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The Arts in April
April 2017

The cultural season kicks into high gear in April as dozens of productions and performances grace the stages of New Orleans. With everything from opera and classical to dance and live stage, you’ll find whatever it is you are looking for in a cultural experience here in “America’s First City of Culture.”

The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
Through April 2, 2017

Venue: Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 2525 Burgundy Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans
Tickets: Tennessee Williams Theatre Company and Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

In this gripping drama, retired firm star Flora Goforth finds herself facing death in a house on fire. Tennessee Williams explores glory, death, letting go, Eastern serenity, Western decadence and the complexities of the human spirit. Produced by the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, the production stars multi-award-winning New Orleans actress Janet Shea.

Show times vary; call or visit the festival website for details.

School House Rock Live, Jr.!
Through April 9, 2017

Venue: Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Presenting Organization: Theatre 13
Tickets: Theatre 13

Directed by Ricky Graham, Rivertown Theaters' children's productions presents the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series.

Teaching history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever songs, audiences from children to Generation X-ers will delight in this educational entertainment!

Evening and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances. Call the theater for show times.

Dividing the Estate
Through April 15, 2017

Venue: Le Petit Theatre 
Sponsoring Organization: Le Petit Theatre

Tickets: Le Petit Theatre 

In this 2007 award winning Off-Broadway play and two-time Tony Award-nominee, Stella Gordon is dead-set against parceling out her family’s land, despite the financial woes brought on by the oil bust of the 1980s. Her three children, however, have another plan.

Watch this hilariously dysfunctional family go head-to-head to claim the biggest piece of the pie in this masterpiece by “America’s Storyteller,” Horton Foote.

Performances are Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday afternoons at 3:00. (There are no performances over the weekend of April 6-9 due to French Quarter Festival.)

Sweet Bird of Youth
Through April 16, 2017

Venue: Loyola University Marquette Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Rep Theatre
Tickets: Southern Rep and Loyola University

Presented in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Southern Rep is staging one of Williams’ greatest plays.

The Southern Rep production, faithfully retells Williams’ story, set in Mississippi where Alexandra del Lago is a silver screen legend on the run following a humiliating comeback. She wakes up, disoriented and hung-over, in a grand hotel on the Gulf Coast with Chance, a local boy-turned-actor-turned-gigolo who is plotting a comeback of his own.

Performance times vary; call for details.

Biloxi Blues
Through April 22, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Presenting Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

Neil Simon's award-winning comedy Biloxi Blues is the story of a young army recruit, Eugene Morris Jerome, during World War II. At basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, Eugene is determined to use his army experiences to help his writing career, and he keeps detailed memoirs. Along the way, Eugene learns about authority, danger, sex, bigotry, homosexuality, and love.

Brunch and dinner show packages are offered. Call or visit website for details and to make reservations.

The Vic-Tones
Through June 28, 2017

Venue: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum
Presenting Organization: National World War II Museum
Tickets: BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum

The Vic-Tones, a dynamic male vocal trio with their own distinctive sound, are the newest addition to The National WWII Museum’s entertainment roster. These talented singers celebrate the music of the 1940s each Wednesday through June 28.

Swing, big band, jazz, Latin and country music dominated and defined this decade, and the Vic-Tones bring it all to life in three-part harmony. You’ll hear such ageless classics as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and many others.

A Matinee Buffet is offered, starting at 11:45. Call to make reservations.

The "Tenebrae Responsories"
April 1, 2017

Venue: St. Mary’s Assumption Church, 2030 Constance Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Krewe du Voix Chamber Choir
Tickets: None. Event is free. Donations encouraged

In the final weeks leading up to Easter, the “Tenebrae Responsories” of 16th and 17th century Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria will be performed by the Krewe du Voix Chamber Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church under the direction of Paul Weber.

The “Responsories” are a series of 18 hymns, sung by a choir in Latin during Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. The program will be centered around the story of Holy Week, as sung over the course of the liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The program will also include several modern choral works and some early American hymns. 

The concert starts at 1:30 p.m. and lasts for one hour. It is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged.

NOLA Chamber Fest
April 1, 2017

Venue: Nunemaker Hall, Loyola University
Sponsoring Organizations: Lyrica Baroque and New Orleans Friends of Music
Tickets: None. Event is free and open to the public.

The Fourth Annual NOLA Chamber Fest will feature chamber groups from all across the New Orleans and Gulf South regions, ranging from high school through college and graduate level and is also open to members of the community.

Musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra judge the competition in four divisions and cash prizes are awarded to the winning group in each division. The winning groups will perform in the Winners Showcase Performance one hour prior to the Harlem Quartet performance at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall on April 7.

The Chamber Fest performances run from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Faust
April 2, 2017

Venue: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Opera Association
Tickets: New Orleans Opera Association

“The Devil made me do it!”

That’s how the New Orleans Opera Association is billing its fourth and final main stage production of the 2016-17 season, Charles Gounod’s Faust. In a story that has been told throughout much of recorded history, the title character’s fate is the price he pays for selling his soul to Satan in exchange for youth, happiness and love.

Performances at 2:30 p.m. Optional brunches served in two sessions. Call for tickets and information or visit the website to make reservations online.

Geaux Saints!: Music of New Orleans Medieval Saints
April 2, 2017

Venue: Holy Name of Mary Church, 500 Eliza Street, Algiers
Sponsoring Organization: Musica da Camera
Tickets: None. Event is free. Donations accepted

New Orleans Musica da Camera, specializing in medieval and Renaissance-era music, presents a concert entitled Geaux Saints! Inspired by the real saints of New Orleans, this program focuses on the saints remembered in the city’s churches, streets, and celebrations.

The concert starts at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.nomdc.org or call (504) 897-3491.

The Bodyguard
April 4-9, 2017

Venue: Saenger Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Broadway in New Orleans
Tickets: Saenger Theatre and Ticketmaster

The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard

Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics made famous by the late Whitney Houston when the show premiered in the early 1990s. They include “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love (for you),” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

Show times vary; call or visit website for more information.

Carmina Burana
April 5, 2017

Venue: Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University
Sponsoring Organization: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Tickets: Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and Roussel Hall

Carmina Burana is a cantata composed by Carl Orff  in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from a much larger collection from the 1100s and 1200s that cover a wide variety of everyday life subjects. The work is sometimes paired with a short opera to make up a full program. The best-known piece from Carmina Burana is “O Fortuna,” used in dozens of movie soundtracks and covered by well-known musicians and musical groups.

The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans is performing with percussionists from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, plus two pianists, baritone André Chiang, soprano Donna Lee and the New Orleans Boys' Choir. Steven Edwards conducts. The pieces are sung in Latin and German with English translations provided.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Handel's "Water Music"
April 6, 2017

Venue: Orpheum Theater
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

In this “Outside the Bachs” concert series performance, the LPO celebrates the water-filled world of Louisiana with this concert featuring aquatic works by composers from past and present.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a pre-concert talk by the guest conductor one hour before the performance.

A Musical Prelude to the Celebration of Easter
"Tenebrae Responsories"
April 6, 2017

Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Archdiocese of New Orleans Bishop Perry Center and Krewe du Voix Chamber Choir
Tickets: None. Event is free. Donations encouraged

As the final event in the Bishop Perry Center musical series of pre-Easter concerts, “Tenebrae Responsories” will be performed by the Krewe du Voix Chamber Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church. In accordance with this year’s concert series theme, “Music of Hispanic Inspiration,” it recognizes the importance of Hispanic contributions to the world’s body of composed music.

The “Responsories” are a series of 18 hymns, sung by a choir in Latin during Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. The program will be centered around the story of Holy Week, as sung over the course of the liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The program will also include several modern choral works and some early American hymns. 

The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and lasts for one hour. It is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged to help fund the Bishop Perry Center which aids disadvantaged members of the New Orleans community.

Failure: A Love Story
April 7-22, 2017

Venue: Happyland Theater, 3126 Burgundy St., New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Rockfire Theatre
Tickets: Happyland Theater

Rockfire Theatre will premiere this magical fable that centers on the three Fail sisters and the family clock shop in Chicago in 1928 - the last year of each sister's life. Each of the sisters, however, finds and knows love before passing after a single hopeful suitor shows up at their shop. Infusing live music throughout, the play takes a charming approach to a story of tragedy.

Failure will run on three successive weekends in April. For tickets and information call (504) 289-1607 or email mattsson@happylandtheater.com.

The Harlem Quartet
April 7, 2017

Venue: Dixon Hall, Tulane University
Presenting Organization: New Orleans Friends of Music
Tickets: New Orleans Friends of Music

Offering a unique combination of classical and jazz, The Harlem Quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their program will include string quartets by Mozart and Edvard Grieg as well as a “Jazz a la Carte” piece that will incorporate compositions from the world of jazz.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., one hour prior to the main performance, the winning group of the 2017 NOLA Chamber Fest will give a showcase performance of their own.

The "Tenebrae Responsories"
April 7, 2017

Venue: Immaculate Conception (Jesuit) Church, 130 Baronne Street, New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Krewe du Voix Chamber Choir
Tickets: None. Event is free. Donations encouraged

In the final weeks leading up to Easter, the “Tenebrae Responsories” of 16th and 17th century Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria will be performed by the Krewe du Voix Chamber Choir.

The “Responsories” are a series of 18 hymns, sung by a choir in Latin during Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. The program will be centered around the story of Holy Week, as sung over the course of the liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The program will also include several modern choral works and some early American hymns. 

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and lasts for one hour. It is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged.

New Water Music
April 8, 2017

Venue:  Seabrook Boat Launch, 5801 France Road (at Seabrook Bridge), New Orleans
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets: None. Event is free and open to the public

New Water Music will be a free, public performance on Lake Ponchartrain debuting composer Yotam Haber's New Water Music. It will be performed from the water by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and volunteer musicians from the community in a spectacular choreographed visual presentation. 

Performance time is 5:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, April 9, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday Musical Meditation: Qi Cao, solo violin
April 9, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Marigny Opera House
Tickets: Event is free; suggested donation $20

In this installment of the Marigny Opera House’s “Sunday Musical Meditation” series, Qi Cao, a violinist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will give a solo violin recital. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Eugene Ysaye and John Corigliano.

The concert starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs for one hour.

You Don't Know the Half of It
April 9, 2017

Venue: Le Petit Theatre 
Sponsoring Organization: Le Petit Theatre

Tickets: Le Petit Theatre

What happens when scenes written by local writers and memorized by local actors are completed live on a stage with the help of local improvisers? You’ll have to come to the theater and find out for yourself.

Performance time is 7:30 p.m.

"Do You Hear the People Sing" with Bon Operatit!
April 12, 2017

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
Sponsoring Organizations: Four Points by Sheraton and Bon Operatit!
Tickets: FREE and open to the public; $5.00 valet parking rate available for attendees

Bon Operatit!
Mary Akin of Bon Operatit!
Photo by Rebecca Ratliff

The musically gifted quartet of singers in Bon Operatit! performs hits from the hit Broadway musical, Les Misérables. Often described as “more opera than musical theatre,” Les Miserables is the adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel about the poor people of Paris in the 1830s and student uprising against the rule of King Louis Philippe.

The performance will run from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Debauchery
April 12, 2017

Venue: The Theatre at St. Claude
Sponsoring Organization: Southern Rep Theatre
Tickets: Southern Rep Theatre and The Theatre at St. Claude

Sometimes, the name says it all. Certainly in this case it does. Playwright Pat Bourgeois presents “Debauchery! The Soap Opera” about a wealthy, eccentric Uptown family just trying to find love, family, and infamy in New Orleans.

Now in its seventh season, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera is more hilariously histrionic than ever!

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Follow the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WeloveDEBAUCHERY.

Orfeo
April 14-16, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Marigny Opera Ballet
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Orfeo
Orfeo

Orfeo, written by Maya Taylor, recounts the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a tale of love and passion doomed by the gods. The dancers will be accompanied by the New Resonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Francis Scully.

There will be three evening performances starting at 8:00 p.m. Student and senior discounts available.

Nufonia Must Fall
April 14 & 15, 2017

Venue: Contemporary Arts Center
Sponsoring Organization: Contemporary Arts Center
Tickets: Contemporary Arts Center

Kid Koala captures the sounds of affection, loneliness, and hope in this tender love story about a tone-deaf robot, whose very human emotions surface in the midst of an existential quandary.

A bold adaptation of Kid Koala’s graphic novel, Nufonia Must Fall, this performance mixes puppet theater, video, electronic instrumentation, and a string quartet as footage is edited in real time to create a live silent film.

Both shows at 7:30 p.m.

Opera on Tap
April 19, 2017

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Opera Association
Tickets: None. Free and open to the public.

The New Orleans Opera Association continues its highly popular, free, Opera on Tap program at various watering holes around New Orleans. This appearance of the NOOA’s offshoot troupe will be on the site of former French Opera House - the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at Bourbon and Toulouse streets in the French Quarter.

Admission is free. The performance runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Valet parking is available for $5.00.

Mendelssohn 'Scottish' Symphony
April 20 & 22, 2017

Venue: Orpheum Theatre
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Orpheum Theatre

The LPO showcases flutist Heather Zinninger Yarmel in a musical journey to Scotland. After a brief trip to Persia with young American composer Colin Jacobsen’s Ascending Bird, Yarnell performs the “Flute Concerto” by Christopher Rouse – a work infused with Celtic musical influences.

LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to this performance.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
April 21-May 21, 2017

Venue: Pontchartrain Landing
Sponsoring Organizations: The Racine Foundation and Voices in the Dark, Inc.
Tickets: Pontchartrain Landing

Produced and directed by Tommye Myrick, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will feature New Orleans chanteuse Sharon Martin singing many of the songs made famous by Billie Holiday during the height of her career from the 1930s through the 1950s. The setting is at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a Philadelphia jazz landmark, and Martin will be accompanied by a trio consisting of a piano player, a drummer and a bass player. She will also narrate events in Holiday’s life in the first person.

An optional buffet dinner theater package is available for an extra charge. Show times are 7:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6:00 p.m. Sundays. Seating for the buffet is an hour before the show.

An Evening with La Diva
April 21-22, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Marigny Opera House
Tickets: Marigny Opera House

Join soprano Katherine McClain as the charming and willful Adelina Patti, “La Diva,” one of the most famous operatic stars of the 19th century.

From her personal theatre in Wales, Ms. Patti recounts her life from child prodigy to superstar in an intimate concert of her extensive repertoire. This one-woman show was written and by McClain and will be accompanied by collaborative accompanist, Raymond Yi.

Show times are at 8:00 p.m.

Guys and Dolls Jr.
April 21-23, 2017

Venue: Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Sponsoring Organization: Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Tickets: Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Set in Runyon’s New York City in the Roaring ‘20s, Guys and Dolls Jr. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities chase him. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married.

The work features such instantly recognizable Broadway show tunes as “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck” and many others, including the title track.

Performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
April 22, 2017

Bon Operatit!
Complexions

Venue: Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Sponsoring Organization: New Orleans Ballet Association
Tickets: New Orleans Ballet Association

Led by Artistic Directors and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater virtuosos and So You Think You Can Dance alums, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the evening will be a thrilling joyride filled with Rhoden’s kinetic choreography, daredevil dancing by superstar Richardson and company, and a hip soundtrack of pop, rock and classical anthems from Bach to Bowie.

Performance time is 8:00 p.m.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in Concert
April 22 & 30, 2017

Venue: Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University
Sponsoring Organization: Loyola University
Tickets: Loyola University

World-acclaimed violinist and Loyola University artist-in-residence Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, will perform for two concerts on the Loyola campus.

The concert on April 22 will be with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. and the concert on April 30 will be with the full Loyola Symphony Orchestra at 3:00 p.m. For more information about this and other concerts in the Loyola “Montage” Series, visit their website at www.loyno.edu/montage or call (504) 865-2074.

No Strings Attached
April 23, 2017

Venue: Marigny Opera House
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Marigny Opera House

Wind power drives the LPO’s final chamber music concert of the season, with a program featuring musicians from the orchestra’s wood and brass sections. The performing artists include two clarinets, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and a flute.

The program begins with vibrant selections from America and the Caribbean with Lalo Schifrin’s La Nouvelle Orleans and Valerie Coleman’s Afro-Cuban Concerto. The concert then concludes with two masterful wind octets in the key of E-flat major: Beethoven’s Rondino and Mozart’s Serenade. 

The concert starts at 2:30 p.m.

Fidelity's Concerts in the Park: "Swing in the Oaks"
April 25, 2017

Venue: New Orleans City Park, Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn
Sponsoring Organization: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets: None. Event is free and open to the public.

Guest conductor Aram Demirjian returns to conduct the LPO in Fidelity’s annual Concerts in the Park series among the centuries-old oaks in New Orleans City Park. Bring your lawn chairs, refreshments, and the entire family for this annual celebration of popular musical favorites from the past and present.

Arrive early to enjoy a performance by students from the LPO’s Music for Life program, in partnership with Anna’s Arts for Kids, one hour prior to the concert. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Program selections to be announced; check local listings or the LPO website for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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