SOURCE: New Orleans Opera Association

New Orleans Opera Association

SOURCE: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

August 31, 2016 08:00 ET

Concert Benefiting Baton Rouge Flood Victims Planned September 8

The New Orleans Opera Association and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Program Concert at Mahalia Jackson Theater

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwired - August 31, 2016) - In response to the unprecedented flooding that has taken place in the greater Baton Rouge and outlying areas, New Orleans arts organizations the New Orleans Opera Association and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra team to present a performance benefiting educational institutions, arts organizations, and social service support in the affected communities.

The Arts Care - An evening to benefit flood victims in Louisiana, takes place Thursday, September 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Ticket prices range from $19 - $109. Free Parking. Tickets are available at,, and

All performers and organizations are donating their individual participation and all goods and services free of charge. One-hundred percent of the evening's proceeds will benefit public schools, arts organizations, and MusiCares for cases of extreme and unique need for individual artists. Funds will be administrated by Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's Creative Relief Fund.

The growing list of contributing partners for this performance include the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts facilities manager Arts Center Enterprises (ACE), the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera Chorus, the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale, The Advocate, Entercom Radio, 89.9 WWNO, the International Stage Hands Union, American Guild of Musical Artists, CHOICE Ticketing Systems, and Ticketmaster.

"We at the New Orleans Opera know from experience how flooding can cripple an entire community," said Robert Lyall, General and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera. "When New Orleans was recovering from Katrina, we were aided by so many wonderful people and organizations that we want to return that kindness. When facing substantial physical need, it is easy to overlook the impact of arts and artists when forced to consider available resources and to establish priorities for support. But it has been shown time and time again how vital a role the arts can play in helping to rejuvenate and restore a community in times of great need."

"The musicians, staff, and trustees of the LPO have been heartbroken by the news coming out of Baton Rouge in the aftermath of August's historic flooding," said Matthew Eckenhoff, LPO Orchestra President. "We feel particularly for our colleagues in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and for the Baton Rouge arts community as a whole, knowing all too well how it feels to lose not only homes and possessions, but the instruments we need to create our art. We also remember the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra coming to our aid when we needed it most. This concert, performed by LPO musicians donating their services, is the least we can do to repay their generosity and help them regain what was lost."

The evening's entertainment includes popular selections from Broadway, opera, and orchestral masterworks. From Brahms to Bernstein, the rich musical menu will include selections from Holst's "The Planets," "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, and the celebrated "Toreador Song" from Carmen.

All donations can be made directly to the Creative Relief Fund at

For more information, contact Nancy Watts at or 504.529.2278, ext. 225.

Calendar editors please note:
The Arts Care - An evening to benefit flood victims in Louisiana
Presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and New Orleans Opera Association
Thursday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.
Mahalia Jackson Theater
Tickets from $19
Free Parking

Contact Information

  • Nancy Watts
    Director of Audience Development
    New Orleans Opera Association
    504-529-2278, ext. 225

    Sean Snyder
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
    504-523-6530, ext. 201