For its January 23 “Envisioning Louisiana” program at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, the Louisiana Philharmonic’s live web stream was broadcast live to several venues around the state, thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The web stream also resulted from a partnership with the Louisiana State University College of Music and Dramatic Arts, which hosted a live screening in the music building at the school’s Baton Rouge campus. The concert was also streamed live at the LSU Health and Sciences Center in New Orleans and at the Cove, a dining facility on the campus of the University of New Orleans. The “Envisioning Louisiana” program—exploring how composers have envisioned Louisiana’s natural environment and how cultural exchanges between Europe and Louisiana have influenced music—is the seventh edition of an annual free concert series by the LPO, “Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage.” That series is co-presented by the Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto led the January 23 concert, which can be viewed in full at the LPO’s YouTube channel.

Posted February 5, 2013