Soloist and New Orleans native Jonathan Z. Harris will perform during the Louis Moreau Institute's upcoming festival. Photo by Edda Pacifico

Louis Moreau Institute for New Music Performance to host festival

The Louis Moreau Institute for New Music Performance celebrates its sixth season with a 2020 festival at the Marigny Opera House on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and in Tulane’s Dixon Recital Hall on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. 

The two concerts will feature Institutional Artists Georgia Bourderionnet (cello), Nicholas Davies (clarinet), Wesley Ducote (piano), Francesca Ferrara (flute), and Lena Vidulich (violin). Performances will also feature guest percussionist Stephen Montalvo and a cello quartet composed of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra members Jeanne Jaubert, Rachel Hsieh, Karen Ray, and Daniel Lelchuk. 

The first concert of the festival, held in the Marigny Opera House, will spotlight vocalist Johnathan Z. Harris in the Louisiana premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ monodrama, “Eight Songs for a Mad Man.” The second and final concert of the festival will highlight the works of established contemporary music maestros, emerging composers, and a piece by the late Mario Davidovsky in commemoration of his service as a member of the Louis Moreau Institute’s Board of Directors. The second event will be held in the Dixon Recital Hall at Tulane University. 

The Louis Moreau Institute is a non-profit arts organization created in homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the 19th century New Orleans composer who merged the cultural heritage of New Orleans with classic music. The work of the Institute, directed by composer and conductor Morris Rosenweig, seeks to reflect the work of the composer himself: fusing the spirit of the city with music through an ever-evolving, electrifying series of musical events. 

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