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  • 03 Oct 2016 7:37 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Guitar virtuoso Pavel Steidl opens 2016-17 MASNO season in New Orleans.

    Click Here to Download Full Press Release.

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    Visionary guitarist and composer Pavel Steidl will present a pair of solo concerts in New Orleans, October 21 and 23. He will launch the 2016-2017 season for the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) with a house concert in the Lower Garden District, and will add luster to the calendar of Marigny Opera House with an additional show.

    Celebrated internationally for his boundary-busting technical wizardry and original compositions, Steidl is equally acclaimed for his soulful approach to the classical repertoire. His New Orleans programs range from transcriptions of J.S. Bach and Niccolo Paganini to folk-drenched Iberian works by Ferdinand Sor and Pedro Tirado. Steidl also will present his own composition, “And you go to Ithaca, too?”

    Performed on an acoustic instrument, “Ithaca” evokes both country blues and the soaring ecstatic lines of rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix. The piece also showcases Steidl’s use of throat singing, a vocal technique, common in many indigenous cultures, which creates eerie, near-electronic overtones.

    When Steidl performed at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012, the reviewer for clevelandclassical.com detailed the guitarist’s many virtues: “Steidl’s dynamic extremes, endlessly varied articulations, playful rhythms, vast palette of colors, musical chuckles and shrugs, and pickups comically isolated from their downbeats kept everything fresh and new. When high notes seemed to suspend themselves in space, Steidl looked comically at the ceiling.”

    Both new Orleans concerts take place in intimate settings well suited to Steidl’s all-acoustic performances.

    Steidl performs Friday, October 21, 8 p.m., at Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Tickets are available online: $35 General/ $25 Students & Seniors. For details go to marignyoperahouse.com.

    MASNO will host Steidl for an afternoon house concert in the Lower Garden District, October 23, 3 p.m., 1133 Margaret Place, New Orleans. Tickets are $25 and include the concert plus a reception following. Purchase tickets at masno.org or by calling 504.899.4826. Space is limited.

  • 24 Aug 2016 8:53 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    Thanks to Sue Strachan for this lovely highlight of the 2016 NOIPC on NOLA.com!

  • 24 Aug 2016 8:51 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    MASNO is excited to be participating again this year at 89.9 WWNO's Culture Collision 8, August 31 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Held at the WWII Museum, this giant happy hour featuring over 70 performing and visual arts organizations in New Orleans is FREE and open to the public. Come see us! Click HERE for more info!

  • 01 Aug 2016 4:24 PM | MASNO (Administrator)


  • 31 Jul 2016 10:16 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    After an exceptional Final Round, the jury named the Top 3 Medalists of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition!

    Gold: Xiaohui Yang, China

    Silver: Re Zhang, China

    Bronze: Scott Cuellar, USA

    Saetbyeol Kim was named the winner of the Clarence "Pete" Wolbrette Jury Discretionary Award.

    Congratulations to all!!

  • 30 Jul 2016 8:20 AM | MASNO (Administrator)
  • 29 Jul 2016 11:52 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    After two very exciting Semifinal Rounds, the Jury has announced the 3 Finalists who will compete on Sunday, July 31, 2:00 PM at Loyola's Roussel Hall. The 3 Finalists in order of performance are:

    1. Xiaohui Yang, China

    2. Scott Cuellar, USA

    3. Re Zhang, China

    For tickets, please click here!

    For more information about the Finalists including their programs, please click here.

  • 24 Jul 2016 8:29 PM | MASNO (Administrator)

    The 12 Semifinalists of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition will perform in this order for Semifinal Rounds 1 and 2:

    1. Re Zhang - performs Monday and Thursday
    2. Yejin Noh - performs Monday and Thursday
    3. Liana Paniyeva - performs Monday and Thursday
    4. Saetbyeol Kim - performs Monday and Thursday
    5. Xiaohui Yang - performs Tuesday and Thursday
    6. Hyun Ji You - performs Tuesday and Thursday
    7. Kyle Orth - performs Tuesday and Friday
    8. Matthew Graybil - performs Tuesday and Friday
    9. Yewon Jeong - performs Wednesday and Friday
    10. Alexander Suares - performs Wednesday and Friday
    11. Scott Cuellar - performs Wednesday and Friday
    12. Christopher Goodpasture - performs Wednesday and Friday

    The competition program including each Semifinalist and their program is available for download or viewing by clicking HERE.


  • 24 Jul 2016 7:07 AM | MASNO (Administrator)
  • 22 Jul 2016 8:00 AM | MASNO (Administrator)

    Join WWNO 89.9 Radio Host Fred Kasten for a brief spotlight on the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Fred is also joined by MASNO Artistic Director Daniel Weilbaecher reflecting on the history of NOIPC. Click the link to listen.

    https://soundcloud.com/masno-1/2016-noipc-spotlight


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