Louisville Orchestra

Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1803) by Christian Horneman.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon.  

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

New Louisville Orchestra Music Director To Open Next Season With Own Work

Teddy Abrams
Credit Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has announced its next season of classics programming, which opens Sept. 6 with music director designate Teddy Abrams conducting Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major and a new composition, yet to be written, by Abrams himself. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jason Alexander, Matthew Morrison Headline Upcoming Louisville Orchestra Pops Shows

Jason Alexander

Most people know Jason Alexander best as Jerry Seinfeld’s sidekick George Costanza on the award-winning NBC sitcom "Seinfeld." But Alexander got his start on stage, and even won a Tony Award for his role in "Jerome Robbins’ Broadway."

After "Seinfeld," he went back to musicals and Broadway tunes. He opens the Boston Pops’ upcoming summer season with the program of song, dance and (of course) comedy that he’ll bring to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall on September 27. That concert will open the Louisville Orchestra's 2014-15 Pops season, a slate of six shows that feature several heavy-hitting alumni of the Great White Way. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

WUOL's Daniel Gilliam Discusses 'Music Makes a City' Documentary on the Louisville Orchestra

Credit PBS

"Music Makes a City" is a documentary produced by Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler. 

 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.

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Arts and Humanities
2:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names Teddy Abrams Music Director

Teddy Abrams
Credit Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has named a new music director. Teddy Abrams, currently the assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, becomes the orchestra's "music director designate" today and will step into the music director role next September, when Jorge Mester transitions to an emeritus role. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:24 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Former Louisville Orchestra Music Director Lawrence Leighton Smith Dies in Colorado

Lawrence Leighton Smith

Lawrence Leighton Smith, who served as music director of the Louisville Orchestra 1983-1994, died Friday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 77 years old. Smith died of complications of Binswanger's disease, a severe form of vascular dementia. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gershwin Expert Kevin Cole Plays with Louisville Orchestra on 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Kevin Cole, pianist, featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra on George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

"Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. No, make that, he-he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yeah. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white, and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin." – Woody Allen, "Manhattan" (1979)

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names New Executive Director

Andrew Kipe

The Louisville Orchestra has a new executive director. Andrew Kipe will step into the leadership position November 11. Kipe comes to Louisville from the Phoenix Symphony, where he was general manager.

The Phoenix Symphony didn’t escape the woes that plagued  many American orchestras during the Great Recession, and when he came to Arizona, Kipe faced some of the same industry-wide financial and labor issues that led the Louisville Orchestra to file chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 and created a prolonged labor dispute that resulted in a canceled 2011-12 season.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Violin Star Midori Plays Brahms with Louisville Orchestra

Midori
Credit Greenfield Sanders

When violinist Midori made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, she was only 11 years old, and in the 30-odd years since, she's developed an amazing career in international performance, musical outreach (her 21-year-old nonprofit Midori & Friends brings music education to underserved kids in New York) and higher education as chair of University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music strings department.

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