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Musical Juneteenth Celebration Presented By LPO, Tremé for Tremé and The New Orleans Legacy Project

NEW ORLEANS – Tremé for Tremé, The New Orleans Legacy Project, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra partner to present the first-ever CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL BLACK MUSIC SERIES honoring and celebrating Black music and its legacy on June 18 and 19 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

The first concert, La Programme S.T.E.M. De La Louisianne, features music composed by Free People of Color, and the second concert, Music of a Movement: A Symphony Anthology (1950’s – 1970’s,) celebrates Juneteenth and the 60th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Both concerts will be led with the baton of emerging young conductor Jonathan Taylor Rush. For more information, visit

“It is only fitting to honor our ancestors and elders through music,” says Founder and President of Tremé for Tremé Cyril B. “Music was once our only form of communication. Music became the consciousness of our society, promoting both harmony and expression. Music is an art form. Music is a civil right. Music is a movement.”

“This inaugural partnership sets an inspiring precedent, further increasing the importance of telling the stories of the cultural visionaries and giants through music,” says LPO Executive Director Anwar Nasir. “The LPO is proud to serve as stewards of our musical heritage, and we invite everyone to be part of this moving journey of remembrance and celebration.”


The Tremé for Tremé Cultural and Historical Black Music Series will include two concerts, beginning with Tremé Petit Jazz Museum’s La Programme S.T.E.M. De La Louisianne created and written by Tremé’s Petit Jazz Museum’s Founder and Curator, Alvin P. Jackson. The S.T.E.M. inspired program features classical music scores composed by Free People of Color from New Orleans such as Edmond Dédé, Charles Lucien Lambert, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Victor Eugene Macarthy, and enslaved pianist/composer Basil Barre.

“This meticulously curated body of work will introduce the audience to the impeccable musicality and the academic acumen of Free People of Color,” says Tremé Petit Jazz Museum Director Alvin P. Jackson. “Their positive action of the past still inspires us to create more in the future.The designed elements of this program are to give notice of the existence of a S.T.E.M. type program that would have existed in New Orleans, Louisiana between 1850 and 1930.”


The second concert is Music of a Movement: A Symphonic Anthology (1950s-1970s) – a celebration in recognition of Juneteenth and the 60th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Music of a Movement’s soul-stirring program is curated by New Orleans native and three-time “Top 5” Billboard Chart-topping artist Deepa Soul, also featuring her in performance alongside her band, The Love Soul Orchestra.  Joining The Love Soul Orchestra are members of Nu Beginnings, the George Brown Band Horns, and a host of cameo performances by top New Orleans vocalists and musicians.

“I’m humbled to usher this celebration forth in honor of my ancestors, and my elders, who sacrificed and laid their lives on the line to move our country forward,” says The Love Soul Orchestra Founder Deepa Soul.  “This will be a night honoring the ancestors and living legends of The New Orleans Resistance Movement, The New Orleans Four, Iconic Artists of New Orleans, and celebrating the symphonic masterpieces composed by, written by, or made famous by Black people during an era that denied them equal access and opportunity.”

ATTIRE  For both evenings, audiences are welcome to dress in Cocktail and/or Afrofuturistic attire. Attire is suggested, not required.


Tickets are on sale now and range from $50-85 for the first night and $65-150 for the second night.Student pricing is available for $10 with proof of Student ID. For pricing and more information, visit or contact Patron Services by calling 504-523-6530.


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