Upcoming Lectures

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

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Join us in welcoming Michael Harold and Quinn Peeper to BK House for a presentation of their upcoming book, "Classical Shindig: Amateur Artistry"!

In 2018, Michael Harold and Quinn Peeper made orchestral debuts with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. It took two years to learn the pieces but the concert was a smashing success both for pianists and audience. The concert raised money for a non-profit, The English Speaking Union, of which Quinn is chairman. Michael and Quinn threw a party at their home for out of town guests and the event was published in Adore Magazine. The photographs of the garden and the interiors of their 1860s uptown home inspired the two (A physician and a lawyer) to create a book related not only to their music pursuits but also to entertaining at home. Their book, “Classical Shindig, Amateur Artistry” will come out in the spring of 2023.



About Michael and Quinn:

Michael Harold, a lawyer and native of New Orleans, is the owner of YSR Search LLC specializing in the placement of lawyers throughout the Gulf South. He earned a degree in Spanish from the University of the South, Sewanee Tennessee and a J.D. from Louisiana State University law school. After a junior year abroad in Valencia, Spain, Michael began studying French and continues taking classes. He began studying the piano at the age of eight and in 1979 played a Haydn piano concerto with a local community orchestra in New Orleans. He is an avid reader and since 1994 has enjoyed membership in a beloved monthly bookclub which satiates his love of serving food to friends, discussing novels, and entertaining at home. He serves on the boards of numerous organizations focusing on Spanish and French culture/education as well as classical music. Michael has contributed articles for local and national magazines including Local Palate published in Charleston, SC. He continues to study languages and piano music with local and national professors.

Born in Osceola, Arkansas and reared there and in Memphis,Tennessee, Quinn Peeper practices obstetrics and gynecology at Touro Infirmary, New Orleans where he also researches postpartum depression. He graduated valedictorian of The Auburndale School. After finishing Washington and Lee University (B.S.), he attended University College, Oxford (B.A., M.A), and then entered Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (M.D.). In 2015, Dr. Peeper graduated the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, Auburn University. (M.B.A.) During high school Quinn studied piano at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) under Dr. Charles Mosby. During residency training in New York, he studied with David Bradshaw and won a competition at the Instituto Musicale Nicola Vaccai in Italy. His Carnegie Hall debut (Weill Recital Hall) was in 1997. In 2004 and 2022, he played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Since living in New Orleans he has studied piano with Dan Weilbaecher and Faina Lushtak at Tulane University, visiting professor, Frank Heneghan, Steven Mann at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dilyara Shiderova at Loyola. He is Chairman of The English-Speaking Union, US and a trustee of the National Trust of Scotland, US, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Society. He is His Britannic Majesty’s Honorary Consul to New Orleans.

Michael and Quinn have been playing piano duets and concertizing since 1996. To celebrate the English-Speaking Union’s centenary in 2018, they performed “Rach and Bach” with the LPO: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto, No. 2 (Quinn) and Bach Piano Concerto, No. 5 (Michael). During the pandemic in 2020 they teamed up with The Electric Y’at Quartet for outdoor performances of piano concertos of Mozart, No.12 (Michael) and Chopin, No. 1 (Quinn) as “Mo and Cho.” In 2022, the two recorded movements of their concertos in New York and Guanajuato Mexico.