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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Preservation Hall Student Concert

Yesterday, 2nd-grade students from Martin Behrman Charter School had a special morning at the Rodrigue Studio gallery in New Orleans. As part of our Louisiana A+ Schools network, they were the first people to see a newly curated exhibition "Rodrigue: Celebrating Music" which showcases music-themed paintings from throughout George Rodrigue's career.

GRFA Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue gave a behind-the-scenes tour to the students, sharing the stories and musicians that inspired the paintings.

Students were then treated to a private concert by the amazing musicians of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who introduced the traditional music styles of New Orleans and discussed how they have shaped the history of the city. The Preservation Hall Foundation, which advocates for music education and preserving New Orleans' rich musical heritage, graciously partnered with GRFA for this special event.

"Rodrigue: Celebrating Music" opens to the public today and will remain on view through May 15, 2016. In addition to original paintings, this exhibition features the Rodrigue Steinway, which George Rodrigue created to fundraise for arts education in Louisiana.

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