Louisiana Philharmonic appoints composer Courtney Bryan as creative partner

Posted on: February 3, 2021

“Courtney Bryan, noted for influences that reflect New Orleans’ eclectic musical traditions, has been named the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s first Creative Partner,” reads an unsigned article in Thursday’s (1/28) OffBeat Magazine (New Orleans). “The news was announced by Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto…. Bryan collaborated with the orchestra in the past, including the premiere of her work Rejoice in 2019.” Rejoice was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. “The three-year appointment that started this season extends through June 2023. Bryan joins an artistic leadership team consisting of Prieto and Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins…. Equally important to her artistic role, Bryan will strengthen the impact of the LPO’s education and community programs. A new project includes work with the LPO’s Music for Life program to workshop the process of improvisation and composition with young members of our New Orleans community … and children at partner schools…. Courtney Bryan will have a major concert presence during each year of her residency, including this season’s performances of her woodwind quintet Blooming, and her violin concerto Syzygy with soloist Jennifer Koh … on the LPO digital series, ‘Orpheum Sessions.’ Blooming was released in September; and Syzygy will be released on March 12.”