Musaica is a non-profit chamber music ensemble founded in the fall of 2006 by eight devoted professional musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic, several of whom are also faculty members at Loyola and Tulane Universities and the University of New Orleans.
Our mission is to promote and foster chamber music performance; to encourage the composition of new music; and to increase the awareness and appreciation of chamber music.
Musaica presents a variety of eclectic and entertaining chamber music to audiences throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. Each year three diverse programs are performed several times in different venues in metropolitan New Orleans, including surrounding parishes. The Musaica concert series presents familiar and accessible works alongside those which are new or less often performed.
For twelve season, this adventuresome chamber group has presented world premiers by bassist and founding member David Anderson, as well as Harold Seletsky, William Horne, Mollie O'Meara, Richard Harrison, William Vollinger, Dan Shore, Tucker Fuller, and Adrienne Elisha. Audiences are treated to performances of great but infrequently heard compositions by Villa-Lobos, Bax, Bartok, Poulenc, Kodaly, and Rebecca Clarke alongside timeless favorites like Copland's Appalachian Spring, and the Schubert Octet. The Musaica Chamber Ensemble has been hailed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as "a triumph of musicianship and adventurous programming," and has been nominated several times by Gambit's "Tribute to the Classical Arts” for its programs and performances of contemporary chamber music. Musaica's fall concert "Création du Monde" won for best Chamber Music Concert of 2018, and Musaica was also the winner of the 2007 award for Best Chamber Music Concert.
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