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Orchestral Anniversaries

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated 25 years and honored its longtime members.

Co-Chair Gayle Benson, Irwin Marcus and Co-Chair Angela Hill

Kenny Martinez

The Orpheum Theater set a sophisticated tone for the “Opus Ball,” marking the 25th anniversary of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the 10th anniversary of Carlos Miguel Prieto as Musical Director and Principal Conductor. Prieto led the LPO in a program which featured “Rebound” for Cello and Orchestra, a piece composed by Samuel Zyman that was commissioned for the anniversary ball to feature Prieto’s father on cello. Later, dance music was provided by The Essentials.

The event honored the six LPO Orchestra members who have been with the orchestra since its inception: John Reeks, Jim Atwood, Patti Adams, David Rosen, Bruce Owen and Rachel van Voorhees Kirschman.

Large floral arrangements provided by Johnny Lopez of Perfect Presentation sat atop glass cylinders on black table linens, set with silver chargers and silver chiavari chairs. The seated dinner was designed by Horst Pfeifer and catered by Bella Luna.

Key auction items included suite tickets on the 50-yard line to a Saints game, a Saints fan package including pre-game field passes, a birthday party at the Saints Training Facility and a shopping spree with gift certificates to Saks Fifth Avenue, Perlis, Adler’s, dinner at Galatoire’s and a weekend at the Windsor Court Hotel.


What: “Opus Ball: 25th Anniversary Celebration,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
When: Saturday, March 19
Where: Orpheum Theater


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