A Night for New Orleans with Placido Domingo New Orleans Opera Association presents a Gala Benefit Concert March 4, 2006 at

The New Orleans Arena - 7:30 PM www.neworleansarena.com

    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The long term impact of Hurricane
 Katrina, the worst natural disaster in American history, is still
 incalculable.  Many thousands of residents lost everything and the local
 economy in New Orleans is still reeling.  New Orleans' arts organizations are
 struggling with the displacement of singers, orchestral players, dancers and
 actors.  As one of the United States' most historic cities, we realize the
 value of arts and culture and our spirits remain strong.
     New Orleans is known for its distinctive musical heritage.  Not only the
 birth place of truly American music like Jazz, but well over two hundred years
 ago, the first operatic performances on the North American continent were
 given here.  As plans for the Gala develop it is apparent that the cultural
 arts community, in Phoenix fashion, will rise above the despair of destruction
 and let great music symbolize the power of the indomitable human spirit.
 Placido Domingo's own personal statement for this gala, a variation of
 Shakespeare's "If music be the food of love," is "MUSIC IS THE VOICE OF HOPE!"
     * Confirmed Artists as of January 17, 2006  Placido Domingo, Denyce
       Graves, Paul Groves and Nathan Gunn
     * Tickets range from $10 to $1000.   NOW ON SALE.  Call the New Orleans
       Opera Box Office at 504-529-3000
     * Patrons with premium seating will receive VIP Parking, a Champagne
       Patron Party before the Gala and "Dinner with the Stars" immediately
       following. These events are sponsored by the Women's Guild of the New
       Orleans Opera Association.
     * Music performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by
       Maestro Robert Lyall.
     * New Orleans Opera Chorus to perform under the direction of ChorusMaster,
       Carol Rausch
     * Sponsor -- Mrs. Betty Brooks Doss in memory of Mr. James Brooks.
     The New Orleans Opera Association is launching the cultural season for our
 city, helping to solidify the future for the Arts in "America's First City of
 Opera".  No other city in the Western Hemisphere can lay claim to a greater
 operatic tradition than New Orleans, with its first opera performances on
 May 22, 1796, Gretry's Sylvain.  In the 19th century over 400 operas received
 their U.S. premieres in New Orleans -- more than any other American city.
     CONTACT:  Janet Wilson, Director of Marketing

SOURCE New Orleans Opera Association

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