New Water Music: Saturday April 8

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New Water Music: Saturday April 8
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New Orleans Airlift says
A new hour-long work for hundreds of musicians, fusing new and traditional music, procession, water culture, and pageantry while galvanizing listeners to save Louisiana’s coast.

Date: Saturday, April 8 (Rain date April 9)
Admission: Free
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Featuring afternoon land-based activities including food, information and displays and a Sunset Performance
Location: Seabrook Boat Launch on Lake Pontchartrain
Located at the eastern termination of Lakeshore Drive
Large parking lot adjacent, with additional parking on Lakeshore Drive

This public performance on Lake Pontchartrain will debut composer Yotam Haber’s “New Water Music.” It will be performed from the water by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and hundreds of community musicians together in a spectacular choreographed visual presentation, conceived and executed by New Orleans Airlift.

As the sun begins its descent on April 8, the musicians will take position on water-bound staging for a grand event against the endless backdrop of Lake Pontchartrain. Conducting with naval semaphore flags and in occasional Morse Code, Haber’s score will flow across the water, paying tribute to traditional Louisiana music including Cajun accordion and African-American spirituals. In the regatta beyond, a procession of fishing boats and vessels will unfold under the artistic direction of Airlift’s Delaney Martin.

“New Water Music” takes inspiration from Handel’s “Water Music,” famously performed on the River Thames for King George I in 1717, but also for the wider city who watched from shore and from boats - public concerts did not enter the musical tradition until the late 18th century.

“New Water Music” pays homage by connecting exceptional music to diverse public audiences, but also uses this performance to illuminate Louisiana’s coastal crisis of receding wetlands and changing lifestyles for fisherman and coastal residents, with repercussions for New Orleans residents and beyond. According to Bob Marshall of Scientific American, “Louisiana loses 16 square miles of land a year, the fastest rate of land loss in the world.” This project explores critical issues of water and land use in the Gulf region as well as the growing crisis of coastal erosion. “New Water Music” strives to inspire participation and leadership in residents whose voices are essential to catalyzing change.

Admission is free to this one-time event. New Orleans Airlift is a 501c3 nonprofit and accepts donations and in-kind support for our large-scale art projects: http://www.neworleansairlift.org/index.php/support/donate

More info here: http://www.neworleansairlift.org/index.php/component/k2/item/540-new-water-music
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By: New Orleans Airlift

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