[Courtesy of Musical Louisiana]

THNOC and the LPO Announce 16th 'Musical Louisiana' Concert

07:00 February 19, 2024
By: Gabriella Bonura

Musical Louisiana's L'Arrivée--Three Firsts in the Vieux Carré

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) announce the 16th annual Musical Louisiana: America's Cultural Heritage. This free educational concert will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter.

This year's theme, L'Arrivée--Three Firsts in the Vieux Carré, will bring back three works performed in the French Quarter before Louisiana's statehood. The repertoire will include pieces from THNOC's archives: the Ursuline Music Manuscript (1736), Andre Gretry's Silvain (1770), and Francois Devienne's Les Visitandines (1792).

This free concert is open to the public with doors opening at 7 p.m. A pre-concert lecture by Matthew Kraemer, the LPO's Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin music director, will be held at 6:30 to 7 p.m. Kraemer's lecture is aimed to deepen the audience's understanding of the compositions. If you plan on going to his talk, the doors open at 6 p.m. Don't be late because seating is first-come, first-serve.

For those who may not be able to attend but still want to listen to the melodic tunes, there will be live broadcasts on channels 89.9 WWNO-FM and Classical 104.9 FM, as well as 90.5 KTLN-FM for those in the Houma-Thibodaux area.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher that was founded in 1966. THNOC is dedicated to the history and rich culture of New Orleans and the deep South. Located on 520 Royal St., the museum has free admissions, but some exhibits have a charge.

Founded in 1991, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest full-time orchestra in the United States that is governed by its musicians. This live orchestra is an essential element of New Orleans' culture and education. With over 120 performances during their 36-week season, the LPO collaborates with other performing arts groups around the city.

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