Letter from MASNO's Executive Director and Board President

03 Jun 2016 7:58 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

Click downloadable version of the letter below.

Dear Friend of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans,

It was an exciting 2015-2016 season for MASNO with an increasing number of wonderful performances and events! Thank you for your support as well as your attendance to many of these musical offerings. From an outstanding 2015 New Orleans Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute to an exciting NOCTURNE XIII, from fabulous Salon Concert Events to our 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya performing sold out performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), from a lovely collaboration with New Orleans Friends of Music presenting world-renowned pianist Angela Hewit to our 2012 NOIPC Gold Medalist Viktor Valkov performing a brilliant recital of rave reviews at London’s Wigmore Hall - it was definitely a most successful year for us – a year we could not have had without you! We trust you enjoyed this past season as much as we did, and hope that you will definitely join us for an exciting 2016-2017 as well!

In just a couple of months, MASNO will present the 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC), July 24-31, at Loyola University. Twelve of the world’s finest young pianists are invited to New Orleans for a week of magnificent piano playing as Semifinalists competing for performance and cash prizes totaling over $35,000. The NOIPC runs parallel to the New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival featuring master classes and recitals open to the public. In addition, Guest Artists Marianna Prjevalskaya of Spain and Danny Driver of the United Kingdom will perform solo recitals. With a record number of NOIPC applicants representing 28 countries this year, we are thrilled to announce the 12 Semifinalists joining us in July: Moye Chen, China; Scott Cuellar, USA; Christopher Goodpasture, USA; Matthew Graybil, USA; Yewon Jeong, South Korea; Wenjie Lu, China; Yejin Noh, South Korea; Kyle Orth, USA; Alexander Soares, United Kingdom; Xiaohui Yang, China; Hyun Ji You, South Korea; Re Zhang, China. For a more detailed schedule of the week’s events, please visit www.masno.org. Tickets will be available starting June 10, 2016.

Looking ahead to the rest of MASNO’s 2016-2017 Season, highlights include Salon Concert Events featuring guitarist Pavel Steidl of the Czech Republic, 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya’s performances with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, NOCTURNE XIII featuring acclaimed Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, a special salon concert in partnership with the LPO featuring the fabulous and beloved American pianist Anne Marie McDermott, Concerto Showcase IX featuring the top 3 medalists of the 2016 NOIPC with the LPO, and MORE! Please notice the downloadable brochure that includes more details of our upcoming season highlights. Also stay tuned for additional events through the year!

MASNO has also newly instituted an Annual Membership contribution at the Andante $35+ Level. Members will receive an acknowledgement of the membership, a one-year subscription to MASNO’s E-Newsletter, advance notice and ticket pre-sale privileges for exclusive MASNO events, and recognition in the program book of the NOIPC and Keyboard Festival.  Please review the downloadable brochure (click here to download) to learn more about membership, sponsorship, and other ways you can become involved and support the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

We at MASNO are so privileged to be able to present these kinds of musical opportunities in New Orleans as well as play significant roles in the development of young talent and future musical careers through our programming. However, we could not do so without the generous support of our Friends. So we thank you for being a part of our MASNO family, and hope to see you very soon!

 James Farrow, President & Cara McCool Woolf, Executive Director

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