Hispanic Heritage Month: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's Jack Pena

"With so much culture and history, we are just trying to contribute the best that we can."


As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we're also featuring a great musical talent.


At the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jack Pena warms up on bassoon for an exciting stretch ahead.

"Finally we are going to get back to full orchestra performance on Oct. 20 in City Park," Pena said.

The Texas native has spent the past 6 years with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, embracing the tradition and culture of New Orleans.

"I would never leave if I had a choice," Pena said. "The LPO does some amazing work for the community, and we're always trying to figure out how we can be better. I think with this city, with so much culture and history we are just trying to contribute the best that we can, so I love being a part of it."

Proud of his Hispanic heritage, Pena has also enjoyed the LPO's efforts to showcase its diversity, both on the stage and in the air.

"Our music director, Carlos Miguel Prieto is Mexican, and he is incredible," Pena said. "You can't find another guy like him. He does an incredible job of bringing us music from composers that are not typically part of the Canaans."

With a full performance calendar planned, Pena can't wait for an eventual return to normalcy with full theaters and the energy of a live audience.

"Oh yeah, that is why I do what I do," Pena said. "So I've been waiting for a long time, and I'm very excited to get back to playing normal shows again."

The season officially gets going Nov. 4 with opening night at the Orpheum Theatre.

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