“It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or a businessperson—sometimes you need to leave town to get the attention of hometown skeptics,” writes Chris Waddington in Saturday’s (1/31) Times-Picayune (New Orleans). “That’s just what the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will do in June 2010, when the artist-owned band joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in welcoming members of the League of American Orchestras to the Georgia metropolis. It’s the first time in the League’s 65-year history that a host orchestra has invited another group to share the spotlight—a rare chance to show off in front of managers and players from more than 1,000 member orchestras.” Why did the ASO invite the LPO? “Both of our orchestras are seen as being entrepreneurial in the ways we interact with our communities,” said LPO executive director Babs Mollere. “Our work with schools, our work in 22 venues across Louisiana, our collaborations with groups like the Historic New Orleans Collection, all find a parallel at the ASO.”