Opera/Ballet

Monday, August 29, 2016

Culture Collision is Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Culture Collision is at the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion
  • Culture Collision is at the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion

Culture Collision, a happy hour hosted by local arts and cultural organizations to share info about their programs and upcoming seasons, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion. There are more than 50 arts organizations, short performances by some participating groups, a cash bar, raffles and more.

Participating groups range from museums and theater companies to film groups and festivals. They include Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Shotgun Cinema, The NOLA Project, New Orleans Ballet Association, Marigny Opera House, OperaCreole, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Film Society, French Quarter Festivals, WWNO 89.9 and others. There's an updated list here.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Legendary Japanese band Hijokaidan to unleash audio assault on New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Hijokaidan. L-R: Toshiji Mikawa, JUNKO, JOJO Hiroshige
  • Hijokaidan. L-R: Toshiji Mikawa, JUNKO, JOJO Hiroshige
In the age of piecework, freelancing and independent contractors, it's hard to imagine doing the same thing for thirty-seven years— but that's how long the Osakan band Hijokaidan has been making extreme noise music. After a globe-spanning and decade-spanning career of sonic violence, Hijokaidan is preparing to play their first ever New Orleans show on Wednesday, March 30th, along with a daunting lineup of other improvisational and experimental Japanese acts.

Before I began attending local noise shows, I assumed "noise music" was just clattering Einstürzende Neubauten outtakes— cacophony for its own sake. I was startled by how wrong I was, and remain continually impressed by the breadth of approaches to noise within even our smallish city's smallish scene. Almost any adjective or adjectival combo you can stick in front of the word noise exists. There is silly noise, harsh noise, rhythmic noise, ambient noise, gay Southern witch noise — bands that sound like dance music, bands that sound like guided meditation, bands that sound like those Halloween cassettes from the dollar store. Every noise act seems to inhabit its own subgenre.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Big Easy Foundation announces classical arts award winners

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 5:10 PM

KM Dance Project performs a piece from Vessels, which won Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • KM Dance Project performs a piece from Vessels, which won Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation.

Winners of awards for outstanding performances of classical music, opera and dance in the New Orleans area in 2015 were announced at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Hotel Monteleone.

Winners included well-establish arts organizations such as the New Orleans Opera Association, Jefferson Performing Arts Society and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which claimed awards for Best Classical Music Performance, Best Choral Arts Presentation and Best Chamber Music Performance.

Young dance companies also took home a few trophies. KM Dance Project won Outstanding Modern Dance Presentation for Vessels. Maritza Mercado-Narcisse won Outstanding Choreography (New Work) for “I Was Told There’d be Cake,” for the Marigny Opera Ballet’s Christmas Concerto.

Xavier University artist in residence Wilfred Delphin received a Lifetime Achievement Award. He and Edwin Romaine shared a successful career as a piano duo, performing at the Kennedy Center and for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. Delphin now focuses on educating young artists.

“With my partner Edwin Romaine, I had a career defined by playing with big orchestras.” Delphin said. “After Edwin died, I turned my focus to being in service, and service is in fact achievement. It is not sacrifice. I have great people to work with — great students; and I work with children. That’s not service, that’s rewarding.”  

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Free Christmas opera Oct. 7

Posted By on Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

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The International Youth Fellowship’s (IYF) New Orleans chapter is hosting a performance of the Christmas Cantata, an opera-like re-enactment of Christians’ traditional Christmas story, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Admission is free. Call 504-2 08-2911 or visit www.graciaschoir.com to g et free tickets.

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In the musical, the story of Jesus Christ’s birth is told through music, elaborate sets and costumes and includes a version of Handel’s MESSIAH, performed by the award-winning Gracias Choir. The choir has performed internationally, and this year earned grand prizes at the Concorso Corale Internazionale in Italy and the Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland.

This is the fourth time the choir will perform in New Orleans.

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Inho Choi, IYF New Orleans regional director, says IYF volunteers are personally delivering thousands of invitations with tickets to homes across New Orleans in an effort to bring Gracias Christmas Cantata to a wider audience. IYF presented the production at the Saenger Theatre last year, but opted for UNO Lakefront Arena for the 2014 show in order to accommodate a larger audience.

The choir’s 2014 U.S. tour includes 20 cities.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

JPAS and New Orleans Opera Association announce 2013-2014 schedules

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) and the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) announced their 2013-2014 schedules. JPAS opens its season Sept. 20 with Blueberry Hill, an original musical production by Butch Caire celebrating classic New Orleans R&B with songs by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Ernie K-Doe. Many JPAS shows run in Jefferson Parish and on the Northshore. Visit the website for details. The opera association opens its season with Marschner's The Vampire (Der Vampyr). Opera productions are at the Mahalia Jackson Theater except for Noah's Flood, which is at Trinity Episcopal Church. The schedules are as follows:

JPAS
Sept. 20-Oct. 20 Blueberry Hill
Oct. 11 Pasta and Puccini fundraising gala
Oct. 18-Nov. 17 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Nov. 22-Dec. 22 A Tuna Christmas
Dec. 21-22 Ballet Hysell's The Nutcracker
Jan. 24-Feb. 23, 2014 Murder at Cafe Noir
March 7-April 6 The Perfect Wedding

JPAS shows by and for young audiences
Nov. 1-10 Little Shop of Horrors
Dec. 6-8 School House Rock Live! Jr.
Feb. 14-16, 2014 Willy Wonka Jr.
March 21-30, 2014 Grease

NOOA
Oct. 11 & 13 The Vampire
Nov. 17 Noah's Flood (at Trinity Episcopal Church)
Feb. 14 & 16 Cinderella
April 4 & 6 La Boheme

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Saenger Theatre fall schedule to feature Jerry Seinfeld, D.L. Hughley, Kristin Chenoweth and others

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM

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ACE Theatrical Group announced an impressive lineup of concerts, musicals, comedians and more for the Saenger Theatre, which reopens Sept. 28 with two performances by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The official opening gala is Oct. 5 and features Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performances include A Prairie Home Companion starring Garrison Keillor, Book of Mormon, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Bill Maher, Bonnie Raitt and Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

The theater is nearing completion of $52 million in renovations.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Marigny Opera House grows into an arts center

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Dave Hurlbert is restoring the former church and hosting arts events at the Marigny Opera House.
  • Dave Hurlbert is restoring the former church and hosting arts events at the Marigny Opera House.

The Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.) is home to Press Street’s 2012 Draw-a-thon, which goes from 6:30 a.m. Saturday to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-2. The event is free and open to the public and there are presentations and prompts scheduled round the clock to keep the creative juices flowing. More on the Draw-a-thon here.

To host the event, owner Dave Hurlbert had to get a special permit from the city to use the space for a public event. When Hurlbert and partner Scott King bought the deconsecrated former church in August 2011, they had been looking for a warehouse space to put Hurlbert’s grand piano, a restored 1906 Steinway, and use as a large office. Hurlbert hadn’t thought about using the former church as a public events space until New Orleans Fringe Festival director Kristen Evans approached him about using it for the Fringe last year. After the festival and some other events, a neighbor complained and the New Orleans Fire Department disallowed further public events without appropriate city fire and safety permits.

“I didn’t think there’d be trouble,” he says. “It was all acoustic music and it ended by 10 p.m.”

Evans went to City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer to get a special permit for the 2012 festival. Since Hurlbert has now attained a couple of special permits for arts and theater events, he hopes he can continue to get them for future projects at the Marigny Opera House. He’s already supporting new art and theater projects through his private uses.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

UNO conducting performing arts survey

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The University of New Orleans graduate program in arts administration is conducting a survey of local interest in performing arts events. Several local arts organizations, including Southern Rep, the New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Fringe Festival and the New Orleans Arts Council, helped develop the survey. Results will be shared with the public.

The online survey is here. Responses are confidential.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Applications being accepted for Big Easy grants

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

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Gambit's Big Easy Foundation is accepting applications for grants for projects to support economic development and education in the arts. The foundation makes grants of up to $5,000. Visit here for application details. The application deadline is May 24.

The Big Easy Foundation sponsors the Big Easy Awards for music and theater as well as Tribute to the Classical Arts. Proceeds from those events support foundation grants.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Met and the Mudlark

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

“Bring me the big knife; I’m gonna cut my throat!”*

Several nights ago, as we walked in a chilly, blowing drizzle across the street from the Metropolitan Opera, I stopped, even as the crosswalk sign suggested we proceed.

“What are you doing?” asked George Rodrigue, as I explained that I saw Cher in my head, breathtaking, emerging from a New York City taxi to meet Nicholas Cage after sighing that morning, “Where’s the Met?”

“I love two things,” he said (the ‘he’ in my head is George or Cage; take your pick). “I love you, and I love the Opera. If I can have the two things that I love together for one night, I will be satisfied to give up, oh God, the rest of my life.”

The surrealism intensified as we entered the theatre. As the chandeliers ascended into the ceiling, I imagined that I sat in her seat and experienced the Opera for the first time, despite my Viennese immersion during a study abroad program years ago.

“I know!” exclaimed Cher, still in my head at intermission. “I mean, she was coughing her brains out, and still she had to keep singing!”

A Night at the Opera, circa 1985, a painting and silkscreen benefiting the New Orleans Opera Association
  • George Rodrigue
  • 'A Night at the Opera,' circa 1985, a painting and silkscreen benefiting the New Orleans Opera Association

As Madame Butterfly sings good-bye to her son, portrayed by a Bunraku puppet and three masterful puppeteers, she lifts the knife to her own throat, stabbing herself with both the blade and the pain of love betrayed. The tears covered my face, and I was Cher again, as Mimi and Rodolfo (Puccini's La bohéme) sing of their passionate love, despite Mimi’s wretched illness as she dies of consumption.

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