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    The fledgling Louisville Orchestra made a name for itself in the beginning by its commitment to commissioning new works by contemporary composers from around the world – part of a rich history that was the subject of the just-released documentary, Music Makes A City (see the NY Times review; the film premiered in Louisville last May). This Friday, October 1, the Orchestra celebrates its heritage with a special program devoted to Louisville's important contributions to modern classical music.

    The Orchestra will perform Elliott Carter’s “Variations” along with Witold Lutosławski's “Fanfare for Louisville.”  Both compositions were among those commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra. In addition, Louisville native Lee Luvisi will perform on piano in Beethoven's famed “Emperor” Concerto.

    The Orchestra is conducted by Jorge Mester, who has served 17 years as Music Director. In his first 12 years (1967-1979), he recorded more than 70 world premieres on the Louisville Orchestra’s First Edition label.  
    See the Louisville concert at the Brown Theatre on Thursday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. (part of the Coffee Concerts Series) and Friday, October 1  at 8 p.m. Single tickets range from $20-$75 and are available by calling 502-584-7777 or at

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