In Wednesday’s (4/14) Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Chris Waddington writes, “Do you know anyone who started a band in 1991? Is that band still around? Is it performing better than ever? Folks who follow the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra can answer yes to all of those questions as the player-owned aggregation prepares to celebrate its 20th season with concerts in New Orleans, Kenner and Covington. Subscriptions are now on sale for a 2010-11 season that’s studded with superstar visitors and ambitious programming—the kind of fare that signals why this regional orchestra has begun to draw national attention under artistic director Carlos Miguel Prieto. … The upcoming season is full of impressive visitors. The Romero Guitar Quartet joins the LPO in January for a program of Spanish-themed music. Flutist James Galway returns for his third appearance with the LPO—and again, he’ll premiere one of the many contemporary works that he has commissioned. … The orchestra also commissioned a new piece from New Orleans native Terence Blanchard. The legendary jazz trumpeter used the LPO to record his Grammy Award-winning ‘Katrina Requiem’ and headlined with the orchestra at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.”

Posted April 15, 2010