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.


A Fair to Remember: The 1884–1885 Concert Season in New Orleans
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Doors open at 7 p.m. • Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Cathedral

Free and open to the public; seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Live streaming of this concert will also be available on LPOmusic.com.

Selections for the 2016 concert will highlight the extraordinary 1884–85 concert season, during which New Orleans hosted the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. The fair’s presence brought with it a plethora of musical performances—bands and individual musicians that performed at the exposition appeared throughout the city at venues beyond the fair, much as they do today during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The city’s already rich tradition of music proved to be a fertile setting for the fair, resulting in an unparalleled musical season.

Carlos Miguel Prieto will conduct, and guest performers include students from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Paris Conservatory soprano Alice Lestang, internationally recognized marimba player Julian Romero Pacheco, and young-artist-in-residence at the St. Louis Cathedral and organist Pierre Queval.

This project is sponsored in part by the Maison Dupuy, Delta Airlines and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. WWOZ 90.7 FM is supporting live streaming of the concert on LPOmusic.com, and WWNO will broadcast the concert live on 89.9 FM in the New Orleans area, on 90.5 KTLN in the Houma-Thibodeaux area and on wwno.org.