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New Orleans Public Library Celebrates the Arts this Holiday Season with Jazz Tunes and Poetic Prose

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Main Library Hosts Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Premiere Preview and U.S. Poet Laureate Reading


NEW ORLEANS - December 14, 2012 - The New Orleans Public Library has invited the public to toast some of New Orleans' greatest artists with two major events this holiday season. The first was an exclusive premiere preview of "Dirt, Dust & Trees," a major New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Commission by Irvin Mayfield on Nov. 29, followed by a reading and book signing by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey on Dec. 6.

"Dirt, Dust & Trees" - a tribute to Ernest Gaines - was written by Irvin Mayfield and performed by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. at The Joy Theater. The concert, a jazz tribute to literary legend Ernest Gaines, is part of a concert series entitled THE NOJO 10, which celebrates the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's 10th anniversary with 10 signature Jazz events. The event at the Main Library location featured a reading by Treme actor, Clarke Peters.

Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate, read a selection of her poems from her latest work Thrall (2012) at the Dec. 6 event. Trethewey is a Gulf Coast native, a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2013). Dedicated to recovering the Gulf Coast, Threthewey shared themes of race, history, politics and her own personal experiences with a crowd of hundreds at the Main Library location.  

"It is an incredible honor to be able to pay tribute to our city's unparalleled arts culture with such talented and inspirational artists as Ms. Natasha Trethewey and Mr. Irvin Mayfield," said Charles Brown, executive director, New Orleans Public Library. "Our goal at the New Orleans Public Library is to offer a place for locals and visitors alike to gather in community and celebrate the living history of New Orleans. It is through the willingness of local artists and supporters that we were able to accomplish that goal through our past events, and we look forward to continuing to host events for the enjoyment of our patrons as we move into the New Year."

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