For its In Performance appearance, The Louisville Orchestra, under the baton of Max Bragado-Darman, performed The Star Spangled Banner, excerpts from Rossinis William Tell Overture, the Finale from Ives Symphony No. 2, and the Finale from Dvôràks New World Symphony. The orchestra also provided the music for selections by the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera.
The Louisville Orchestra is a cornerstone of the arts in Louisville, performing for such groups as the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera in addition to presenting a full concert schedule of its own. The orchestra was created in 1937, with Robert Whitney as the first conductor. The large concert hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville where the orchestra often performs is named for Whitney.
Throughout its 30-plus-year history, the LO has developed a strong program of activities, including a variety of concerts and educational programs. In 1953, it began a foray into championing new music with the debut of its 1st Edition recordings. This spirit continues, as exemplified by the orchestras 1999 first place ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Programming of Contemporary Musicthe LOs 16th ASCAP Award.
The current music director is Uriel Segal. The principal pops conductor is Bob Bernhardt, and Robert Franz is the associate conductor.