Louisville Orchestra

Through the years, the Louisville Orchestra has performed for prestigious events, including “A Festival of the Arts” at the White House, the Inter-American Music Festival at the Kennedy Center, “Great Orchestras of the World” at Carnegie Hall and a tour of Mexico City.

In 1981, the ensemble officially augmented to full-time status. In 2001, the Louisville Orchestra received the Leonard Bernstein Award for Excellence in Educational Programming, presented annually by ASCAP and the American Symphony Orchestra League (now known as the League of American Orchestras) to one orchestra in North America. Continuing its commitment to the music of our time, the Louisville Orchestra has earned nineteen ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Most recently, the Orchestra was awarded large grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the National Endowment for the Arts, both for the purpose of producing, manufacturing and marketing the Orchestra’s historic First Edition Recordings collections. Three compact discs of world premiere performances dating from the 1950s have been released, with seventeen more to follow.

Chronology of the Louisville Orchestra


The first official resident symphony orchestra is founded by the Society of St Cecilia.


Robert Whitney is appointed conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.


The Louisville Civic Orchestra becomes the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra.


The Womens’s Association of the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra is formed. Still in existence today, this group is now known as the Association of the Louisville Orchestra.


Charles Farnsley, Mayor of Louisville, insists the Orchestra begin commissioning new works from contemporary composers. He is called a “wide-eyed visionary.”


William Schuman’s “Judith” is given its world premiere in Louisville. “Judith” is performed at Carnegie Hall by the Louisville Orchestra. A treatise Judith and the Louisville Orchestra.

The Orchestra creates its own recording label, First Edition Records.


The U.S. State Department selects Louisville and the Louisville Orchestra as a host for a seven-city tour by a delegation of Russian composers.

The Louisville Orchestra hosts Russian composers Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Krennikov, Konstantin, Dankevich, and Amiroy.


The Orchestra appears at “A Festival of the Arts” at the White House in Washington D.C.


Igor Stravinsky and Robert Craft conduct the Louisville Orchestra in concert at the Louisville Gardens with an audience of over 7,000.


Robert Whitney retires and Jorge Mester is appointed as the 2nd Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra.


Jorge Mester conducts the Orchestra at the Inter-American Music Festival at Washington’s Kennedy Center.


Akiro Endo is appointed as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra.


The Louisville Orchestra evolves from “per-service” employment model to 70 musicians on salary.  Takes its first international tour, June 21-July 5, performing 3 weeks of concerts in Mexico City.


Lawrence Leighton-Smith is named Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra.

The Orchestra provides music for the gala celebrating the opening of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.


The Louisville Orchestra produces “Sound Celebration”, a contemporary music festival featuring composers, critics and musicians from around the world.


The Orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall as part of the “Great Orchestra of the World”.


Uriel Segal becomes the Louisville Orchestra’s sixth Music Director.


Jorge Mester is named Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra.


Feature-length documentary film, ‘Music Makes A City’, released chronicling the founding years of the Louisville Orchestra (1937-1966).


The Orchestra formally deals with re-organization via Chapter 11 in U.S. Federal Court to restructure debt after decades of financial stress; no concerts cancelled.


Organization endures season-long labor impasse with no public performances.  Labor accord reached April 2012 providing for 55 musicians on salary.  75th Anniversary season begins September 8, 2012.


source: https://www.louisvilleorchestra.org/about/history-facts/

Before I Die….

before i die-detailsI was in Louisville, Kentucky the other day and stumbled upon this wall. I had never seen anything like this and since I am fascinated by all types of street art, I had to stop and check it out.  The wall is located at 815 East Main Street, directly in front of the Speed Art Museum’s office in NuLu (that’s what the locals call it).  Gill & Augusta Holland, Brett Jeffreys, Heather Kleisner, Rebecca Matheny and Gregg Rochman are responsible for this wall project, and they intend to take it to other parts of the city so that a variety of Louisville residents will be able to write on it and experience this interactive art.

Speed Art Museum’s office in NuLu

Before I Die Outside the Speed Arts Museum in Louisville, Ky

Source: http://the-travel-guru.com/2013/05/before-i-die-wall-in-louisville-kentucky.html

Art Show at NuLu Gallery

Art Show at Gallery NuLu

The East Market District, colloquially referred to as NuLu (a portmanteau of “New” and “Louisville”),[1][2] is an unofficial district of Louisville, Kentucky, situated along Market Street between downtown to the west and the Highlands neighborhoods to the east. A growing, hip district, the area comprises parts of two of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods, Butchertown and Phoenix Hill. The district is home to schools, churches, large and small businesses and some of the city’s oldest homes and businesses. A destination since Louisville’s founding, Market Street has played host to a variety of businesses throughout the city’s history that have drawn Louisvillians for generations to its addresses.

Louisville’s East Market District is now best known for its galleries showcasing local, regional and national artists, unique specialty stores, antique shops and a growing number of upscale restaurants. While multiple art galleries are located in Louisville, they are especially concentrated in this area east of downtown. It has most recently established its reputation for being the best place in town to experience local art