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 a concert for music lovers and an educational experience for students.

In addition to the performance, the series 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, Musical Louisiana has garnered both local and national recognition. The 2008 presentation, “Music of the Mississippi,” won the Big Easy Award for Arts Education; “Made in Louisiana” (2009) received an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; “Identity, History, Legacy: La Société Philharmonique” (2011) received an American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; and “Envisioning Louisiana” (2013) won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its educational component. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation made possible the streaming of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 concerts. The 2014 program, “Postcards from Paris,” attracted viewers in ten countries and reached 26,000 listeners through public radio broadcasts.

We invite you to support the Musical Louisiana series through a voluntary donation. Those contributing $100 or more will receive a copy of the exclusive, non-commercial concert recording. The recording will be mailed in the fall following each concert. More information is available by calling (504) 598-7109.


Past LPO Musical Louisiana Concerts

Concert programs, with historical notes on each year’s theme as well as background on the individual works performed are available to read online or download. Streaming video of several Musical Louisiana concerts is also available.