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LPO to present free ‘Swing in the Oaks’ concert tonight in City Park

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs in City Park. (LPO photo)

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting its annual “Swing in the Oaks” concert on Tuesday (April 26) at City Park. This free concert will be conducted by LPO Assistant Conductor Chelsea Gallo and will feature special guest pianist Dr. Quinn Peeper.

Peeper is an obstetrician and gynecologist on loan from Touro Infirmary, which is sponsoring the event as it celebrates 100 years of delivering babies. Touro will be providing health information and sharing commemorative gifts with attendees.

Bring chairs or blankets to relax on the Great Lawn with a picnic dinner. City Park will also offer food and drinks for purchase.

If it rains, the concert will be held Wednesday (April 27).

At 5:45 p.m., the Music for Life students will perform, featuring the world premiere of work by the Homer Plessy student composers. The musicians are from the Homer Plessy Community School and Bricolage Academy.

The LPO will perform beginning at 7 p.m. The program is below:

Smith – The Star Spangled Banner
R. Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra, Opus 30: Opening
Bernstein – Overture to Candide
Prokofiev – “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2
Chueca – Prelude to El Bateo
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
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J. Strauss Jr – Overture to Die Fledermaus
Saint-Saens – Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
BrahmsSchmeling – Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor
Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations
MussorgskySimpson – Baba Yaga & The Great Gate of Kiev
Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever

The 2011 “Swing in the Oaks” (City Park photo)

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