Abrams will speak and perform on piano during the 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday event in the East Room of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St. The UofL humanities and Jewish studies programs offer the Naamani Memorial Lecture, which honors the memory of former UofL political scientist Israel Naamani.

Although the talk is free and public, reservations are recommended at www.jewish-music.eventbrite.com

Abrams is an acclaimed conductor and a composer, pianist and clarinetist in his first Louisville season as the orchestra’s eighth music director. He also is music director and conductor of the summertime Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville, Ore.

He formerly was assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Ketchum, Idaho, as well as resident conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest and co-founder/performer of the Sixth Floor Trio. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Abrams also studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and Aspen Music Festival. He was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven seasons.

For more information, contact Shelley Salamensky at 502-852-0457 or shelley.salamensky@louisville.edu

 

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