In Sunday’s (1/30) Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Chris Waddington writes, “Anniversaries offer a chance to look back, but that’s not the style for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The group is celebrating its 20th year by playing new music, forging new community partnerships, welcoming a new generation of musicians, teaching youngsters across the state and savoring the national recognition that has come its way since Hurricane Katrina. ‘This is an orchestra that always keeps growing—and never gives up,’ said music director Carlos Miguel Prieto. ‘That spirit helped to sustain the group after the hurricane, and it comes through now in performances.’ … The LPO also has benefited from shifting definitions of organizational success, said Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras. … ‘The LPO also impressed its peers after Katrina, turning the loss of its main performance space into an advantage by working in new locations—and finding new audiences—all over the area,’ he said. … Rosen’s group tapped the LPO to participate in the 2011 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview. On Feb. 17, hundreds of talent managers and orchestra leaders will fill the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts for a series of closed-to-the-public LPO performances led by six rising-star conductors.”

Posted January 31, 2011