It is not often that Louisville is privy to a World Premiere, but we were Saturday evening with the introduction of Sebastian Chang’s Between Heaven and Earth. Commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra, Mr. Chang delivered a grand work with a lot of promise – another musical star on the rise.

The piece, subdivided into three movements, was inspired by Iraqi-born local artist Vian Sora’s artwork. Please visit Ms. Sora’s website ( and familiarize yourself with her story and her artwork. Six of her pieces were central to the formation of this new work. Both Mr. Abrams and Mr. Chang were inspired by Ms. Sora’s creations, which then prompted their unique collaboration.