Benefit concert to help young NOLA musicians

February 3, 2014 2:00 PM

Carol Schlueter

Maxim Samarov is known on the Tulane University campus for his work on stage as director of the Tulane University Orchestra, but he has another role that is making a difference across New Orleans. He is a professor of practice in music, and his class of service-learning students helps young musicians who are involved with the after-school program Make Music NOLA.

Children play with Make Music NOLA

Trenton Thomas rehearses young musicians who are part of Make Music NOLA. A benefit concert at Tulane University on Wednesday (Feb. 5) will raise funds for the after-school music program. (Photo from Make Music NOLA)

Now the Tulane community has an opportunity to join in by attending a benefit concert, “Let's Make Music NOLA!” on Wednesday (Feb. 5) at 7:30 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the uptown campus.

All funds raised will go to Make Music NOLA, which now involves 55 children in first through eighth grades with music instruction at three different sites. It was founded in 2011 as the Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward.

Samarov will conduct the Tulane University Orchestra for the program, which also will feature OperaCréole, a 10-person ensemble of professional singers directed by Givonna Joseph; the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, directed by Steven Edwards; and Make Music NOLA students. Together they will perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and other works.

Samarov’s students at Tulane have a number of roles with Make Music NOLA.

“Our students do one-on-one or small-group coaching with the kids, helping them to learn their music and working on their technique and basic music theory as needed,” Samarov says, in addition to tutoring them on academics. Some of the Tulane students have continued to volunteer with the music organization after their service-learning hours are complete.

The Tulane volunteers “are really great with our students and form strong bonds with them,” says Laura Patterson, executive director of Make Music NOLA.

Concert general admission is $20 and reserved seats are $50. Tickets are available online or at the door. Tulane students will be admitted free with ID but a $5 donation is suggested.

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