Audio: Teddy Abrams and Jubilant Sykes on Bernstein’s Mass

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Leonard Bernstein composed Mass for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and commissioned by Kennedy’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy. It was controversial at the time, taking the form of a Roman Catholic mass and interweaving new texts from Bernstein, Stephen Schwarz and even Paul Simon. Mass, a gigantic theatrical work, is an amalgamation of musical styles, from rock to blues to atonal. Jubilant Sykes, Grammy-nominated for his recording of Bernstein’s Mass with the Baltimore Symphony, is singing the role of Celebrant in the Louisville Orchestra‘s performance, with Teddy Abrams conducting, this Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Both stopped by Classical 90.5 to talk with Daniel Gilliam about this complex and challenging work.

(Related: listen to a panel discussion on Bernstein’s Mass, moderated by Daniel Gilliam, with panelists Teddy Abrams, Cantor David Lipp and Father David Sanchez. Presented by the Center for Interfaith Relations and the Louisville Orchestra)

Teddy with Jubilant

Share Your Story


Share Your Story! Listen live to 90.5 today in the 2:00 hour for a broadcast of Alec and Brad DeLaney’s stories inspired by Summer Listening pieces. You can also hear their stories on our soundcloud below. We had so much fun recording their stories in our downtown studio! Do you also have a story to share? Sign up to be a Summer Listener next year and send us your stories too!!

Live In-Studio: Pianist Jooyoung Kim

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Be a part of the audience in our next In-Studio with pianist Jooyoung Kim. She made her debut with the Korean Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, and has performed around her home country of South Korea, and in Europe and the United States. Jooyoung Kim will be here Wednesday, September 23rd, at noon to play etudes by Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

No RSVP required, but if you are a member and would like to reserve a box lunch, contact our Membership Department at (502) 814-6565.

Listen to this preview of Jooyoung Kim

VAN Beethoven hits the road Friday


The Los Angeles Philharmonic VAN Beethoven truck will tour Los Angeles, Sept. 11 – Oct. 18, 2015, offering five minutes of Beethoven Fifth in immersive, 360-degrees. Visitors will be welcomed aboard the customized VAN Beethoventruck, complete with carpet and seating from Walt Disney Concert Hall, where they’ll put on the Oculus headset and be transported to the iconic venue. The immersive visual private experience is augmented by a soundtrack that adapts to the viewer’s perspective; whether the viewer is in front of the orchestra, behind or standing amidst the symphony, the music will subtly shift to reflect listener-specific positions and enhance the feeling of being up-close-and-personal with the renowned orchestra.

VAN Beethoven will visit diverse communities throughout Los Angeles, including parks, cultural festivals, museums, and more, providing access to audiences that otherwise may not be able to attend.

Read more here.


All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Panel Discussion: Leonard Bernstein’s Mass

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Join Daniel Gilliam as he moderates a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Interfaith Relations and the Louisville Orchestra on Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” and its spiritual implications. Panelists will include Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, Cantor David Lipp from Adath Jeshurun and Father David Sanchez of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Butchertown.

September 17, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Mary Anderson Room, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. This event is at capacity.