George Rodrigue’s Generosity Continues By Jenny Krueger and Danielle Ducrest Photos provided by George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has become a well-established presence in the Acadiana area with concerts that celebrate the classical masters and offer interpretations of contemporary musicians, with collaborative projects that explore new approaches to music, and with a unique association with a conservatory of music. In 1985, the ASO was only just beginning. Its founders felt that the birth of the ASO should be commemorated, and in June 1985, they commissioned a painting from George Rodrigue. Rodrigue had been painting for over a decade and a half, and his work had been exhibited in Louisiana, elsewhere in the United States and in Europe. The painting he created for the ASO is characteristic of his other portraits with a group of composers standing before a live oak tree and a dark, softly lit landscape. In the painting, titled “Les Compositieurs en Acadiana,” 32 April 2015
Rodrigue was generous enough to portray great classical music composers within a mythical Louisiana landscape to symbolize Acadiana’s appreciation for their Acadiana Symphony and its classical music performances.
For the premier season of the ASO, Betty Palmintier and John Chenault, active in the founding of the ASO, led the charge to create an edition of 1,000 signed and numbered prints of the “Les Compositieurs en Acadiana.” Sales from the prints helped to raise funds for the launching of the new symphony.
The ASO is celebrating its 30th season this year. In honor of its anniversary, the ASO is offering an opportunity for art collectors, symphony lovers and George Rodrigue fans to purchase one of the remaining 30 Inaugural Season prints. The prints are available on the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s web site at www. acadianasymphony.org/prints.
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