Tragic Love, Love Songs and Love Improv

This week on Artsbreak: Kentucky Opera’s Romeo et Juliette, Michael Feinstein with the Louisville Orchestra and late-night improv at The Bard’s Town.

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MTT Talks About Louisville Orchestra Past and Future

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Music Makes a City is a documentary produced by Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler, and was released in 2010 in select cities, but is making a national debut on PBS stations this weekend (locally, on Friday at 10pm). The film tells the unlikely story of the Louisville Orchestra, created out of the Great Flood of 1937, and its mission to commission and record new music. All said and done, the orchestra commissioned 52 works and recorded over 450 on LPs. Michael Tilson Thomas spoke with Classical 90.5′s Daniel Gilliam about his own admiration for the Louisville Orchestra and its remarkable story, and how the new music director designate of the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams, his protege and student, is the right person for the city at this point in time.

Navarro Concerto this Saturday

This Saturday’s Louisville Orchestra concert will include Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” and this concerto from the “old world,” though written between 2011 and 2012, by Oscar Navarro. I’ll be giving the pre-concert talk at 7pm (Brown Theater), where we’ll hear excerpts from the concerto and talk with Saturday’s conductor Rossen Milanov.

Louisville Orchestra Names New Music Director

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At a press conference today, Andrew Kipe, incoming Executive Director, named Teddy Abrams as the next Music Director to succeed Jorge Mester. We talked with Abrams late last week about his excitement for Louisville and vision for the future of the orchestra. Erin Keane has a full story here.

Teddy Abrams

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Teddy Abrams will be guest conducting the Louisville Orchestra for a program on September 26th, featuring Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Barber’s Second Essay. Classical 90.5′s Daniel Gilliam talked with Teddy about the music on Thursday’s program, about being involved in the orchestra’s community and how Thursday’s program came together.