Audie Cornish, NPR
Samuel Thompson plays his violin inside the Superdome, where renovations continue at a brisk pace.
Violinist Samuel Thompson was visiting New Orleans last year when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the city was flooded.
He found himself in the Superdome with thousands of others looking to escape the storm's fury — and as the scene descended into chaos, he began to play classical tunes to soothe the crowd.
Thompson recently revisited the Superdome, still under renovation after nearly a full year of work to repair damage from the storm and vandalism by those seeking shelter from the storm and flooding.