The Orpheum is a nearly century-old Beaux Arts theater in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. Built in 1918, the iconic space—which is one of the few remaining vertical hall designs in the US—has hosted vaudeville acts, films and countless performances by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. But its halls have sat dormant since 2005, when failed levees ushered Hurricane Katrina floodwaters throughout the building’s lower reaches.
More than a stunning historical structure, this reimagined space brings an entirely new tier of entertainment venue to New Orleans. The Orpheum's impeccable acoustics, said to rival that of Carnegie Hall, will once again delight concert goers. And with six bars throughout the space, a craft cocktail program created by T. Cole Newton of Twelve Mile Limit and Bella Luna Catering serving up concessions for every show, the Orpheum experience is pure entertainment—even before the curtain goes up.
To mark its 60th Anniversary and celebrate the triumphant resilience of New Orleans music, Preservation Hall will produce a star-studded event for the Preservation Hall Foundation. The show will feature four generations of Preservation Hall musical masters that are the continuous link to the source of American music the Hall was established to celebrate, alongside the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, members of the Preservation Hall collective and a wide range of renowned speakers and surprise musical guests reflecting on the important legacy, history and influence of the iconic venue.