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During this Spring Membership Drive only, you can receive a copy of the DVD Music Makes a City with your sustaining contribution of $15/month or more ($180/year). Click here or call (502) 814-6565 to find out how.

Louisville Orchestra Mozart Soloists

This Saturday, March 15th at the Brown Theatre, the Louisville Orchestra will play an all-Mozart concert led by Tito Muñoz and featuring soloists from within the orchestra. Concertmaster Michael Davis and principal horn John Gustely sat down with Alan Brandt to talk about the concert and their roles in the orchestra.

Louisville Orchestra New Season with Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams was chosen as the eighth Music Director for the Louisville Orchestra earlier this season, and this week unveils his first season with the ensemble (2014-2015). Jorge Mester will conduct about half of the concerts, and the rest are left to the youngest music director in the orchestra’s history.

Here are some highlights from the concerts Abrams will be conducting:

September: Kevin Cole returns to play the other Second Rhapsody by Gershwin, and Storm Large will sing The Seven Deadly Sins of Kurt Weill.

October: An ambitious concert of Ives, Monteverdi, Mozart, Bach and recent Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw’s Courante from , precede Orff’s Carmina Burana.

January: Haydn’s “Mercury” symphony, Brahms’ First and a new work by Sebastian Chang.

March: Frenchmen Lully, Couperin and Ravel, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and most recent Grawemeyer-winner On the Guarding of the Heart by Djuro Zivkovic.

April: Beethoven’s Fifth, and John Williams’ The Cowboy Overture and the band Time for Three.

Erin Keane has this write up about the new season, too.

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.