Ain’t nothin’ gonna break our stride.

Saturday evening the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert since hurricane Katrina.

The concert program was as follows:

Carl Nielsen: Helios Overture, Opus 17
Claude Debussy, Arr. Arthur Luck: Clair de lune
Christopher Theofanidis: Rainbow Body
Gustav Holst: The Planets, Opus 32

A large portion of Biloxi looks like the above picture; other parts of the town were just washed away completely. The Saenger Theatre (the home of the Gulf Coast Symphony) along with a couple blocks of downtown Biloxi were spared. The buildings stand in the lee of the Beau Rivage Casino which deflected some of the storm surge away from parts of downtown Biloxi. The Sun Herald has quite a few before and after pictures of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Katrina also flattened the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum honoring Biloxi’s mad potter, George Ohr. The museum was designed by Frank O. Gehry and was expected to open in 2007.

I wasn’t able to attend the GCSymphony concert, but it is a wonderful sign that the arts are alive in the area hardest hit by Katrina.

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