It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. From the elegant Arbor House wreaths on the St. Ferdinand Street doors to OperaCréole’s authentic Creole Christmas tree on stage, the joyful sounds of the season are peeling out from Marigny Opera House.
Two unique holiday programs by artists familiar to MOH supporters will bring down the curtain on 2016. “Both OperaCréole and BREVE share an uncommon dedication to the study and performance of works that are overlooked and underperformed,” says Founder and Executive Director Dave Hurlbert. Although much of his own focus is on new work, he sees tremendous value in bringing these neglected musical gems to new generations of audiences.
First up this weekend is OperaCréole’s sumptuous tribute to tribute to the Advent and Christmas traditions of Creoles from years past in “A Creole Christmas.”
“We’re dedicated to researching and performing lost or rarely performed music, and sharing with the community the contributions of our people to this musical art form, not only in New Orleans, but around the world,” says Giovanna Joseph, Founder and Executive Director of the internationally recognized opera company.
“Opera and classical music in New Orleans and around the world have always included the contributions of persons of color, “Joseph continues. No surprise then that OperaCréole’s next MOH production is Lucien Lambert’s rarely performed La Flamenca (1889). Lambert, son of Charles Lucien Lambert, was a New Orleans born free Creole composer of color who found success in France. The four act opera is scheduled for May 19-21 2017.
At a time of year when we both look forward to the future and recollect the traditions of the past, BREVE (The Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble) returns to MOH to present “Christmas in the Marigny,” an a capella program of traditional carols and music on Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
Founded in 2010, The Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble is one of the few early music ensembles in the state of Louisiana. They are dedicated to the study and performance of Renaissance and Baroque music that is lesser-known and under-appreciated. Special emphasis is given to musical works that have no discography.
Tickets for both productions are available online
Put Us on Your Christmas Tree
The 2016 Mignon Faget Adornament — a handcrafted 24K gold-plated bronze replica of the iconic Marigny Opera House – is a collectible that benefits the Marigny Opera House Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the work of local performing artists.
Only 35 of these bespoke creations remain.
Shop now on our website (http://bit.ly/2gnu08x) through December 16. Your $40 gift means that you’ll receive the adornament via USPS within five business days.
And All That Jazz
If you missed our sold out “Giselle Deslondes” in November, better plan now for Marigny Opera Ballet’s “The Art of Jazz,” three premieres by Diogo de Lima, Nikki Hefko and Barbara Hayley, with music composed and performed by jazz artists Helen Gillet, Larry Sieberth and Nutria (Byron Asher, Trey Boudreax and Shawn Myers).
Tickets $35/$25 Students and Seniors, available online or at the door. Performances Thursday Feb. 9th, Friday Feb. 10th, and Sunday Feb. 12th (No Saturday performance).
Time to Reflect, Time to Remember
The awe and wonder of Christmas pageants past at Holy Trinity Church are part of a past that’s cherished and embraced. Now, as we end our fifth year as a Church of the Arts, we look forward to many more tomorrows of dance and music and theatre.
So many people and organizations got us to today. Not to mention performers, dancers, composers, actors, directors, singers, musicians, costumers, staff and volunteers. Board members. Audiences. Neighbors. Sponsors. Subscribers. Holy Trinity Church and School supporters. We love you all and wish you the happiest of holidays.