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Michael Tilson Thomas is an iconic conductor, whose lineage includes studies with Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, and premieres of Igor Stravinsky and Pierre Boulez. As Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony, it’s rare to see MTT conduct anywhere else, but Louisville will be afforded a unique opportunity to see MTT work. Teddy Abrams talks about MTT’s influence and mentorship, and offers insight into Saturday’s Louisville Orchestra concert. (Photo by Vahan Stepanyan)

In 1958, the Louisville Orchestra premiered Aaron Copland’s Orchestral Variations, an adaptation of his earlier Piano Variations. Here’s a preview:

Daniel Gilliam is the weekday afternoon host (1-3pm) on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville, and director of radio for Louisville Public Media.