Posted On: 12-24-17

March 24 - April 7 - Festival of American Music

Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8pm
  • Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11am
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018 at 8pm
Celebrating American roots with music featuring both Kentucky-centered music and featuring Kentucky-based composers and performers.
AARON COPLAND: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Lizzie No, folk singer
Tyrone Cotton, singer-songwriter
Paul Kowert, bass
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Teddy Abrams, conductor

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 at 11am
Andrew Norman’s Play, the 2017 Grawemeyer competition winner, is being talked about as the most important new work of our time.

JULIA WOLFE:  riSE and fLy
ANDREW NORMAN: Play, Level 1
MICHAEL GORDON:  Natural History

Native American Ensemble
TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 at 8pm

Jim James, lead and founder of the indie-rock band My Morning Jacket, joins with Teddy Abrams to create a set of 7 songs for band and orchestra. Including his top hits, selections from his latest album and new material — a brand new collaboration between James and Abrams./p>

Andrew  Norman’s Play, the 2017 Grawmeyer competition winner, is being talked about as the most important new work of our time. Teddy Abrams premiered Natural History by Michael Gordon at the 2016 Britt Festival. Requiring a massive array of musicians and dancers, the piece is an homage to the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest region of our country. Together with his wife Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon are founders of the acclaimed Bang on a Can Festival and contemporary music organization in New York City.

JULIA WOLFE:  rIse and sHiNe
ANDREW NORMAN: Play, Level 1
JIM JAMES: Song Set (4/8 concert only)
MICHAEL GORDON:  Natural History  (4/7 concert only)

TEDDY ABRAMS, conductor
JIM JAMES, special guest