For Abrams, Louisville a chance to create vibrant, sustainable orchestra

Posted on: October 28, 2014

“Teddy Abrams doesn’t see why the Louisville Orchestra shouldn’t sell out every performance,” writes Caitling Bowling in Monday’s (10/27) Louisville Business First (Kentucky). “The already accomplished 27-year-old Abrams started as the Louisville Orchestra’s music director last month after most recently serving as assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. …  Abrams said his job is to not only entertain but to educate. ‘I have to know what they want to hear, but I have to know what they need to hear,’ he said. ‘My job is again not to just sell something that people already want. It’s actually to provide for the musical needs of the community. That is a much higher charge.’ Abrams plans to provide a wide array of musical styles to orchestra audiences…. Abrams added, ‘I play popular music all the time. I play jazz and bluegrass and pop and rock.’ Here in Louisville there is the chance to create a vibrant and sustainable orchestra, Abrams said. ‘That means really trying things, many of which might not work. It might be off-the-wall or a little crazy, but they will be tons of fun to do,’ he said.”

Posted October 28, 2014