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Classical Music for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is March 5th, 2019

Even though the parades are already rolling, we still have more than a week to go until Fat Tuesday arrives on March 5th.

Are there classical selections to suit the need for Mardi Gras music? Absolutely!

To keep your ears happy, and your toes tapping, here are some upbeat Carnival-themed pieces of classical music:

Antonin Dvorak's "Carnival" Overture

Maurice Andre plays Jean-Baptiste Arban's "Variations on the Carnival of Venice"

And... Al Hirt's "Carnival of Venice"

Erik Satie's "Parade"

A unique version of Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals"

From all of us here at New Orleans Public Radio, have a safe, fun and musical Mardi Gras!

James served as Classical Music Host and Music Director for WWNO from 1999-2007. He relocated to Atlanta with several WWNO staff members after Katrina, and, in 2007, he accepted a position as Music Director at KVNO in Omaha, Nebraska, where he coached young announcers, programmed, and hosted classical music until 2010.