Louisville Orchestra’s 2021-22 season: world premieres, focus on women and composers of color

Posted on: May 10, 2021

“The Louisville Orchestra has unveiled its 2020-21 concert lineup, [in which] featured works will highlight composers of color and women composers of three centuries; a three-part festival of Latin American music; and the first concert in a multiseason series exploring Black and Jewish music,” writes Jason Thomas in Friday’s (5/7) Louisville Business First (KY). “A highlight of the season will be the world premiere of [Music Director Teddy] Abrams’s Piano Concerto … featuring … pianist Yuja Wang…. Other highlights include the world premiere of a Louisville Orchestra commission from rising young Louisville composer KiMani Bridges, a new edition of the popular ‘Teddy Talks …’ series … and world-class guest conductors and soloists,” along with standard repertoire. “The orchestra’s opening night event Oct. 2 is called ‘A Concert for Unity,’ featuring Valerie Coleman’s celebrated ‘UMOJA, Anthem for Unity,’ as well as a roster of local guest artists performing world premiere songs that reflect on the past year…. The suffering of the community following the killing of Breonna Taylor in early 2020 and the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests inspired numerous orchestra events, including a recent live-streamed concert in collaboration with hip-hop artist, activist and Louisville Metro Councilperson Jecorey Arthur.”