The LPO is back in action.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 26th season this month under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. Dubbed “Fantastic Voyage,” the 2016-2017 season offers listeners a globe-spanning survey of works representing a wide range of periods in the history of music, classical and otherwise, as well as the LPO’s repertoire.
Among this season’s more unconventional highlights are performances of film scores for “E.T.” and “Home Alone” at the newly restored Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way) beneath the venue’s massive HD movie screen. Other concerts put the LPO at the helm of Beatles classics, Broadway hits, and collaborative performances with guests like jazz saxophonist James Carter, who revisits the Puerto Rico-inspired Caribbean Rhapsody he recorded for his 2011 album of the same name.
The orchestra also serves up a range of educational opportunities this season, offering regular access to open rehearsals, a young artists’ concerto competition, a family concerts series, and programs like Play Dat!, which gives students and other aspiring musicians the chance to practice alongside LPO members.
Below, we’ve put together a quick look at the LPO’s regular, upcoming concerts for the New Orleans arm of the 2016 and 2017 program. More performances, including encores, will be presented at venues in Hammond, Metairie, Slidell and Mandeville throughout the course of the season. For more information or to purchase tickets to any LPO event, including the family concert series, visit the orchestra online at lpomusic.com.
Note: The orchestra’s young professional program, Prelude, is a great way to experience select concerts and events at the Orpheum for a discounted price. Prelude packages start at $125 and include five concerts and three exclusive events, plus drink discounts at Prelude gatherings both before and after concerts.
Dvorák Symphony No. 8
Oct. 21, 2016 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum (Prelude event)
The LPO welcomes guest conductor Thomas Wilkins and saxophonist James Carter for a program featuring William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American,” Robert Sierra’s “Concerto for Saxophones” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.”
Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum
Vocalists Sarah Jane McMahon, Grant Youngblood, NOVA Masterworks, and the Loyola Chorale team up for a performance of Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” following LPO renditions of Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte” and Barber’s “Prayers of Kierkegaard.”
Oct. 29, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at Roussel Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave. (at Loyola University)
Celebrate Halloween with a ghostly version of the LPO — and free admission for ghouls 15 and under — with the orchestra’s spooky spin on classical music dance numbers.
Broadway’s Best: Featuring Bryan Batt
Nov. 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum
“Mad Men” alum and Broadway regular Bryan Batt joins the LPO for an evening of selections from shows including “Evita,” “Les Miserables,” “Phantom Of The Opera,” and “Funny Girl.”
Nov. 17 and 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum (Prelude event)
Gustav Holst’s seven-piece suit “The Planets” caps off this program, conducted by special guest Fawzi Haimor. Other featured works include “Mothership,” by Mason Bates, and Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4.”
Mendelssohn Piano Trio
Nov. 20, 2016 2:30 p.m. at Rogers Chapel, 1229 Broadway (Tulane University)
Guest violinist Stefan Jackiw, who also performs with the Korean chamber group Ensemble Ditto, kicks off the LPO’s chamber music series with “Three Nocturnes” by Kevin Puts, “Telephone Book,” by Michael Torke, and “Piano Trio No. 1,” by Mendelssohn.
Home Alone: Movie with Orchestra
Dec. 3, 2016 7:30 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St.
Constantine Kitsopoulos takes a break from his work with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and the Chatham Opera to guest conduct the LPO’s foray into Macaulay Culkin/holiday madness circa 1990.
LPO Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 9, 10, 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum (Prelude event Dec. 10)
Guest conductor Lucas Waldin and the 610 Stompers in all their reflective gym short-wearing glory join in the festivities for this look at seasonal celebrations around the world.
Anne-Marie McDermott Plays Mozart
Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Orpheum
Bookended by Alfred Schnittke’s “Moz-Art a la Haydn” and Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 5,” pianist McDermott performs Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21;” Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts.
MASNO Piano Concerto Showcase
Jan. 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m. at Roussel Hall
Winners from the New Orleans International Piano Competition join the LPO to perform a collection of concertos.
Edgar Meyer and “An American in Paris”
Jan. 13 and 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum
Double bassist Meyer performs his original work, “Double Bass Concerto No. 3 in E Major,” along with a new commission from composer Adam Schoenberg, plus Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Waterfront Suite” and George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
Edgar Meyer Quintet
Jan. 15, 2017 2:30 p.m., at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St.
Meyer performs modern works by the likes of Cary Boyce and David Anderson as well as his own material at this special chamber music series performance in Uptown.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Film with Live Orchestra
Jan. 20, 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Orpheum (Prelude event Jan. 21)
Relive one of John Williams’s most famous scores along with an HD version of this ‘80s classic.
Beethoven ‘Pastoral’ Symphony
Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Orpheum
In addition to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, returning guest Andrew Grams conducts the LPO in the performance of a new tone poem based on aboriginal myths and Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” featuring pianist William Wolfram’s LPO debut.
Augustin Hadelich Plays Bartok
March 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum
The LPO’s voyage to Eastern Europe features the young, Grammy-winning violinist Hadelich performing works that include two Bartok selections and the Czech composer Janacek’s 12-trumpet “Sinfonietta.”
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
March 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum
Cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi joins Carlos Miguel Prieto and the LPO for a program of Europe-focused pieces including Witold Lutoslawski’s celebrated “Cello Concerto.”
Classical Mystery Tour: Music of The Beatles
March 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, New Orleans (Prelude event March 24)
The LPO tackles 30-plus tunes from the Beatles’ catalogue.
Mendelssohn ‘Scottish’ Symphony
April 20 and 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Orpheum
JACOBSEN: “Ascending Bird” | ROUSE: Flute Concerto | MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”
No Strings Attached
April 23, 2:30 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St.
Join the LPO in one of the city’s most beautiful new venues — a converted church that dates back to 1853 — for a performance of works about New Orleans and beyond from Beethoven, Mopzart and more.
Fidelity’s Concerts in the Park: Swing in the Oaks
April 25, 6:30 p.m. at New Orleans City Park
Guest conductor Amram Demirjian helps cap off festival season with an evening of music on the Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn; lawn chairs and refreshments are welcome.
Pepe Romero and The Three Cornered Hat
May 18 and 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum
The music of Spain and Mexico are under the spotlight in this program starring acclaimed guitarist Pepe Romano, who performs music that underscores Spain’s dance culture.