NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Saint-Louis Cathedral The New Orleans Historical Collection (THNOC) and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) will co-present “Spiritual Concert: Santo Domingo and New Orleans», a free concert that highlights the musical influence of the Caribbean in Louisiana.
The concert will be the 15th edition of Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage which resurrects two forgotten musical ensembles from the 18th century Caribbean.
“Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage is inspired by a similar program established by General L. Kemper Williams, co-founder of THNOC, during his tenure as president of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Alfred E. Lemmon, director of THNOC. Williams Research Center. “Gen. Williams’ idea was to organize a free concert for children in New Orleans to introduce them to classical music. However, he also organized the broadcast of the concert in the 64 parishes of Louisiana for the benefit of school children. It was the first initiative of its kind in the United States. The current program is designed to showcase Louisiana’s incredibly diverse contributions to the global music scene.
For “Concert Spirituel: Santo Domingo and New Orleans”, a selection of songs will highlight the short and brilliant career of Elisabeth “Minette” Ferrand, the first colored title soloist in the history of French opera. . The concert will also feature a staging of the 1763 mass originally designed to be sung for and by slaves. Guest conductor Pedro Memelsdorff has spent more than a decade researching the Mass in hymnswhich has rarely been done.
Guest soloists include Hyngun Cho (cello continuo), Markéta Cukrová (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Christophe Dijoux (harpsichord), Claron McFadden (soprano), Belén Vaquero (soprano), Jonathan Woody (bass baritone) and the OperaCréole choir .
‘This year’s LPO concert, a complement to the THNOC exhibition’Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbeanv,” offers a glimpse into the beauty and melancholy of Franco-Caribbean spiritual music – sounds performed at a time of extreme social injustice, tension and pain,” Memelsdorff said.
A pre-concert talk featuring Memelsdorff and Haitian researcher Laurent Dubois will be offered at THNOC’s Williams Research Center at 410 Chartres St in the French Quarter. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the conference will begin at 5:45 p.m. Registration is not required for the free conference, but space is limited.
To book tickets for “Spiritual Concert: Santo Domingo and New Orleans” at Saint-Louis Cathedral visit lpomusic.com. The concert will be broadcast live on lpomusic.com, WWNO.org, WWNO 89.9 FM, Classical 104.9 FM and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area.
The concert will be rebroadcast four times on WLAE with performer interviews. In addition, the resulting program and CD will be distributed to all 64 Louisiana Parish Library Systems, all Louisiana University Libraries, American music-focused music history teachers, and American Music Centers in across the United States. The program and CD will also be distributed to universities with a particular focus on African American history and music.
Generous support for “Concert Spirituel: Santo Domingo and New Orleans” is offered by the Edgar “Dooky” Jr. and Leah Chase Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Tourism and Culture Fund.