La Altagracia Day is on Tuesday, 21 January that honors the Queen Protector of the heart of Dominicans.
The National Symphony Orchestra will continue its traditional playing La Altagracia concert at the Basilica – Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in Higüey, Dominican Republic (Check the entire picture collection of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in Higuey) on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8PM. Maestro Jose Antonio Molina will be conducting the orchestra and soprano Nathalie Pena-Comas will be singing. There will be music by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Leonard Bernstein. Other compositions on the program include De España vengo, Soy española and El niño judio by Pablo de Luna.
Many churches Santo Domingo and throughout the country will hold their special services with the traditional procession though neighborhood streets. In the Ciudad Colonial services will be held at Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia on Calle Hostos (pictures of the Church of Altagracia).
Doctor Joaquin Antonio Balaguer Ricardo, a past president of Dominican Republic, declared that January 21st would be a National holiday to celebrate the Patron Saint of the country. She has many different names such as the Virgen de la Altagracia/ Virgin of the Highest Grace, Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, Patrona de La República Dominicana, Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. Whatever you call her here she is the Queen Protector of the heart of Dominicans. (more information about Our Lady Altagracia).