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Music Makes a City

On May 20, 2010, Baxter Avenue Theater and The Brown Theater will debut the film Music Makes a City. The film details the impressive musical history of our fair city by examining the history of the Louisville Orchestra. Tickets to the Baxter screening (@6:30) are $20 and tickets to the Brown screening (@7:00) are $40. An after party will be held at Market Square for $60 ($30 is tax deductible). All proceeds will benefit the Louisville Orchestra.

In 1948, the orchestra began the bold venture of commissioning new works from contemporary composers around the world. Within 5 years, the project was so well thought of that the Rockefeller Foundation granted the impressive sum of $400,000 to the group for commissioning 52 new compositions each year for three years. The international music community took notice.

Then Mayor Charles Farnsley teamed with the new orchestra leader, a young Robert Whitney, to bring international fame to the orchestra. Whitney became known as the hardest working conductor in the country and the city became the “home of new music.” Clearly, the accomplishments of our orchestra are unparalleled in their contribution to the culture of music.

Baxter Avenue Theater will also be screening this film for the following week, May 21st through May 27th. Support the orchestra by finding the time to witness this documentary that our community can be proud of.


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