To keep up with the lively Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, some Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra fans felt they should up the tempo – only Con Brio, an Italian musical term for “with spirit” or “with brilliance,” would do. They found the term fitting for a new group of LPO supporters, undoubtedly inspired by the vigorous LPO musical director, interested in bringing world music to New Orleans audiences.

The group, co-chaired by Nancy Hales and Bill and Pam Ryan, will sponsor an intimate preview for Con Brio members of the LPO “Purely Percussion” concert at the home of Salvador and Luz Caputto. The preview will feature Cuban, Mexican and American works from LPO’s principal timpanist, Jim Atwood, and timpanist Alexander Radziewski from Hamburg Symphony in Germany.

With sundry household items at their whim, Atwood and LPO principal percussionist Nena Lorenz will demonstrate how to turn such everyday objects as cans and spoons into some serious percussion instruments. The two promise to reap “heretofore unknown talent” from the group, so guests should be sure to partake in the wine being offered to gain courage for the possibility of an impromptu performance. Hors d’ oeuvres will also be on hand to sustain the con brio pace of the gathering.

To join Con Brio, and what promises to be an entertaining gathering at the Caputto home on Thursday, April 2, contact Peter Dandridge at the LPO (, 523-6530). Members and non-members alike can enjoy the “Purely Percussion” concert when it opens to public on Saturday, April 4 at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in Armstrong Park.