Over the years, PASO has featured rarely performed works by composers from Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, and Brazil. PASO has performed zarzuelas (Spanish opera) from Spain and Cuba and Spanish operas, such as La Vida Breve and Goyescas. The orchestra has dedicated a concert series to Latin American woman composers and was the first orchestra in the Washington, DC area to perform the unusual, but beautifully melodic, tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla.
With support from the Mexican Conaculta Foundation, the DC Humanities Council, and the Mexican Cultural Center, the orchestra produced a Mexican Music Festival in 2002, highlighting original works by three contemporary Mexican composers who came to Washington for their premiers. In 2011, PASO bridged the culture gap between Spanish and Arabic music with the premier of Suite Al-Andalouse by Lebanese musician and composer, Marcel Khalife, who performed with the orchestra on oud, the quintessential middle eastern string instrument.