By Bill Capo
August 25, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — There was a standing room only crowd, with actress Renee Zellweger in the audience, for the dedication of the new Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, the centerpiece of Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians Village project in the Ninth Ward.
Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis played key roles in developing the Musicians Village, and the center, but as performers, they called this hall acoustically perfect.
“You’re in the middle of the Upper 9th Ward,” said Connick. “You’ve got the highest level of state-of-the-art technical facility here. it is like all these worlds coming together.”
“You could bring a string quartet in here, and they could play without one shred of amplification, and everybody in here could hear every note in here regardless of the volume,” raved Marsalis.
“You could also bring Dr. John in here with his full band, and people would love every minute of it.”
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