In Thursday’s (8/13) Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Carroll Devine writes, “Serious symphony lovers should have no need to travel across the big pond to New Orleans to enjoy a performance of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This is the thinking of the newly formed Northshore LPO Advisory Board, and judging by the interest, it has become a reality, said board chairman Scott Chotin. ‘It has become apparent to the LPO that the north shore is becoming an increasingly important segment of the New Orleans region, especially since (Hurricane) Katrina,’ Chotin said. There will be five concerts performed in Covington in the upcoming season. ‘These will mirror the performances offered in New Orleans,’ he said, ‘with the same nationally known artists and performers performing. This makes the LPO offerings on the north shore equal in quality as those in New Orleans.’ … The board’s goals include increased awareness of the LPO and its offerings on the north shore, and growth of subscriber and ticket sales, sponsorships and donor base, he said. Additional goals include building relationships between the music director, guest artists, and the community and raising funds for capitol projects related to the north shore.” The north shore refers to the St. Tammany Parish about 45 minutes north of New Orleans.

Posted August 13, 2009