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LouisvilleKY’s orchestra announces new season

Louisville, KY., – Called “genre-defying” by Time magazine, the Louisville Orchestra (LO) announced its 2019-2020 season, the sixth under the galvanizing leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams. The season concerts will feature innovative local and world premieres, collaboration with a renowned Gospel choir, a number of guest appearances by emerging stars in the orchestra world, and the culmination of a moving and powerful exhibit of violins rescued from the Holocaust. “We have a season-wide mission to combine cutting-edge projects with storytelling that connects with our shared human—and local—experiences,” Abrams said. “Some of our upcoming major projects include premieres of collaborations…

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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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Jim James of My Morning Jacket to Perform With Louisville Orchestra

Louisville, KY – The Louisville Orchestra is delighted to announce that Jim James of My Morning Jacket will perform with the Louisville Orchestra on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8PM at the Kentucky Center. Scheduled as part of the Orchestra’s “Classics Series” sponsored by Brown-Forman, the concert, titled “Kentucky Classics,” was already announced and is currently on sale. James will perform with the orchestra in a set of his original songs orchestrated by LO Music Director, Teddy Abrams. The two have hoped to collaborate for years in an orchestral performance. The concert on April 7, 2018, also features the orchestra performing a Louisville premiere…

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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor announces contest for free tickets to historic performance

Citizens urged to share life-changing experiences with music ahead of Michael Tilson Thomas concert on Saturday Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a contest to celebrate the Louisville Orchestra’s historic performance this week with guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Tilson Thomas, also known as MTT, is the celebrated music director of the San Francisco Symphony. He will be among the most prominent guest conductors for the Louisville Orchestra since a mid-century visit by Shostakovich and Stravinsky, according to Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams. More about the concert, including ticket information, can be found at https://louisvilleorchestra.org. As part…

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LouisvilleKY’s big fireworks show goes local

Louisville, KY.  – 80 days and counting to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The Festival announced the theme of this year’s show and named the event’s sponsors at their headquarters this morning. This year’s theme – “Thunder: Local & Original” – is a nod to the show’s Louisville heritage. The theme will also help direct the fireworks soundtrack which will feature the music of Louisville and Kentuckiana natives.   “Going on the 28th year for the event, Thunder is a true Louisville original,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “We couldn’t think…


Big events to mark LouisvilleKy’s Speed Art Museum Anniversary Celebration

James Lindsey to unveil new EP at Speed Art Museum’s 90th Anniversary Community Celebration Louisville, Ky., – The Speed kicks off its 90th anniversary year with a Community Celebration on Saturday, January 21 from 10 am – 10 pm, with dynamic performances, art making, gallery talks, and of course, cake. Throughout the day, there will be an exciting lineup of performers. Come and enjoy Teddy Abrams, the Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet, the University of Louisville Steel Drum Band, Louisville Dance Alliance, Squallis Puppeteers, Louisville Free Public Library, Twin Limb, DJ Grey, James Lindsey & the Grand Nationals, among others….


Teddy Abrams is staying in LouisvilleKY

Louisville Orchestra’s Teddy Abrams – Youngest Music Director of a Major American Orchestra – Renews Three-Year Contract Louisville, KY (December 5, 2016) …The Louisville Orchestra is delighted to announce that Teddy Abrams – the “energetic young maestro” (New York Times) who at just 29 is the youngest Music Director of a major American orchestra – has renewed his contract for a further three years. Each season through 2019-20 he will not only conduct the orchestra for a full twelve weeks, but also undertake an additional six weeks of community engagement and administration – more than is offered by any other…

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Louisville Ky prepares for “ambitious” musical season

Louisville, KY ( April 19, 2016)—The Louisville Orchestra and its galvanizing young Music Director Teddy Abrams announced today an ambitious 2016-17 season of commissions, premieres, grandly scaled productions, favorite masterworks, cross-genre collaborations, and more. Highlights include a season-opening account of Mahler’s mighty “Resurrection” Symphony; concerto collaborations with such eminent artists as Yo-Yo Ma and Augustin Hadelich; a celebration of “Shakespeare In Music” to accompany Louisville’s upcoming First Folio exhibition; the Louisville premiere of a new commission from Lev Zhurbin; and the world premiere ofAbrams’ own new composition, Muhammad Ali Portrait, part of a two-program Festival of American Music that will also feature guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. This diverse and stimulating lineup continues the creative resurgence of…


Louisville Ky presents unprecedented arts collaboration

Louisville Ballet Louisville Orchestra present Spring Collaboration Orchestra and Ballet join forces for a true partnership to create new works. Louisville, KY (January 3, 2016)…. In an unprecedented collaboration, on March 4 and 5 the Louisville Orchestra joins forces with Louisville Ballet for Spring Collaboration, which marks their first full co-production together. Comprising three fully-staged ballets, all with original choreography by Award-winner Adam Hougland, the program showcases the world premiere of Hougland’s reinvention of Stravinsky’s seminal ballet Petrouchka, alongside his Cold Virtues, set to the music of Philip Glass, and a world premiere ballet, Union, with original music, Unified Field, by Teddy Abrams,…

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LouisvilleKY’s GLI Meeting/Pep Rally Makes Case for Business

Once the Louisville Orchestra’s brilliant Teddy Abrams completed his wizardry at the piano at the Louisville Palace Jan. 26, GLI CEO Kent Oyler asked an enthusiastic crowd of a thousand businessmen and women if a Chamber of Commerce is still a necessity. He claimed it’s something he’d been asked about recently, and perhaps it’s a question many in the audience had asked. Of course, he presented a convincing case for the business organization’s existence. And those who followed him on stage, Gov. Matt Bevin (by video), Mayor Greg Fischer, Humana President & CEO Bruce Broussard and Aetna Chairman Mark Bertolini,…