August 29 is the 1-year anniversary of hurricane Katrina, which caused so much death and destruction, as well as pain and heartache, for New Orleans and other southern cities. America and the world watched with horror as one of our most beloved cities was flooded and most of its residents fled for their lives. The number of residents who didn’t make it to safety still shocks us all.
In a gripping account, Ann Cohen, cellist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, describes what it was like for the musicians in New Orleans’ orchestra to cope with the aftermath of the hurricane in their struggles to deal with a sudden relocation, stay in contact with each other, find a means of making a living while the LPO was not performing, and ultimately, to bring their orchestra back in full force to the New Orleans community. The outpouring of assistance from musicians all around America is a tribute to our own sense of community, fostered by our deep union ties.
It’s a story of courage, conviction, and triumph.