interviews

It is billed as the largest free music festival in the South.  Over a half-million people are expected in and around the Vieux Carré as the French Quarter Festival kicks-off four days of music, food and fun.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto talks with Farrar Hudkins about the LPO's Feb. 25 concert: Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring pianist Alexander Korsantia), and Dmitry Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1.

John McCusker / New Orleans Times-Picayune

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto talks with Farrar Hudkins about the LPO's concerts on Feb. 9, 2012, including Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1, Sarmientos' Marimba Concertino featuring Nena Lorenz, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

Violist Masumi Per Rostad of the Pacifica Quartet talks about the group's appearance in New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2011.

A guaranteed highlight of the annual Satchmo Summerfest is any seminar session that features legendary jazz producer George Avakian. In a career that extends over eight decades, Avakian has produced outstanding recordings for such leading artists as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington – and earned most every honor the music world has to offer. WWNO'S Fred Kasten has more.

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