Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

129 Roosevelt way // New Orleans // Box office: (504) 523-6530 // lpomusic.com

In its 25th anniversary season, the orchestra has finally returned to the grand venue it long called home until Hurricane Katrina came along in 2005. Back in the newly restored and majestic Orpheum Theater, the LPO remains in the hands of its heroic director and principal conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto.

The orchestra also will continue to perform concerts at other venues as well. Check the website for many more events and details.


The French Connection (Oct. 22). Featuring pianist Benedetto Lupo. Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Franck’s Symphony in D minor

DvoRák Cello Concerto (Oct. 30). Featuring Alban Gerhardt.

Wizard of Oz: Movie with Orchestra (Nov. 6).

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Nov. 19). Featuring violinist Paul Huang.

Holiday Spectacular (Dec. 12-13). Featuring the 610 Stompers and much more.

The Firebird (Jan. 8). Featuring Marianna Prjevalskaya.

Carnaval! (Jan. 21)

Gluzman Plays Prokofiev (Feb. 19). Featuring violinist Vadim Gluzman.

An American Spring, (March 17). Featuring soloists performing Schimmel, Copland and Gershwin.

Osorio Plays Brahms (April 15). Featuring Jorge Federico Osorio.

Beethoven’s Fifth (May 12).

New Orleans Opera Association

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts // New Orleans // Box office: (504) 529-3000, (800) 881-4459 // neworleansopera.org

Artistic Director Robert Lyall promises a “blockbuster season” in 2015-16, as he leads the organization in presenting opera of the highest musical and artistic caliber.


La traviata (Oct. 9, 11). Verdi’s consumptive courtesan Violetta returns in a completely new production of this powerful score of love and sacrifice, including such famous arias and grand choruses as “Sempre libera” and the brilliant “Libiamo.”

Die Fledermaus (Nov. 13, 15). At Prince Orlofsky’s masked ball, intrigue and romance reign, elaborate plots are uncorked and by dawn all of the guests are in jail.  Filled with colorful polkas, drinking songs, and waltzes, this Viennese operetta masterpiece is a great way to kick off the holiday season.

Dead Man Walking (March 4, 6). From the shocking opening scene to the searing finale, this opera changes everyone who encounters it. Composed by Jake Heggie with libretto by Terrence McNally, the production is based on Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 account of her work on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Tosca (April 8, 10). Floria Tosca is a fiery diva whose life is equal parts drama and passion, played out against a background of political intrigue. Puccini’s brilliant score accentuates Tosca’s emotional extremes.

OnStage: Classical Music Performances
Dead Man Walking

New Orleans Ballet Association

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts // New Orleans // Box office: (504) 522.0996 // nobadance.com

The central Gulf region’s premiere presenting organization dedicated solely to dance, the association offers another season of main stage and educational programs featuring world-class dance companies and artists.


Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour (Oct. 24) Celebrating the American dance icon and her maverick style of mixing modern and classical with a splash of pop culture and humor.

Dance Theatre of Harlem (Nov. 21) The classically American company makes a triumphant return, bringing bold new forms in a mixed repertoire performance.

Malpaso Dance Company from Cuba (March 11-12). Cuba’s newest dance export debuted in New York in 2014 and now brings refreshing, passionate works to the local stage.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (April 2). International stars bring the pure magic of this beautiful group to the stage.

Che Malambo from Argentina (May 7). Precision footwork, drumming and whirling boleadoras create a thrilling dance and music spectacle celebrating South American cowboy traditions.

OnStage: Classical Music Performances
Dance Theatre of arlem