Dear LPO Volunteers,
As we begin the new year, we have much to be grateful for and much to look forward to in the coming months.
In case you missed the lovely Camellia Luncheon hosted by Claudia and Steve Campbell in their beautiful Garden District home, I would like to share news of our activities and what has been accomplished as an organization that is dedicated to the orchestra.
I cannot think of more beautifully decorated setting than the Guild Home for an afternoon gathering to celebrate the season. Our thanks go to Clare Burovac, General and Artistic Director of the Opera and Joanne Mantis, President of the Women’s Opera Guild for collaborating with us and enabling us to enjoy the lovely home.
We are very pleased to announce that the LPO Volunteers has been chosen to receive the coveted CLASSIC AWARD for our Symphony Book Fair by the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras. The annual award recognizes outstanding projects undertaken by volunteers to ensure the success of their orchestra and ones that have demonstrated sustained excellence. Kudos to all the volunteers past and present that have made this award possible!
Symphony Book Fair June 2, 3 and 4
Because we have had many new and delighted shoppers as well as excellent consignments and donations, our sales have steadily increased over the last several months. Sales on some days have been well over $2,000 which means we have been able to donate $45,000 to the LPO since July 1. Congratulations to the hard-working sales associates and the volunteers for their commitment to the shop.
The three remaining programs will provide a wonderful way to meet and hear musicians perform in an intimate setting. It is a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. January 29, March 19, and April 23. Call Charlotte Lewis at 504 220-0093for tickets.
The LPO was pleased to announce the appointment of the next Musical Director, Matthew Kramer, who is quickly making his mark among American Conductors for inspired performances and versatility. He is coming from the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. As we look forward to welcoming Matthew, we are preparing to say goodbye to Carlos. He concludes the 2022-2023 season and his tenure as Music Director that caps his time in New Orleans on MAY 20.
I would like the volunteers to join together in saying thank you for seventeen years of amazing music by purchasing tickets to the gala. If you select the concert only, mention that you belong to the volunteers and you can be seated together and be the volunteer cheering section.
I extend sincere appreciation to each of you for your support and look forward to seeing you soon.
President, LPO Volunteers