Cultural Season Returns to New Orleans after 18-Month Pandemic Hiatus

09:00 September 29, 2021
By: Dean Shapiro

Much to the relief and joy of New Orleans's culture lovers, a new cultural season kicks off this fall after being dark for the past season and a half, due to the ongoing (and, hopefully, soon-to-be-eradicated) COVID-19 pandemic.

Following is a listing, by category, of some of New Orleans's premier presenting organizations offering three or more separate events for the 2021-22 cultural season. (NOTE: All venues listed are in New Orleans unless otherwise noted.)


New Orleans Opera Association 504-529-3000,

Die Walküre, Act I (in German, with English translations above the stage)

Joint production with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Mahalia Jackson Theater, Louis Armstrong Park (entrance from Basin Street) November 12 and 14

An Homage to Josephine Baker (in English)

Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., January 6-9

An Homage to Josephine Baker (in English) [Opera Colorado / Kelly Maxwell]

Gala Concert with Members of the New Orleans Opera Chorus

Mahalia Jackson Theater,
February 11 and 13

La Boheme (in Italian with English translations above the stage)

Mahalia Jackson Theater, April 1 and 3

Opera performances in the Mahalia Jackson Theater are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.


Opera Creole's 2021-22 schedule was not fully confirmed by deadline. Below is what is known so far:

10th Anniversary Celebration

September 2021 (tentative - date and venue TBA if confirmed)


Marigny Opera House,

Holiday Concert: Ballad of the Brown King (tentative)

November/December (dates/venue TBA)

Performance with New Orleans Opera: From Ida B Wells to Kamala Harris

New Orleans Opera Women's Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St.

January/February (dates TBA)

Concert Spirituel aux Caraibes with the Historic New Orleans Collection and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Civic Theater, 510 O'Keefe Ave.,
February 5, 7:30 p.m.

Production: Either Le Spahi by Lucien Lambert or A Bayou Legend by William Grant Still

(details TBA), May 26-28


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 504-523-6350,

Here are some of the highlights of the upcoming season at the Orpheum Theater:

Season Opener: Beethoven, Brahms, and Copland

November 4

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica

November 18

Classical Christmas featuring excerpts from Handel's Messiah

December 16

Tank and the Bangas with the LPO

January 14

"Always Remember" featuring Courtney Bryan's "Yet Unheard"

January 20

Mozart, Haydn, and Reid featuring Anne Marie McDermott (piano)

February 2

Stravinsky's Firebird Suite

March 24

Dvorak Symphony No. 9 From the New World

April 7

Season Finale featuring LPO Musicians

May 4

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

New Orleans Friends of Music Dixon Hall, Tulane University, corner of Newcomb Place and Zimpel Street,

Dover String Quartet

October 18

Pacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill, clarinet

November 9

Michael Brown, piano, and Nicholas Canellakis, cello

December 7

Junction Trio

January 11

Stephen Hough, piano

February 8

Musicians from Marlboro with Tessa Lark, violin

March 28

American Brass Quintet

April 25

All concerts at 7:30 p.m.

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans 504-525-2111,

The SCNO's 2021-22 season schedule was not finalized by deadline but the known details are as follows:

Annual performance of Handel's Messiah

December 2021 (date and venue TBA)

Performance of Haydn's The Creation

late March 2022 (date and venue TBA)

(Other performances TBA)

Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, 646-241-0303,

The annual Crescent City Chamber Music Festival presents a series of seven free public concerts at various venues in New Orleans between September 30 and October 10, 2021.

Free Public Concert No. 1
Jason Vieaux, guitar, and the Escher Quartet
Felicity Church, 1220 Felicity St.
September 30, 7:30 p.m.

Free Public Concert No. 2
The Escher Quartet and members of the Manhattan Chamber Players
Music by Strauss, Barber, and Messiaen
Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Ave.
October 1, 7 p.m.

Free Public Concert No. 3
The Escher Quartet and Friends
Music by Dvorak, Bartok, George Walker and Andrea Casarrubios

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St. (at St. Charles Avenue)

October 3, 4 p.m.

Free Public Concert No. 4
Music by Brahms, Schubert
and Wynton Marsalis

(All performers are New Orleans
classical musicians)

UNO Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., October 5, 7:30 p.m.

Free Public Concert No. 5
Casual Classical Music with Beer Pairings

Urban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas St.

October 7, 7 p.m.

Free Public Concert No. 6
Manhattan Chamber Players
Music by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn

UNO Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

October 8, 7:30 p.m.

Free Public Concert No. 7
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland and Andrea Casarrubios

Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church

October 10, 4 p.m.

Musaica Chamber Ensemble [courtesy photo]

Most of the concerts are preceded by a 30-minute talk and Q&A session.

Musaica Chamber Ensemble , 504-304-8608

Special concert:

Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St.

January 18, 7 p.m.

Winter program:

Marigny Opera House

February 15, 7:30 p.m.

UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

February 16, 7:30 p.m.

Spring program:

Munholland Methodist Church, 1201 Metairie Rd., Metairie

April 18, 7:30 p.m.

UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

April 19, 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans Chamber Players

Concert at the Marigny Opera House

February 2022 (date TBA)

Concert at the Deutsches Haus

May 2022 (date TBA)

Details on these and other concerts will be announced as they are finalized.

Versipel New Music

Versipel Collective I

October 2021, 7:30 p.m.
(exact date and venue TBA)

Visiting Artist I

October 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m. (venue TBA)

Versipel Collective II

January 2022, 7:30 p.m. (
exact date and venue TBA)

Visiting Artist II

March 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (venue TBA)

Versipel Collective, "Coming Together"

Marigny Opera House

May 15, 7:30 p.m.


New Orleans Ballet Association,

NOBA will announce its spring season of performances (January-May, 2022) on October 9, 2021, after which tickets and additional information will be made known. The information will be on the NOBA website.

For tickets and information, call 504-522-0996 or visit the website. Single tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting All NOBA performances will be at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Marigny Opera Ballet, 725 St. Ferdinand St. 504-948-9998 ,

A New Orleans Jazz Nutcracker (World Premiere)

Choreography: Jarina Carvalho

Composer: Larry Sieberth

Music: 12-piece jazz Ensemble

December 3-12

Paul Taylor's Aureole/Gretchen Erickson's Silk and Smoke

Original Choreography: Paul Taylor and Gretchen Erickson

January 28-30

New Works performed by dancers from Marigny Opera Ballet

Music: Polymnia Quartet, March 18-20

All performances are at 8 p.m.

Melange Dance Company 847-651-3119,

RISE for Mother Earth (World Premiere)

Marigny Opera House

November 11, 12, and 14

Melange will be presenting at least two other dance performances during this cultural season; dates and venues to be announced later.


Saenger Theatre, Hancock Whitney "Broadway in New Orleans" at the Saenger Theatre 1111 Canal St., 1-800-218-SHOW (7469)

Hadestown [DKC/O&M]


November 9-14


December 14-19


December 28 to January 2

Disney's Frozen

February 10-20


April 5-10

Mean Girls

May 17-22


June 21 to July 10

Show times vary.

Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St. (corner Chartres St. in the French Quarter), 504-522-2081,

Dear Mr. Williams

October 8-24

Choir Boy

January 14-30

The House That Will Not Stand

March 4-20


April 8-24

A Night with Janis Joplin

May 13-29

Jefferson Performing Arts Society 504-885-2000,

JPAS will be presenting four mainstage productions at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC), 6600 Airline Dr., Metairie, and five shows at their Westbank venue, the Westwego Performing Arts Theater (WPAT) at 177 Sala Ave. in Westwego.

.God of Carnage

October 1-10, (WPAT)

The Addams Family

October 8-17, (JPAC)

Shrek: The Musical [© DreamWorks Theatricals, Photo by Joan Marcus]

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

December 3-12, (JPAC)

The Nutcracker

December 18-19, (JPAC)

Fly: A Play Inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen

February 4-13, (JPAC)

Shrek: The Musical

March 11-20, (JPAC)

Murder on the Orient Express

April 22-May 8, (WPAT)

The Comedy Zone

October 22 & 23, November 19 & 20, January 21 & 22, February 18 & 19, March 25 & 26, May 20 & 21, June 17 & 18, (WPAT)

Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd, Slidell, 985-649-3727,

Cabaret [Courtesy Cutting Edge Theater]


September 24-October 16

Rocky Horror Voodoo

October 22-30


November 19-20

This Christmas

December 3-12

Pageant Play

January 7-22

I Want My MTV

February 11-19

Here We Go Again

April 1-9

Pre-sold tickets for canceled shows will be honored. Call the box office at 504-461-9475 or email to get credit or order for new shows.

The NOLA Project 504-302-9117,

This New Orleans-based ensemble has one production scheduled for 11 performances this fall, with all performances in the New Orleans Museum of Art's Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park (weather permitting). Other performances will be scheduled throughout the cultural season and will be announced on the group's website and social media platforms.

The NOLA Project [Courtesy of John Barrois / The NOLA Project]

Tell it to Me Sweet

(An original work written by ensemble member Brittany N. Williams)

October 15, 17, 30, 31; November 2, 7, 9, 14


There are other performing arts organizations in New Orleans (including those from the universities) whose full schedules were not finalized in time to be included in this listing. Here, listed alphabetically, is a handy list of some of those organizations, along with their websites, on which their schedules might now be posted.

30 by Ninety Theatre (Mandeville),

Ashe Cultural Arts Center,

Birdfoot (chamber music) Festival:

Contemporary Arts Center,

Cutting Edge Theater (Slidell),

Louis Moreau Institute,

Loyola University Arts Series, or loyola-presents/all-list

Lyrica Baroque,

Musical Arts Society of New Orleans,

New Orleans Ballet Theatre,

New Orleans Chamber Orchestra,

New Orleans Civic Symphony,

New Orleans Vocal Arts (NOVA) Chorale,

New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra,

Southern Rep Theatre,

Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans,

Trinity Artist Series,

University of New Orleans Musical Excursions,

University of New Orleans Theatre,

NOTE: Most of these arts organizations also have a presence on Facebook and/or other social media and information can be obtained from these sites as well.

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