The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is ready to make music again, with reimagined concert experiences for the fall 2020 season.
In response to the ongoing pandemic, the LPO develops a slate of fall programming offering a variety of digital and in-person opportunities to experience new performances.
The new lineup, intended to “reach a broad, cross-cultural audience,” includes virtual Orpheum Sessions with the orchestra, pop-up performances at unexpected locations around the city and a series of performances at iconic New Orleans museums.
“In a city with a 200-year classical music tradition, the LPO is resiliently developing new programs and initiatives to connect with audiences and foster spirit and pride in our community,” said Interim Executive Director Scott Harrison. “As our city reopens and the economy rebounds, the LPO is here to share music with New Orleanians safely and accessibly. We are embracing our role in helping to energize the unique culture of our region.”
A series called the Orpheum Sessions features ensembles of up to 30 LPO musicians captured on video at the Orpheum Theater. Audiences can watch the Orpheum Sessions on-demand at their convenience via lpomusic.com. The series premiere launched on Oct. 2. The eight inaugural episodes premiere every other Friday until Jan. 8. Future highlights include Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with LPO musicians as soloists, a program pairing works of Mozart, Joseph Bologne Saint-Georges, and New Orleans composer Tucker Fuller, and collaborations with Cyril Neville and Tank and the Bangas.
The new Suite Sundays are engaging programs that feature LPO chamber ensembles online. The video streams offer an intimate concert experience with storytelling from LPO musicians. The series begins on Oct. 11 at 2:30 pm with the LPO Woodwind Trio, with subsequent performances streaming every other Sunday.
In another series called Music at the Museum, LPO chamber ensembles perform at iconic New Orleans museums. Strict safety and distancing protocols will be in place for limited capacity live audiences. Upcoming performances will take place at Hermann-Grima Historic House, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Longue Vue House & Gardens, and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
In addition to outdoor museum locations, musicians will delight and connect around the community in a variety of settings and locations as part of LPO on the GO. LPO’s new series of planned and pop-up performances will be held in imaginative, unexpected, and less formal settings throughout our city, designed to engage, entertain, and be interactive. LPO musicians will also perform Musical Storytime regularly on Saturday mornings at City Park’s Storyland featuring delightful tales with narration and music.
Other community programs will focus on access to music education. The LPO is creating engaging programs for families and educators to share with children of all ages including Early Explorer videos and curriculum, arts integration lessons for teachers and Music for Life virtual music lessons at select schools. Additionally, Soul Strings will provide music therapy for children and adults at five different sites with a licensed music therapist and LPO string quartet.
For more information about the complete LPO schedule, visit the website.