Join Charlie Parker’s
final quest to write–even after death–a large-scale masterpiece as his
fascinating but troubled life is revisited by the ghosts of his illustrious
past: wives, celebrated colleagues, his mother, and intimate friends. All join
to retell their dramatic incidents of this legendary jazz titan, hailed as the
greatest saxophone virtuoso in history, as he prepares for the afterlife. Birdland,
New York City’s most famous jazz club, is just one enduring monument to his
enormous talent. His own credo is the best testament to this gloriously original
musician whose virtuosity is credited with individually creating a whole new
jazz idiom: Bebop.
“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your
wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” Charlie
The Magic Flute
(Die Zauberflöte) is
a fairytale to be enjoyed for the simple beauties of its story alone. But the
fairytale’s rich layering that explores good vs. evil in a beautiful
celebration of love conquering all offers so much more. Our production will
also be framed by a beautiful galaxy of Hubble Telescope photography adding an
expanded universe to this timeless tale. Bring the entire family for an
experience that is certain to delight young and old!
Even if you’re not familiar with “Papapapapapageno!” you
will be after seeing this opera—and you’ll be singing it too.
The Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
After experiencing visions of the Virgin Mary and instructed
by a choir of angels to chart the destiny of war-torn France, a humble peasant
girl, 17-year-old Joan of Arc won the confidence of the future king Charles
VII by revealing information that only a
messenger from God could know. As his newly appointed leader of the French
army, she lifted the siege of Orleans and fearlessly won battle after battle to
defeat the English and rescue the throne of France. Her capture led to one of
the most celebrated trials in history with its charges of witchcraft and heresy
that resulted in her execution at the stake!
Inspired by his research, Tchaikovsky exclaimed, “What a rich subject!”
This music drama is free and open to the public but you must have a ticket to enter. Call the box office at (504) 529-3000 to secure your seat.
The Falling and The
Rising chronicles the journey of a soldier recovering from a roadside
attack. While in a medically-induced coma, she imagines interactions with
fellow service members, each sharing a particular tale that provides insights
into her own situation. The dedication and resiliency she discovers with them
helps her find the strength to recover, and to return home to her family.
This collaborative effort by members of The U.S. Army Field
Band and the team of Zach Redler, composer, and Jerre Dye, librettist, was
inspired by collective interviews with dozens of active duty Army veterans at
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Fort George
G. Meade, Maryland, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
“I have a whole new
understanding of my role as a soldier,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ben Hilgert, the
co-creator and executive producer of “The Falling and The Rising.” “You can’t
hear those stories and have it not change you. This project tells the Army
story in a very human way. The stories contained in the opera speak truth to
the service of soldiers, while at the same time highlighting the resiliency and
strength demanded of them.”
“…this is the first opera produced and performed by active
duty soldiers. Their connection, experience and commitment honors those who
serve in defense of the nation and its ideals.” – Garnett Bruce, Artistic
Advisor of the San Antonio Opera
Accompanied by members of
the Louisiana Philharmonic
In collaboration with the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus.
Carmen is a mesmerizing gypsy loved and desired by many,
but who remains true only to herself. First a soldier, then a toreador lose
themselves to her hypnotic allure and bear the consequences of learning that
Carmen lives life on her own terms.
“I defy everything – fire, the sword, and heaven itself!”
Experience the drama and passion of this great music
combined with powerful staging, beautiful singing and Bizet’s rich
Come to the opera and fall in love again—at your own peril.