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  • 07 Mar 2018 1:29 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    Be sure to mark your calendars! 

    • Applications are rolling in for the 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition (deadline to apply is March 19 - more details HERE)
    • A Centenary Celebration of Leonard Bernstein with Opus Two duo of William Terwilliger, violin and Andrew Cooperstock, piano is coming up Sunday, March 25. Space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon!
    • In just a few weeks, we'll be welcoming back French pianist Philippe Bianconi for The Golden Age of French Music on Saturday, April 7. 
    We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!
  • 03 Jan 2018 10:14 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    MASNO is excited to welcome back our 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Xiaohui Yang as Festival PiaNOLA guest artist! The festival runs January 9-14 and features a community master class, salon concert, two orchestral performances, and a chamber concert with Ms. Yang. More info can be found HERE. We hope to see you at Festival PiaNOLA!

  • 13 Oct 2017 8:46 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    MASNO's premier fundraising event, NOCTURNE, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on November 5 at the Ritz-Carlton, and is most special this year. It is dedicated to the memory of our beloved Richard Goula, Nocturne co-founder and MASNO grand patron, who vision, passion, and musical knowledge helped to make MASNO what it is today. In addition, we proudly welcome back one of our own former New Orleans International Piano Competition gold medalists as our Nocturne guest artist - American pianist Spencer Myer. I invite you to support MASNO by attending Nocturne XV, and elegant evening with a champagne reception, piano concert and dinner. Please consider becoming a Nocturne XV patron by purchasing a table for 10, or sponsoring area musicians and music students as Nocturne attendees. As always, we ask your support as a Friend of MASNO, and encourage you to participate in our exciting activities throughout the year. Thank you!,  Anne Gauthier

    CLICK HERE for more information about NOCTURNE XV!

  • 15 Sep 2017 1:02 PM | MASNO (Administrator)
    MASNO presents FLAVORS OF CUBA with music by Alexandre Moutouzkine and violinist Chloé Kiffer and culinary delights by Carmo Restaurant, September 27, 6:30 pm @ L'Entrepôt 527 Julia St. as a part of FROM CUBA TO NEW ORLEANS - a series of musical events featuring pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine presented by MASNO, the Historic New Orleans Collection and the National Park Service. For tickets and more info, CLICK HERE or call 504.899.4826.

  • 11 Jul 2017 8:51 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    The New Orleans Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute is coming soon! We hope you'll join us for what promises to be another exciting week of celebrating the piano. Click HERE to check out the full schedule of events! We also can't wait to hear our three Guest Artist performances by former winners of the New Orleans International Piano Competition: Kenny Broberg, 2014 Bronze; Re Zhang, 2016 Silver; and Konstantin Soukhovetski, 2007 Gold! For ticket info and more information about the Guest Artists and their programs, CLICK HERE. Hope to see you soon!

  • 01 May 2017 6:50 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event, on Tuesday, May 2nd, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits across the region. Donations can be made on May 2 or pre-scheduled from now until 11:59 PM TONIGHT. You can  to donate to MASNO by visiting Any gift of $10 or more made to MASNO via GiveNOLA receives additional "Lagniappe Funds" thanks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation!

    • Make a gift of $100 or more and receive an All-Event Pass to our New Orleans Keyboard Festival this summer!
    • ALL donations made during this time will be generously matched dollar for dollar (up to $10,000) by our board President Anne Gauthier!

  • 11 Mar 2017 9:55 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    The Dooky Chase Orchestra, circa late 1940s. Photo courtesy of Hogan Jazz Archive, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University and the Chase Family.

    Click here to enjoy a most delightful chat between WWNO's Fred Kasten and New Orleans legend Dooky Chase Jr. about Dooky's life, his music, and his friends. This podcast was made in connection with MASNO's upcoming "GREAT SCOTT! Joplin in the Quarter" concert featuring the music of Scott Joplin performed by American pianist Richard Dowling. "GREAT SCOTT Joplin in the Quarter" will be held on Sunday, March 12, 3:00 PM at Le Petit Theatre and is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Edgar L. "Dooky" Chase Jr. For tickets and more info, CLICK HERE.

  • 08 Mar 2017 1:35 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    Tune in to WWNO's Inside the Arts to join Fred Kasten as he chats with American pianist Richard Dowling about his life, music and New Orleans performance GREAT SCOTT Joplin in the Quarter! coming up on Sunday, March 12, 3:00 PM at Le Petit Théâtre! Click the photo to listen! Click here for more info on the concert and to purchase tickets!

  • 06 Jan 2017 2:17 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    Join MASNO Executive Director Cara McCool Woolf as she chats with WWNO's Diane Mack about Festival PiaNOLA featuring Anne-Marie McDermott and Concerto Showcase IX on this week's edition of Inside the Arts. Cara's interview airs around 18:30 into the program. Click here to listen.

  • 15 Dec 2016 10:09 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    Dear Friend of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans,

    Thank you for your support of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans by your attendance at our musical events and your membership in the Friends of MASNO. We are pleased to be presenting a full calendar of concerts and special musical events for the 2016-17 Season as this is a goal for which we have worked, and one that you have helped us accomplish!

    The 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition this past July brought twelve extraordinarily talented pianists to New Orleans. These semifinalists were carefully chosen from a record-number of 186 applicants representing 28 different countries. We are thrilled that our three top medalists, Xiaohui Yang, Re Zhang, and Scott Cuellar will return to New Orleans in January to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a MASNO signature event Concerto Showcase IX. This year, Concerto Showcase is the finale concert of an exciting new collaboration with the LPO – Festival PiaNOLA! This festival of celebrating the piano includes a community master class, orchestral performances and a salon concert by festival artist Anne-Marie McDermott while concluding with Concerto Showcase IX. We are very excited about this new venture with the LPO, and hope that you will be able to attend one or more of the festival events!

    In October, we welcomed classical guitarist Pavel Steidl of the Czech Republic who played a fantastic house concert. In addition, 2014 Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya gave a brilliant performance with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra of Lafayette, and we look forward to her performance with the Baton Rouge Symphony in February. We are very proud of our 2016 New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition Winner Anna Waldron who returned to New Orleans for a wonderful performance with the New Orleans Civic Symphony courtesy of Hall Piano Company and the Steinway Society of New Orleans.

    Our annual fundraiser gala NOCTURNE XIV, held in November, was a beautiful experience. Acclaimed Israeli pianist Inon Barantan played an exquisite program that combined with all of the other elements of the evening to create a very special and unforgettable night.

    In looking ahead, we are excited that former piano competition gold medalist, Richard Dowling will perform at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre on Sunday afternoon, March 12, in a “Great Scott” concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Scott Joplin! And of course mark your calendars for the 2017 New Orleans Keyboard Festival to be held the last week of July.

    It is because of the generous support of our MASNO friends that we are able to present these incredible musical opportunities. MASNO is proud to be able to encourage and support emerging artists as well as bring acclaimed established musicians to the greater New Orleans area. Please click here for additional information about how you can be support MASNO.

    Thank you for being a Friend of MASNO and Happy Holidays!

    Anne Gauthier, President


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