[Courtesy of the LPO]

LPO to Host a Benefit Concert with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

07:00 April 10, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

Supporting Local Music Education

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be closing out its 2023-2024 season with a concert featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and pianist Sean Chen. The proceeds from the concert will benefit the LPO's educational programs. The show will take place at the Orpheum Theater starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Tickets are currently on sale for $45-$175.

The Louisiana Philharmonic's Music Director Matthew Kraemer will be closing out his first inaugural year in the role. The night's show is titled "Rooted in Rhythm: Celebrating NOLA jazz and Classical Traditions." The show will celebrate the diverse musical and rhythmic influences on the city of New Orleans. The orchestra will play first, followed by Sean Chen, a award-winning pianist making his debut with the LPO. Chen will perform melodies on the piano that reflect the influence and sounds of the roaring '20s. The night will close out with a performance by the iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing original music accompanied by Ben Jaffe, their tuba player and founding member.

This benefit concert will be the first collaboration of the LPO and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, two of the most iconic musical influences in the city. The benefit will fundraise for a range of LPO musical education programs, including their new partnership with NOLA public schools. The LPO also runs a mentorship program in which kids in New Orleans receive an LPO mentor and learn how to play an instrument, read music, music theory, and more while cultivating a deep connection to music.

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