Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stone Center Celebrates Day of the Dead with LPO, Mexican Consulate

November 3rd, 2014

The Stone Center wrapped up the 2014 celebrations of Day of the Dead with a concert at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed Fiesta Sinfónica: La Triste Historia, composed by renowned Mexican composer Juan Trigos. It was accompanied by an animated film by Ben Young Mason and Duncan Copp. This event exposed the tradition of Day of the Dead to symphony attendees.

Educational programs held prior to the concert explained Day of the Dead traditions and altar building. Talks by Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor of the LPO, and Ramón González Jameson, Mexican Consul in New Orleans, discussed Day of the Dead and its importance. Two Day of the Dead altars were on display, created by Cynthia Ramirez, a local artist and professor at Southern University of New Orleans, and Belinda Flores Shinshillas, Director of Cultural Programs at the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans. One altar was constructed in honor of local Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson and the other in honor of Mexican-born Louisiana artist, Enrique Alférez. Before the concert, attendees had the opportunity to visit both altars, learn more about them, and eat some delicious pan de muerto, a traditional Day of the Dead food. Concert-goers also had the opportunity to don festive face paint and see a stilt walker! It was a great way to celebrate Day of the Dead and bring together elements from many of the celebrations across the city.

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The concert and associated events were sponsored by Pan American Life, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.