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Louisville Orchestra

March 8, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  |

  | $150

General admission tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. A limited number of Diamond Circle VIP Event tickets are available.


During the Norton Center’s inaugural season, the Louisville Orchestra (LO) performed the world premiere of “The City” under the direction of Naumburg Award-winning conductor Jorge Mester. We are thrilled to welcome the Orchestra back during our 50th Anniversary Season for their “In Harmony” tour under the baton of 2024 GRAMMY® award winner Teddy Abrams.

The LO’s historic two-year musical journey across the Commonwealth features works reflective of the state’s rich musical heritage and spotlights homegrown performers and compositions. Their stop at the Norton Center celebrates Kentucky’s bluegrass roots with special guest Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. Widely known as the bluegrass fiddler of his generation, Cleveland is a 2024 GRAMMY® nominee and 2019 GRAMMY® award-winner for Best Bluegrass Album. Learn more…


The “In Harmony” tour aims to promote the arts through musical and educational collaborations with local artists, schools and community organizations. During their visit to Danville, the orchestra will perform private programs for students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf, Danville Schools, Boyle County Schools, the Heritage Area String Program and Centre College, in addition to the below listed public events.

March 8 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Free

Click here to RSVP now! This is a free event; however, registration is suggested.

Stop by to welcome the Louisville Orchestra’s “In Harmony” tour to Danville! Meet Teddy Abrams, the LO’s 2024 Grammy Award-winning conductor, and celebrate the orchestra’s educational collaborations with artists, schools and community organizations throughout our community.

Sponsored by Farmers National Bank and WealthSouth. In partnership with the City of Danville, Boyle County Government, Danville/Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Danville/Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County.

March 8 | 4:00 – 4:30 PM | Free

Through this free, public family concert, multigenerational families are invited to join Louisville Orchestra ensembles for fun, interactive storytelling through music performances. Participants of all ages will enjoy a 30-minute program that weaves together storytelling adventures with creative music-making. Click here for more information.

Presented by the Louisville Orchestra and the Boyle County Public Library. Supported by the Kentucky General Assembly and the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet.

March 8 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Free

Click here to RSVP now! This is a free event; however, registration is suggested. An ASL interpreter will be available.

The Louisville Orchestra’s featured guest artist during their evening performance at the Norton Center is Grammy-award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper. Michael is an incredible musician who happens to have visual and aural challenges. These challenges have not kept him from becoming widely known as the bluegrass fiddler of his generation, playing with some of the greatest bluegrass musicians in the world.

During this moderated roundtable, Michael will share his successes in performing and touring while also discussing the challenges he faces on the road, on stage and elsewhere. This roundtable is open to all, specifically:

Artists with special needs, be it physical, emotional or neurodivergent — Share successes and challenges you face while engaging in creating, presenting, touring and exhibiting your artwork.

Community and cultural centers — Better understand direct needs and how your organization can help address artist challenges and successes while providing equitable experiences.

Individuals and groups involved in building an equitable community — Including college and high school students and community members involved in working with people with special needs.

Presented by the Norton Center, in partnership with the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County. Sponsored by Farmers National Bank and WealthSouth. Supported through an endowment by Dr. Jeff Johnson ’95 and Ken Michael.


An unusually versatile musician, TEDDY ABRAMS is the widely-acclaimed Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra. A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams has fostered interdisciplinary collaborations with organizations including the Louisville Ballet, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. His rap-opera, The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, premiered in 2017, celebrating Louisville’s hometown hero with an all-star cast that included Rhiannon Giddens and Jubilant Sykes. Abrams’ work with the Louisville Orchestra has been profiled on CBS News Sunday MorningNPR, and in The Wall Street Journal.

Abrams recently collaborated with Jim James, vocalist and guitarist for My Morning Jacket, on the song cycle The Order of Nature, which they premiered with the Louisville Orchestra in 2018 and recorded on Decca Gold. In the 2019-20 season, Abrams and James perform The Order of Nature with the National, Seattle, and Colorado Symphonies. Also in 2019-20, Abrams makes his debut as guest conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Sarasota Orchestra and returns to the San Francisco Symphony in his subscription debut.


With the sweet and good things in life, there always comes darkness. This is a lesson that GRAMMY-winning fiddler, MICHAEL CLEVELAND, knows all too well. In 2021, two of his dearest and oldest friends passed away. Bill Wolfe and Eddie Wells were two of the best local bluegrass musicians in his hometown in southern Indiana—they were two of the people who had inspired him to pick up the fiddle at just four years old, so their passing hit hard. “More than ever, losing both of them made me realize that life is short and is also what you make it,” says Cleveland. “It made me really stop and think of all the people in my life who have influenced me in life and music, and to not take anything for granted.”

With his sixth solo studio release, LOVIN’ OF THE GAME, veteran fiddle virtuoso Michael Cleveland seizes his opportunity at this one wonderful life and swings for the rafters. The album positively hums with energy. Not beholden to one specific genre or pigeonholed label, it showcases Cleveland’s inclusive musical nature—placing value in the process over the output. It is in this release of control that we find something truly sublime: the sound of artists working together in the act of creation without regard for any preconceived notion of what “should” be. The sound of genuine musicianship.


General admission tickets for this event are sold out.

Supporting the Norton Center’s Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy Program (ACTS)
Help us introduce the arts to area youth while unlocking exclusive benefits and experiences. Special event ticket includes a $100 donation in support of the Norton Center’s ACTS program, premiere seating and an invitation to an exclusive reception and champagne toast with Teddy Abrams after the performance.

Please note that the Norton Center is a historic venue with limited accessible seating. Special reserved wheelchair and companion seating is available for all shows. Interpretive services and large print programs are available upon request at least 20 days in advance of the performance. Please call the Box Office at 859-236-4692 to request assistance with your accommodations.

Ticket sales are non-refundable. Tickets purchased through a subscription package may be exchanged for another show in the same season. Tickets are transferable to friends or family. Donations for the value of tickets are appreciated.

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