Fortuna Imperatrix NOLA

Fortune is the empress of New Orleans.  I’m pretty sure we’re gonna show up on the top of any Google search for these popular keywords: FORTUNA IMPERATRIX NOLA.  Maybe in the Vatican, where they speak Latin, but I don’t think is a popular term where you live.  Who cares?  Life is what you make of it in New Orleans.


Frau Schmitt and I went to see the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra last night. From now on, when I’m talking about the orchestra, I’ll be using their preferred abbreviation: LPO.  I’ll tell you, this show was no LPO speed wagon, but it was exquisite.  It was no ELO, either, but I enjoyed this LPO concert more than I think I would have enjoyed one by the Electric Light Orchestra, and I’m a big ELO fan from way back.

When I refer to ELO, I’m referring to these guys: the Electric Light Orchestra.


I shot some of my usual low quality video while the LPO was warming up.  Let’s take a gander…

The funny thing is, I’ve purchased a microphone to wear when I’m shooting videos.  Guess where the microphone is when I want to capture a digital moment while out on patrol in New Orleans?  It’s back home!  Sorry.


Act One of the concert was pretty good.  It only lasted a half hour.  I know you can’t tell from the way I write our blog, but I’m a person who appreciates brevity—within limits, of course.  I know you’re wondering what this has to do with Fortuna Imperatrix NOLA.  I have to admit, the title of today’s post only occurred to me when I started.  What sparked the idea was what happened after intermission:

Act two was Carl Oriff’s Carmina Burana.  I have to admit, I didn’t know what to expect.  I wasn’t familiar with the name Carmina Burana.  I thought we were going to listen to a variation of Carmen.  Nope.  IT WAS BETTER.

After intermission, a choir assembled and other singers came out.  It wasn’t just all abstract instrumentals, albeit the worlds were in Latin, so the notes the singers sang may as well have been played on violins.  Everything is better when it’s in a human voice.  Even if you can’t understand the words, you get the gist of the meaning.

Here’s what we got to hear: the music of Excalibur!!!  Speak, Merlin, speak the Charm of Making!  You may not know the movie I’m talking about, but you know this song:



The whole theater was roused, swept up in the music.  It wasn’t jazz, but it was a universal New Orleans moment in which people who spend all their days immersed in music and appreciating it (this is New Orleans, after all) felt the concerto in their bones.  The clapping brought down the house.

Last night was a night of music to remember, the way every night of music is one you’ll never forget.  Good memories are made in New Orleans.  Good memories are made on our street.

Have a great New Orleans day, wherever you happen to find yourself.  When you are ready to have a great New Orleans day in New Orleans, we hope you’ll consider staying at La Belle Esplanade.  We only have five suites on any given day, so book early if you want to visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian. If you are only looking for a bed surrounded four walls and covered by a ceiling, there are plenty of chain hotels in the French Quarter, and plenty of marginally accommodating AirBnB options scattered around the city.  You get what you pay for.  If you are looking to experience New Orleans like a New Orleanian, Frau Schmitt and I will be happy to share all we know about this wonderful city we call home.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade.

…ranked the #1 inn in New Orleans and in Louisiana, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Sunday, 20 May 2018:. This is the first blog post in which I didn’t mention that Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.  Now you know.  There are angels in the details and Frau Schmitt takes it upon herself to make sure all the details are in place.  Me, I’m just here to tell the tale of what it means to be in love with New Orleans.  —We both look forward to meeting you.  There is plenty to explore in New Orleans.

Statue of Clio, Genius of Peace, Goddess of History, in the park in front of La Belle Esplanade