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The oldest, continuously performing orchestra in Louisville is reviving an old moniker. What started as the Young Hebrew Men’s Association symphony in 1915, merged with the Louisville Civic Arts Association in 1930, a group that is also an immediate predecessor to the Louisville Orchestra. Over the years the Louisville Civic Orchestra (LCO) has undergone a series of name changes, the most well-known being the JCC Orchestra, but for the past few years has been embracing one of its original titles.

Now directed by Jason Raff, the all-volunteer orchestra is performing on Friday, April 29th, 2016, with Louisville Orchestra cellist Nicholas Finch. Daniel Gilliam talks with Raff about the history of the group and this weekend’s concert.

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Daniel Gilliam is weekday afternoon host (1-5pm) and program director at 90.5 WUOL, and director of radio for Louisville Public Media. Daniel Gilliam, program director, afternoon host 1-5p (director of radio, Louisville Public Media) has a multi-faceted role at Louisville Public Media, overseeing 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville, audience metrics, and behind-the-scenes production work at Louisville Public Media. From 2010-2012 he was program director of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He hosted and produced the award-winning series African American Voices, he’s the host for Louisville Orchestra concert talks, and a composer.