A combination of musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras Louisiana Philharmonic and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras, with a chorus of singers from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions, vocal soloists Amy Pfrimmer, Daveda Karanas, Tyler Smith, Terrance Brown, and conductor Paul Mauffray - present this Benefit Concert for Baton Rouge Flood Victims, with a performance of the Mozart Requiem at Trinity Episcopal Church.

General admission is by donation, and your tax deductible donation checks can be made to the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (with "Musician Relief Fund" in the memo line). Many of the BRSO musicians and chorus members have faced significant losses in the recent flood including their homes, cars, instruments, and some affiliated with the orchestra have lost nearly everything.

We in New Orleans can relate first-hand to these experiences, and many of us have faced similar circumstances related to Hurricane Katrina. In a show of solidarity and empathy we reach out to our colleagues with this performance of the Mozart Requiem. This is a moment for our community of musicians to acknowledge the transient nature of life and to mourn the loss of our neighbors.

Instrumentalists as well as singers from the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be joining musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic to perform this famous Requiem which is the final work Mozart was attempting to complete at the time of his early death.

A few quotes from the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra about their situation:

"One of our violinists, a recent graduate of LSU School of Music, lost his vehicle to the flood while he was performing out of the country."

"One of our flutists had her flute submerged in the flooding of Runnels School (A private school that suffered a catastrophic level of flooding) and also suffered personal losses at her home."

The above photo is of a Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra bass player evacuating his home with his instrument.

Mozart Requiem - a Benefit Concert for Baton Rouge Flood Victims
Sunday, September 11, 7:30 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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