• For Immediate Release                                  Contact: Annie Irvin, (504) 616-8552
    February 1, 2024                                                           director@bkhouse.org
     
                                                                                         Sandra Dartus, (307) 699-2026
                                                                                         sdartus51@gmail.com
     
    2024 EVENTS KICK OFF AT BK HOUSE
    A Fabulous Concert, Haiti-Louisiana Exhibition & Upcoming Programs
     
    On Sunday, February 25, acclaimed French Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée will perform in concert with guitar accompaniment Historic BK House & Gardens. Described by a New York Times music reviewer as “a blend of Michael Jackson and Sarah Vaughan, the saucy singer was nominated for a Grammy in 2019 for her recording of Sondheim’s “Marry Me A Little”. The concert begins at 6 pm; doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $30 for nonmembers and $25 for members and are available at www.bkhouse.org.  Light refreshments will be served but guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages of choice, openers, and extra cups.  
    The groundbreaking Haiti-Louisiana: Tides of Freedom Exhibit will continue to dazzle afficionados of culture and art in the Grand Salon of the museum through March 16, from 9 am until 4 pm Monday through Saturday. The collaborative project by The Nous Foundation, the Historic BK House & Gardens, and Max Jean-Louis commemorates Haiti’s 220th anniversary of independence and celebrates the deep-rooted connection between Haiti and Louisiana.  
     
    The original exhibition features two collections: 41 works from the Jacques Bartoli Collection of contemporary Haitian art (30 paintings and 11 beaded flags), previously presented at UNESCO in Paris and making its debut in Louisiana, and 36 original paintings and photographs by eight Haitian and Louisianan artists commissioned for the occasion by Haitian-born curator Max Jean-Louis. Exhibit tickets are $10 and may be combined with the BK House tour ticket. Visit
    www.bkhouse.org for details.
     
    BK House is thrilled to host the Rhythm & Roses Concert Series in the Parterre Garden for the second year. Sponsored by James Douglas Hislop, concerts will take place from 6-9 pm and showcase top names in the New Orleans entertainment community on Thursdays from March 14 through May 2, with a pause for French Quarter Festival. Additional details will be announced with the exciting line-up in mid-February. Watch for updates via social media and on www.bkhouse.org.  
     
    Future events at BK House will include art classes in the spring, an Italian Wine Tasting, a St. Joseph’s Altar and lectures on immigration and Italian history in March, and a spectacular Dining by Design seated dinner in May.
     
    Details about upcoming BK House events and membership information are available at www.bkhouse.org for those who want to support the Museum and take advantage of future programming discounts.
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    About The Historic BK House & Gardens: Now distinguished as a National Historic Landmark, the house was built in 1826, purchased by noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes in 1948 and restored under her loving care. Programming has evolved in the last several years to focus on the seven families who lived on the property, as well as influences of the French Quarter neighborhood. A new interpretative program is underway to better reflect the heritage of the site. Membership, events, grants, donations, and fundraising activities generate revenue needed for on-going restoration and future capital improvement projects.
     
    About Cyrille Aimée: French contemporary vocalist Cyrille Aimée a phenomenal jazz-based singer with a handful of genre outlets under her belt, including Gypsy swing, Brazilian Bossa Nova and Latin grooves in the music that she passionately performs. Her career blasted off after winning the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition and soon after, releasing her debut album, “Cyrille Aimee & the Surreal Band”. She then swept competitions such as the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition. She’s worked with jazz icons Roy Hargrove and Emmett Cohen and has released eight albums. For Cyrille Aimée, music is a way of life as much as an art form, setting her free to pursue her creative talents wherever the promptings of her diverse heritage take her. She has developed a remarkable multi-award winning, continent-spanning career as a singer, songwriter, lyricist, and educator, while always remaining true to her roots."
     
    About Nous Foundation, Inc.: Founded in June 2020, the Nous Foundation's (www.nous-foundation.org) mission is to preserve and promote Louisiana’s heritage cultures – including Creole, Cajun, Indigenous, and other minority language communities. We deliver on this mission through our work as [1] a cultural center based in New Orleans’s French Quarter, [2] a creative studio (making original films, exhibitions, and educational resources), and [3] a maker of cutting-edge programs (focused on academic research and community development). Through an initiative launched and spearheaded by the Nous Foundation's co-founders, Rudy Bazenet and Scott Tilton, Louisiana became the first state to join the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) in 2018. The OIF brings together 88 countries and regions, 16% of the global economy, and over 1 billion people.

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