Louisville, KY (January 5, 2016) … The Louisville Orchestra, under the direction of Teddy Abrams, will perform a concert in Honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 7PM at Central High School in Louisville. This concert is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Seating is general admission. Transportation support to this performance is offered by TARC. For discounted fare, call TARC at 502.585.1234. The performance is made possible by generous support from LG&E and annual grant support from the Fund for the Arts.
Pre-concert performances by members of the “West Louisville Arts Collaborative” will start at 6PM. The West Louisville Arts Collaborative includes the West Louisville Talent Education Center, West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, River City Drum Corps and La ‘Nita Rocknette School of Dance. The launch of the West Louisville Arts Collaborative honors the values and legacy of Alfred F. Gerriets. The West Louisville Arts Collaborative will strengthen four highly innovative Arts groups in the West End of Louisville who are transforming lives and impacting our community every single day.
Teddy Abrams and the LO are joined by guests including the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby who will narrate Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland; and Jason Clayborn singing music of Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke. Also performing are the combined choirs of Central Presbyterian Church, Voices of Kentuckiana, Central High School and St. Stephen Church.
Additional selections for the concert include:
- Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man
- Antonin Dvorak’s Mvmt. 1 from Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)
- Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question
- Duke Ellington’s Fantasy
- Steffe/Howe: Battle Hymn of the Republic
- Walker/Newton: Amazing Grace
- Johnson/Carter: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville
Under the direction of Phillip Morgan, the Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church rehearses and sings at weekly services to enhance the spirit of worship with the congregation. A dedicated group of volunteer singers, the choir sings a wide variety of music from traditional to contemporary worship selections.
Voices of Kentuckiana Choir
VOICES is a chorus for the community that celebrates diversity and is dedicated to fostering positive social change through artistic excellence. The group values inclusivity, courage, musicianship, cooperation, empowerment, integrity and joy! Under the leadership of Jeff Buhrman, Voices of Kentuckiana serves a large community reaching out to 77 cities in Kentucky and Indiana through performances, digital media, and TV performances.
Central High School Choir
The fun students at Central High School who participate in the choirs enjoy the leadership and support of Ben Williams, who is both choir director and teacher of humanities. Singers start their training in the Beginning Choir and progress to Advanced Choirs based on ability and participation. The choirs perform either once or twice each semester and sing a variety of music from many cultures, time periods and genres.
St. Stephen Church Choir
A vibrant program of music at St. Stephen Church includes the outstanding singers who participate in any of the nearly one dozen performance groups sponsored by the Church. The staff of talented music directors includes Yolanda Green, Jason Clayborn, Kevin James, Ton’Ya Triplett, and Erica Taylor. A select group from the choral ensembles joins the LO for this performance.