Harry Connick, Jr.: A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration
Peace Concert Hall
The foundation of Harry Connick, Jr.’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. Over the past three decades, he has established himself as a musician, singer, and composer par excellence, a legendary live performer, and a best-selling artist with millions of CDs sold around the world.
Connick has also made his mark as an actor in films (appearing in over 19 titles such as Dolphin Tale, Hope Floats, P.S. I Love You, Copycat), on television (American Idol, Will & Grace, South Pacific), and on Broadway (The Pajama Game, Thou Shalt Not). His honors include three Grammy® Awards, two Emmy® Awards, two Tony® nominations, and induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
Despite his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of “Musicians’ Village,” a community in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Musicians’ Village provides homes for Katrina-displaced musicians and its focal point, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, is an after-school teaching facility for children, a performance hall, a recording studio for musicians, and a gathering place for the community.