Holiday Choral Festival 2015 On Sale!


The 10th Annual Holiday Choral Festival is now on sale!

Be present for an unforgettable evening of music with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Floyd Central A Cappella Choir, Black Classical Artists of Louisville and The Choirs of St. Martin of Tours Church.

December 6 at 7pm, St. Martin of Tours Church, 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY.

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Live In-Studio: Three Decembers with Kentucky Opera


Kentucky Opera returns to Classical 90.5 for a preview of their next production, Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. You’re invited to watch and hear the cast, including Denyce Graves, Carlton Ford and Nicole Joseph; along with director Bill Florescu and conductor Robert Woodtalk as we talk through this production.

The performance is Wednesday, October 28 at noon. Doors open at 11:45am.

Members can reserve a lunch from City Cafe for this event. Contact membership at (502) 814-6565 by Tuesday at noon.

Featured Album: Anne Akiko Meyers’ Serenade



Awarded Billboard’s 2014 top-selling classical instrumentalist, Anne Akiko Meyers‘ latest recording, Serenade: The Love Album, drastically contrasts with most of her other recordings. Serenade: The Love Album showcases not only her virtuosic violin playing, but her love of modern and cinematic music. Executive produced by Meyers herself, the album also features the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart.

The album begins with Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, a five-movement piece based upon the Plato’s Symposium. This piece sets a tone for the rest of the album, what Ms. Meyer’s considers to be a tribute to her parents 50th wedding anniversary. Rather than choosing pre-existing arrangements for violin and orchestra to complete the album, Ms. Meyers herself commissioned seven arrangers to arrange the rest of the album’s music. The other ten arrangements are world premieres and and beautifully carry the message of love. The highlights from the rest of the album include George Gershwin’s Summertime and Wish Upon A Star composed by Leigh Harline.

You can receive a copy of her new album when you contribute $15 or more during our Fall Membership Drive, October 12-17, 2015. Call (502) 814-6565 or give online.

Live In-Studio: Guitarist Ekachai Jearakul


In 2014, Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul won the prestigious International Concert Artist Competition from the Guitar Foundation of America. He’ll be in Louisville to play at the University of Louisville, and perform a live in-studio here at Classical 90.5 on October 6th at 2pm.

Free and open-to-the-public. Doors open at 1:45pm.

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

Jubilant Sykes at WUOL

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