Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded 1991
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Principal conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
Website www.lpomusic.com

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is an American orchestra based in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only full-time, professional orchestra in the Gulf South.[1] The music director is Carlos Miguel Prieto. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in September 1991 by musicians from the former New Orleans Symphony. The LPO performs a full 36 week concert season featuring an array of Classics, Casual Classics, Family, Education, and Outreach concerts, as well as Special Events. The members of the LPO are home-based in New Orleans and serve the Gulf South region. [2] LPO is the longest-standing musician-governed and collaboratively operated professional symphony in the United States.[1]

Its first music director was Klauspeter Seibel (1936–2011). Mr. Seibel retired in 2005 from the LPO. Mr. Seibel's work with LPO was widely praised in eulogies of his death in Hamburg, Germany, on January 8, 2011.[3]

Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 caused the LPO's musicians to evacuate. Their venue, the Orpheum Theater, flooded.[4] Members of the orchestra began performing at alternate locations in 2006.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra". NewOrleansOnline.com. Retrieved 2006-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2006-05-01. 
  3. ^ Seibel had been born in Offenbach, Germany, on July 5, 1936. Mahne, Theodore P. (2011-01-10). "Klauspeter Seibel, the first music director of the LPO, dies". Times-Picayune. p. A1. Retrieved 2011-01-10.  Mahne, Theodore P. (2011-01-12). "The maestro: Former LPO conductor Klauspeter Seibel is remembered for talent, focus and love of the city". Times-Picayune. pp. C1–C2. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  4. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (2005-09-06). "Many helping hands offered to Louisiana orchestra's players". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Celebrate Newcomb, Tulane College and Architect's Week". Tulane Hullabaloo. 2006-03-31. Retrieved 2006-05-01. [dead link]

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