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New Orleans City Park Hosts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for “Swing in the Oaks” Community Concert, April 26

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, April 26, New Orleans City Park will welcome the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) as they present a free community concert, Swing in the Oaks, at the Peristyle.

Parkgoers are encouraged to bring their chairs or lawn blankets to experience an enchanting evening filled with musical scores such as Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide”, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and many more conducted by Chelsea Gallo.

The free community concert begins at 5:45 p.m. with the LPO’s Music for Life String Orchestra followed by the Homer Plessy Community School, Bricolage Academy, and the world premiere of the Plessy Student Composers. At 7 p.m., the full orchestra takes the stage featuring pianist Dr. Quinn Peeper.

“This is a favorite event for many of our Park visitors,” said Cara Lambright, CEO of New Orleans City Park. “It is so gratifying to partner with the LPO to provide free and accessible cultural enrichment surrounded by the Park’s amazing green spaces to the community.”

“This is going to be a spectacular night,” said LPO Executive Director Anwar Nasir. “First, we get to show off the amazing talents of our young Music for Life composers and orchestra, and then, our adult musicians will perform some lively, recognizable pieces that will leave the audience in a great spirit.”

To find more information or view the program for the evening, please visit

Swing in the Oaks
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2022; in the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled to Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Where: The Peristyle at New Orleans City Park, 42 Dreyfous Dr.
Hours: 5:45 p.m.
Admission: Free


About New Orleans City Park:

For over 170 years, New Orleans City Park has provided access to abundant natural and cultural resources to residents of the region and visitors from around the world. The Park’s 1,300 acres make it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. City Park is a popular place to fish on the bayou, picnic, experience safe outdoor play, or engage in athletic pursuits—as evidenced by more than 16 million visits each year. City Park’s annual operating budget has been largely derived from self-generated activities. The COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida, which significantly affected revenue-generating facilities due to restriction closures, highlighted the vital importance of diversifying revenue streams. Through these challenges, the Park’s walking trails, urban forest, and open spaces continue to be a respite to the public. To learn more about the Park and to contribute to Park operations, visit

About the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra:

Steeped in history yet focused on innovation, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is the only full-time collaboratively governed and operated orchestra in the United States. Rooted in a culturally diverse community with a two-hundred-year orchestral music tradition, the LPO sets the standard for orchestral programming and performance in Louisiana. For our 67 musicians, achieving the highest level of artistry is integrally linked with a personal investment in our organization and our community. Visit to learn more.

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