FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Louisville Orchestra will soon embark on a tour emphasizing Kentucky’s vibrant and growing arts scene.

Representatives with Louisville Orchestra came to make the big announcement at the capitol. Gov. Andy Beshear joined in to express his excitement at this tour making Kentucky an even more vibrant arts destination.

The Louisville Orchestra will be embarking on a two-year statewide tour. A special performance will take place on April 29 inside Kentucky’s National Park Mammoth Cave.

Famed Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be performing alongside the Louisville orchestra.

The Louisville Orchestra will kick off the tour in eastern Kentucky on May 17 through May 19 with performances in Prestonsburg, Pikeville, and Harlan respectively.

During that week, Kentucky-born and raised violinist Tessa Lark joins the orchestra to showcase cornerstones of the traditional repertoire, along with arrangements of famous Kentucky fiddle tunes. 

The weeks of July 3 and July 10, the orchestra travels for performances in Glasgow, Covington, Bowling Green, Ashland, and Bardstown. On this program, Abrams will both conduct and be a piano soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The concert will highlight both the Commonwealth’s musical legacy and traditional American tunes.

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In September, the orchestra welcomes the singular mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, who was raised in Murray. These concerts will include performances in Henderson, Owensboro, and Madisonville.

During these concerts, Thile will perform the Kentucky debut of his Mandolin Concerto, a showcase for his vocal and finger-picking talents. The tour will conclude in late February and early March 2024 with stops in Danville, Frankfort, Georgetown, and Fort Knox. 

The dates and venues for each stop on the tour will be announced soon.

“I believe so deeply that music and therefore musicians and our institutions like orchestras, have this obligation to do right by our people, to make life better for everybody in our regions and our communities and our neighborhoods. And this tour concept is designed to at least give us the chance to try,” said Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams.