Forecastle 2017

Forecaste Festival 2017 is getting closer and I am very excited that I will be playing at this years event. It is held July 14-16, 2017 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY! I will be playing on Friday July 14th and will be accompanied on stage by many talented local musicians. It will be a weekend of great music and a celebration of a Louisiville tradition. 

For ticket information press HERE!

Teddy Bares All Episode 4

My reoccuring Facebook Live series is back for episode #4 on April 27th at 8:00pm. On this episode I will have a special guest that will be announced closer to the air date. In addition, for the first time during a live broadcast of Teddy Bares All there will be a ticket giveaway. I will be giving out two tickets to the Festival of American Music concert on April 28th to one lucky viewer. If you would like to read more about Teddy Bares All or sign up for an event reminder on Facebook click here

Louisville Orchestra's 2017-2018 Season

The Louisville Orchestra has announced the 2017-2018 season and it's exciting!

The 2017-2018 season will include a new rapped/sung/narrated theatrical work about Muhammad Ali, an exploration of Beethoven's life, and our 3rd Festival of American Music featuring world premieres! Also, a dramatic show about the music of war and of peace, plus a new work that explores the social issues of our times by Louisville musicians! Welcoming Yuja Wang, Jecorey Arthur, and I'm With Her

Please visit The Louisville Orchestra's website for information about upcoming concerts and consider investing in season tickets for our 2017-2018 season!

Festival of American Music

I am excited for all the upcoming concerts including the two concerts in the Second Annual Festival of American Music. Both of the concerts will be in April and will include amazing performers including Michael Tilson Thomas and Ben Folds. It will be an all-around wonderful experience that I hope we get to share will the entire community, if you would like to buy tickets to the first of these concerts on April 15th click here. For a full schedule of upcoming events by Louisville Orchestra check out

Teddy Bares All Episode #3

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting my third episode of Teddy Bares All Wednesday March 8th at 8:00pm. If you get the chance to tune in on Facebook Live make sure you throw some good questions my way and make sure I'm answering the things you actually want to know. If you would like a reminder about the event make sure you mark that your interested on facebook @TeddyConducts

Second Annual Festival of American Music

I had the great opportunity of sharing the story behind our Festival of American Music with this week. The concept is to host a yearly festival that celebrates art from this country and connects with the incredible story of the Louisville Orchestra that has developed over the last half a century. The Festival of American Music centers on living composers from this country—as well as around styles of music that you might not necessarily expect a symphony orchestra to play—and that create a spirit of improvisation, trial, and experimentation

This year we will be hosting the second annual Festival of American Music and the concerts will be held in The Kentucky Center this spring. Two of the concerts will be celebrations of the iconic American artists Michael Tilson Thomas and Ben Folds. If you would like to read the full article about the festival click here

Teddy Bares All Episode #2

Just last week I released my second live stream of Teddy Bares All. I had a great time making this episode with my guest Sebastian Chang from the Louisville Orchestra. Episodes like this are a great opportunity for me to interact with the community and I look forward to doing many more. If you have any questions you would like to ask tune in next time we are LIVE with Teddy Bares All. To Watch Teddy Bares All Episode #2 Click Here

WFPK CitySong G.O.A.T.

January 17, 2017 we celebrated the 75th birthday of the Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali, and in honor of this milestone I was lucky enough to pay him a tribute with a CitySong on 91.9 WFPK. To honor Ali, I collaborated with 1200Craig Wagner Music, Danny Kiely, and Paul Culligan on the song "G.O.A.T." I would like to thank everyone that helped with this project including the Muhammad Ali Center, WFPK, and all our collaborators. I also want to invite everyone to come out later this spring to the Ali Tribute Concert we are putting together. 


Click here to watch the G.O.A.T video!

21CM's POP Person of 2016

I'm honored to have won 21CM POP Person of 2016 person of the year award! In a field with such talent musicians I am honored to accept this award and proud to be counted among some of the most innovative performers in the country. I also want to congratulate The Louisville Leopard Percussionists on all their hard work and winning the over-all POP ICON of 2016, as well as the Pacific Symphony – Music Mixology for being the POP Project of the year. This past year provided us with many great projects, musicians, and opportunities and I look forward for many more in the future! 

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The Holiday Hall Pass: A Gift For All Seasons

Give the gift of music this holiday season with the Student Hall Pass! For $25 you can give your special K-12 student FREE access to all of the 2016/2017 Classics, Pops, and Music Without Borders Concerts!
*Not valid for 11:00AM Coffee Concerts.

After purchase, an informational letter and your student’s Hall Pass will be mailed to you. Please understand that all students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Students aged 14-18 must show their student ID when picking up their ticket.

Your free tickets can be reserved up to one week prior to the performance at the Kentucky Center Box Office by showing a valid Hall Pass and your student ID. All tickets are to be picked up at the “will-call” window starting one hour prior to the concert.

2016-2017 Season Kick-Off Concert!

The Louisville Orchestra and I are excited to bring you a concert of sparkling variety as a preview of the 2016-2017 Concert Season. In addition to selections from upcoming concerts, we will feature the #SingForTheCity winners whose performance was rained out on July 3rd. Bring the entire family for this free, outdoor concert and enjoy this sneak peek!

Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm

@ Iroquois Amphitheatre


Special Guests:  Singer/songwriters Justin Paul Lewis and Carly Johnson


Antonin Dvořák:  Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1
Noah Sorota:  The Bluegrass
Mason Bates:  “Warehouse Medicine” from The B Sides
Sergei Prokofiev:  Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff:  Let It Go (City Song)
Teddy Abrams:  Fiddling
Justin Paul Lewis:  Go Outside
Carly Johnson:  The Believer
Jean Sibelius:  Finlandia
My Morning Jacket (arr. Abrams):  One Big Holiday
John Williams:  March from Superman
Ravel:  La Valse
Aaron Copland:  “Hoe Down” from Rodeo


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Olympic Music Festival - Aug. 28 & 29

Bring the entire family and join the musicians from GardenMusic and I for TWO special concerts!

The Olympic Music Festival runs two days, Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29.

On Saturday, I will be joining GardenMusic to play the classical works along with Jazz, American Folk Music, Latin, and Bluegrass styled music. The great Harrison Hollingsworth, principal bassoonist of the New York Ballet Orchestra, will be making his debut!


Teddy Abrams | piano & clarinet
Tessa Lark | violin
Harrison Hollingsworth | bassoon & violin
Nathan Farrington | double bass

Gabriel Globus-Hoenich | percussion

Julio Elizalde | piano

Schoenfield Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Abrams Bassoon Sonata
Bartók Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello (Bassoon), and Piano in B-flat major, Op. 11
Foster Hardtimes Come Again No More
Traditional I Ride an Old Paint, Bonaparte’s Retreat
Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102
Abrams Big Band

Music starts at 2:00pm.  Kids 7-12 years old are FREE (but please reserve their spot on the ticket website!)

Location: Joseph F Wheeler Theater
                25 Eisenhower Ave, Fort Worden
                Port Townsend, WA 98368
                United States

Tickets can be purchased here.

For more information, click here.

On Sunday, there will be a special concert for the whole family at the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden.  The performance will be narrated by GardenMusic education director Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, who will take us on a fairytale journey full of world-class musicians while also learning how music affects our lives.

The concert starts at 10:30am and should run for about an hour.  This educational performance is for children 4-12 years old and their families.  Children 0-3 are free.


Gabriel Globus-Hoenich | narrator & percussion
Teddy Abrams | piano & clarinet
Tessa Lark | violin
Harrison Hollingsworth | bassoon & violin
Nathan Farrington | double bass & vocals
Julio Elizalde | piano


Works to be announced from the stage.

Tickets can be purchased here.

For more information on the event, click here.



2016-2017 Individual Tickets are now on sale!

Tickets can now be purchased individually for select Louisville Orchestra concerts. Before today, tickets could only be purchased as subscriptions. The concerts that are now available for individual purchases are the Louisville Orchestra’s Classics Series, Pops Series, Family Series, and Coffee Matinees. Tickets to Yo-Yo Ma with the Louisville Orchestra will go on sale September 15, 2016. Make sure to get your single and subscription tickets today!

Single Ticket Line:  502.584.7777

Kentucky Center Box Office Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM and Sun. 12 PM – 5 PM

Concert Day Hours
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts: Sat. 10 AM (12 noon on Sunday) to 30 minutes after concert start-time

Single tickets to concerts: