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New Culture Pass Partners: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Historic BK House & Gardens

The Historic BK House & Gardens and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) have joined the New Orleans Public Library’s Culture Pass program, which provides the opportunity for Library cardholders to visit a variety of attractions across the city for free.

“The Culture Pass purpose has always been to connect our cardholders to places they may not otherwise visit in this diverse city,” Emily Painton, the Library’s executive director and city librarian, said. “Music and architecture tell the story of New Orleans, and we are overjoyed for our cardholders to experience the Historic BK House & Gardens and LPO.”

The BK Historic House and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark built in 1826 and restored to its present condition by renowned author Frances Parkinson Keyes beginning in 1948. 

An outstanding example of the raised cottage, it was designed by François Correjolles, who incorporated both Creole and American features in a well-detailed residence that remains largely in original condition. 

As the only example of its type open to the public, the museum offers a unique educational experience to visitors and furthers the understanding of New Orleans history.

Annie Irvin, executive director for the Historic BK House & Gardens, is thrilled to partner with the Library to invite local visitors to the French Quarter to tour the property, located at 1113 Chartres St.

“Visitors will be treated to 200 years of French Quarter history as told through the many people and families who have lived and labored on site,” Irvin said.

The Historic BK House & Gardens is one of the Library's two newest Culture Pass Partners, which allows Library cardholders to reserve free admission to a variety of local museums and attractions.

The LPO is also proud to partner with the New Orleans Public Library to offer Library cardholders the opportunity to experience their orchestra programs.

“We believe that the arts are an integral part of the human experience, and we are dedicated to making our performances accessible to the community we serve,” says LPO Executive Director Anwar Nasir. “Partnerships such as this help to build and strengthen our community and we look forward to library patrons joining us for a season of amazing music!”

Steeped in history yet focused on innovation, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is the only full-time, collaboratively governed and operated orchestra in the United States. Under the leadership of Music Director, Matthew Kraemer, the LPO is rooted in a culturally diverse community with a two-hundred-year orchestral music tradition, the LPO sets the standard for orchestral programming and performance in Louisiana.  For their 67 musicians, achieving the highest level of artistry is integrally linked with a personal investment in our organization and our community. 

Each Historic BK House & Gardens Culture Pass admits up to two adults and two children for general admission Mondays – Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Once reserved, cardholders may get in touch with the House to reserve their tour time.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Culture Pass admits one person to a designated performance. Cardholders must present the confirmation to Patron Services/Will Call to redeem it for a ticket. 

The New Orleans Public Library is teaming up with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to allow Library cardholders to reserve tickets to select performances, held at the Orpheum Theater.
Applicable shows are listed below: 

  • Prokofiev And Price – Thursday, October 5 at 7:30pm 
  • Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances – Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm 
  • Mozart & Prokofiev – Thursday, November 2 at 7:30pm 
  • Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture – Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm 
  • Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 – Thursday, January 11 at 7:30pm  
  • Birth Of A Culture – Thursday, January 25 at 7:30pm 
  • Sibelius Symphony No.5 – Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm 
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 – Thursday, March 7 at 7:30pm 
  • Montgomery, Dvořák, Mendelssohn – Thursday, April 4 at 7:30pm 
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra – Thursday, April 18 at 7:30pm
All Culture Pass-eligible LPO shows will be held at the Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way.

Culture Passes are also available at Audubon Nature Institute, Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, National WWII Museum, New Canal Lighthouse Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Library cardholders must live in Orleans Parish and be over the age of 18 to reserve Culture Passes. Passes for all partner organizations must be reserved in advance.

Visit for more information and to book your pass.

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