Sarasota Orchestra to perform Copland, Reid, Beethoven—and 2014 work by guest conductor Teddy Abrams

Posted on: December 8, 2021

“When dynamic young conductor Teddy Abrams, music director of the Louisville Orchestra, takes the podium to lead the Sarasota Orchestra next weekend, he will be working on some familiar music, including his own,” writes Jay Handelman in Monday’s (12/6) Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL). “The program for the ‘American Voices’ concerts … includes Abrams’ Overture in Sonata Form, as well as Ellen Reid’s ‘Petrichor’ and Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring.’ It also features pianist Conrad Tao joining the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1…. ‘Whether as a guest conductor or working in Louisville or performing, l believe in giving living composers a platform and a voice now more than ever,’ … [Abrams] said. Performing the work of American composers is part of ‘the communal process of what orchestras do best, making our communities stronger through the shared work we put out there,’ he said. Abrams wrote Overture in Sonata Form for the opening of his first season in Louisville in 2014…. He has been writing music since childhood and now he makes sure to set aside time to compose…. Reid’s … ‘Petrichor’ was written for chamber orchestra ‘and it’s quite fascinating because it involves placing musicians … throughout the hall,’ …. Abrams says.”