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 aremem­ber­ing 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.

Plus click here to read about the LPO’s return to New Orleans after Kat­rina, and its then-new Music Direc­tor Car­los Miguel Prieto

Alter­nate link to watch Kat­rina videos on YouTube


Photo cour­tesy of the NWS Archives

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