In Wednesday’s (1/4) Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), an unsigned article reports, “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra $750,000 to collaborate with the Louisiana State University College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the LPO announced today. The first project of the 30-month collaboration will be a live webcast of ‘Becoming American: A Musical Journey’ on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. from St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square in New Orleans. The webcast will be available at LPO’s website. This concert, which celebrates Louisiana’s bicentennial, is part of the LPO’s multi-year partnership with The Historic New Orleans Collection. It will be conducted by LPO’s music director and principal conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. … The concert will ‘trace the evolution of regional musical tastes from the early 19th century to the modern age.’ … Other live webcasts of LPO performances are planned throughout the next two years. The goal of the collaboration is to expand the reach of the LPO and take advantage of 21st century technology. … According to LSU School of Music and Dramatic Arts Dean Laurence Kaptain, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recognizes the value in investing in Louisiana’s flagship cultural institutions.”

Posted January 4, 2012