Three Special Episodes Coming This Fall from Music Makes a City Now: A PBS Arts Web Series

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Music Makes a City Nowan original web series that explores present-day stories of musical visionaries who build communities through great music and civic engagement, will release 3 new special episodes this fall, starting Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The complete first season, including a behind the scenes conversation between Teddy Abrams and his mentor conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, is available to stream now on PBS.org. 

Inspired by the award-winning PBS documentary, Music Makes a City: A Louisville Orchestra Story that chronicled the historic rise of the Louisville Orchestra in the mid-twentieth century, Music Makes a City Now picks up the story in present day Louisville and beyond by following rising star conductor and composer Teddy Abrams, as he moves to Louisville to become the youngest music director of a major American orchestra.

November 4: Conversation with Yuja 

MMACN_teddy-yuja.jpeg As teenagers, Yuja Wang and Teddy Abrams first met while honing their musical skills at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The decidedly atypical path of these two protégés created a special bond that grew with their demanding careers. Today, Yuja is a world-renowned virtuosa piano soloist, and Teddy is musical director of the Louisville Orchestra and Britt Orchestra with a full schedule of guest conducting. The pair reconnect backstage at their mutual mentor Michael Tilson Thomas’s 70th Birthday Celebration in San Francisco, sharing stories of their successes, struggles and musical friendship that continues to provide inspiration along the way.

November 18: The Radio Station 

MMACN_WUOL.jpeg Louisville native and program director of the city’s classical music station WUOL Daniel Gilliam has seen his hometown change quite a bit over the years. That said, he notes that the community's commitment to the arts remains as strong as ever. Watch as he takes us on tour of the station’s CD library, rich with Louisville Orchestra First Edition recordings. Reminiscing about musical moments long gone and musing over the future local art scene and the orchestra that Teddy Abrams has re-energized, Gilliam offers his perspective on why art is for everyone.

January 13:  Kentucky Royal Fanfare 

MMACN_Prince-Duchess.jpeg The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Louisville, Kentucky to meet with leading figures from around the globe to discuss the pressing concerns facing life on Earth as part of the Louisville Health and Harmony Initiative. During their short trip, the city offers them the royal treatment with a concert performance in their honor. Watch as Teddy Abrams conducts the Louisville Orchestra in an original fanfare he composed in honor of the royal couple’s first visit to Kentucky. 

The entire first season is available in COVE under the PBS Arts content channel. The 3 new specials will also be available through COVE.

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