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New Orleans theater reopens

January 08, 2009|Diane Haithman

While other theaters and arts organizations around the country are downsizing or closing because of the economy, New Orleans' storm-damaged Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts will reopen this week after a $22-million renovation, the first local theater to reopen since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

A weeklong festival of events surrounding the theater's debut kicks off today with a program featuring New Orleans-based performers; throughout the week, visiting stars include violinist Itzhak Perlman, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, January 09, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 77 words Type of Material: Correction
New Orleans theaters: A Quick Takes item in Thursday's Calendar section about the reopening of New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson Theater said the theater was the first to reopen in the city since Hurricane Katrina. Actually, the Mahalia Jackson is the first of the three major theaters to reopen in New Orleans; the Saenger Theatre and the State Palace Theatre are scheduled to reopen with the next two years. Other, smaller theaters in the city have already reopened.

Tenor Placido Domingo, who serves as general manager of Los Angeles Opera, will perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the New Orleans Opera Chorus and others on Jan. 17 on the Placido Domingo Stage. "The reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts is central to the recovery and growth of the arts in New Orleans," Mayor C. Ray Nagin told The Times via e-mail. "Even in an environment in which we must make tough decisions about where to focus our resources, New Orleans is using federal and state resources as well as significant local dollars to invest in the arts and our city's heritage by transforming this critical community asset."

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