June 14, 2016
NWS Alumnus Teddy Abrams Composes Work Honoring Muhammad Ali
Teddy Abrams conducts Louisville Orchestra in first concert as Music Director, Spring 2014. O’Neil Arnold
“Music is one of the strongest tools that we have for bringing people together and when there’s a tragedy or an event that overwhelms us or is very meaningful to us music is one of the most powerful tools that we have to get everybody in a place where we’re all unified.” - Teddy Abrams.
New World Symphony conducting alumnus Teddy Abrams (2008-2011) is finishing up his second season as the much-acclaimed Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra. He was inspired to compose a work honoring Louisville’s favorite native son, Muhammad Ali, and announced it just a month and a half ago, the work to be performed by the orchestra next season. When Ali passed away June 3, that tribute was moved up. He recorded the new work Float Rumble Rest and it will be selling via a local record label, and online, the proceeds to benefit the Ali Center, a museum dedicated to preserving Ali’s legacy and promoting respect, hope, and understanding.
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He also previewed his new piece in San Francisco. Click here to watch the video
Additionally during the week leading up to Ali’s memorial and funeral on June 10, Abrams led an impromptu tribute to Ali, performing “Amazing Grace” outside the Ali Center.
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