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Bernadette Peters and the LPO is on for February 28

One of the greatest divas for the past three decades is winging her way to New Orleans to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Bernadette Peters, who has played such iconic roles as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun will be singing many of the fabled songs that established her as one of the greatest luminaries of the …more…

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra announces new season, Part 1

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) continues to offer top ranked performances and guest artists to enthrall local classical music devotees. The dashing figure of artistic director and maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jr. will continue to lead the LPO with authority and a keen sense of intuition as to what fits for today’s audiences.

LPO maestro and artistic director Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jr.

It all kicks off on Saturday, September 22 with pianist …more…

LPO’s song remains the same; sells out Zeppelin show

As expected the weekend at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts turned out to be a bonanza for music fans of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). It is true that the crowd that experienced a breathtaking evening of choral work from Johannes Brahms (Shicksalied or “Song of Destiny”) and a magnificent reading of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on Saturday night was vastly different than the rockers that …more…

LPO has second big weekend planned

Last weekend the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra carried off a busy schedule. This included a double bill with superb renditions of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Shostakovich Symphony No 15 as well as a well-attended free public concert at Champions Square adjacent to the Mercedez Benz Superdome featuring jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.

Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto picks up his baton this Saturday night (©Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra)

Artistic director and maestro …more…

Joshua Bell to play Brahms with LPO

One of the world’s leading violin virtuosos, Joshua Bell, will perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) on Friday and Saturday nights in New Orleans. An Avery Fisher Prize Winner and Instrumental Musician of the Year recipient from 2010, Bell was recently named the music director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Classical superstar Joshua Bell, who performs Friday and Saturday night with the LPO.

In most instances …more…

LPO busy with two nights of concerts

Just prior to next weekend’s major Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) concerts with renowned violinist Joshua Bell, the nation’s only major musician-run symphony orchestra presents two very different performances in as many nights.

Tonight’s “March Madness” performance features the return to the podium of artistic director Carlos Miguel Prieto. It has been nearly a month since he put the LPO through its musical paces with a program of Russian music.

As its title …more…

Grieg Piano Concerto to be heard three nights in a row

Fresh off last week’s concert featuring Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite” and the Beethoven Symphony No. 2, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) prepares for three consecutive nights under the baton of Eri Klas featuring music from Scandinavia. ...more...

The Russians Are Coming! (To LPO)

It’s a good thing that McCarthyism went out of fashion in the 1950s because conspiracy theorists might be on the alert for the series of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) concerts being held at month’s end.

Sergei Prokoviev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninov will be the stars front and center on Saturday night, February 26 in a post Mardi Gras celebration of post romantic and modern Russian music conducted by maestro and …more…

Beethoven Sym. 7 to get LPO treatment tonight

For the past two weeks the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has been busy serving up two divergent programs – the first, a night of Russian-oriented works and a the second, a lighter serving of “Spring” serenades. Tonight, under the solid work of maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jr., the members will return to their classical foundation with a program that features the rarely-performed, but sprightly Beethoven Symphony No. 7.

With the possible …more…

Spring Is Here, or at least musically

Conductor Mary Woodmansee Green

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) gets ready to take on the challenge of Spring tonight without worrying about hay fever or the possibility of “spring fever” in a concert at the Kenner First Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m.

Set to conduct the LPO this evening is talented and beautiful conductor Mary Woodmansee Green, a 24-year-veteran as music director and conductor of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. …more…

LPO to play at St. Louis Cathedral tonight

For the past five years the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has put on a free concert in conjunction with the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC). The idea is to make the music of the historical periods catalogued by the HNOC come to life and give meaning to them in a way that books, maps and historic documents can never do. The LPO for its part gets to play some very …more…

‘Live and Let Die’ at LPO tonight

This week George Martin, better known as “the Fifth Beatle,” a record producer with long ties and associations with the classical and opera world, celebrated his 86th birthday. That may be especially appropriate because the classical and pop worlds will collide in a good way – much as it did when Martin became the Fab Four’s producer for some of their best known work such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s …more…

Holiday classics are here

What would the Christmas season be without Handel’s “Messiah” or a solid work by Johann Sebastian Bach? As always, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra(LPO) is standing ready with a holiday program that has always proven to be one of its most popular offerings. For the first of two successive nights this Thursday and Friday, the LPO will present a program consisting of the Bach “Magnificat” (BWV 243) as well as two …more…

Gluzman, LPO to play Prokofiev Violin Con. 2

Acclaimed Israeli violinist virtuosoVadim Gluzman, a performer who has played with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) three times in as many years, is ready to perform the Prokofiev Violin Concert No. 2 tonight for the second time in as many nights. Guzman performed the piece last night as part of the LPO’s Northshore series along with the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 played last week at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the …more…

LPO’s world premiere of Zwilich’s ‘Shadows’

Ellen Taaffee Zwilich has had many firsts in her life. She  was the first woman to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts (in composition) from the Julliard School of music and was one of the first women to serve in a major symphony orchestra.

Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich at LPO event on Oct. 28 in New Orleans. ©Alan Smason

She was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize in …more…