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In Wake of Historic Flooding, New Orleans Opera & Louisiana Philharmonic Team Up for Benefit Concert

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (Source: Flickr)

The New Orleans Opera Association and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are giving a concert next Thursday evening to benefit south Louisiana public schools, arts organizations and artists hit by recent floods.

Opera director Robert Lyall says both organizations know by experience how flooding can cripple a community, and want to return the help they received after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Orchestra president Matthew Eckenhoff says the musicians know how it feels to lose not just their homes but the instruments they need to create their art, and remember that the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra helped them after Katrina.

They say every penny received for the Sept. 8 concert will go to public schools, arts organizations, and the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge‘s Creative Relief Fund will administer the money.

Tickets cost $19 to $109.

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