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Jerome Hiler and Owsley Brown III are making Louisville proud again, as their film – Music Makes a City – gets some big attention from the BBC:
In 1948, a small, semi-professional orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky began a project to commission new works from contemporary composers. The architect of this venture was visionary civic leader Mayor Charles Farnsley who saw the orchestra as a chance to put Louisville on the map. In 1953 following its success, the orchestra received an unprecedented $400,000 Rockefeller Foundation grant to commission 52 compositions a year for three years – Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Paul Hindemith, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Darius Milhaud were just some of those who took part. Later the new music concerts were broadcast around the world by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.
Film directors Jerome Hiler and Owsley Brown III who have made a documentary about the project called Music Makes A City, talk to Tom about Louisville’s unique contribution to contemporary musical culture – in stark contrast to today as the orchestra is in the midst of industrial action.
We think that’s kind of a big deal.
And it’s why Louisville can have nice things.
Pro-tip: You should probably buy the DVD if you’re a lover of Louisville history. Or just check it out on KET, as it’s been airing lately.