February 5, 6, 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m. and February 8, 2 p.m.
By Lynn Ahrens, with music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Caroline Jackson-Smith
Young slave Dessa Rose and white, well-born Ruth forge an unlikely alliance. It ultimately leads to friendship and admiration as they struggle to overcome boundaries of race and gender in pre-Civil War America. Joyous, harrowing, and soul stirring, their story explores emotions unmatched by most other musicals. Read more
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8 p.m.
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Read more
Friday, February 20, 2015, 8 p.m.
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Celebrating 25 years together, the St. Lawrence String Quartet boasts a reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music through an energetic commitment to great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works. Read more
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Dr. Regina Benjamin
Former Surgeon General of the United States, Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, is the NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Throughout her career, Dr. Benjamin has been recognized for her dedication to preventive care.
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8 p.m.
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars is recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Read more
March 6 & 7, 2015, 8 p.m.
Essence Dance Concert
March 11, 13, 14, 2015, 8 p.m. and March 15, 2015, 2 p.m.
La finta giardiniera
This early work by one of opera’s most brilliant composers features disguises, imagined Greek gods, and unrequited love set to dazzling melodies. Read more
Violin 2015 | Piano 2014
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize
Concerto-round performance with the Cleveland Orchestra. Competition is presented by the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. The competition provides more than $20,000 in prize money and concert engagements with orchestras in Beijing and Shanghai, China.
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