Nocca's Jazz Big Band Performs Faculty Member Mike Rihner's "Score For Unity"

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Nocca's Jazz Big Band Performs Faculty Member Mike Rihner's "Score For Unity"
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New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) says
The National Park Service presents a free world premiere performance of "Score for Unity," a new musical work by NOCCA faculty member and composer Michael Rihner. "Score for Unity" was funded by a grant given to New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park by the NPS Lower Mississipi Delta Initiative. The Park commissioned Rihner to create the piece to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans. "Score for Unity" draws on the musical traditions of the battle's participants and depicts the 1814-1815 New Orleans campaign during the final days of the War of 1812.

On Wednesday, May 6, Rihner will conduct NOCCA's Jazz Big Band at 7:00pm in the Ellis Marsalis Jazz Studio. The performance will be accompanied by historical narration by a ranger from Chalmette Battlefield, site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and now part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

"Celebrating Unity" has been the National Park Service theme throughout the commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial. The NPS has highlighted both the unity of the American troops and civilians, who represented a range of regions, races, languages, social classes, and religions, and the unity among the British troops, who were also a highly diverse force. Rihner's work reflects the events of the New Orleans campaign and then carries those musical themes forward into the present to express the two centuries of unity between the United States and Great Britain.

NOCCA students also performed selections from "Score for Unity" on January 8 at the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial commemoration at Chalmette Battlefield.
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By: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)

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