LPO presents American Virtuosos
    Dates: April 17, 2020
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Price: $20-$140
    Location: First Baptist Church, Covington
    Address: 16333 LA-1085, Covington, LA 70433
    Phone: 504-523-6530, option 2

The LPO returns to First Baptist Church of Covington for the final Northshore concert of its 2019-2020 season with "American Virtuosos" on April 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$140, available at www.lpomusic.com.

Led by guest conductor Paolo Bortolameolli, the program opens with Samuel Barber's Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance. As the program expands we’ll hear from a young artist whose technique has been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “poised and monstrously talented.” Benjamin Beilman brings his passionate performance to Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto; a work awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music and packed with dialogue between the violin and the orchestra.

The final piece, Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 remains one of the composer’s most popular works. The emotional depth of the piece explores the “spirit of man” with a quality that is both uplifting and encouraging.

Program duration is approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission. There will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance.


Chilean conductor Paolo Bortolameolli has been gaining international attention as one of the most interesting and versatile Latin American young conductors of his generation. Currently Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he is also Guest Conductor in Residence of Orchestra of the Americas.

Paolo has more recently been expanding his roster of guest conducting ensembles across Latin and North America, He is passionately committed to new music and audiences, having developed innovative projects such as the RiteNow, a celebration of the 100 Anniversary of Rite of Spring and also as the creator of 'PONLE PAUSA', a project that seeks to revolutionize the concept of music education through the implementation of short videos and concerts targeting social network users. This year he was invited as lecturer for a TED Talk in New York.

Born in 1989, American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits across the globe for his compelling and impassioned performances, his deep rich tone and searing lyricism. He plays the "Engleman" Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Beilman came to worldwide attention following his First Prize wins in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions – where he was also recipient of a People’s Choice Award – and the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition. He went on to receive prestigious accolades and an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics, releasing his first disc for the label in 2016. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago, Curtis Institute of Music and the Kronberg Academy.

Beilman has performed with many major orchestras worldwide – in Europe these have included the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Chamber, Scottish Chamber, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In 2018, he made his Australian concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony, performing the Australian premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, and his Chinese concerto debut with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. In the US Beilman has performed with San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, amongst others and several times with the Philadelphia Orchestra, including a performance at Carnegie Hall.

LPO presents American Virtuosos