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LSU student composers and performers are taking their music to Carnegie Hall

Louisiana State University's Constantinides New Music Ensemble
Courtesy of Constantinides New Music Ensemble
Louisiana State University's Constantinides New Music Ensemble

Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn about an upcoming performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall by LSU musicians. Then, we hear about a new exhibit in New Orleans celebrating 75 years of the play "A Streetcar Named Desire."

On April 8, student composers and members of the Constantinides New Music Ensemble from the LSU School of Music will perform a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They will be performing works by student composers, as well as works by LSU Music faculty and alumni.

Mara Gibson, professor of composition at the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts and director of the Constantinides New Music Ensemble, and Austin Franklin, PhD candidate in Experimental Music & Digital Media at LSU CMDA, tell us more about the upcoming performance.

Seventy-five years ago, the Tennessee Williams drama "A Streetcar Named Desire" debuted on Broadway. Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the Southern gothic received a 7-minute standing ovation on opening night, and would go on to be interpreted and performed all around the world.

To celebrate this milestone, the Historic New Orleans Collection is releasing a new exhibit "Backstage at ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’" Oral historian and senior curator Mark Cave tells us what we can find at the exhibition.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is Newscast Editor for the WRKF/WWNO Newsroom. Adam is also the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.