The Louisiana Philharmonic returns to City Park on October 20 and 30 for free concerts


NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is set to return to New Orleans City Park with two free performances in October. The October 20 concert will be the LPO’s first full orchestra in City Park since April 2019.

“As a public space that serves all the peoples of our region and plays a key role in cultivating cultural accessibility, we are delighted to continue and deepen our partnership with the Louisiana Philharmonic,” said Cara Lambright, CEO of City Park. “The combination of music and nature are two powerful ingredients in connecting and healing us as a community, and the two concerts are sure to be amazing experiences.”

On Wednesday October 20 at 6:30 p.m., the LPO will kick off the season with a free community concert at Peristyle in City Park. This performance, directed by Carlos Miguel Prieto, will mark the return of a full orchestral lineup for the LPO. On Saturday, October 30 at 11 a.m., the park will welcome families to experience LPO’s Spooktacular Halloween. The program, led by David Torns, will set the tone for Halloween with a selection of weird musical pieces, including that of John Williams Double problem. Participants are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes.

“The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to return to City Park for these very special concerts to kick off the season,” said Anwar Nasir, General Manager of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. “We have been through so much as a community over the past nineteen months, and we want to express our appreciation and gratitude for the unwavering spirit of resilience. City Park is the perfect place to get together in safety, spark joy and feel a sense of oneness.

Both performances are free and open to the public, with no ticket required. Participants are allowed to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the performances. Face masks are mandatory except for eating or drinking, and social distancing is encouraged. For more information, please visit


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