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Today in NOLA 9.10.17

This Sunday, recharge before the week ahead at Wild Lotus Yoga's sound bath. Help the New Orleans Opera kick off a new seaon with a surreal tango masterpiece. Price Ainsworth presents his crime thriller at the Garden District Book Shop, while Taco Truck Theater stages a multi-medium show. On this day in 1962, Rummel High School in Metairie opened its doors. Now, more around town today. 

As One

Innovative Opera and Transgender Illumination Comes to the Marigny

Since its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, the Laura Kaminsky-composed chamber opera “As One” has graced numerous stages and found acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Its protagonist Hannah is sung by two voices, baritone and mezzo-soprano, whose interactions, tumult, and equilibrium illustrate her dynamic gender expressions, core character, and growth as a transgender woman. The New Orleans Opera Association is presenting the work for two singers and string quartet this June 2-4 weekend at the Marigny Opera House. 

Today in NOLA 3.31.17

This Friday, find sympathy for the devil with the New Orleans Opera. The Saenger welcomes an orchestral performance of the “Final Fantasy” theme music, while the Roamin’ Jasmine plays Bar Mon Cher. City Park will host an art show and sale en plein air in their Botanical Garden. This day in history, St. John the Baptist Parish was created (1807), and "I Wonder" by Louis Amstrong and His Orchestra entered the R&B Jukebox Chart (1945). Now, more to do tonight. 

Today in New Orleans 4.4.14

The Mahalia Jackson Theatre hosts a night of opera that tells a tragic love story, and Trinity Episcopal Church will have a non-stop, 29-hour, Baroque inspired set of performances. NOLA’s growing puppetry scene can enjoy the first weekend of the International Puppet Festival. On this day in 1764, the first official announcement in d'Abadie's journal of Acadians arrival in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Friday. 

Today in New Orleans 2.14.14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Tonight Hurray for the Riff Raff will be playing a sold out show at One Eyed Jacks, Byrdie’s Gallery will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Ghost “pottery Scene” Competition, and a play about Cinderella will be performed at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. On this date in Louisiana history, Hattie Caraway (D-Ark) was elected as the first female senator with the help of Louisiana’s Huey P. Long. Friday’s events are below: 

NoDef Nods: Classical Arts

10 Best New Orleans Orchestral and Chamber Performances of 2013

2013 was a tremendous year for the New Orleans classical arts scene, accentuated by outstanding achievements from individuals and smaller groups. Here are the top 10 performances from 2013:

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

Ambitious Production of Early Baroque Work Pulls Out All the Stops at Marigny Opera House

Starting Thursday night, Dec. 12, the Marigny Opera House hosts a production of a rarely performed early Baroque work of monumental scale. Featuring 13 singers, 13 musicians, 9 dancers, costumes, and light projections, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 gets its New Orleans due con brio.

Today in New Orleans 10.05.13

It's still unclear where fickle Karen will make her final stop, but New Orleans is carrying on with a weekend full of soirees, festivals, gallery openings, and classical music all the same. Happy Birthday to Keith Frazier, co-founder of Rebirth Brass Band, born on this date in 1968. Now, more local music to celebrate this Saturday. 

Local Tenor Out Front for New Orleans Opera's 'Madame Butterfly'

by Joe Shriner

Looking for music, a melding of culture, and a lot of family drama? No, this is not an article about French Quarter Fest. On Friday night and Sunday afternoon, the New Orleans Opera Association will perform one of Puccini’s most beloved operas, Madame Butterfly, with a New Orleans-raised tenor appearing in one of the principal roles.

Comrades in Ardor: LPO Tackles 20th Century Russian Composers

by Joe Shriner

Here’s a question for you: What do Shchedrin, Schnittke, and Shostakovich share in common besides having names beginning in “s” that are hard to pronounce? All three are prolific 20th century Russian composers who lived under Soviet rule. All three orchestrated passionate music incorporating elements of irony and dissonance. And all of them had the ability to create moods that could best be described as deeply emotional and, well, funereal.

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