August 9, 2015
Remembering Katrina: NWS Alumnus Creates Retrospective Videos for Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Louisiana Philharmonic horn player and NWS alumnus Matt Eckenhoff (2010−2013) recently undertook a project to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, examining its devastation of New Orleans and its effect on the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
In his own words, “I’ve gotten very involved with many different aspects of the LPO (including being the newly elected VP and serving on the Education and Prelude committees). One of the things I’ve been most excited about is my involvement in video production and social media. I’ve taken everything I learned from how you do things at NWS and tried to apply it here and have seen great results!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and this is obviously a unique opportunity for us, especially as it coincides with the long awaited re-opening of the Orpheum Theater that we lost in the storm, and our 25th anniversary season as well. To help capitalize on this, I spearheaded an effort, along with the Marketing Department, to raise awareness of our story through a “remembering Katrina” video page featuring interviews with orchestra members who weathered the storm. It was all shot and edited by myself, and Ryan Kreiser (Digital Media Coordinator), and I think it turned out well. Anyway, I just wanted to share it with you and thank you for the 3 wonderful years I spent down there that have helped me in so many ways — with the horn in my hands and without!”
Other NWS alums at the LPO are Judith Fitzpatrick (violin 1996–1998), Richard Woehrle (viola 1990–1993), Matthew Abramo (double bass 2008–2010), and Matthew Carrington (viola 2006–2008).
Formed in 1991, the LPO is the oldest full-time musician-governed and collaboratively-operated orchestra in the United States.
Photo courtesy of the NWS Archives