Sharon Litwin

Host of Notes From New Orleans

Sharon Litwin is the founding president of NolaVie.com, the only daily cultural not-for-profit website of its kind in the United States devoted to exploring all aspects of the quirky, diverse culture of New Orleans. Sharon, along with Renee Peck, NolaVie Managing Editor, wrote, and NolaVie received, a grant from the J-Lab Project of American University, funded through the McCormick Foundation in Chicago, allowing NolaVie to launch in February, 2011. Since 2012, Sharon has produced Notes from New Orleans, a weekly on-air cultural news segment for WWNO that is complemented by her weekly “culture watch” column on NolaVie.

Sharon Litwin retired in 2011 after a 12-year career with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra serving first as Executive Director and then as Senior Vice President for External Affairs. Prior to joining the LPO, Sharon spent more than a decade as an Assistant Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, responsible for raising more than $26 million to build out three new wings and upgrade the original historic building in City Pak.

Sharon’s other professional positions have been as a feature writer for the Living Section of The Times-Picayune newspaper and executive producer with WYES-TV, Public Television in New Orleans. Sharon continues to write features and articles for newspapers and magazines nationwide on a freelance basis and is also the editor of the New Orleans Zagat Restaurant Survey, a position she has held for the past 20 years.

Sharon is the past president of the Contemporary Arts Center, Committee of 21 and Mental Health Association of Metropolitan New Orleans; a past board member of the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Community Access Corporation; and is the founding president of the Crescent City Farmers Market.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:06 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Elevate New Orleans: Leadership In The Gym And Classroom

Members from Elevate New Orleans pose with Emeka Okafor, former member of the New Orleans Hornets and friend of Sky Hyacinth, executive director of the program.
Credit Elevate New Orleans

It's a rare thing to be able to take a not-for-profit organization and add a successful for-profit business to it. But that's what one young former Division I basketball star has done in New Orleans. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Sky Hyacinthe about just that.

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Notes from New Orleans
2:19 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Is Recess Going Extinct In New Orleans?

Students at Edgar P. Harney elementary school play Duck Duck Goose during one of their supervised recess breaks, organized by Playworks.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It’s probably been a few years since you last attended recess, but you’ll quickly recall it was a welcomed period to escape the four walls of your classroom and just hang out. So it may surprise you to learn about Playworks: a national non-profit that actually organizes recess for kids.

Their New Orleans branch is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

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Notes from New Orleans
2:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Hotel Monteleone And Saenger Theatre Come Together For The Beatles' Golden Anniversary

Chefs Randy Buck and Jose Manguia have crafted an inspired menu based on The Beatles' most popular songs, available at Criollo NOLA in the Hotel Monteleone.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It's been 50 years since The Beatles appeared in New Orleans. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks about the contagion that is Beatlemania with some folks who plan to celebrate this still-remembered musical event

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Money's Tight And Times Are Tough: How To Grow An Arts Organization

Jesse Rosen was both a musician and a CEO of an orchestra before he began working with the League of American Orchestras. These jobs provided him tremendous perspective for dealing with organizations around the world.
Credit flickr/Pedro Sanchez

Jesse Rosen is President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an organization with more than 800 members. In town for a meeting of the National Performance Network, he stopped by to talk with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
7:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Italian Singer Performs Baroque Concert At Marigny Opera House

Baroque singer Mattea Musso performs with Stuart LeBlanc at Trinity Church in 2013. Her latest concert will be this weekend at the Marigny Opera House.
Credit Mattea Musso

One can hear all kinds of music in New Orleans. There’s blues and Bartók; soul and Sibelius. There is not, however, a whole lot of Baroque being played. Mattea Musso, a newcomer to the city, plans to change all that.

In this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to her about this centuries-old musical form.

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Lessons from Their Lives
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lessons From Their Lives: Paul Fabry

Paul Fabry's involvement in a Hungarian underground resistance group helped to saved hundreds of lives from the Nazi concentration camps in World War II.
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In any American city you can discover people whose lives have accomplished extraordinary things. Some have highly recognizable names, while others do not.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin begins the first of an occasional series, Lessons from Their Lives. This week: a 94-year old businessman named Paul Fabry, who helped establish a network of World Trade Centers across the globe. 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Times-Picayune Reporters Rosemary James And Charlie Ferguson Remember JFK Assassination

Lee Harvey Oswald, third from left, handing out "Fair Play for Cuba" leaflets in New Orleans, August 16, 1963
Credit Wikipedia/The Warren Commission

In the past few weeks the intense coverage of John F. Kennedy’s assassination has reinforced that New Orleans was right in the middle of the story.

Although most journalists who covered the tragedy have long since passed, there are still a few who can recount the significant local events that surrounded that infamous day in Dallas. 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Loyola Student Travels to Mongolia, Documents Fleeting Subculture

Dimitri Staszewski documented the music of nomadic sheep herders in Mongolia, one of the final nomadic peoples on the planet.
Credit Dimitri Staszewski

Some people dream of getting off the grid, dropping out of the complications of our highly urbanized 21st century. One 21-year-old Loyola University student did just that — in Mongolia, of all places.

Sharon Litwin finds out why on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Chitresh Das And Jason Samuels Smith Appear In NOBA's 'India Jazz Suites'

Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith have performed together around the world, including for the school children of Bhubaneswar, India.
Credit Chitresh Das Dance Company

Some people might think putting an Indian Classical dancer and a New York-born tap star together would never work. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear from Chitresh Das, a master of the ancient Kat-tuck dance style, and tap star Jason Samuels Smith. They'll burn up the stage in an East-meets-West dance event brought to the city by the New Orleans Ballet Association and the NOCCA Institute. 

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

WWII Museum's $320 Million Expansion Expected To Complete In 2016

Located at the intersection of Andrew Higgins Dr. and Magazine St., the World War II Museum opened on June 6, 2000.
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Years before there were any cranes in the sky on Tulane Avenue, they could be seen in the CBD constructing a fairly modest building called the D-Day Museum.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Dr. Gordon Mueller about how that grew into a three-block long institution, officially designated in 2003 by the Congress of the United States as America's National World War II Museum.

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