OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
On May 22, 1796, while George Washington was still president, the first opera performance in America was staged here in New Orleans.
These days most of us think of New Orleans music as small bands playing jazz and funk. But orchestral music has been played here continuously from that night in 1796.
Today, Carlos Miguel Prieto leads a classical music orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic.
The LPO plays 120 performances a year and is the orchestra for the New Orleans Opera and Ballet companies.
The Naked Orchestra has been playing since 1997 and features some of New Orleans greatest jazz musicians.
On this edition of Out to Lunch, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Jonathan Freilich talk with Peter Ricchiuti about a different side of the New Orleans music business.