THNOC to Host Holiday Concert for Holidays New Orleans Style
The Historic New Orleans Collection will be hosting a free-admission holiday concert, performed by The New Orleans Concert Band and special guests, at the St. Louis Cathedral for Holidays New Orleans Style on December 10 from 6 to 7 p.m.
The holiday concert will be led by led by Dr. Charles Taylor, who is the music director of the School of the Arts at University of New Orleans. The special guest of the evening will be Norman Robinson, former WDSU anchor and band member, and Robinson will be performing a rendition of The Night Before Christmas.
The event will not only feature holiday hits, but the collection of performances will also pay homage to the tradition of making music within the community of New Orleans. The renditions of holiday favorites are to be played by an ensemble of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The instruments used in the festive performances date back to the times of revolutions and were often played during military, ceremonial, or celebratory purposes.
This concert is part of Holidays New Orleans Style by French Quarter Fest Inc., which is an annual holiday tradition that hosts concerts in the French Quarter.
These performances also serve as a celebration of community-made music, and in the U.S., community-led bands have become an essential outlet for intergenerational creative expression. There is estimated to be over 1,000 active community-based music groups across America, and New Orleans has its share.