Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams.


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Expectations will be running high for the 2014-15 season for The Louisville Orchestra, as it makes welcome new Music Director, Teddy Abrams, and the Mr. Abrams has planned a bold selection of performances that are certain to make an impression. The season opens on Saturday, September 6 at 8:30 PM with Fanfara at Whitney Hall where Abrams will introduce himself to the community with an original work.  This yet to be written piece will make its world premiere at the August season opening of The Britt Fest where Abrams was named Music Director in September 2013.

Abrams states, “Choosing programs for an entire season is a bit like creating menus for an entire year’s worth of meals; not only do we need great ingredients, but we also need variety and balance along with inspiring combinations and juxtapositions. As this will be my first season as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, this will be an exploration of the widest proportions. Although there isn’t a central theme for the season, each program is carefully constructed and bound by a defining element or concept. This allows us to celebrate the great, venerated repertoire that is already loved by our audiences while creating connections with music that is equally powerful but perhaps not as familiar. I find every piece next season (along with the connections between pieces) to be inspiring, and I can’t wait to begin working with the Orchestra on this great and diverse repertoire.”

There are also important collaborations with the University of Louisville School of Music, including mounting Carl Orff’s powerful Carmina Burana with the Choral Department at U of L. This epic work overwhelms most professional companies because of the demand for a full orchestra and large chorus, and often can only be produced by joining forces with a university program.

Additional Highlights:

Storm Large to perform Kurt Wiell’s Seven Deadly Sins

Kevin Cole brings Gershwin’s other Rhapsody to Whitney Hall

New Commissioned piece by Sebastian Chang

Music Director Emeritus, Jorge Mester brings one of the hottest young cellists in the country, Julian Schwartz, to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto

2014 Grawemeyer Award winning piece On the Guarding of the Heart by Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovich

The season will end with Beethoven’s blockbuster Fifth Symphony 

Music Director Emeritus, Jorge Mester will return for four concerts this season, bringing with him some of the finest musical talent in the industry: Elmar Oliveira, Chu-Fang Huang, Julian Schwartz and Robert Thies.