Louisiana Orchestras Next Top Omaha Symphony Manager | Louisiana News
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has hired a new executive director.
Anwar Nasir is coming to New Orleans from Nebraska, where he is Chief Revenue and Advancement Officer for the Omaha Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Board of Trustees said in a press release. He will start the new job on July 19th.
“The LPO is one of the crown jewels in the New Orleans metropolitan area. It has proven to be innovative and resilient from the start, and continues to build its relationship with the community it serves, ”said Nasir. “I hope that we can amplify this energy and find new ways to bring music to people near and far.”
Before coming to Omaha, Nasir, originally from Philadelphia, held front office positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, Atlanta Ballet, and Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp.
“We are thrilled to have Anwar join the LPO with an impressive track record in audience development and a bold vision for the orchestra’s role in the community,” said CEO Dwight McGhee. “Last year the LPO found creative ways to keep the music going, and we were looking for an equally creative leader to lead us into the future.”
Nasir said he wanted to make the New Orleans Orchestra’s artistic and educational programs more visible and make their impact in the region.
The Louisiana Philharmonic is a musician-owned cooperative founded in 1991 after the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra collapsed into debt. Nasir will work closely with the 67 musicians, the board, music director Carlos Miguel Prieto and staff.
The LPO’s 2021-2022 season kicks off with a digital festival on September 10 and a free personal community concert on October 19. This is the first time since March 2020 that the entire orchestra has performed together.
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