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Student volunteer orchestra hosts charity concert benefiting Lower Ninth Ward

Loyola press release - April 29, 2013

The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra, founded and directed by Loyola University New Orleans students, is hosting a charity concert to benefit the Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward Friday, May 3. The concert, dubbed “Carnivale: A Night of Charity and Music,” is free, but a donation is suggested. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

The concert features works from Ludwig van Beethoven and Camille Saint-Saēns, as well as contemporary selections including music from the hit TV series, “Dr. Who.” In addition to the performance, the event includes a silent auction, raffle and post-performance reception.

Founded in March 2012, the orchestra consists of Loyola and other local college students, as well as high school and adult musicians from around the community. They have previously presented two successful concerts and continue to focus on classical repertoire and contemporary popular music, including film and TV soundtracks.

The Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward provides free music instruction to local children. The community program also provides free, healthy dinners for the children. The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra concert will specifically fund the youth orchestra’s summer camp program.