Welcome back for another episode featuring some of our guest artists with the orchestra! This episode introduces us to Dr. Laura Moore Pruett, a musicologist and professor at Merrimack College who specializes in 19th-century American music, specifically focusing on the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
The orchestra was fortunate enough to perform Gottschalk's Symphony No. 2 last season on our "American Rhapsody" concert, and listeners will actually hear snippets of the orchestra performing this piece during this episode! (0:00 & 55:20)
Today, we will learn all about New Orleans musical life in the 19th century, the impact of Gottschalk as an important U.S. composer, and get to know just how Dr. Pruett got into researching this composer! Hint: She's from Louisiana!
Enjoy this episode of "Get To Know Your S.O."!