Classical Music Performances
Cabaret diva Jennifer Blades
3540 Toulouse St. (behind the American Can apartments) | New Orleans | 504-488-1460 | www.midcitytheatre.com | www.midcitytheatre.wordpress.com
The city’s newest neighborhood theater is fast becoming a hub of musical and other productions, from cabaret and comedy to drama. Renowned locals Ricky Graham and Becky Allen have become features on the stage here. Discover the Bayou St. John ambience of Fred Nuccio’s creative theater, set amid great dining spots – and free parking.
“Love, Love, Love!” (March 2). Jennifer Blades, a cabaret diva from the cold north, graces the stage with a tale of looking for love in all the wrong places.
Pat Bourgeois’ “Debauchery” (March 13, April 10). Get soaped up with the city’s only live theater soap opera.
“6 by 6” (April 24). Discover talent as it arises. Six 10-minute plays by local playwrights doing staged readings.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
1010 Common St. | Ste. 2120 | New Orleans | Box office: 504-523-6530 www.lpomusic.com
Music Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto continues to lead the musician-owned orchestra in its 22nd season.
Upcoming (check the Web site for times and locations):
“Tchikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1” (March 9). Featuring Danny Driver, conducted by Yaniv Dinur. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
“Shostakovich Symphony No. 9” (April 6). Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts a program that includes Shchedrin and Schnittke. At Mahalia Jackson Theater.
“Haydn’s Farewell” (April 19). A program that includes PDQ Bach’s “Howdy” Symphony, Vivaldi and Daugherty. At First Baptist Church, Kenner.
“French Masters” (May 9). Ravel, Saint-Saens and Faure. At First Baptist Church, New Orleans.
“Mahler Symphony No. 3” (May 16-17). Featuring Mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson. At First Baptist Church, New Orleans.
New Orleans Ballet Association
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts | New Orleans | Box office: 504-522-0996 | www.nobadance.com
World-class dance companies and artists perform classical and contemporary programs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. This season continues its program focuses on “American Moves” with a stunning lineup of talent.
“Martha Graham Dance Company” (March 23). This extraordinary company of 16 gorgeous dancers masterfully honors Graham’s legacy with a dramatic and exciting evening of Graham classics, rare films and newly commissioned works.
The program is highlighted by the New Orleans debut of Graham’s iconic masterpiece Appalachian Spring (1944), set to the famous Aaron Copeland score, and a special performance of Panorama (1935), danced by New Orleans youth in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance.
New Orleans Opera Association
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts | New Orleans | Box office: 504-529-3000 | 800-881-4459 | www.neworleansopera.org
General and Artistic Director Robert Lyall leads the association in continuing its 70th anniversary season on the Plácido Domingo Stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Watch for Opera On Tap in local clubs.
“Samson and Delilah” (March 15 and 17). Camille Saint-Saens brings the Bible to life, featuring Richard Cox, Edyta Kulczak, Greer Grimsley and Joel Colman.
“Madame Butterfly” (April 12-14). The heartbreaking tale of a maiden who gives up her heart, only to be abandoned. Featuring Maria Kanyova, Bryan Hymel, Margaret Thompson and Jake Gardner.