We've got your weekend: Make it dramatic!
Thursday, March 16/Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way): The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be taking on the great Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, and how might they being doing this? Well, hailed as “an exceptional cellist” by the Dallas Morning News, Jesús Castro-Balbi joins the LPO to tackle Witold Lutoslawski’s ground-breaking Cello Concerto in a program featuring works from across Europe. To begin the program, Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the LPO in Albéniz’s Iberia Suite, a colorful musical portrait of Spain, before concluding with Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Symphony No. 5 in E minor. Tickets range in price and can be purchased here.
Friday, March 17-Sunday March 20/WTUL (91.5 FM): It’s that time of the year again when WTUL DJs are stay on air for 24 hours to bring home the bacon for WTUL. Yes, 24 Hour Weekend is coming up March 17-20 to wrap up WTUL’s 47th Rock On Survival Marathon. If you don't know much about the station, know that it is run by all volunteers and has incredibly dynamic programming like 20th Century Classics, Stage and Screen, Rockabilly, and many more. For the 24 hour sessions, they have DJs Jems, Clawdaddy, & Sarah at 12:00 p.m. on Friday; DJs Ham Sandwich and Scott on Saturday, and DJs Miniwheat & Elysium on Sunday. Interviews, giveaways, and incoherent DJs are all promised.
Friday, March 17/The Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand): The Louis Moreau Institute is teaming up with The Marigny Opera House to present Steve Reich’s Grammy Award-winning Different Trains, the New Orleans premiere of Mario Davidovsky’s Quartetto No. 3, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concert Étude for Horn in F, Igor Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet and an improvisation based off Talkin' 'Bout New Orleans. Friday night's chamber music concert will showcase performances by the 2017 Ensemble Artists of the LMI – The Louies: The Ulysses Quartet, members Christina Bouey, violin, Rhiannon Banerdt, violin, Colin Brookes, viola, and Grace Ho, cello with Adrian Blanco, piano and Russell Rybicki, horn. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. You can purchase tickets here.
Saturday, March 18/New Orleans Photo Alliance (1111 St. Mary Street): For the next installment of their Full Aperture series, Shotgun Cinema will be screening Martha Colburn's work, and the filmmaker will also be in attendance. Martha will present a collection of her stop-motion animation on 16mm and digital formats along with a show of puppets. This screening is co-sponsored by the Deltaworkers Art Residency - Mondriaan Funds and hosted at the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Doors open at 7:30, with the event starting at 8:00. Tickets are $5 for NOPA members and $6 general admission and will be available at the door.
Sunday, March 19/Rivertown Theater (325 Minor Street): Rivertown Theater is putting on 39 Step, the two-time Tony Award winning comedic spoof of the classic 1935 Hitchcock film. With only 4 actors portraying more than 150 characters, there is much mystery to be had. The comedic thriller follows the dashing hero (because there always is one) Richard Hannay, as he races to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps, all the while trying to clear his name. The show's uproarious fast pace promises to leave you gasping for breath...in a good way, they promise! For more information and tickets, you can visit their website.
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