Problem Solved! LPO Musicians’ Instrument Transportation Woes Erased Thanks to Fidelity
For musicians with oversized instruments, transportation between rehearsals and concert venues can sometimes be a daunting task. At a press conference this morning, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) unveiled its solution to the LPO musicians’ instrument transportation woes – Fidelity Presents the LPO on the Go Van. Fidelity Homestead and City Council Vice President Jacquelyn Clarkson joined the LPO in unveiling the LPO on the Go Van on the front steps of First Baptist Church.
“The LPO on the Go Van will help the orchestra achieve its objective of making orchestral music a part of the lives of all Louisianans,” said James Boyd, interim managing director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. A dark blue oversized van adorned with white music notes on whimsical staff and the iconic LPO logo of a pale blue treble clef featuring a fleur de lis, the LPO on the Go Van supports the transportation of LPO instruments, including oversized instruments like a tuba or a harp between concert venues. Made possible by Fidelity, which donated the van in addition to sponsoring the LPO’s 2012 season of park concerts, the LPO on the Go Van also supports the day-to-day operations of the LPO. “Fidelity is proud to be a part of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s efforts to bring orchestral music to not only New Orleans, but the entire region,” said Alton McRee, president and CEO of Fidelity, “As a local company, we recognize the importance of supporting cultural organizations like the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra that further enriches our community.”
This morning’s announcement was made in conjunction with the LPO’s November Early Explorers event, a program started by the LPO in 2006, which introduces pre-kindergarten through first grade students to orchestral music, while reinforcing basic math skills. Each Early Explorer event also includes a special pre-concert interactive session with various stations. The LPO on the Go Van was this morning’s featured station and school children from across the Greater New Orleans Area were able to explore and learn about oversized instruments like a bass drum that before the Van on the Go could not be included in these interactive sessions. “New Orleans is such a diverse cultural mecca because of organizations like the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which are dedicated to enriching the culture of our great city” said City Council Vice President Jacquelyn Clarkson.
The LPO is dedicated to creating live symphonic music and maintaining a resident full-time orchestra that serves as an integral part of the cultural and educational life of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Of note, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is the only musician-owned and collaboratively managed professional symphony in the United States.
For more information about the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a schedule of upcoming performances and to find out where to catch the LPO on the Go Van next, please visit www.lpomusic.com.