Fifth annual “Musical Louisiana” concert showcases
works once performed by a 19th-century orchestra of free men of color
WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
WHAT: “Identity, History, Legacy: La Société Philharmonique,”
a concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
WHEN: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
***Note: An additional performance will be at Slidell High School Friday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. ***
WHERE: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, French Quarter New Orleans
HOW: The concert at St. Louis Cathedral is free and open to the public, and no reservations are necessary. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
***Tickets are required for the Northshore performance. Contact (504) 523-6530 or visit www.lpomusic.com for more information. ***
WHY: On Thursday, February 10, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present “Identity, History, Legacy: La Société Philharmonique,” the fifth installment of “Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage.” The popular concert series and educational program examines an aspect of the state’s contributions to classical music each year. This year’s program is presented in conjunction with The Collection’s exhibition, In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans, and the 16th annual Williams Research Center Symposium, “Identity, History, Legacy: Free People of Color in Louisiana.”
The 2011 concert will feature music that was performed by La Société Philharmonique, a mid-19th century orchestra composed of free men of color in New Orleans. Under the direction of conductor Thomas Wilkins, musical highlights include Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, Alard’s La Traviata (Fantasy for Violin and Piano, op. 38), and Verdi’s “Caro nome” from Rigoletto. Following a typical program of this orchestra and its contemporaries, a dramatic reading will also be presented—Victor Séjour’s “La Retour de Napoléon (The Return of Napoleon).”
Along with the exhibition, the symposium and concert will explore the impact of this important and long understudied population.
This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. Additional support comes from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Hotel Monteleone.
About The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. For more information about The Historic New Orleans Collection, please visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662.
About the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1991 by musicians from the former New Orleans Symphony, is the only musician-owned and collaboratively managed professional symphony in the United States. For more information, visit www.lpomusic.com or call (504) 523-6530.
Images pertaining to this performance and the event’s featured artists are available to members of the media. Please contact Lauren Noel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 556-7655 to make a request.