With the advent of new Music Director Teddy Abrams and the added financial bonus of having a budget surplus for the first time in well over a decade, the Louisville Orchestra appears at long last to be on the mend. And there is certainly no sign of slowing down in the upcoming season. Music Without Borders, a brand new concert series presented by LG&E that aims to take the ensemble to its audience, is just one of the exciting things planned over the next year.
In the coming months, the Orchestra will break out of Whitney Hall and travel throughout the community to offer more than a dozen concerts of varied literature that feature everything from Mozart to Stravinsky. The performances, mostly taking place in area churches as well as the Ogle Center, are designed to “engage younger patrons and folks who aren't engaged with symphonic music in a big way,” according to Orchestra board member John Malloy.
In a year with the wind seemingly at its back, it is important for the Orchestra to sustain the support it already enjoys while also attracting new audiences. With a similar goal in mind, Abrams attempted this scheme of neighborhood concerts during his recent tenure with the embattled Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The first Music Without Borders concert is on October 9th at Middletown United Methodist Church with Abrams conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Performance dates and venues can be found here. All tickets are general admission and cost $20. For more information about Teddy Abrams and the rest of the Louisville Orchestra’s upcoming season, visit their website.
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