NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is set to return to New Orleans City Park with two free performances in October. The Oct. 24* concert will be the LPO’s first full orchestra performance in City Park since April 2019.

“As a public space that serves all of the peoples of our region and plays a key role in cultivating cultural accessibility, we are delighted to continue and deepen our partnership with the Louisiana Philharmonic,” said City Park CEO Cara Lambright. “The combination of music and nature are two powerful ingredients in connecting and healing us as a community, and both concerts are sure to be incredible experiences.”  

On Sunday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., the LPO will kick off the season with a free Community Concert at the Peristyle in City Park. This performance, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, will mark the return of full orchestral programming for the LPO. On Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m., the Park will welcome families to experience LPO’s Halloween Spooktacular. The program, conducted by David Torns, will set the tone for Halloween with a selection of eerie musical pieces including John Williams’ Double Trouble. Attendees are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes.

“The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to return to City Park for these very special concerts to kick off the season,” said Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Executive Director Anwar Nasir. “We have been through so much as a community over the last nineteen months, and we want to express our appreciation and gratitude for the unwavering spirit of resilience. City Park is the perfect place to gather safely, spark joy, and experience a sense of togetherness.”

Both performances are free and open to the public, with no ticket required. Attendees are allowed to bring chairs and lawn blankets to enjoy the performances. Face masks are required except when eating or drinking, and social distancing is encouraged. For more information, please visit



*The original date of the first concert was postponed from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 due to threat of thunderstorms.