Posted On: 09-11-17

September 23 - Louisville Orchestra’s 80th Season

Yuja Wang Opens the Louisville Orchestra’s 80th season with Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto

On Saturday, September 23, Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra open the 80th Season with classical music super star, Yuja Wang, performing Rachmaninoff’s cinematic Fourth Piano Concerto. The program also includes Ford Lallerstedt’s Mumbo!Jumbo! and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

The event, made possible by David and Betty Jones, takes place at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall at 8PM with an LO Concert Talks hosted by WUOL’s Daniel Gilliam at 7PM in the Mary Anderson Room (free for ticket holders).

The AFTER PARTY sponsored by King Southern Bank, will be held in the Kentucky Center lobby immediately following the concert and is open to ticket holders.

Single tickets and subscriptions, of various sizes and price points, are available by calling 502.584.7777 or visiting

A pianist who radiates palpable magnetism and a distinctly contemporary sensibility, Yuja Wang is an astounding artist whose awe-inspiring technique is matched only by her eloquence as a musician. She has established herself as an international sensation and a fixture among the world’s leading orchestras, championed early on by preeminent Maestros including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas and the late Claudio Abbado. Ms. Wang has been named as Musical America’s Artist of the Year 2017 and is one of today’s most sought after soloists. Read her full bio here :

Ford Lallerstedt’s Mumbo! Jumbo! was originally composed for organ and was orchestrated for this performance by Sebastian Chang. Dr. Lallerstedt is a professor at the Curtis Institute where he was an inspiration to both Teddy Abrams and Chang. Teddy said of his professor, “Remember the film Dead Poets Society? Lallerstedt is the real thing. He is able to unify the broadest ranges of core educational elements to inspire a creative individual. Teachers like him are rare; they have an enlightened insight that opens our minds to connections we’ve never considered. He deeply influenced and motivated me as a musician and human being.”

Ford Lallerstedt Mumbo! Jumbo!  (Orchestrated by Sebastian Chang)

Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40 (1941 version)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

The mission of the Louisville Orchestra is to change lives throughout our entire community as only the Louisville Orchestra can – by promoting a culture of music through outstanding performances + education. Our sponsors believe in this mission: The Louisville Orchestra is sponsored by the Fund for the Arts, The Kentucky Arts Council, and the Association of the Louisville Orchestra.

Brown-Forman sponsors the 2017/18 Classics Series.
LG+E Sponsors the 2017/18 Pops Series and the Music Without Borders Series.
Hilliard Lyons sponsors the 2017/18 Coffee Series.