New Louisville Orchestra Season Features Composer Residency World Premieres – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

the Louisville Orchestra announced its 2022-23 performance season on Tuesday, which will include world premieres by the organization’s inaugural cohort new Creators Corps residency programa concert series in southern Indiana and at least a dozen free performances.

Acting executive director Graham Parker told WFPL News that much of the programming is underscored by the orchestra’s reorientation towards “artist-focused civic leadership.”

“Which one is [the] the idea that the orchestra plays a fundamental role in a healthy society, a society that heals the past two and a half years, generations of inequality and access,” Parker said. “And how the orchestra and music, in general, are an essential ingredient in this recovery, in this healing.”

He pointed to examples such as Creators Corps, which will bring three composers to live and work in Louisville. Each Creators Corps artist will receive health insurance, housing and workspace in the Shelby Park neighborhood, an annual salary of $40,000, and access to the orchestra and music director Teddy Abrams to create new music.

“[We’re] don’t just ask them to write for the orchestra on the main stage, but write with community partners, find community groups that you resonate with, and bring that skill that the songwriter has to a community,” Parker said.

Parker also said the eighth annual American Music Festival is another concert series highlighting the orchestra’s new ambition.

The festival presents a new work by one of the composers of the Creators Corps, a piece of Olga Neuwirth, winner of the Grawemeyer Prize 2021an Emmy Award-winning Atlanta composition Joel Thompsonand two compositions by Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish” and Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.”

“Sometimes the topic was a little too provocative [at that time]said Parker of Bernstein’s work, especially of those two symphonies that didn’t receive rave reviews when first premiered.

“Sometimes he dealt with social or civil rights issues that some people felt a little uncomfortable with. He was a man struggling with sexuality, with his own identification with religion.

Parker is also excited about a new concert series in southern Indiana, to be held at Indiana University’s Ogle Center.

Here is a brief overview of the orchestra’s 2022-2023 season, which begins in mid-September:

  • Pop series under the direction of principal conductor Bob Bernhardt, featuring guest artists like the Broadway star and ‘The Gilded Age’ actor Kelli O’Haraa tribute concert to Aretha Franklin and the Texas Tenors
  • Classics Series, nine concerts curated by Music Director Teddy Abrams, including the Festival of American Music and a program in which Abrams performs Beethoven’s “Fifth Piano Concerto” and conducts the composer’s famous “Fifth Symphony”
  • Six-Morning Friday Coffee Series at the Kentucky Center
  • The three-concert family series at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, which will focus on storytelling and include a performance of “Mason Bates”Philharmonia Fantastique: the creation of the orchestra», accompanied by animations
  • The new Nightlites at the Ogle, four concerts of classical repertoire to be given at the Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

The orchestra will also release details about its revamped “Music Without Borders” series soon, and every concert in this program offering will be free.

“So all economic barriers are removed,” Parker said of this series.

He added that the organization is looking for partners in the west, south and east ends of the city for the ‘Music Without Borders’ series, “for whom bringing in the orchestra would be part of healing or coming together. of this community”. .”

Louisville Orchestra management also plans to increase the number of free concerts throughout the general season with the goal of providing at least a dozen opportunities for people to see the orchestra perform for free. , including some concerts at Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall.

And last month, the orchestra announced that the Kentucky General Assembly had earmarked $4.3 million to kick off a two-year statewide tour starting in 2023.

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