Conductor Teddy Abrams has a longstanding connection to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, as the music director of the Britt Festival. He also the heads the Louisville Orchestra, which has a history that is near-legendary in the realm of recorded music. In the 1950s, the mayor of Louisville, along with like-minded civic leaders, felt that American audiences deserved something that European audiences had enjoyed for centuries: music of their own time. The Louisville Orchestra recorded American music that no other label would touch. They performed it regularly, too, and between those two efforts, effectively changed the landscape of American music. Conductors around the world heard these recordings, and programmed more American music. The positive effects ripple into our own time. Check out John’s full review of the new CD All In: Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra in the 21st Century, click here: Music Blog.
Posted on February 17, 2018