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2021-2022 Season Highlights

The season was distinguished by five Classical Concerts exploring  orchestral repertoire, two Discovery Concerts centering on important developmental programs for young audiences, and two Pops Concerts offering uplifting musical repertoire for enthusiastic audiences.

Our two full orchestras, two string orchestras, and three chamber ensembles demonstrated their impressive talent throughout the year. The LYO continues to offer extraordinary experiences for its diverse members and audiences throughout the community.

The following are highlights from this sensational year. Click on any image to see an enlargement.


Symphony Orchestra / Doug Elmore, conductor / Brown Theater, November 21, 2021 

And They’re Off!

Pops Concert Series II / Sunday, May 1 / Iroquois Amphitheater / 4:00 pm / FREE Admission with Derby Pin

  Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Serenade Orchestra,

  Horizons Wind Ensemble, Horizons Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Presto! Strings


Symphony Orchestra onstage at Iroquois Amphitheatre.


PRESTO beginning strings perform for an enthusiastic audience.


Heartfelt best wishes to LYO's graduating seniors.

All LYO orchestras and ensembles combine for an uplifting pops concert at the Iroquois Amphitheatre. This annual event has grown over the years as people from across the community look forward to a spirited afternoon featuring our amazing young talent playing familiar music.


The concert is a Kentucky Derby Festival Event with FREE admission for all those wearing a Pegasus Pin. It is a popular event for families and for introducing friends to the LYO

The Iroquois concert is also the time when we bid farewell and honor our graduating seniors.  Over recent years 100% of graduates have gone on to college!

Titans, Gods, Giants

Classical Concert Series III / Sunday, March 20, 2022 / Brown Theater

  Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble

Scott Joplin thumb.jpg

Scott Jopli
was an African-American composer and pianist.

Joplin is also known as the "King of Ragtime" because of the fame achieved for his ragtime compositions, music that was born out of the African-American community.


The Entertainer was composed in 1902 and was a huge success with the general public. It is now considered a jazz standard and an orchestration was presented by the Symphony Orchestra.

Kaylynn Li, Principal First Violinist and winner of the 2021-22 Concerto Competition, performed Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor, op.64, Allegro with the Symphony Orchestra, Doug Elmore, Conductor and Music Director.


The Percussion Ensemble, Mark Tate, conductor, rocked the house.


Repertory Orchestra, Ian Elmore, conductor, included a work by Ukranian composer Myroslav Skoryk in respect for the country's strength and perseverance. 


Symphony Orchestra lower brass

Dance to the Music

Classical Concert Series IV / Sunday, March 13, 2022 / The Theatre at Holy Trinity Clifton Campus

   Serenade Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Horizons Winds, and Horizons Brass


Concert Orchestra / Chris Lerner, conductor

Horizons Wind Ensemble / Brandon Bell, conductor


Horizons instrumental ensembles enable young musicians to focus on their proficiency and learn to play advanced repertoire in a group.  They serve as a springboard in mastering an instrument and preparing to perform in a full orchestra.

Serenade Orchestra / Robert Dixon, conductor

Gheens Great Expectations

Discovery Concert Series III / Side by Side with the LO / Wednesday, February 2, 2022 / Whitney Hall

  Symphony Orchestra


​This free concert was presented by Kentucky Performing Arts and Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), in partnership with the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Youth Orchestra, with generous support from The Gheens Foundation, with additional support from Kentucky Music Educators Association, Classical 90.5 WUOL and from Dr. Laman Gray and Juliet Cooper Gray.

Symphony Orchestra rehearsal in Whitney Hall

No Business Like ‘Snow’ Business

Pops Concert Series I / Sunday, December 12, 2021 / Youth Performing Arts School

  Repertory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Serenade Orchestra, Horizons Wind Ensemble,

  Horizons Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble


Concert Orchestra / Grinch, guest conductor


Repertory Orchestra / Ian Elmore, conductor


Percussion Ensemble /  Mark Tate, conductor

The first Pops Concert of the season brings together six of LYO's ensembles in a lively celebration of the Holidays.

To Boldly Go…

Discovery Concert Series II / Middle School Concert / Monday, November 22, 2021 / Brown Theatre

  Symphony Orchestra


Symphony Orchestra, Doug Elmore conductor,  warms up


Middle School Students arriving at the Brown Theater

Middle school students from throughout the region attended LYO's annual middle school concert at the historic Brown Theater.  This free concert is made possible through the support of individual patrons who remember the importance of "Making Music" concerts when they were young. 

Russian Legends

Classical Concert Series II / Sunday, November 21, 2021 / Brown Theater,

  Symphony Orchestra, Repertory   Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Serenade Orchestra


Symphony Orchestra / Doug Elmore, conductor


Sleeping Beauty Waltz

00:00 / 04:53

Florence Price

00:00 / 01:59

Florence Price

 (1887 - 1953)

Florence Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and became the first African American woman to be recognized as a major symphonic composer. She composed more than 300 works including four symphonies and four concertos.

Concert Orchestra, / Chris Lerner, conductor


Repertory Orchestra, Ian Elmore conductor, warms up

High Adventure

Classical Concert Series I / Sunday, November 14, 2021 / St Matthews Baptist Church

  Horizons Wind Ensemble, Horizons Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble

The percussion ensemble provides an opportunity for young perscussionists to practice together and experience the diversity of instrumentation.  The ensemble performances are always exciting and members may also join the Symphony and Repertory orchestras as percussionists to support the instrumentation requirements of pieces performed.


Horizons Brass Ensemble / John Little, conductor


Percussion Ensemble /  Mark Tate, conductor

The covid-19 pandemic continued to present challenges but the LYO focused on playing safe and enjoyed a remarkable season. 

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