louisville Parks Foundation, a non-profit that supports Louisville Parks and Recreation, Louisville City FC, former…


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LouisvilleKY hotel Inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2018

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest and most significant historic hotels, has inducted 27 historic hotels into membership in 2018. The oldest hotel dates back to the 1880s. Many of the historic hotels are adaptive reuse historic hotels that have involved converting some or all of a historically significant building to a hotel. Originally, these buildings were built for another purpose in their history. 16 of the 27 historic hotels inducted in 2018 are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, four of the…


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LouisvilleKY among winners in national health challenge

Louisville, KY., – As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting community health and wellness, the Aetna Foundation today announced the winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge). Louisville Metro’s West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative (WLORI) was selected as a runner-up to grant-prize winner, Charlotte, North Carolina (Mecklenburg, County) in the mid-sized city or county category (population 250,001 – 600,000 The WLORI is a multi-sector, grant-funded initiative, based at Jefferson Memorial Forest to create equitable access in west Louisville through expansion of Louisville ECHO (Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors) programming and implementation of proposed outdoor recreation infrastructure…