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.

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11th annual concert
"Uniquely New Orleans: The Classical Tradition and Jazz"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France
New Orleans, Louisiana

Admission is free.

A concert presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Vernel Bagneris, narrator; Emmanuel Arakélian, organ; Germaine Bazzle, vocalist; Christopher Pell, clarinet; James Dapogny, piano; Ronald Joseph, piano

As the sounds of jazz began flowing from New Orleans onto the world stage, European and American classical composers took note, incorporating its rhythms and melodies into new pieces for a new age. The eleventh concert in the annual series Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage highlights jazz’s impact on classical music, as well as the classical training that influenced many early jazz masters.

This project is sponsored in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, with additional support provided by Valentino New Orleans Hotels and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. WWOZ 90.7 FM is supporting live streaming of the concert on