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
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.
Credit Infrogmation / Creative Commons

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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NolaVie
1:21 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: Ogden Museum Director William Pittman Andrews

William Pittman Andrews.

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community; how they view us; what their goals are for their organizations; and what big plans are on their horizons.

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NolaVie
8:37 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: Brooke Anderson Of Prospect New Orleans

Brooke Anderson, Prospect New Orleans executive director.

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community; how they view us; what their goals are for their organizations; and what big plans are on their horizons.

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NolaVie
2:31 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: The LPO's James Boyd

James Boyd, Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community; how they view us; what their goals are for their organizations; and what big plans are on their horizons.

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NolaVie
7:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: CAC's Neil Barclay

CAC executive director Neil Barclay.
Credit NolaVie

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community, about how they view us, what their goals are for their organizations, and what big plans are on their horizons.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

HNOC Oral Histories: Bill Borah, Jimmy Fitz And The Riverfront Expressway

The Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carre fought diligently against the proposed interstate system that would have passed through their historic neighborhood.
Credit Creative Commons/Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carré

The Historic New Orleans Collection and its senior curator Mark Cave have collected oral histories of some of this city's extraordinary citizens. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin links HNOC's remarkable recording of soon-to-be 92 year-old former Lt. Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris to the anniversary of a controversial event; one that is likely not familiar to many younger Orleanians and certainly not to most newcomers.

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NolaVie
3:25 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: WYES President Allan Pizzato

WYES president and general manager Allan Pizzato.

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community, about how they view us, what their goals are for their organizations, and what big plans are on their horizons.

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NolaVie
3:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Voices Of The Arts: Arts Council's Kim Cook

Kim Cook, new president of The Arts Council of New Orleans.
NolaVie

Voices of the Arts, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, explores the thoughts and visions of eight new arts leaders in New Orleans.

Through conversations we try to understand how they will engage with the arts and the artists in this already vibrant cultural community, about how they view us, what their goals are for their organizations, and what big plans are on their horizons.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Artistic Director Influenced By Popularity Of Vampires

Marschner’s "The Vampire," was written in 1827 and gained popularity among many notable composers, including Wagner.
Credit creative commons/wikipedia

It's opera time in New Orleans again. But Robert Lyall, artistic director of the New Orleans Opera Association, says he's decided to give this season's audiences a new twist.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to him about the very different musical works he's chosen in the upcoming season that begins October 11. 

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