Wednesday, October 21, 2009


David E. Villarrubia
Edgar Degas House Museum

Press Release: October 21, 2009


NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Edgar Degas Foundation’s popular Dusk at Degas program returns, presenting live music in a concert setting on alternate Wednesdays in November. Performers include Panorama Jazz Band on November 4 and the New Orleans Moonshiners on November 18. Doors open at 5:30pm - with music from 6:00-9:00pm. This exciting series features critically acclaimed jazz musicians offering innovative interpretations of music. Audiences can enjoy the sounds of Europe and the Carribean, as well as swing and New Orleans jazz. The Edgar Degas House Museum is located at 2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans.

Tickets to each concert are $10 at the door for the general public; and $5 for Edgar Degas Foundation members. Free parking available at the Musicians’ Union Building, 2401 Esplanade Avenue. Event security by NOPD.

Food by Daniel Esses of Esses Foods. Cash bar.

For further information regarding the concerts at the Edgar Degas House Museum, the public may call 504.821.5009 or send us an e-mail at


Wed. November 4, 6:00pm

Because the members of the Panorama Jazz Band need no electricity to fire up their instruments, they express natural human energy and bring their party to any bar room, street corner, living room or back porch. The instruments in this band (clarinet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums) have been inspiring people to dance for generations and the group’s repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world: funky New Orleans Jazz, tropical rhythms of the Caribbean and exotic melodies of Eastern Europe. When they play feet stomp, hands clap and butts shake. Rowdy or gentle, sweet or hot – people move.

Wed. November 18, 6:00pm

With a lineup of trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, banjo, upright bass, and drums, the New Orleans Moonshiners are as comfortable crooning a second-line spiritual down the street as they are romancing a festival audience with classic Ellington arrangements. Playing songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong, WC Handy, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, as well as exciting originals, this tight-knit unit of twentysomethings plays packed festivals and dance halls, where they draw an enthusiastic following of swing dancers, music fans, and fellow musicians alike. Hailing from around the world and trained in music schools all over, the Moonshiners add a creative modern energy and their unique originals to traditional jazz, whipping up a never-before-heard gumbo of music that is flamboyantly entertaining and toe-tappingly good.

About the Edgar Degas Foundation

The educational mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Edgar Degas Foundation is to preserve the legacy of the French Impresssionist Master for New Orleans and the world. Since 1996, thousands of visitors have toured the Edgar Degas House Museum and learned about the significance of the 18 paintings completed there, the prominent family members portrayed, and life during a pivotal period in Reconstruction Louisiana.

For more information, please call (504) 821-5009.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Edgar Degas Foundation Receives Congressional Honors

In recognition of our house museum's acceptance to the American Association of Museums' (AAM) Museum Acceptance Program, the Edgar Degas Foundation has received honorary proclamations from US Representative Anh "Joseph" Cao and US Senator David Vitter. Included below, please find copies of letters and certificates received.

Also watch this blog for future updates concerning an honor from US Senator Mary Landrieu.

Our thanks to representatives of both political parties for their support.