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Event Highlight: THNOC's annual concert with the LPO

LPO's Carlos Prieto conducts a journey through the city's musical heritage.

The Historic New Orleans Collection presents its sixth annual concert with the Louisiana Philarmonic Orchestra on Wednesday, "Becoming American: The Musical Journey."

The series, begun in 2007, is dedicated to the study of Louisiana’s contributions to the world of classical music. "Becoming American" might be interpreted as "Becoming New Orleanian" with the host of multicultural influences that went into forming the city, and the music of the city's influence that went info forming American music.

HNOC explains, "The musical tastes of New Orleans—a city well known for introducing French and Italian opera to the United States—knew no geographic or stylistic boundaries. The city’s love of the musical palettes of English, French, German, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, Slovakian, and Spanish composers contributed to the development of America’s music.

"The LPO’s Carlos Miguel Prieto will lead an exploration of New Orleans’s musical heritage with works by Beethoven (Germany), Bellini (Italy), Buck (America), Gretry (France), Martin y Soler (Spain), Mendelssohn (Germany), Rosas (Mexico), and New Orleans’s own Jelly Roll Morton."

The concert will occur Wednesday evening, January 25th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. The event is free and open to the public.

For a look behind the scenes of the LPO by UNO film student Justin Ditch, click here.

Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans life and happenings for NolaVie.