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

Music director designate Teddy Abrams says the 2014-15 classics season will be the Louisville Orchestra's Abrams as named music director designate in October, and will officially take the reins as music director in September, when Jorge Mester (who conducts four concerts in the upcoming season) transitions into an emeritus role. Most recently, Abrams served as assistant music director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This is his first full-time music director appointment, Teddy Abrams’ FANFARASaturday, September 6, 2014  at  8:30 p.m. inTeddy Abrams, conductor. Featuring a new work by Abrams and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Titan).Gershwin & CoplandTreyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics — Friday, September 26, 2014  at 8 p.m.Teddy Abrams, conductor. Featuring Richard Rodgers’ “Overture to Oklahoma!,” soprano Storm Large on Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” and pianist and George Gershwin expert Kevin Cole on Gershwin’s “New York Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.” The program also includes Aaron Copland’s “RODEO: Four Dance Episodes” (“Buckaroo Holiday,” “Corral Nocturne,” “Saturday Night Waltz,” “Hoe Down”)Carmina buranaTreyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics — Friday, October 17, 2014  at 8 p.m.Teddy Abrams, conductor; Kent Hatteberg, chorusmaster. The program includes Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question,” Teddy Abrams’ arrangement of “Medieval Dance/Song” from Carmina burana, Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium,” Claudio Monteverdi’s “Sinfonia a 6” and “Magnificat a 6: Magnificat,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de confessore K. 339” and "Laudate Dominum," “The Shining Shore” (trad.), Caroline Shaw’s “Partita” and “III. Courante,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cantata No. 147  ‘Jesu bleibet meine Freude’,” Carl Orff’s “Carmina burana,” Featuring soprano Celena Shafer, tenor Javier Abreu. Sibelius Violin ConcertoTreyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics — Saturday, November 8, 2014  at 8 p.m.Jorge Mester, conductor. The program includes Samuel Barber’s “Essay No. 1, op.12,” Jean Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47,” featuring violinist Elmar Oliveira, and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 (Scottish).”Chu-Fang Huang plays MozartTreyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics — Friday, January 16, 2015  at 8 p.m.Jorge Mester, conductor. Program includes Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” W.A. Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456 (Paradis)” featuring pianist Chu-Fang Huang, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 54”Brahms Symphony No. 1Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics — Friday, January 30, 2015  at 8 p.m.Teddy Abrams, conductor. Featuring a new classical symphony commission by Sebastian Chang, composer. Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 43 in E-flat Major ‘Mercury’,” Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68.”Enigma VariationsHilliard Lyons Classics — February 21, 2015  at 8 p.m. (BROWN THEATRE)Jorge Mester, conductor. Program includes William Schuman’s “New England Triptych,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, op.107” featuring cellist Julian Schwarz, and Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations, op. 36”Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”Hilliard Lyons Classics — Saturday, March 7, 2015  at 8 p.m. (BROWN THEATRE)Teddy Abrams, conductor. Featuring Jean Baptiste Lully’s “Le Bourgeois gentilhomme,” Djuro Zivkovich’s  “On the Guarding of the Heart,” Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” François Couperin’s “Unmeasured Preludes,” and Antonio Vivaldi “The Four Seasons”Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique”Treyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics —Friday, April 10, 2015  at 8 p.m.Jorge Mester, conductor. Program includes Hector Berlioz’s “Le carnaval romain,” Serge Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26” featuring pianist Robert Thies, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 (Pathétique)” Beethoven’s FifthTreyton Oak Towers Coffee Classics — Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.Hilliard Lyons Classics —  Saturday, April 25, 2015  at 8 p.m.Teddy Abrams, conductor. Featuring guest artists Time for Three. Includes John Williams’ “The Cowboys Overture” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67”