2019-2020 Cultural Season Preview
The cultural community in New Orleans is thriving! Whether you enjoy dance, theatre, opera, music, or all of the above, you are sure to find top-notch, professional options in our culturally rich city. Don’t miss all New Orleans has to offer this 2019-20 season. Contact the organizations listed here to find out more. Season subscriptions are on sale now!
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
504-523-6530, option 2 | LPOmusic.com
There’s no better way to experience the 2019-2020 Season than to become an LPO subscriber! Options range from the Bronze Pass starting at $85 for 5 concerts, to the Platinum Pass, which includes 19 concerts and PLAY DAT! (a side-by-side concert in which more than 100 avocational musicians and students rehearse and perform with the LPO in one day). Subscriptions are also available to our Northshore Classics and Hammond Series. Other seasonal highlights include opening night Gala con Pacho featuring Pacho Flores, September 12 at the Orpheum Theater; Beethoven’s “Emperor,” September 19 & 21 at the Orpheum Theater and September 20 at First Baptist Church in Covington; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, October 12 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater; The Music of David Bowie, November 15 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater; and Mozart Requiem, November 21 & 23 at the Orpheum Theater and November 22 at First Baptist Church in Covington.
Marigny Opera Ballet
Marigny Opera House, 725 S. Ferdinand St.
The Marigny Opera Ballet is New Orleans’ resident contemporary ballet company, featuring a full season of original productions accompanied by live music including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (October 4-6); Christmas Dances (December 6-8), Paul Taylor’s Aureole (January 31 – February 2), and Follies of 1915 (March 27-29).
New Orleans Ballet Association
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
504-522-0996 | NOBADance.com
The New Orleans Ballet Association’s 2019-2020 season of dance is packed with stellar performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater by four brilliant and world-renowned dance companies, including Trinity Irish Dance Company on October 19, Pilobolus in Shadowland – The New Adventure on November 22, Houston Ballet on March 28, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on April 18, plus a special Evening of Stars on January 25 that continues the celebration of NOBA’s 50thanniversary season. Season subscriptions available.
New Orleans Friends of Music
Dixon Hall, Tulane University
504-895-0690 | FriendsOfMusic.org
For 65 years, New Orleans Friends of Music has been bringing exceptional chamber music to New Orleans. Tickets available singly or by subscription; students with ID are admitted free of charge. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Tulane University, Dixon Hall. The 2019-20 season includes Poulenc Trio with Alex Fiterstein, Clarinet on Tuesday, September 24; Christian Tetzlaff, Violin and Lars Vogt, Piano on Wednesday, October 23; Lisette Oropesa, Soprano on Wednesday, November 13; Dover String Quartet on Tuesday, December 10, Stephen Hough, Piano on Tuesday, January 28; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Piano Quartet on Monday, March 2; and Escher String Quartet on Monday, April 6.
New Orleans Opera Association
504-529-3000 | NewOrleansOpera.org
Opera in America’s first city of opera! New Orleans Opera Association’s mainstage productions are performed at Mahalia Jackson Theater and include Bizet’s Carmen, October 4 & 6; Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc, February 7 & 9; and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, May 1 & 3. The Opera Chamber ‘Detour’ Series includes The Falling and the Rising: A New Opera, November 6 at The Jefferson Performing Arts Center and Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird April 3, 4 & 5 at the Jazz Market. The Falling and the Rising is free and open to the public. Call the box office to secure your seat. For all other performances, subscriptions or single tickets are available through the box office. Also enjoy Opera on Tap! Performances take place most Wednesdays rotating between The Rusty Nail, The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter and on the Northshore at The Abita Brew Pub.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
504-539-9650 | OgdenMuseum.org
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District since 1999, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes 85,000 visitors annually to experience and learn about the artists and art movements of the American South. It is home to a collection of more than 4,000 works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught art, Regionalism, photography and contemporary art. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and local craft.Exhibitions: Courtney Egan: Virtual Idylls (through September 1), Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bongé (through September 8), Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation (through January 5), Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry (October 5 through March 1).
Southern Rep Theatre
2541 Bayou Rd.
504-522-6545 | SouthernRep.com
Southern Rep is the premiere regional theatre of the Gulf South. Save 20% off single-ticket prices and take advantage of special benefits with a 2019-2020 Mainstage Season subscription. In addition,their Lagniappe Stage hosts a variety of different events weekly. Mainstage Season shows include: the REGIONAL PREMIERE of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts (September 11 – October 6, 2019); the REGIONAL PREMIERE of Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (October 30 – November 17, 2019); the WORLD PREMIERE of Mandatory Merriment: A New Orleans Holiday Musical created by Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch (December 4 – 29, 2019); Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht, Translated by Ntozake Shange (January 22 – February 2, 2020); the NNPN (National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere of Reykjavik by Steve Yockey (March 18 – April 5, 2020); and SOUTHERN REP COMMISSION: Chemin Du Bayou by Pamela Davis-Noland (May 13-31, 2020).
The Historic New Orleans Collection
520 & 533 Royal Street | 410 Chartres St.
504-523-4662 | hnoc.org
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Historic New Orleans Collection offers a myriad of cultural experiences this fall—many of which are free. THNOC’s exquisite new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street will feature Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation through Sunday, October 6. Guests can wander the sprawling galleries, or choose a free guided tour of the show. Saturday morning youth tours and children’s activity guides are also available. This fall also brings two impressive exhibitions of black-and-white photography to THNOC. Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River features the work of New Orleans photographer and author Richard Sexton and opens September 17. Seeking an Open Life: Photographs of Lafcadio Hearn’s Japan opens October 10 at THNOC’s Williams Research Center and features the work of author and collodion photographer Everett Kennedy Brown. Details on these exhibitions and more are available at hnoc.org.