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LPO receives NEA grant for upcoming "Envisioning Louisiana" concert in January

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The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has received a grant for $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of educational materials for its upcoming collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) concert, Envisioning Louisiana.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Chairman Rocco Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary educational programs.”

The LPO is collaborating with The Historic New Orleans Collection to explore how composers have envisioned Louisiana’s natural environment and how cultural exchanges between Europe and Louisiana have influenced music. From Louisiana’s colonial period to 20th century depictions of New Orleans and Louisiana, music will be used to highlight common perceptions and misperceptions of Louisiana’s changing natural and cultural environments.

Funding from the NEA will help empower the LPO to continue offering high-quality classical music programming focusing on Louisiana's musical heritage. Envisioning Louisiana is an exceptional opportunity for Louisianans and others to experience the state's landscape through the lens of music.

“We are honored to be a grantee of the NEA, and grateful for the support provided for this unique project,” states James William Boyd, Interim Managing Director.

Envisioning Louisiana will take place Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Louis Cathedral, located adjacent to Jackson Square in the historic French Quarter and streamed online at www.lpomusic.com. The concert is free and open to the public.