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LPO Treats Audience to Central European Sampler

Superstar Violinist Augustin Hadelich Joins for a 'Fantastic Voyage'

The Orpheum Theater was packed and teeming with energy on Friday (3.10) night for a performance that will surely be marked as a victory for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Celebrated violinist Augustin Hadelich joined Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto for a program showcasing a wealth and diversity of folk music traditions in Central Europe.


LPO Takes on Leningrad Symphony, Mozart Masterwork

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra isn't shying away from difficulty Thursday (3-20) night. From a Mozart to make you sweat to the musical confrontation of totalitarianism in Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony present daunting tasks for the players involved. For witnessing the toil, the audience will be rewarded handsomely with musical riches.

LPO's Prieto Talks 'Special' Season Ahead of Prokofiev, Ravel

by Joe Shriner

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has been keeping remarkably busy since the beginning of the New Year. In January alone, the LPO has performed at Mahalia Jackson Theater demanding pieces by Alfred Schnittke and Jean Sibelius, a night of music alongside a cirque act, and an outstanding Chinese New Year program last weekend that featured Gustav Mahler’s daunting Das Lied von der Erde.

LPO Melts the Ice with Fireworks, Pipa Concerto

by Joe Shriner

While the winter storm continues to ice over New Orleans, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is ringing in the Chinese New Year with some fiery musical fare. On Friday, January 31, the LPO performs works by Stravinsky and Mahler, and celebrates the first day of the year in the Chinese calendar with a pipa concerto by Chinese native Zhao Jiping.

LPO Presents Weekend of Russian Masters, Sibelius

by Joe Shriner

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns from their holiday break this week with ambitious programs that include infrequently performed 20th century work. On Thursday, January 9 at Mahalia Jackson Theater and Friday, January 10 at First Baptist Church in Covington, Carlos Miguel Prieto will lead the LPO in orchestral pieces by Anatoly Liadov, Alfred Schnittke, and Jean Sibelius. These symphony concerts are followed on Saturday with their second chamber presentation of their season, featuring “A Soldier’s Tale” by Igor Stravinsky at the New Orleans Athletic Club. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Great Britten: LPO Spends Weekend with Midcentury Master

by Joe Shriner

While the amount of people filling the seats for the Britten Centennial concerts last weekend may not have been as substantial as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is used to, the performances were anything if not grand. On Friday, November 22, at Mahalia Jackson Theater, Carlos Miguel Prieto and the LPO delivered the best concert of their 23rd season to date, offering marvelous renditions of four works by Benjamin Britten. The concert was a centennial celebration of the British composer—his birthday falling on November 22, 1913.

Today in New Orleans 10.24.13

Louisiana ushers in new poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon tonight at the Louisiana Humanities Center. The Big Easy’s music offerings range from classical to psychedelic, with the LPO at Mahalia Jackson and Cave and Babes at Siberia. On this day in 1987, Buddy Roemer beat Edwin Edwards in the governor’s race, and Edwards said he would not pursue a runoff. Now, more to do this Thursday. 

Blackout, Euphoria Highlight LPO's Presentation of Mahler's Symphony No. 3

by Joe Shriner

On Thursday evening, as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra thundered into the final ominous seconds of the third movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, the lights at First Baptist Church, New Orleans began to fade. One by one, the lights then died. By the time the New Orleans Children's Chorus had gathered themselves onto the stage to participate in the second half, there was a complete blackout in the Lakeview church.

More Maestro: LPO Re-Signs Prieto, Names New CEO

by Joe Shriner

For the Maestro, New Orleans' fat lady won’t be singing for at least another five years. On Thursday, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra officially announced that music director Carlos Miguel Prieto has signed a new contract extending his tenure through the 2018-2019 season. The LPO’s current season, which concludes this week, is Prieto’s seventh year with the orchestra.

LPO Goes Head to Head With Mahler’s “Monster”

by Joe Shriner

Drawing its ambitious 2012-13 season to a close this week, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and its steadfast supporters have one last opportunity to get together and say farewell until next fall. Everyone better get comfortable though, because this is going to be one long, emotional goodbye.

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