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Louisville Ky’s Concertmaster to retire with special show

Louisville, KY – Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra present The Bach Effect as part of the 2015-16 Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Concerts and the Brown-Forman Classics Series at the Kentucky Center on Friday, November 6 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m. This German and Austrian program allows the audience to travel through time as Music Director Teddy Abrams deconstructs Johann Sebastian Bach’s influences on classical music, including pieces by Strauss, Mozart, Wagner and more. A FREE concert preview, one hour prior to each performance will prepare audiences for what they will hear in the theater. Single…


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Louisville Orchestra records Thunder soundtrack

Louisville, KY.  –The Kentucky Derby Festival has some music for your ears. They announced this morning that the Louisville Orchestra is recording the soundtrack for the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville fireworks show. The announcement was made at the Brown Theatre, just before the Orchestra began their recording session. “Having a Thunder soundtrack from the Louisville Orchestra has been on the Festival’s bucket list for a while,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “It’s really going to be something special we think the whole community will enjoy.” Said Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra Music Director, “One of my first introductions to Louisville…


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The Louisville Orchestra Presents Beethoven’s “Eroica” with a world premiere by Four Community Collaborators

Louisville, KY – The Louisville Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” at the Kentucky Center on Friday, October 23 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, October 24 at 8  p.m. Music Director Teddy Abrams and the Orchestra are joined by “community collaborators” from the local music scene for a world premiere of Louisville Concerto. Single tickets range from $26-$75 and are now available by calling 502.584.7777or by visiting louisvilleorchestra.org.   Teddy Abrams says, “The Louisville Concerto is not so much a piece I’ve written as it is a piece I coordinated.  We gathered four local musicians without regard to their genre–…


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Monday Morning’s Culture Review of the Weekend

Well, that was fun. I was fortunate to attend three great events over the weekend, experiencing a variety of culture it would be hard to match anywhere else. CLASSICAL MOMENTS: Let’s start the Corkestra event at Norton Commons on Sunday. I had no idea there was such a gorgeous amphitheater there, and since Paula is such a great fan of the Orchestra, she insisted we go. After the initial disappointment of learning that Teddy Abrams wasn’t there, we were thoroughly entertained by Conductor Bob Bernhardt and the talented group on stage. The Orchestra breezed through a two-hour set under sunny skies,…


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Louisville Orchestra to present free season preview

Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Orchestra, led by Teddy Abrams, presents a free Season Preview concert at Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. The Louisville Orchestra offers this free public performance to invite community members to sample music from the 2015-2016 Classics Series and Coffee Concert Series. Music Director Teddy Abrams designed this concert to feature highlights from the 2015-2016 Classics Series sponsored by Brown-Forman and the Coffee Concert Series sponsored by Treyton Oak Towers. Works featured include: Stravinsky’s Russian Dance fromPetrouchka, which will be performed with the Louisville Ballet on March 4 and 5; Beethoven’s…


Louisville’s July 4th Celebration Will Feature Louisville Orchestra, Ben Sollee, Fireworks

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer, together with Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem and Thornton Oil CEO Matt Thornton, announced plans today  for the first Louisville Orchestra Waterfront 4th… fueled by Thorntons. The event is free and open to the public and features music, family activities, food and fireworks on the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 4th. The event features a performance by the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams conducting, with special guests indie folk-rock cellist Ben Sollee and Hip hop/classical fusion group 1200, led by Jecory Arthur. Mayor Greg Fischer…


Rusty’s Bourbon Experience and Going Over to Teddy’s in Louisville

CLICK HERE to listen to this week’s Rusty Satellite Show   It’s the “We’re all Freaking Out over a Little Snow episode” of the Rusty Satellite Show. My first guest is Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams, who is making a name for himself all over town for his unconditional approach to promoting music. I got to visit at his house in NuLu, where if you’re lucky and are walking by on Market, you might hear an impromptu concert. Teddy will be the speaker at the next Breakfast of Champions, the bi-monthly networking event I co-host at the University Club. You’re…


Next Breakfast of Champions Features Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams is shaking things up in the Louisville Arts community – and far beyond. The dynamic Louisville Orchestra Music Director will share his insights and energy at the March 9 Breakfast of Champions. Teddy will discuss the evolution of music, seamlessly incorporating (you guessed it!) MUSIC into his entertaining talk. You will not want to miss this one! About Teddy Abrams: An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. This season marks the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and…


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Not Getting Along? Why We Can’t Have an Orchestra or an Amusement Park

When I was blaming the State Fair Board and Harold Workman for the demise of Kentucky Kingdom last week, I didn’t have all the ammunition that Ed Hart provided in a scathing letter to the local newspaper. Else I’d have been more critical. According to Hart’s piece, the Fair Board ended negotiations with his group, assuring Kentuckians that the $18.7 million in economic benefits the park would bring in annually would not be realized. And that says nothing of the ancillary benefits, such as all the other local attractions that use the amusement park to help lure groups to town….


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Orchestra CEO Touts “Bold and Ambitious Plan”

To listen to Louisville Orchestra CEO Rob Birman discuss his organization’s financial problems, you’d almost think that crisis is a business-as-usual status for the 74-year-old musicians group. Birman, speaking at the Breakfast of Champions event at the University Club, presented a history that included strikes, near-bankruptcies and other troubles that mar the Orchestra’s past, while noting the group rose to national fame decades ago. But as the Orchestra emerges from bankruptcy, Birman says it will no longer rely on the three Bs — Bailouts, Bequests and Borrowing. He said it will no longer operate in a “chronic state of despair”…