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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Orchestra has introduced two new players.

Teddy Abrams was introduced today. Abrams is the Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony and the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest.

Abrams' role as Music Director Designate will include programming, auditions for auxiliaries and the unfilled positions within the Orchestra, and a great deal of donor cultivation and fundraising.

Abrams, 26, is nothing short of excited about becoming the eighth and youngest leader of the orchestra.

"A conductor goes beyond just the concerts and needs to be a person that we can all look to as a leader in music, a person who believes that music does change people's lives and it changes the entire life of a community. And that's my goal for this organization."

Abrams' three year contract begins September 2014 when he will become the Louisville Orchestra's eighth and youngest Music Director at which point Jorge Mester will become Music Director Emeritus.

Abrams was introduced by the Orchestra newest Executive Director, Andrew Kipe. He takes over for interim CEO David Hyslop. Kipe previously served as the general manger of the Phoenix Symphony.

Kim Tichenor, chair of the Louisville Orchestra Musician's Committee said, "The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are looking forward with tremendous enthusiasm to working with our new Music Director, Teddy Abrams. He brings enormous talent and a fresh creative perspective to our entire organization. We are eager to make great music and be a part of bringing the Louisville Orchestra to new heights for our community."

"All of the pieces are in place" said Board president Jim Welch. "With Andrew at the helm and Teddy on the podium, the Louisville Orchestra is poised for an exciting resurgence. The Board of Directors is especially grateful to the leadership and direction of Interim CEO, David Hyslop who has guided us over the last six months and helped us in finding these two dynamic individuals who will lead our Orchestra into the future."

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Orchestra has introduced two new players.

Teddy Abrams was introduced today. Abrams is the Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, the Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony and the Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest.

Abrams' role as Music Director Designate will include programming, auditions for auxiliaries and the unfilled positions within the Orchestra, and a great deal of donor cultivation and fundraising.

Abrams, 26, is nothing short of excited about becoming the eighth and youngest leader of the orchestra.

"A conductor goes beyond just the concerts and needs to be a person that we can all look to as a leader in music, a person who believes that music does change people's lives and it changes the entire life of a community. And that's my goal for this organization."

Abrams' three year contract begins September 2014 when he will become the Louisville Orchestra's eighth and youngest Music Director at which point Jorge Mester will become Music Director Emeritus.

Abrams was introduced by the Orchestra newest Executive Director, Andrew Kipe. He takes over for interim CEO David Hyslop. Kipe previously served as the general manger of the Phoenix Symphony.

Kim Tichenor, chair of the Louisville Orchestra Musician's Committee said, "The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are looking forward with tremendous enthusiasm to working with our new Music Director, Teddy Abrams. He brings enormous talent and a fresh creative perspective to our entire organization. We are eager to make great music and be a part of bringing the Louisville Orchestra to new heights for our community."

"All of the pieces are in place" said Board president Jim Welch. "With Andrew at the helm and Teddy on the podium, the Louisville Orchestra is poised for an exciting resurgence. The Board of Directors is especially grateful to the leadership and direction of Interim CEO, David Hyslop who has guided us over the last six months and helped us in finding these two dynamic individuals who will lead our Orchestra into the future."

In celebration of this announcement, The Louisville Orchestra is offering tickets for $20 for Teddy Abrams' performance on March 1. Call 502-584-7777 or visit www.LouisvilleOrchestra.org and use the promo code "TEDDY".

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