In 2007 The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra introduced a program to highlight Louisiana’s classical musical legacy. Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage is both an educational experience for elementary students and a concert for music lovers.

In addition to the performance, the series also provides educational packets to more than 2,000 fifth- and eighth-grade teachers in Louisiana's public schools. The packets, which consist of a CD, DVD, classroom activities, and lesson plans, are also distributed to members of the Louisiana Association of Symphony Orchestras in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe.

Since the program's inception, the project has garnered both local and national recognition. In 2007 the presentation "A New Orleanian in Paris: Ernest Guiraud, Friends, and Students" was nominated for a Big Easy Award. In 2007 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation selected the project for the New Strategies Lab, a program to foster strategic innovation in U.S. orchestras. The 2008 presentation, "Music of the Mississippi," won the 2008 Big Easy Awards for Arts Education. The 2009 and 2010 concerts received grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for support of the printing of the concert program. In 2010 a National Endowment for the "Arts Access to Artistic Excellence" was received. The 2011 program, "Identity, History, Legacy: The Free People of Color" was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts "American Masterpieces" grant.

Watch the concert streamed LIVE online at at 7:30 p.m. on February 4, 2015

A PDF of the program is available online.

"New Orleans and the Spanish World"
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Cathedral, Jacskon Square

Admission is free.
Pan-American Life Insurance Group is supporting live streaming of the concert on, and WWNO will broadcast the concert live on 89.9 FM in the New Orleans area, on 90.5 KTLN in the Houma-Thibodaux area, and on This project is sponsored in part by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the Consulado de Mexico en Nueva Orleans, and the Maison Dupuy.


André Ernest Modeste Grétry (1741–1813)

Overture to Sylvain 

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)

“Ah, per sempre, io ti perdei” from I puritani

                  Damián del Castillo, baritone

Franz von Suppé (1819–1895)

Overture to Dichter und Bauer

Ricardo Castro (1864–1907)

Polonesa, Allegro moderato from Concerto in D major for Piano and Orchestra

Abdiel Vazquez, piano

Joan Cabanilles (1644–1712)

                  Tiento de Batalla 5° tono Punto Baxo

Karol Mossakowski, organ

Ángel Villoldo (1861–1919)

                  “El Choclo,” Tango Criollo

Francisco Asenjo Barbieri (1823–1904)

                  “Como tengo la cara nega y no jablo como un señó”  from Entre mi mujer y el negro

Damián del Castillo, baritone

Federico Chueca (1846–1908)

Prelude to El bateo 

Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)

                  “Roman Carnival” Overture, op. 9