Concerts, instruments, money help music survive after floods
NEW ORLEANS - Classical musicians are planning benefit concerts, an assistant professor of music in Mississippi is collecting instruments for Louisiana schools and a country music-affiliated charity is donating $30,000 - all to help make sure music survives the disastrous floods that hit south Louisiana in August.
Musicians who lost homes, instruments and music - to Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago or to this year's floods - are performing in concerts Thursday and Sunday in New Orleans.
A concert Thursday, organized by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Opera Association, will support public schools music programs, arts organizations and the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity. On Sunday, musicians from New Orleans and Baton Rouge will perform Mozart's Requiem to raise money for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus.