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.
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.
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.
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.