The Louisville Orchestra will offer the kids some orchestral versions of Christmas standards – plus an appearance by that famed North Pole dweller, St. Nick, in the holiday season kickoff presentation of King Southern Bank’s Holiday Spectacular. It all happens at 7:30 p.m. on November 30 in the The W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre. Jason Seber will conduct. Tickets are $15 and up.
Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) was the featured artist with the Louisville Orchestra’s Pops presentation on Saturday night, November 2. If you want to know what you missed, Kevin Sedelmeier has a review at Louisville.com. The takeway? “Before Hey Jack Kerouac, she said, “We are taking you back to 1987.” While some longtime fans may have longed to go back to that year and see her in her In My Tribe glory, those fans who have followed her career also know her latest step is a logical progression in a career that may not get people on their feet dancing like it once did , but still have the ability to move them with her words and music. The crowd seemed to revere her older material but also appreciate her new direction, which is praise for an artist proud of her past but also excited by her future.”
From the press release:
“Teddy Abrams is the Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony and the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. He states, “I am extremely excited to accept the position of Music Director Designate. I knew from the first time I came to Louisville last season that this position had tremendous potential. I felt an immediate and powerful, positive connection with this city, and that initial chemistry grew as I began working with the Orchestra’s wonderful musicians. These exceptionally talented players have an intense desire and commitment to both the highest level of music-making and to building deep ties with the Louisville community. The organization has such extraordinary potential not only because of its rich history, but also because Louisville clearly cherishes its arts and is demonstrative in its support for its great institutions. That’s such an important element when working with a symphony orchestra. I am honored and very eager to be a partner to help shape and lead the Louisville Orchestra into the next generation.
An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. Recently appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, 2014 marks his first season in that role. He is also assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, where he programs and conducts a wide variety of concerts, and makes his subscription debut in the 2013/14 season. Additionally, he has served as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest since the 2011/12 season.”
Abrams’ role as Music Director Designate will include programming, auditions for auxiliaries and the unfilled positions within the Orchestra, and a great deal of donor cultivation and fundraising. Most importantly he will work with the Board of Directors, the musicians, Andrew Kipe and the staff to create and implement a new strategic plan for the future of the Louisville Orchestra.”
“Over Natalie Merchant’s 30-year career, she has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists, with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording entitled, Leave Your Sleep, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Natalie Merchant embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.”
Tickets for this new set of “inspirations” for only $20 and up.
Former Louisville Orchestra music director Lawrence Leighton Smith, 77, died in Colorado on Friday, October 25, of complications of Binswanger’s disease. Teh Colorado Springs Gazette has the story.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” on October 26, the Louisville Orchestra will be performing the music of Pink Floyd. We should allow the LO to elaborate:
“Beginning in 1997 the show quickly became a popular program for orchestras. The nature of Pink Floyd’s music made it a natural match for the orchestra. Unusual harmonies, ethereal high string lines and rich underscore allowed the orchestra to enhance what the band was playing. And much of the synthesizer sounds are recreated within the orchestration. Of course, the sound effects that are expected with the Pink Floyd sound are accurately reproduced in the show. Additional band musicians were required for the show as background vocalists, keyboards and a sax player were added along with bass, guitar and drums. Randy Jackson is back with the band and guides the show through all of the big tunes from this amazing classic rock band.
“Music from Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall are prominently featured throughout the show as are some more recent offerings from Pink Floyd. Selections from A Momentary Lapse of Reason and Wish You Were Here are also featured and there’s even a sing along with the audience.
“The Musicians for this show are:
Larry Baird – Conductor
Randy Jackson – Vocals
Dan Clemens – Bass
Powell Randolph – Drums
George Cintron – Guitar
John Hines – Background Vocals
Eddie Williams – Sax
Kathryn Key – Piano, Background Vocals
Robert Cross – Percussion”
Tickets start at $20.
Here’s the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (NOT the Louisville Orchestra) playing the hits of Pink Floyd, just as a an example.