Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) —
The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts is set to begin a 30-month collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, or LPO, funded through the an $750,000 award to LPO by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The LPO-LSU partnership will utilize resources from the only full-time professional orchestra in the Gulf South and the flagship public university of Louisiana to expand the market of music performance and create 21st-century access through technology to music and educational content.
Foundation funding will also create opportunities for musicians, students and faculty to become involved in innovative work and will support student internships in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
The first project of the LPO-LSU partnership will be a live internet webcast of “Becoming American: A Musical Journey” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. from St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. This concert is offered as part of the LPO’s multi-year partnership with The Historic New Orleans Collection and celebrates the Bicentennial of Louisiana Statehood. Conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, the performance will be made available online to audiences on www.lpomusic.com .
Additional concerts for webcasting during 2012 are in the planning stages and will provide access to music events and performances for LSU’s alumni and student population as well as audiences throughout Louisiana and beyond.
“Support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will significantly impact our ability to attain the LPO’s current vision to be recognized as a premier American performing arts organization, reflecting New Orleans and Louisiana with pride, by 2016,” said LPO Managing Director Babs Mollere.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Performing Arts program makes multi-year grants on an invitation-only basis to a small number of orchestras, theater companies, opera companies, modern dance companies and presenters around the United States. The LPO received multi-year funding support from the foundation both before and after Hurricane Katrina.
“A relationship between Louisiana’s largest professional orchestra and the state’s flagship educational institution holds promise on many levels,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “By taking advantage of the technical and creative capacities of LSU, the LPO has the opportunity to envision itself as a performing arts organization on the vanguard of cultivating new audiences.”
Laurence Kaptain, dean of the LSU School of Music & Dramatic Arts, said that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recognizes the value in investing in Louisiana’s flagship cultural institutions.
“Through this infusion of cultural venture capital we will go beyond mere outreach and into the exciting realm of interacting with Louisiana audiences,” he said.