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MARDI

March 28th

Book Reading: Elizabeth Pearce

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"

 

Spring Publishing Camp

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM

Book publishing workshop

 

Gabby Douglas

Dillrd University, 7PM

Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness

 

Laelume

The Carver, 7PM

World soul jazz music

 

Laughter Without Borders

Loyola University, 7PM

Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees

 

Tuesday Night Haircuts

St. Roch Tavern, 8PM

Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke

 

Thinkin' With Lincoln 

Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM

Outdoor trivia

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Interstellar future funk

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 10PM

Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM

MERCREDI

March 29th

Response: Artists in the Park

Botanical Garden, 10AM

Art exhibit and sale en plein air

 

Studio Opening Party

Alex Beard Studio, 5PM

Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening

 

Sippin' in the Courtyard

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM

Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM

Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party 

 

Lecture: Patrick Smith

New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM

Coastal scientist discusses his work

 

Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and the Mavs go head to head

 

Drag Bingo

Allways Lounge, 7PM

Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night

 

They Blinded Me With Science: A Bartender Science Fair

2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM

Cocktails for a cause

 

Brian Wilson 

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds" 

 

Movie Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!

 

Blood Jet Poetry Series

BJs in the Bywater, 8PM

Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo

 

Horror Shorts

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts

 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Bronx hip hop comes south

 

JEUDI

March 30th

Aerials in the Atrium

Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM

Live art in the air

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Mia Borders

 

Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM

Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain

 

Big Freedia Opening Night Mixer

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM

Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume

 

An Edible Evening

Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM

8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden

 

RAW Artists Present: CUSP

The Republlic, 7PM

Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show

 

Electric Swandive, Hey Thanks, Something More, Chris Schwartz

Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM

DIY rock, pop, punk show

 

The Avett Brothers

Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM

Americana folk-rock

 

Stand-Up NOLA

Joy Theater, 8PM

Comedy cabaret

 

Stooges Brass Band

The Carver, 9PM

NOLA brass all-stars

 

Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support

 

Fluffing the Ego

Allways Lounge, 10:30PM

Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers

 

Fast Times Dance Party

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

80s dance party

 


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.

 

The three composers featured in the program — Béla Bartók, Leoš Janácek, and Zoltán Kodály — were known for incorporating folk melodies and tonal scales, previously discarded among elite musical circles, to symphonic pieces in a display of broadening tastes and nationalism among concertgoers in the early twentieth century.

 

In the pre-concert talk, Prieto, Hadelich, and an enthusiastic cohort of Hungarian attendees discussed connections between characteristic front-end stress patterns in the Hungarian language and the folk rhythms featured in the evening’s works. These composers were all based within a few hours journey from Vienna, which at the time was home to the ‘who’s who’ of musical tastemakers. Yet, they represented and became famous for distinct national styles outside of the established German-Viennese romantic guard (e.g. Brahms, Schoenberg). The audience salivated as Hadelich described Bartók’s Violin Concerto as his favorite, and Prieto mentioned that this program is a favorite among players. Leaving to prepare with a grin, Prieto promised a program that bounces among reality, fantasy, and lies.

 

Bartok’s Dances of Transylvania was a perfect amuse-bouche, introducing the complex, quick and disorienting rhythms of Bartok that first surprise and puzzle, then delight a Western palette. The toothsome violin entrances and rapport between strings and wind soli evoke a fiddling tone from a countryside dance.

 

Hadelich appeared looking sharp (and daresay, vampiric?) in a sleek Nehru collar midnight blue suit with hidden buttons and gold collar pin. Hadelich had described Bartók’s second violin concerto as a whimsical answer to a patron’s request: adhere to established form and write a three-movement concerto. Bartók plays with variations on the first movement’s opening theme and jumps between distinct swooning French and playful Hungarian orchestrations, a treat for listeners to catch. Hadelich was stirring and polished – pausing for contemplative glances and shudders among breakneck runs. The second movement saw Principal Harp Rachel Van Voorhees Kirschman and Principal Flute Patrick Williams meld to lend a crystalline answer to Hadelich’s speed and diverse tones, alternatingly and appropriately sentimental, maddening, and fleeting. The third movement featured percussion amplifying strokes of Hadelich’s bow, now trailed by the characteristic loose horsehair of a virtuosic performance.

 

Prieto and Hadelich’s connection is apparent, and balance between orchestra and soloist never felt off. After his first standing ovation, Hadelich returned for an encore of Pagagnini’s Caprice No. 1 in E major, played with technical accuracy and the same raw energy of his Bartok. After his second standing ovation, Hadelich left a contented audience to break for intermission. Prieto had gleefully introduced Janácek’s Sinfonietta, in which the orchestra featured an enlarged brass section for a self-described ‘blowfest’, or fanfare in the piece’s opening and closing movements. The piece was originally called the ‘Military Sinfonietta’, and though the ‘Military’ was dropped, the orchestra remained mighty and synchronized. The LPO preserved the fanfare’s grandeur throughout, against delightfully haunting lines from Bass Clarinet John Reeks, who led the audience from an imperial court to the forests outside the city walls. Prieto’s movements were graceful but sharp as his tails rippled behind him. He led the orchestra to a regal and full-bodied conclusion.

 

The Maestro, beaming, took to the microphone to explain the program’s unusual configuration – with two symphonic pieces in the second half. He joked about how only his musical home of New Orleans would allow such excess in Lenten times, and yet almost all audience members remained through the last piece, eager for more.

 

The final piece of the night, Kodály’s Háry János Suite tells the story of a homesick Hungarian expat in Vienna who recalls vignettes in his motherland. The opening ‘sneeze’, as explained by Prieto, follows a traditional Hungarian belief that a sneeze from a storyteller precedes a true tale. The Hungarian character of the work is apparent with entrancing contributions from cembalo player Larry Kaptain, whose exchanges with Principal Clarinet Christopher Pell accurately portrayed the fog of fond memory. Prieto maintained a flexible balance among soloists and the ensemble so important musical side-plots were apparent. Animated brass and effective percussion shone in the fourth movement, which represented János’ memory of hard-won victory over Napoleon’s invading forces. The colossal finale of Kodály showcased the Hungarian grammatical stress analog, with violins driving the beginning of each musical sentence.

 

A sense of accomplishment permeated the room for a third standing ovation. Prieto and the LPO delivered a program that was cerebral, engaging, and well conceived. If excess becomes a regular theme for LPO programming, its audience seems ready to glut.

 

Fore more information and tickets for remaining performances of the LPO’s 2016-2017 ‘Fantastic Voyage’ season, please visit their website or call 504.523.6530.

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Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock