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"Fanfara" kicks off 75th anniversary season for Louisville Orchestra

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The anticipated return of the Louisville Orchestra arrives September 8 as the entire orchestra family appears together on stage for its "Fanfara" season-opening gala concert! Orchestra general manager Lindsay Vallandingham and board member Mary Ellen Wiederwohol talk about the highlights of this anniversary season. Musician Donn Gottlieb also brought along a flute to share some of the music.

Music Director Jorge Mester and The Louisville Orchestra are proud to announce the Orchestra's 2012-13 Season - its 75th Anniversary Season - to include all the series Orchestra fans have come to love.

Carefully crafted by Maestros Mester and Bernhardt, the Louisville Orchestra's 75th season will reignite Louisville's love of live orchestral music with a little something for everyone. Bernhardt is celebrating his 30th yaer with the orchestra.

The season launches at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th at Whitney Hall with a very special FANFARA designed to celebrate the endeavors of the entire orchestra family. The Orchestra's classics and pops will be combined in one musical extravaganza with Mester and Bernhardt as well as guest artists, pianist Jeremy Denk (first half) and Las Vegas entertainer Steve Lippia (second half).

Tickets to this very extraordinary event are available now to subscribers and are included in all "Classics" subscription packages. Subscription prices vary by series and are now available by calling (502) 587-8681 or by visiting www.LouisvilleOrchestra.org .

The New York Times hails pianist Jeremy Denk and his performances as "bracing, effortlessly virtuosic, and utterly joyous." Denk is one of the fastest rising stars in all of classical music and he makes his Louisville Orchestra return appearance in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25.

At intermission, the audience will raise a glass to honor Bob Bernhardt and his 30 years with the Louisville Orchestra in a very special reception in the lobby. Guests will return to their seats for a toe-tapping second half featuring entertainer, Steve Lippia with Bob and the band in a Pops tribute to the great American songbook.


Sponsored by David and Betty Jones

Saturday | September 8, 2012 | 8:30 pm

Whitney Hall

Jorge Mester, conductor

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano

Steve Lippia, vocalist


The Orchestra's evening "Classics" and matinee "Coffee" concerts are the core of each season. The 75th Birthday season features time honored favorites, such as Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and concertos of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Camille Saint-Saëns, Franz Liszt and Samuel Barber, among others. This season also offers numerous works never before performed by the Orchestra.

A special feature this season will be a week-long festival entitled, "Music Unwound" the week of March 25, 2013. Curated by music scholar and author, Joseph Horowitz, Music Unwound is an adventurous collaboration among five American orchestras to bring humanities content into the concert hall. Louisville is honored to be a part of a multi-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in presenting "Copland in Mexico" in March.

With a variety of subscription options designed to meet all schedules and budgets, the Classics and Coffee series offers music for everyone. The public can choose from 6 to 10 concert-packages and evening or matinee performances for the perfect package to suit their schedule. Subscription packages start at $89 and are available by calling (502) 587-8681 or online at www.LouisvilleOrchestra.org.

Louisville Orchestra POPS

Presented by LG&E and KU, and Tafel Motors

The Louisville Orchestra's Pops Series just gets better with every year! Every Pops concert for the 75th season will be in the newly restored Whitney Hall, providing the best acoustics and an ideal environment for our most popular series.

October 13, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Star of Broadway, television and film, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will charm Louisville audiences in an elegant and riveting program of the great hits of Broadway and beyond.

November 3, 2012 |8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Spectrum: Motown Hits

Voted "Best of Las Vegas" in 2005 and again in 2006, Spectrum has developed the reputation of one of Motown's greatest tribute groups, covering the music of The Platters, Temptations, to Boyz 2 Men!

January 12, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Music City Hit-Makers: Nashville's Best

A trio of hit-makers for the mega-stars perform with the Louisville Orchestra and a six-piece band! It's a night of number-ones from the creators themselves, including "Jesus Take the Wheel" (Grammy - Best Country Song) and "Wasted" recorded by Carrie Underwood, "American Honey" recorded by Lady Antebellum, "Out Last Night" (Kenny Chesney), "It's America" (Rodney Atkins), "Blessed" (Martina McBride), and more.

January 26, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Tribute to the Boston Pops with pianist Michael Chertock

Fresh from his return engagement at The Boston Pops, Bob Bernhardt is joined by Pops pianist, Michael Chertock in a nostalgic tribute to the great American pops orchestra in a wonderful evening of sound and song!

March 16, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Blood, Sweat & Tears

The '70s was the era of rock, blues, pop music, and horn arrangements, and few bands could touch BS&T! "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Spinning Wheel," "And When I Die," and "Got To Get You Into My Life" are just some of their amazing hits that Pops audiences will relive, live with the biggest band in all of Louisville!

April 27, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

The Music of the Who

Back by popular demand, the Orchestra's "Music of…" series continues! You'll feel as though you've seen and heard Roger, Pete, John and Keith at their prime. Prepare yourself for the show of a lifetime; every one of the LO's "Music of" programs has been standing room only and the talk of the town.

Strings Attached

Presented by BB&T

Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

The Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls earned hundreds of weeks on the top of the charts with hits such as "Closer to Fine," "Galileo," and "Least Complicated." They're bringing their unique brand of artistry and tight-knit harmonies to the Louisville Orchestra with a full symphonic backing band in our Strings Attached Series! Buy your tickets early; this will prove to be a sold-out show! Tickets will be available starting in September.

Other Strings Attached series events to be announced.


The Orchestra's trademark NightLites programs provide a ninety-minute affair with no intermission, perfect for first time listeners or a short event following a day at the office. NightLites events are presented in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Subscriptions are $74 or $59, and are available by calling (502) 587-8681 or online at www.LouisvilleOrchestra.org.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 6:30 pm | Brown Theater

Friday, November 9, 2012 | 7:30 pm | Ogle Center (IUS)

Black Tie and Bluegrass

Featuring Fletcher Bright and the Dismembered Tennesseans, this special event will include a live Bluegrass band with orchestral flair! You'll enjoy "Ashoken Farewell," "Southern Flavor," and of course, the "Tennessee Waltz" and more!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 6:30 pm | Brown Theater

Friday, January 25, 2013 | 7:30 pm | Ogle Center (IUS)

Classics Goes to the Movies

NightLites audiences know how much Bob Bernhardt loves the music of Hollywood. You'll be led on a grand tour of some of the greats in this whirlwind showcase of cinematic favorites!

Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6:30 pm | Brown Theater

Friday, April 5, 2013 | 7:30 pm | Ogle Center (IUS)

NightLites Insights

As a special treat, Bob will present "NightLites Insights" to close the series - a live "tour" through Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony (No. 6) as only Bob and the musicians of the LO can present!


Presented by Brown-Forman Corporation

The L.O. WOW! series features three dynamite presentations to captivate your senses! The series opens with Disney in Concert with music from the movies that will transport young and young-at heart. The ever popular, Video Games Live returns the energy and excitement of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra combined together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals and fun that only video games can provide. The series closes with Blue Planet Live! which explores wonders of our underwater world, displayed on a giant screen while a full orchestra performs the dazzling Emmy Award®-winning score. Single Tickets for the L.O. WOW! Series will be available in September.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Disney In Concert!

Featuring music, film clips and artist renderings, this concert showcases a variety of musical scores from popular Disney movies including Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Pirates of the Caribbean!

Saturday, November 24, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Louisville Palace

Video Games Live!

Video Games Live returns following two sold-out shows in recent years... This immersive concert features music from the biggest video games of all time brought to you in full symphonic sound!

Saturday, March 9, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Whitney Hall

Blue Planet Live!

A unique show, this theatrical presentation is of the most remarkable film sequences from the celebrated BBC/Discovery television series, The Blue Planet. Prepared to be wowed!orKIDStra

Presented by Yum! Brands and Commonwealth Bank & Trust

The Louisville Orchestra's very special family programs aimed to entertain and educate kids of all ages. FREE pre-concert activities begin at 10 am in the lobby before each event. orKIDStra subscriptions are $38 and are available by calling (502) 587-8681 or online at www.LouisvilleOrchestra.org .

Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 11:00 am

Brown Theatre

Halloween Spooktacular

An orKIDStra favorite! Kids are invited to wear their Halloween Costumes and parade across the stage at the Brown Theatre!

Saturday, January 19, 2013 | 11:00 am

Brown Theatre

Family Concert

A family-friendly program will delight children and parents alike!

Saturday, March 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

Brown Theatre

Take Me Out To the Ball Game

Come sing-a-long with the Louisville Orchestra as we salute America's past time with hits including "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Casey at the Bat."


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