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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2017-2018 season which takes them from the ‘Big Easy’ to the ‘Big Apple’

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce its 2017-2018 season of program offerings. In addition, the LPO is pleased to announce that we will be presented by Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of its 2017-2018 season celebrating composer-in-residence Philip Glass.
LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, LPO musicians, and staff organized an application to Carnegie Hall in 2015 requesting consideration to perform as part of the Glass Orchestra Project. After reviewing proposals from orchestras across the United States, the LPO and Pacific Symphony (California) were the only two selected to participate.

“It’s such an honor to receive an invitation from Carnegie Hall to perform as part of their season-long celebration of Philip Glass,” said LPO Chief Executive Officer, James William Boyd.  “It’s a testament to what the LPO musicians and Carlos have built in New Orleans in terms of creative programming and artistic quality.”
“We are thrilled to make our Carnegie Hall debut,” said LPO Orchestra President and hornist Matt Eckenhoff.  “What better way for the city of New Orleans to celebrate its tricentennial than to share the LPO with the rest of the world.” 
Music inspired by exotic locations and an unconventional concerto are featured in the LPO’s debut Carnegie Hall concert on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in the Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage. Philip Glass’s “Days and Nights in Rocinha” is an evocative tribute to the largest favela in Brazil, while “La noche de los Mayas”—a suite drawn from a score Revueltas composed to a film that is now lost—is inspired by Mayan culture, culminating in a blaze of pulsing rhythms and wild percussion. There are more fireworks in Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, a thrilling showcase requiring Olympian virtuosity from the two soloists who play nine timpani between them.
In addition to the Carnegie Hall program, the LPO’s 2017-2018 season offers an exciting array of concert programs designed to appeal to any and all types of music lovers.
Orchestral selections include

  • “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel
  • Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Symphony No. 7 by Antonín Dvořák
  • Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms
  • Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi
  • Symphony No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Easter Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.
Guest Artists include
  • Pianist Marc-André Hamelin performing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F
  • New Orleans Black Chorale and Xavier University Chorus performing Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Suite and a selection of spirituals
  • Violinist Paul Huang performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
  • Violinist Ray Chen performing Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy”
  • Banjoist Béla Fleck debuting an original composition commissioned by the LPO for the New Orleans Tricentennial
  • NOVA Masterworks featured on George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” and Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
Our extremely popular pops/special concerts include
The LPO will continue traveling to surrounding communities performing multiple times throughout the year:
  • Beethoven and Blue Jeans Series
    • Jefferson Performing Arts Center
    • Columbia Theatre, Hammond
    • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Slidell
  • Northshore Classics Series
    • First Baptist Church, Covington
  • Family Concerts
    • Roussel Hall, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Fidelity’s Concerts in the Park – Free Park Concerts
    • Mandeville Lakefront
    • New Orleans City Park
    • Lafreniere Park, Metairie
    • Heritage Park, Slidell
    • Bogue Falaya Park, Covington
Tickets are currently available through LPO subscriptions only. Single tickets to all LPO performances go on sale August 1, 2017.

For more information, contact LPO Director of Marketing and Communications Sean Snyder at 504-523-6530, Ext. 201 or email sean.snyder@lpomusic.com.


About the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is dedicated to maintaining live orchestral music and a full-scale symphonic orchestra as an integral part of the cultural and educational life of the New Orleans area, the entire state of Louisiana, and the Gulf South region. Formed in 1991, the LPO is the oldest full-time musician-governed and collaboratively-operated orchestra in the United States.
The LPO offers a full 36-week season with more than 120 performances, including classics, light classics, pops, education, family, park and community engagement concerts in New Orleans and across multi-parish areas. In addition, The LPO collaborates with and provides orchestral support for other cultural and performing arts organizations, including New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale, New Orleans Ballet Association and Delta Festival Ballet.


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