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Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams Teaches at Youth Performing Arts School, Produces 'Music Makes a City Now' Web Series

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 22, 2014 01:14 PM EDT

Although recently appointed the Louisville Orchestra’s new music director, Teddy Abrams, 27, still finds time to teach at the Youth Performing Arts School and produce a web series, Music Makes a City Now.

"We have this opportunity at the start of the season — eyes are on the orchestra and on Louisville," said Abrams. "We need to capitalize on that."

Abrams believes it is important to keep youth interested in classical music, stressing the importance of sharing knowledge.

"I always say museums really hit on something because there was a time when they didn't have explanations for paintings. Somebody came up with that idea," said Abrams. "It changes your entire way of looking at it."

Abrams's other job, as a producer of the online web series Music Makes a City Now, chronicles his life at work, at home and around town taking in the new or unexpected. The front room of his house is filled with pianos connected to speakers so pedestrians outside East Street Market will hear him practice.

Abram believes there is no secret to gaining the attention of youth other than education. At 3 he began playing around on the piano only to play the lairanet in the school band in eighth-grade.

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