Louisville Orchestra to provide musical soundtrack for April fireworks show

Posted on: October 16, 2015

“For the first time in Thunder Over Louisville’s history, the Kentucky Derby Festival and the Louisville Orchestra are collaborating to record the soundtrack for the fireworks show, which is slated for April 23,” writes Elizabeth Kramer in Wednesday’s (10/14) Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) “Kentucky Derby Festival president and CEO Mike Berry and Louisville Orchestra executive director Andrew Kipe announced the project…. WDRB-TV will broadcast the 2016 music and the show as will SummitMedia’s Lite 106.9. While the Thunder fireworks show is choreographed to an original soundtrack each year, this will be the first time the music is being performed by one artistic entity…. [On] Tuesday, the musicians were getting ready to record the soundtrack…. Teddy Abrams, the orchestra’s music director, led the musicians in playing excerpts from John Philip Sousa’s ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever,’ ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ and John Williams’ themes from ‘Star Wars’ and ‘E.T.’ … Kipe said the collaboration does not bring any extra expenses to the orchestra’s $6.7 million budget.… Attendance is expected at more than 600,000 people…. ‘It will certainly reach audiences we wouldn’t ordinarily reach,’ the orchestra’s Kipe said.”

Posted October 16, 2015