At Thursday’s (9/4) Louisville.com (Louisville, Kentucky), Michael Lambert writes that at 27 years old, the Louisville Orchestra’s new music director, Teddy Abrams, “is already breathing new life into the city’s classical music scene. Underscoring the idea that maintaining relevance requires ensembles to engage with their audiences in more innovative ways, the Orchestra and its Director are looking to do more outside the concert hall. Whether it’s the new Music Without Borders series or Magic of Music Adult Education series, taking the music to the people seems to be top priority. ‘It’s really important that the atmosphere matches the experience,’ Abrams explains…. ‘A lot of times I think that in the classical music world the experience is not actually all that comfortable and that’s one of the reasons why people have shied away. It’s all the things other than the music that have bothered people about actually getting involved in orchestras or so-called classical music.’ ” The orchestra’s season-opening concert this Saturday at Whitney Hall will include the world premiere of Abrams’s own Overture in Sonata Form, plus Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”).
Posted September 5, 2014