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LPO Performs Free Concert in City Park

by Joe Shriner

Soon Spanish moss won’t be the only thing swinging down by the bayou. On Wednesday, April 24, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off its annual outdoor Swing in the Oaks concert at 6:30 pm at the Goldring-Woldenberg Great Lawn in City Park.


The event is free and open to the public and will be presented live via free webcast on the LPO website starting at 6 pm. Conducted by Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto, the LPO will be joined at the Peristyle by the Marine Corps Band New Orleans for performances of popular music from classical and modern eras.


Included in the evening’s program are Antonín Dvorák’s lively “Slavonic Dances” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating “1812 Overture.” Brazenly nationalistic, both pieces were written around roughly the same period in the late nineteenth century and have become popular with audiences for their appealing melodies and romantic flourishes. The “1812 Overture” is certainly the more shamelessly bombastic and indulgent of the two, making it an instant crowd-pleaser. Whether or not the LPO or Marine Corps Band will be partaking in the customary cannon firing for the climax of “1812 Overture” remains to be seen.


The outdoor concert will also feature works by three American composers. Selections include Overture to “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, “Ellington Fantasy” by Duke Ellington, and “Semper Fidelis” by the March King himself, John Philip Sousa. The latter piece is, appropriately, the official march of the Marine Corps.


Though the performance begins at 6:30 pm, attendees are encouraged to come early and to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the event that it rains, the concert may be moved to April 25.

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