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Wondering what Birdfoot artists are listening to?

birdfoot.052213.rhr16Inspired by a conversation with a Birdfoot fan, festival Artistic Director Jenna Sherry asked Birdfoot’s 2013 artists about their recent musical discoveries, inspirations, and obsessions. Their flood of replies produced some incredible new discoveries for us all and we’re excited to share their listening recommendations, ranging from Bach motets (who knew?) to albums featuring percussion and jazz. Learn more HERE.

Birdfoot Festival performances named “Best of 2013″ by NOLA Defender

Three performances from the 2013 Birdfoot Festival made the NOLA Defender’s list of 10 Best New Orleans Orchestral and Chamber Performances of 2013.

Former New Orleans resident and piano virtuoso Danny Driver, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, violinist Lisa Romain, and cellist Joann Whang’s interpretation of  Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” “had an obvious affect on audiences. Rarely have classical listeners been seen more quiet and attentive, and their reactions ran the gamut from teary-eyed to solemn to blissful. The performance generated one of the longest-running standing ovations of the year, and it continues to be one of the most talked about Birdfoot pieces of 2013.”  Read more here

Birdfoot Festival 2013 Photo Essay

September 9, 2013 — Photographer extraordinaire Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee spent most of the 2013 Birdfoot Festival putting in long days observing and photographing Birdfoot’s 2013 musicians, staff, volunteers, and Chamber Music Mentoring Program students. The resulting photos are nothing less than stunning. He has created and posted a stunning photo essay of his favorites on his website. Birdfoot’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry has chosen a selection of recordings from the festival’s 2013 Final Gala Concert to accompany his photos. Click HERE to view the photo essay and listen to the recordings!  Scroll laterally to the right to view the entire collection of photos.

Birdfoot’s 2013 Festival receives rave reviews

The reviews are in!  The Times-Picayune’s Chris Waddington reported on May 24, 2013 that Birdfoot’s Snug Harbor concert brought “musical skill and theatrical savvy” and “fresh sounds (and the spirit of New Orleans’ post-Katrina cultural renaissance) to the altars of jazz and chamber music,” and noted that this concert attracted “a big crowd, one that savored the transgressive pleasures of sampling notated string music at a venue consecrated to swing, blue notes and cocktails.

The Nola Defender’s Joe Shriner wrote that during Birdfoot’s performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains, onlookers became entranced by the repetition and imagery, many closing their eyes while the artists forged through the piece deploying acute attention to detail. When it concluded, there was a loud exhale from the audience followed by a long, enthusiastic ovation. The performance left many dazed and on the edge of euphoria.”

On May 29th, the Times-Picayune’s reviewer described hearing “risky, high wire playing” and reported that Birdfoot’s Final Gala Concert had “lived up to its title. The show featured a string of glorious, unbuttoned performances of works rarely heard on local stages.”

The Nola Defender agreed, writing that nothing “could take away the feeling that something grand had just ended.”

Southern Rep & MESA Production Company’s 33 Variations performance supported Birdfoot 2014!

Southern Rep and MESA Production Company’s September 2013 preview performance of  Moisés Kaufman’s 5-time Tony Award nominated 33 Variations will support the Birdfoot Festival and the New Orleans Friends of Music!  Come join us for this special evening at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street).

New Birdfoot Festival 2013 Trailer!

Check out the Birdfoot Festival’s new trailer on YouTube for sense of what all the fuss is about!

Music Up Close

• Check out Birdfoot audience member and New Orleans writer Laura Berwick’s essay Music Up Close.

• Living Dangerously: Fauré and crawfish — blog post by Lisa Romain

Don’t miss Birdfoot Festival violinist Lisa Romain’s new blog post Living Dangerously: Fauré and crawfish!

• “Birdfoot Music Festival brings youthful style, classical smarts and passion to New Orleans”

Following Birdfoot’s 2012 final Gala concert at Dixon Hall, the Times-Picayune’s Chris Waddington wrote “I expect musical surprises when young virtuosos play repertoire dear to their hearts, and I got plenty from the Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival”. Read the review to find out about what he did not expect from a chamber music concert!

• “Birdfoot fest brings top classical musicians to New Orleans alternative venues”

Chris Waddington, music critic for the Times Picayune heralded the inaugural 2012 festival with a wonderful preview article. You can read it in full, including his interview with Artistic Director Jenna Sherry, here .