Violinist Augustin Hadelich will perform Saturday with the Louisville Orchestra. | Courtesy of Augustin Hadelich

Teddy Abrams will pay tribute to British composers Saturday when the Louisville Orchestra presents “Walton + Britten.” And in true Abrams fashion, he’s including a couple friends to round out the show.

From William Byrd to David Bowie, 10 composers will be featured with help from Italian violinist Augustin Hadelich and Louisville’s Scott Carney of Wax Fang. Carney will perform the vocals to Bowie’s “Sweet Thing.” And Grammy-nominated Hadelich will take on Benjamin Britten’s “Violin Concerto.”

Also included in the evening, baritone singer Chad Sloan will narrate English composer William Walton’s “Façades,” which was highly criticized when it debuted in 1923 but is now considered legendary, and it went on to become a popular ballet score.

The full program includes:

  • George Hespe: “Three Musketeers”
  • Gustav Holst: “St. Paul’s Suite”
  • William Byrd: “Miserere Mei, Deus”
  • Benjamin Britten: “Violin Concerto No. 1”
  • Anne Clyne: “Masquerade”
  • Henry Purcell: “Pavan No. 1”
  • George Benjamin: “Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra”
  • David Bowie: “Sweet Thing”
  • William Walton: Selections from “Façades”
  • Sir Hubert Parry: “Jerusalem”

“Walton + Britten” will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Kentucky Center. Tickets start at $27. There’s a Coffee Concert of the show on Friday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Center as well.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."