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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.

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

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