A Letter from MASNO Board President Anne Gauthier

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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