NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the region’s premier orchestra, presents a festive lineup of concerts to kick off the holiday season. Audiences from families to adults are invited to enjoy holiday sounds performed by the LPO in venues across the city from the Orpheum Theater to City Park to the Northshore and more. For more information, visit www.lpomusic.com.
Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. | Orpheum Theater
Seasonal favorites from various holiday celebrations will be performed live on the Orpheum Theater stage by LPO musicians. This family-friendly concert features holiday classics including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Carol of the Bells, music from the iconic film Home Alone, and more.
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Jessica Mixon, soprano
Mark-Anthony Thomas, tenor
Isidore Newman School Chorus
CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS: HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. | Orpheum Theater
LPO musicians perform one of choral music’s most famous works, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major. Audiences are invited to experience attractive melodies and popular hits such as the Hallelujah Chorus – a performance filled with passion and drama for some of the most inspiring music ever written.
Rei Hotoda, conductor
Joel Dyson, soprano
Claire Shackleton, mezzo-soprano
Chauncey Packer, tenor
Ivan Griffin, bass
MUSICAL STORYTIME: THE SNOWY DAY
Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m. | Popp Bandstand, New Orleans City Park
The LPO returns to New Orleans City Park for its next Musical Storytime featuring Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snow Day” with a live reading and performance by LPO Principal Oboe Virginia McDowell.
HAPPY HOUR: TIPITINA’S
Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 6:00 p.m. | Tipitina’s
LPO musicians present their next Happy Hour concert at the historic Tipitina’s with a program of holiday favorites curated by LPO string and brass musicians. Audiences can enjoy popular tunes including excerpts from The Nutcracker by an LPO string quartet, Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, and more. The program also highlights local talent with a performance by LPO musicians and members of New Orleans pop and rock band, Sweet Crude. Special guests include LPO Academy students of The Plessy Honors Quartet from Homer Plessy Community School will join the LPO for a holiday selection. This is an 18+ performance.
Alexis Marceaux, Sweet Crude member
Sam Craft, Sweet Crude member
Gabriel Platica, violin
Kate Winthrow, violin
Amelia Clingman, viola
Kyle Anderson, cello
David Anderson, bass
Alex Maynon, trumpet
Patrick Smithers, trumpet
Josiah Bullach, horn
Austin Richardson, trombone
Robert Nuñez, tuba
Michael Metz, percussion