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Musical Magnificence

The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans hosted its 14th annual “Nocturne.”

Dr. Edward Bluth and Co-Chair Elissa Bluth

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Acclaimed Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan,Artist-In-Association of the NY Philharmonic, was the “Nocturne XIV” Featured Artist. He performed “Suite Bergamasque” by Debussy, Schubert’s “Impromptu in G flat major” and “Handel Variations” by Brahms.

The event also honored Diane Dupin and Richard Goula, who were recognized for chairing the first “Nocturne” 14 years ago.

Elissa Bluth, Kathan Dearman, Dr. James Farrow and Dr. Emel Mize served as Event Chairs. Anne Gauthier serves as MASNO President, and Cara McCool Woolf is the Executive Director.

The evening began with a champagne reception and passed appetizers. Guests enjoyed the piano concert by Barnatan, followed by a seated dinner in the Lafayette Ballroom. Arrangements of roses on each table were arranged by Henrique Paraizo.

MASNO’s main fundraising event benefits the New Orleans International Piano Competition every other year, and the New Orleans Piano Institute every summer, bringing pianists from all over the world to the Crescent City. These events are held at Loyola University in July.


What: “Nocturne XIV,” benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
When: Sunday, November 20
Where: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans


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