New Orleans’ chamber ensemble Musaica launches season with Price, Beach, Bruch, Morricone

Posted on: October 5, 2021

Musaica, “the nine-member, 16-year-old classical music group consisting primarily of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, will perform its opening concerts … at two different venues in New Orleans this week,” writes Dean M. Shapiro in Monday’s (10/4) Times-Picayune (LA). “A spokesperson and performer for the group, LPO assistant principal violist Bruce Owen, [said], ‘This will be the first time in two years we will actually be doing our entire season for a live audience.’ … The first concert, titled ‘Adoration,’ takes its name from the eponymous piece composed by Florence Price for a clarinet and string quartet that will be performed [featuring LPO Principal Clarinet] Daniel Parrette…. Amy Beach’s ‘Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet’ will feature [LPO Second Flute] Sarah Schettler.… Other works … include … Max Bruch’s duet ‘Kol Nidrei’ featuring [LPO cellist] David Rosen and Diana Thacher on piano; and Ennio Morricone’s ‘Gabriel’s Oboe,’ … featuring [LPO Assistant Principal Oboe] Jane Gabka…. Other Musaica concerts this season will be presented on Feb. 15-16 and April 18-19. ‘What we are really going for this year is trying to explore works from composers from a lot of different backgrounds and different points in time,’ Owen said.”