Apr 072014

The Louisville Orchestra wraps up the 2013/2014 season  with a classic Classics show – Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1” and “Symphony No. 9.” Jorge Mester will conduct, with Kent Hatteberg as Chorusmaster. There will be two performances in Whitney Hall, the first on April 10, 10:30 a.m. and the finale on April 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20.
Watch the LO perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7”:


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Mar 242014

Emerson Quartet
Jorge Mester will conduct the Louisville Orchestra and the Emerson Quartet in a Classics program entitled Double Concertos!, featuring works by Britten (“Soirees Musicales”), Mozart (“Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major”), Brahms (“Double Concerto”) and Brahms (Arr. Schoenberg) (“Piano Quartet in G Minor”). This is the next-to-the-last Classics program for the season. There will be a Coffee Concert on March 27 at 10:30 p.m. and again on March 28 in Whitney Hall. Tickets start at $20.
Watch a preview:


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Mar 102014

Tito Muñoz

It’s time for your Classics Mozart fix – the Louisville Orchestra, featuring Michael Davis, violin and Jon Gustley, horn, with Tito Muñoz conducting, will present an All-Mozart program at the The W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre on March 15. Selections for the performance are: “Overture to The Marriage of Figaro,” “Violin Concerto No. 5 – Turkish”,”Horn Concerto No. 4” and “Symphony No. 35 – Haffner.” Tickets start at $25.

Here’s Tito Muñoz conducting the St. Olaf Orchestra in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”:


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Feb 242014

The 2014 – 2015 “Classics” Season of Louisville Orchestra performances has been announced, with a new conductor, Teddy Abrams, at the helm. That schedule is below. Multiple subscription options are available and range from $103-$605. Call 502.587.8681 for more information Single tickets for the 2014-15 Classics season will be available in August 2014.

Teddy Abrams’ FANFARA

Saturday, September 6, 2014 8:30 PM

Whitney Hall

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Teddy Abrams New Work

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Titan)

Gershwin & Copland

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Friday, September 26, 2014 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Teddy Abrams, conductor Storm Large, soprano Kevin Cole, piano

Richard Rodgers Overture to Oklahoma!

Kurt Weill The Seven Deadly Sins

Storm Large, soprano

George Gershwin New York Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra

Kevin Cole, piano

Aaron Copland RODEO: Four Dance Episodes

Buckaroo Holiday

Corral Nocturne

Saturday Night Waltz

Hoe Down

Carmina burana

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Friday, October 17, 2014 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Teddy Abrams, conductor Kent Hatteberg, chorusmaster

Celena Shafer, soprano Javier Abreu, tenor TBD, baritone

Charles IvesThe Unanswered Question

arr. Teddy Abrams Medieval Dance/Song from Carmina Burana

Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium

Claudio Monteverdi Sinfonia a 6

Claudio Monteverdi Magnificat a 6: Magnificat

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore K. 339

V. "Laudate Dominum"

Traditional The Shining Shore

Caroline Shaw Partita

III. Courante

Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata No. 147 “Jesu bleibet meine Freude”

Carl Orff Carmina Burana

Kent Hatteberg, chorusmaster Celena Shafer, soprano Javier Abreu, tenor Hugh Russell, baritone

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, November 6, 2014 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Saturday, November 8, 2014 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Jorge Mester, conductor Elmar Oliveira, violin

Samuel BarberEssay No. 1, op.12

Jean SibeliusViolin Concerto in D minor, op. 47

Elmar Oliveira, violin

Felix MendelssohnSymphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 (Scottish)

Chu-Hang Huang plays Mozart

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Friday, January 16, 2015 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Jorge Mester, conductor Chu-Fang Huang, piano

Maurice RavelMother Goose Suite

W.A. MozartPiano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456 (Paradis)

Chu-Fang Huang, piano

Dmitri ShostakovichSymphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 54

Brahms Symphony No. 1

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Friday, January 30, 2015 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Sebastian ChangNew Commission (Classical Symphony)

Franz Joseph HaydnSymphony No. 43 in E-flat Major “Mercury”

Johannes BrahmsSymphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

Enigma Variations

Hilliard Lyons Classics February 21, 2015 8 PM

Brown Theatre

Jorge Mester, conductor Julian Schwartz, cello

William SchumanNew England Triptych

Dmitri ShostakovichCello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, op.107

Julian Schwarz, cello

Edward ElgarEnigma Variations, op. 36

Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”

Hilliard Lyons Classics Saturday, March 7, 2015 8 PM

Brown Theatre

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Jean Baptiste Lully Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

Djuro Zivkovich On the Guarding of the Heart

Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

François Couperin Unmeasured Preludes

Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique”

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Friday, April 10, 2015 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Jorge Mester, conductor Robert Thies, piano

Hector Berlioz Le carnaval romain

Serge Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26

Robert Thies, piano

Piotr Ilyich TchaikovskySymphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 (Pathétique)

Beethoven’s Fifth

Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:30 AM

Hilliard Lyons Classics Saturday, April 25, 2015 8 PM

Whitney Hall

Teddy Abrams, conductor Time for Three, guest artists

John Williams The Cowboys Overture

TBDTime for Three, guest artists

Ludwig van BeethovenSymphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

Mar 252011

The musicians who play with the Louisville Orchestra and who are operating under the title Keep Louisville Symphonic.org have planned a benefit for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims, which will happen on Saturday, April 2, 7:30 pm in Heeren Hall, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road. There will be pre-concert activities celebrating Japanese culture, for all ages. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.

Mar 232011

With the relatively abrupt departure of CEO Allan Cowen from the Fund For the Arts, Board members are scrambling to figure out a way forward, with the usual committee to find a replacement on the top of the list. With the turmoil currently afflicting various arts groups in town, including the serious financial problems of the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet, the need for new leadership and direction seems to be clear to the Board, if the comments that Elizabeth Kramer reports are any indication. The C-J also has an editorial about the matter, plus there’s a letter from Craig Kaviar, who organized a recent protest at the Fund’s offices. Stay tuned for more fun episodes!

Mar 232011

The ongoing saga of the Louisville Orchestra’s reorganization under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy continues, this time with an additional two months extension granted by judge David T. Stosberg. The LO now has until May 31 to present its plan for reorganization, a date which coincides with the expiration of the current contract the LO has with its musicians. The Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Association objected to the delay. The C-J’s Elizabeth Kramer has more of the grimy details.

Mar 172011

Lost in the ongoing squabble (fittin’ in the yard, as Leatherhead Lynn would say) is a legal shell lobbed at the Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Association website atwww.lomusicians.org, which ordered the players to remove all content referring to the Louisville Orchestra from the website, thus proving that no detail is too small to battle over. The players bowed to the demand and created a new website, called www.keeplouisvillesymphonic.org, which contains very carefully worded text, with only a short reference to the Louisville Orchestra but which does not refer to the musicians as Louisville Orchestra musicians. Eeewww. In case you haven’t kept up with the situation, David Serchuk at LEO had a lengthy article last week. (Required reading for this class.)

Mar 102011

The Board of The Louisville Bach Society has voted to cease operations at the end of the current season. The decision was driven in part by the serious financial circumstances of the organization but perhaps more importantly, by the retirement of the founders and longtime leaders, Melvin and Margaret Dickinson. Elizabeth Kramer has more details at the C-J. Business First offers financial details.

Weekly Ink, March 9

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Mar 092011

Catching up with this week’s neo LEO, we find Mat Herron interviewing the Scissor Sisters, which band is opening for Lady Gaga on Saturday at the Yum! David Serchuk has an lengthy article on the Louisville Orchestra situation, including a look at the Louisville Orchestra Foundation, which has seen its portfolio fall considerably over the last three years. Finally, Matt Sullivan reviews the new Minnow CD, Hello Hubris.

Over at Velocity, which this week has a very music-heavy issue, Joe Lord has a solid article on Gill Holland and sonaBlast! Records, particularly noting the different business model the label is running with. Jeffrey Puckett also writes up the Scissor Sisters, while noting the Lexington connection within the band. (That article ran in the C-J yesterday.) Lord also has an overview of several Louisville bands that have been making some noise of late, including, of course, MMJ, The Pass, Wax Fang, The Fervor, Bukshot, Broken Spurs, Whistle Peak, the Deloreans, the Ladybirds, Renzo Charlez, and Lydia Burrell. Joe Lord also wrote a story on the resurgence of video in the music scene. (Joe really earned his paycheck this week.)