“The Jewel of Baton Rouge”
The Louisiana Sinfonietta is an independent, nonprofit organization, wholly supported by its patrons and state and local grants. It emerged in the early 1980’s as a core of the Baton Rouge Symphony, becoming a chamber orchestra with Dinos Constantinides as its conductor who, at that time, was the BRSO concertmaster and Assistant Conductor.
Many of the first members of the orchestra have gone on to other parts of the country to continue their careers.
In October of 1987 the orchestra moved to the De La Ronde Hall where concerts were held until the 1996-97 season, after which in an effort to accommodate a larger audience, the ensemble moved to the Pennington Center Hall. Also, during this growth period, the name of the orchestra was changed from the Baton Rouge Sinfonietta to the Louisiana Sinfonietta.
State and local grants that have supported the orchestra have been The Community Fund for the Arts, The Decentralized Funds for the Arts, and The Division of the Arts. With these grants the Sinfonietta extended its outreach concerts to newer audiences in the area: libraries, churches, malls, schools, and senior citizen establishments.
Several world premieres of works by Louisiana composers have been a part of its repertoire. It may also be noted that with the support of its first president, Cecilia Franklin, the orchestra became an independent organization in 1990. The ensemble continues to be composed of very skillful, talented, and enthusiastic young local musicians devoted to presenting exciting concerts of mostly baroque and contemporary music for listeners to enjoy.
Membership in the Louisiana Sinfonietta not only supports regular season concerts but also makes activities such as these possible:
- Free Concerts at libraries in East and West Baton rouge
- Monthly free concerts for seniors at two local retirement communities.
- Free admission for children under 13.
- Annually commissioned new works.
- Featured outstanding artists.
- Half-price tickets to members of the Community Fund for the Arts.
The Louisiana Sinfonietta is a professional ensemble of musicians, led by the internationally known composer and conductor, Dinos Constantinides, playing a wide variety of music – from the Baroque through the Classical, Romantic, and 20th century eras.
If you are interested in having the Louisiana Sinfonietta perform in your area, please contact Dinos Constantinides at 225-388-4010 (day) and 225-766-3487 (evenings). Rates available upon request.
Dinos Constantinides, a prolific composer whose works are performed worldwide, is Music director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and Boyd Professor of Music and coordinator of Composition Studies at LSU School of Music. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, written for nearly every musical medium, including solo instruments, orchestra, opera, chorus and chamber ensemble. Constantinides has toured China, Europe, and throughout the United States performing, appearing as guest conductor, and presenting master classes.