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The TV version of Music Makes a City is now streaming on PBS online.

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“In striking synchronicity, a mayor, a conductor, and a robust postwar generation of composers intersected to make the city a hub for visionary composition.” – New York Times

This documentary reveals the inspiring, nearly unbelievable story of an American city and its orchestra. In the late 1940s, the charismatic mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, embarked on an unusual scheme to save his hometown orchestra and bring prosperity to Louisville by commissioning new music on an unprecedented scale. The ambitious plan propelled the Louisville Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and international acclaim, and made a lasting contribution to musical history. The film features interviews with composers Lukas Foss, Gunther Schuller, Elliott Carter, Chou Wen-chung and William Schuman, and an evocative soundtrack of selected commissions recorded by the Louisville Orchestra. Will Oldham narrates.
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