The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, under the guidance of CEO James Boyd and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, has a long relationship with patrons on the north shore.

One of the annual fund societies for the orchestra is the Allegro Society. The north shore chapter of that group recently held an appreciation luncheon at the beautiful, historic home of Scott and Lorraine Chotin in Lacombe.

The home faces lovely Bayou Lacombe, and the weather was perfect for the outdoor wine tasting and social. Patrons were treated to fine food and hors d’oeuvres on the porch and lush grounds of the home, while a quintet from the orchestra entertained in the rear of the house.

Upcoming events for the orchestra include the “Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3” on Friday in New Orleans; the “Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf” on Sunday at Roussel Hall in New Orleans; and “Verdi Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at First Baptist Church in Covington.

For information on the Allegro Society or the philharmonic, contact Louise Rusch at (985) 845-4113 or visit

Jazz on the Bayou

Beautiful Bayou Liberty was the setting for the weekend festivities of the annual “Jazz on the Bayou” event benefitting Easter Seals of Louisiana, STARC and several other charities. This was the 23rd anniversary of the event, and Jazz on the Bayou raised more than $1 million for local charities.

Hosted at the beautiful home of Ronnie and Gardner Kole, guests were welcomed with music by the Storyville Stompers and handed Champagne and second-line cloths upon entering the grounds. Large tents provided covered access to a large beverage station, silent auction, dance floor and eating areas.

Young girls dressed in pastel-covered hoops skirts perused the crowds, selling raffle tickets and door prize chances along with posing for pictures among the azaleas.

Additional musical entertainment was provided by Bobby Ohler and the Harbor Band, as well as a special performance by Kole. Both Gardner and Ronnie serve on the state board of Easter Seals, and both have served as president of Easter Seals of Louisiana.

Missie Arata Noel is the society and features writer for the St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at