Jonathan Harris

Date 11 mars 2019 19:30
Lieu Marigny Opera House, New Orleans

As the Napoleonic War was winding down and the French emperor was going into forced exile, the English poet Lord Byron wrote a poem celebrating Napoleon’s downfall.

Titled “Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte,” Byron’s poem became the centerpiece of a 1942 musical composition by Arnold Schoenberg aimed at Adolf Hitler.

Schoenberg’s piece, bearing the same title as the poem, will be one of the highlights of the second of two concerts Friday and Monday nights by the New Orleans-based Louis Moreau Institute.

Jonathan Harris, a New Orleans bass-baritone now living in New York City, will recite the poem to the accompaniment of a piano and the Ulysses String Quartet.

In the Friday concert at the Marigny Opera House, titled “Amiable Neighbors,” the quartet and pianist will perform works by Igor Stravinsky, Professor Longhair (“Tipitina Improvisation”) and three other recent composers.

The Monday concert at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall, titled “An Ode for Troubled Times,” will include — in addition to the Schoenberg piece — a reprise of “Tipitina Improvisation,” plus works by University of New Orleans resident composer Yotam Haber and a 19th century composition, “Bamboula,” by the organization’s namesake, Louis Moreau Gottschalk.


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