September

‘The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the rollicking comedy by Lisa Wagner Erickson, directed by Ceil Herman, Sept. 6-22, at Black Box Theater in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Nostalgic sitcom fantasies, strange fertility regimens and gender norms collide in one woman’s search for certainty in a world that is anything but. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

Chris Reyman Faculty Recital — UTEP Department of Music presents the solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Reyman will perform jazz and improvised music that blurs the boundaries between composition and improvisation. The program will include music from his 2019 CD, KOAN, as well as music recorded in 2018 and premier performances of newly composed works. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘Encores & Overtures’ — El Paso Opera’s hosts “A Superstitious Soirée” for its annual event Friday, Sept. 13, at El Paso Country Club with cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live performances featuring Kellie Rumba Rattay and other surprise guests. Tickets: $125 ($1,250 table for ten); reservation deadline is Sept. 4. Information: 581-5534, amarcee@epopera.org or epopera.org.

Ben Gulley and the Timeless Trio — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the trio led by vocalist Ben Gulley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, bringing rock to jazz, opera arias to Broadway and everything in between. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 405-7429, lascrucescca.org or on Facebook at LCCivicConcertAssoc.

EPSO’s ‘Four Guitars’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, opens its season with Università Guitar Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, in the Plaza Theatre. Selections include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”, Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, Ginastera’s Estancia Four Dances, op. 8a and Moncayo’s “Huapango” accompanied by mariachi. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

Michael Martin Murphey — Singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey returns for an evening of well known songs & music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $23-$42. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

UTEP Orchestra — UTEP Department of Music presents its orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

UTEP Jazz Ensemble — UTEP Department of Music presents its jazz ensemble in concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘The Wolves’ — American Southwest Theatre Company opens its season with the Sarah DeLappe play Sept. 26-Oct. 6 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by Nichole Hamilton. The story of a girls’ high school soccer team illuminates the way young selves are formed when innate character clashes with external challenges. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Preview night is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Tickets: $17 ($14 seniors; $10 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.

‘God of Carnage’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the comedy Sept. 27-Oct. 13. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

Festival of Monologues — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance in partnership with Tec de Monterrey presents an evening of monologue performances at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Tickets: $8. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

LCSO with Tim Fain — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, opens its season with guest violinist Tim Fain at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35’ Sergei Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

El Paso Chopin Piano Festival — The 25th anniversary of the annual series of piano concerts are at 7 p.m. selected Saturdays at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free, but people are advised to arrive early; concerts are almost always standing room only. Information: chopinfest@sbcglobal.net or elpaso-chopin.com.
Sept. 28: Josh Wright. Wright’s self-titled album topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. He also performed at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles as part of “America’s Got Talent” Season 9. Wright was a prizewinner at the 2015 National Chopin Competition.
Oct. 12: Mei Ting Sun. Sun began his life on the concert stage at the prestigious Spring of Shanghai Festival in 1986 at the age of five. He has been repeatedly invited by the National Chopin Foundation in the U.S. and the National Society of Chopin in Poland.
Oct. 26: Lucy Scarbrough. Scarbrough is founder and director of the Chopin Festival. She also founded and is director of the El Paso Civic Orchestra. The New Mexico native, who trained at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and later taught at Chicago Musical College, has served three times on the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ Selection Jury for the National Chopin Competitions, and is winner of the Texas Minnie Stevens Piper Award.

 

October

UTEP Wind Symphony — UTEP Department of Music presents its wind symphony at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Alina Kuryayeva — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the classical pianist at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

‘Autumn Overture’ concerts — NMSU Department of Music hosts its fall performances 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 646-2304 or music.nmsu.edu.
Oct. 1: Wind Symphony
Oct. 4: University Choirs
Oct. 8: Philharmonic Orchestra.
Oct. 10: Symphonic Band
Oct. 11: Jazz Ensembles.

‘Building Bridges’ — UTEP Department of Music presents its Choirs in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the Chamber Singers and UTEP Undergraduate Trombone Quartet in their final performance before traveling to Leeds, England. They will share the stage with guest singers from Esperanza Azteca. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Kirill Gliadkovsky — UTEP Department of Music presents the guest international pianist at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Brass Transit — The Tribute to Chicago performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. Eight of Canada’s top musicians, singers and session artists perform “25 or 6 or 4,” “Feeling Stronger Every Day,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday In The Park,” and more. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

UTEP Symphony Band Concert — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘Real Women Have Curves’ — UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the play by Josefina López Oct. 10-20 at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Set in a sewing factory in East Los Angeles, Ana, the youngest employee at the factory, yearns to go to college, but does not have the money. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees Sunday. Tickets: $12-$18 ($10 for Oct. 10 performance). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

‘Cleopatra metió la pata’ — The Spanish-language musical comedy is 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Plaza Theatre. The musical comes to life with Persian and Roman soldiers attempting to conquer Egypt, while encountering various hilarious situations. Now the faith of Egypt lies within the hands of the beautiful and always enchanting Cleopatra. Tickets: $50-$80; $100 VIP Information: Ticketmaster.com.

‘The Who’s Tommy’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre opens its season with the musical based on the iconic rock concept album, Oct. 11-27, with music and lyrics by Pete Townsend and book by Townsend and Des McAnuff. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical’s rock score includes the classic songs “Pinball Wizard,” “Sensation,” “Acid Queen” and more. Adult subject matter and language. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets: $33.50 to $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee performances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘Night of the Living Dead’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, opens its 56th season with a new adaptation of the horror movie classic Oct. 11-27. Six strangers are trapped in a lonely farmhouse surrounded by zombies. Can they survive the night? Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

‘Justice, Not Charity’ — UTEP Department of Music presents a guest artist recital featuring percussionist Ben Wahlund at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Wahlund performs ”Justice, Not Charity: William Sloane Coffin's Love Letters to America” with UTEP Percussion Professor, Andy P. Smith. Random audio clips by civil rights activist and Christian pastor Coffin compel performers to perform a selection of musical improvisations. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

EPSO’s ‘A Multi-Media Experience’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, features guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, in the Plaza Theatre. Selections include Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin, op. 35 in D Major and Shostakovich Symphony No. 7, op. 60 in C major “Leningrad Symphony,” synced to a unique multimedia experience incorporating Tom Lea’s iconic WWII paintings, sketches and photos of his time as the first embedded artist correspondent for WWII. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

‘Boy Gets Girl’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the play by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Autumn Gieb, Oct. 18-Nov. 3, at Black Box Theater in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. A blind date turns into a living nightmare in a story that examines stalking, sexism and the nature of romantic pursuit. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

Bryan Wallick – The pianist opens Pro-Musica’s 2019-2020 season with performances at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Las Cruces and Tuesday, Oct. 22, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Ticket information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

Orchestra Concert — UTEP Department of Music presents its Symphony Band at 7:30 p.m. is Thursday, Oct. 24, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Reza, Edge of Illusion — One of the top touring illusionists in America performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M., delighting audiences with original and unique slight-of-hand secrets, subtle humor and grand scale maneuvers: motorcycles appear and elemental items vanish. Tickets: $39-$59. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

‘The (Un)Documents’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the play at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, starring guest artist Jesus Valles. Admission is free. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

Spanish Song Competition Winners — UTEP Department of Music hosts a performance of the competition choir winners at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Halloween Concert — UTEP Percussion Ensemble performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with classic and contemporary works with a macabre theme, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue for Organ performed on steel pans and electronics, and Wally Gunn’s ”Vicious Children.” Costumes encouraged. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

FOCUS Ensembles — UTEP Department of Music presents a world music concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

 

November

Channelling the King — The one-man show that explores the relationship between Jessie Haldeman, an insurance salesman from Long Island, and Elvis Presley, is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo as part of its Premier Series. The audience is entertained with Elvis songs and a story that connects Jessie and Elvis. Tickets: $15-$35. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘Women’s Voices’ — El Paso Pro-Musica in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, presents the all-female Bergamot Quartet at 7:p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Las Cruces, and Friday, Nov. 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, as part of the 2019 Young Artist Development Series in collaboration with John Hopkins University. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

Burlap to Cashmere — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the folk music revue at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City, taking the audience on a journey back in time to the magical stage of Greenwich Village, where it all began, celebrating folk music from the 60s, 70’s, and beyond. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

The Four Italian Tenors “Viva Italia! — The classically trained vocalists perform a tribute to Italy’s greatest tenors and operatic gems at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M., including classical Italian arias and Neapolitan songs such as “Ave Maria,” “O Sole Mio,” “Granada,” “Nessun Dorma,” “Volare,” “La Danza,” and more. Ticket information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

EPSYOs Fall Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform their opening concert of their 14th season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

‘What is Opera?’ — UTEP Opera’s fall showcase that answers the musical question, “What is Opera,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10-11, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring special guest artist, Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson. Includes music from timeless opera composers such as Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Bernstein. Admission: $8; $5 seniors and military, non-UTEP Students; $3 UTEP students, faculty & staff. Information: 747-5606 or utep.edu/opera.

Wind Symphony — UTEP Department of Music presents its wind symphony in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the western music stylings of Dan Miller and his group at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Rio Grande Theatre in the Las Cruces, direct from the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center in Wyoming. The group’s program ranges from Americana and western to bluegrass and gospel. Tickets: $25.Information: (575) 405-7429, lascrucescca.org or on Facebook at LCCivicConcertAssoc.

Symphony Band — UTEP Department of Music presents its symphony band in concert at 7:30 p.m. is Thursday, Nov. 14, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

University Dance Company — UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents New Voices in Dance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Tickets: $12-$18. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.
  The performance is in collaboration with UTEP’s Commercial Music Ensemble, under the direction of Chris Reyman. The piece is an original choreography created by dance faculty member Sandra Paola López Ramírez and dance students with original music by Reyman and the ensemble.

All Region Jazz Band — UTEP Department of Music presents the jazz concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

EPSO’s ‘The Planets’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, in the Plaza Theatre. Featured is Strauss’s ”Also Sprach Zarathustra,” John Williams’s ” Star Wars Force Awakens” Suite, and Holst’s ”The Planets” (Mars, Jupiter, Uranus) accompanied by a spectacular film produced by Emmy-nominated astronomer and visual artist Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, KV 265 Executive Director. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

‘My Sister in This House’ — El Paso Community College Theatre presents the play by Wendy Kesselman as its first production of the season Nov. 15-24, at the Forum Theatre on the Transmountain Campus. Two sisters worke as maids at a French home where they become more isolated and less human. One afternoon their rage surfaces in a horrifying and shocking manner. Directed by Ted Karber Jr. Information: 831-5147 or Facebook.

Commercial Music Ensemble — UTEP Department of Music presents its Commercial Music Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with original music composed by music students for a UTEP Dance performance, with dance student collaborators. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Blue Man Group — The wildly popular performance group is Nov. 19-20 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. The group combines comedy, music and technology. Ticket information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

UTEP Jazz Ensemble Concert — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the musical adaptation of Dickens’s holiday classic with book and lyrics by Tom Smith and music by Roger Butterly Nov. 21-Dec. 8 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by NMSU student Xodia Choate. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sundays. Preview night is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.

Fall Studio Recital — UTEP Department of Music from the Studio of Stephanie Meyers is Friday, Nov. 22, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

The Wizards of Winter — A “Holiday Rock Event” for the whole family featuring music by Trans- Siberian Orchestra, Def Leppard, the Irish Tenors Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper Band and others is 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. The group will perform a rock opera “The Christmas Dream” based around the music of their self titled CD, and their albums “The Magic of Winter” and “A Christmas Dream.” Ticket information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

‘Chichester Psalms’ — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, presents an extended choral composition in three movements by Leonard Bernstein Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, along with “Missa di Gloria” by Giacomo Puccini. Bernstein scored the work, arranged from the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew, for a reduced orchestra, but also made a version for a smaller ensemble of organ, one harp, and percussion. Time and ticket information: 259-4999 or epchoralsociety.org.

hONEy hoUSe — The acoustic trio performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo as part of its Premier Series. Tickets: $10-$25. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Holiday Revels — UTEP Department of Music’s annual holiday concert, “Glorious!,” is 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25-26, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, inspired by the perennial favorite “Gloria” by John Rutter. UTEP University Chorus, Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers along with UTEP Ceremonial Brass and other guest artists performs much-loved holiday favorites from around the world, as well as new choral compositions. Refreshments and special music available lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

 

December

UTEP Horn Choir — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘Dogfight’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the hauntingly beautiful musical as its Side Dish Student Production at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 3-7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (”Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Greatest Showman,” ”A Christmas Story”) and book by Peter Duchan. The musical won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, ”Dogfight” takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair, and a genuine and charming soul. Adult subject matter and language. All seats general admission; no meal served (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

UTEP Orchestra — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘A Christmas Carol en la Frontera’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday season classic by Jay Stratton & Adriana Dominguez Dec. 5-13, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. This holiday ghost story is filled with thrills and chills, but is also a tale of family, solitude, and redemption, with the unique flavor of the border. Tickets: $12-$18 (All seats $10 on Dec. 5). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 10th annual presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $$20-$35 (Ticketmaster). Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.

‘Surviving Your Family at Christmas’ — No Strings Theater Company presents Christmas comedy by William Missouri Downs, directed by Ceil Herman, Dec. 6-20, at Black Box Theater in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. When Loretta left to attend Harvard, she thought she’d never return, but then she fell in love with a cultivated Cambridge law student, and he wants to meet her blue-collar parents. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents its adaptation of the classic film celebrating the true spirit of Christmas Dec. 6-21. Kris Kringle finds himself working as a Santa Claus for Macy’s. A perfect job for him, since Kris says he really is Santa Claus. Can he convince the psychologist that wants to lock him up? And can he win over little Susan Walker, who has been taught by her mother to always be rational and not believe in fantasies? Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

LCSO with Barbara Padilla — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, presents a compilation of great arias from Italy, Mexico and Venezuela season with guest soprano Barbara Padilla at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features music by Puccini, Bizet, Velazquez, Lara, and Rota, along with Holiday Festival encores. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

‘A Christmas Story’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the musical based on the classic holiday movie Dec. 7-22. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. The play follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: a Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

Holiday Concert — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s annual holiday concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 647-2560 or riograndetheatre.com.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — The popular musical production of the Dickens classic is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $17-$42. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘The Nutcracker’ — Dalí Ballet Company’s delightful adaptation of the Tchaikovsky Christmas classic is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at theSpencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M., with a cast of 70-plus dancers, spectacular costumes, sets and special effects. Tickets: $35. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

 

January

‘Finding Neverland’ — The touring Broadway spectacular is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. This magically charming tale tells the true story of J.M. Barrie, the 19th century English writer who rattled high-society London theatergoers by fabricating a boy who could fly, Peter Pan, and creating the land of Neverland, where nothing is impossible and childhood lasts forever. Tickets: $79-$85. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its annual festival Jan. 9-Feb. 1, at various venues in El Paso and Las Cruces. Free Bach’s Lunch performances are noon each Thursday at El Paso Museum of Art. Ticket information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
  Pianist Matt Herskowitz perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in Las Cruces.
“Twilight Tour” featuring Zuill Bailey is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Las Cruces.
  El Paso Pro-Musica’s and El Paso Symphony’s annual collaborative performance is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: 532-3776.
  Cellist Zuill Bailey presents “A Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
  Catalyst String Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in Las Cruces, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
  Cellist Lynn Harrell performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
  Free Bach’s Lunch events are noon Thursdays at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza (Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30).

‘Pagliacci’ — El Paso Opera, presents R. Leoncavallo’s traditional opera about passion, jealousy and revenge featuring a chamber orchestra in an intimate setting Friday and Saturday, Jan 10-11, at St. Rogers Depot. Ticket information: 581-5534, info@epopera.org, epopera.org or on Facebook.

Maxwell Quartet — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the Glasgow-based string quartet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Mexico de Silvia Lozano — The national Ballet Folklorico of Mexico performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $17-$42. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

EPSO’s with Zuill Bailey — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs its annual collaborative concert with El Paso Pro-Musica featuring cellist Zuill Bailey at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, in the Plaza Theatre. Featured are Saint-Saëns’ Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1, op. 33 in A minor; Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, op. 70 in D minor. Tickets: $16-$45). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

UTEP Song Festival — 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘The Killing Game’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the play by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Marissa Bond, Jan. 24-Feb. 9, at Black Box Theater in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Set in a small town during an outbreak of plague, citizens fall one after another, and the town is transformed into a maelstrom of paranoia and horror, as hundreds of citizens literally drop dead. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

La Kruda Dominguera — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales opens its 2020 performances with the reggae band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: 750 pesos. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.

Alina Kiryayeva — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the globally renowned concert pianist at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan 26, at Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces. Kiryayeva’s new program, “Modern Piano,” is a fusion of classical and popular styles from the most exciting and colorful master works by Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 405-7429, lascrucescca.org or on Facebook at LCCivicConcertAssoc.

Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents its 80th season of free programs for more than 12,000 area 5th grade students at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 29-31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program. The public is invited on a space-available basis; call for availability. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

‘Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ — The musical based on the beloved movie and book is Jan 29-Feb. 2 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. Enter the world of “Pure Imagination” as Willy Wonka opens his mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few, including the young Charlie Bucket. Features songs from the original motion picture, including “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.” Ticket information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

‘Saturday Night Fever’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the Broadway and West End smash hit based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film Jan 31-Feb. 16, featuring music by the Bee Gees. The story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing, Saturday Night Fever includes an “all hit” disco-era score featuring favorites by the Bee Gees such as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “More Than a Woman,” along with many other disco era classics featured in the original film. Adult subject matter and language. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 16; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Tickets: $33.50 to $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee performances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the classic Joseph Kesselring play Jan. 31-Feb. 16. The Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. The nephew of two spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, is in love with a reverend’s daughter, Elaine. However, the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers, is now composed of insane individuals, from homicidal aunts, to a cousin who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt. Cake and non-alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew follow opening night performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

 

February

EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

‘As You Like It’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies Feb. 7-23. Love blooms in the Forest of Arden, as the banished Rosalind and her faithful cousin Celia encounter a group of other exiles. Gender roles, nature, and politics are confused in this play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life and love can be. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

T.G. Sheppard — The country singer-songwriter and his band perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. With 21 No. 1 hit songs, this singer-songwriter defined the ‘urban cowboy’ sound of the ’80s in songs like “I Loved ‘em Everyone,” “Slow Burn,” “Do You Wanna Go To Heaven,” and “Party Time.” Tickets: $39-$59. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

International Guitar Night — Four of the best guitar players in the world perform together on one stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo, along with the annual Chocolate Buffet. Tickets: $15-$35. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘Monsters We Create’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the play at Feb. 12-16, at Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturday, plus 2:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $12-$18. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

Mambo Kings — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents a Latin Jazz tour with music from Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, Feb. 15-16, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, with conductor Lonnie Klein. The show features the music of Astor Piazzolla, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck and more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

UTEP Wind Symphony — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Mark Stone — UTEP Department of Music presents a guest artist recital with percussionist Mark Stone at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Stone, associate professor of world music and percussion at Oakland University, performs original works for gyil, array mbira, and karimba. Traditional West African music selections will be performed in collaboration with UTEP faculty, Andy P. Smith and students. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

EPSO’s ‘A Night at the Met’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs a night of the best opera arias 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, in the Plaza Theatre, with overtures and intermezzos. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

Paco Padilla — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales series presents the popular singer and guitarist at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: 750 pesos. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.

Dan Miller — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the cowboy music revue at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Over the past 14 years, Miller has performed for more than 160,000 people at his “Cowboy Music Revue” in Cody, Wyoming. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

UTEP Orchestra concert —7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘An American in Paris’ — The musical featuring the songs of the Gershwins is Feb. 25-26 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. In post-war Paris, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan begins a new life as a painter, but things get complicated when he meets a young Parisian shop girl. Winner of four Tony Awards, it features Gershwin favorites such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “S’Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.” Ticket information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

Layali Al-Sham — The Middle Eastern world music ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Sons of Mystro — Two virtuoso violinists inspired by, and under the tutelage of, the Black Violin Duo, perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $10-$28. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

 

March

Itzhak Perlman — El Paso Pro-Musica presents the “Reigning Virtuoso of the Violin” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Plaza Theatre. Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. Itzhak Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered 15 Grammy Awards. Tickets: $50-$150 (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

UTEP Symphony Band and Concert Band — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Sons of Serendip — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the Billboard charting quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and lead vocalist at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. The quartet was a finalist on Season 9 of ”America's Got Talent,” offering fresh interpretations of popular music. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the musical comedy March 5-15 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with book by Rachel Sheinkin, music and lyrics by William Finn, and additional material by Jay Reiss. Directed by Wil Kilory. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Sundays. Preview night is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.
 
‘Bosoms and Neglect’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the comedy by John Guare, directed by Monte H. Wright, March 6-22, at Black Box Theater in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19. This play is a biting study of modern mores. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

Jeannine Goeckeritz — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the internationally renowned flutist at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces. Goeckeritz’s program highlights compositions that blend popular and crossover classics consisting of “Starry, Starry Night,” “Annie’s Song,” “My Favorite Things” and more. Tickets: $25.Information: (575) 405-7429, lascrucescca.org or on Facebook at LCCivicConcertAssoc.

Socks in the Frying Pan — The Irish music group performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13,at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $10-$28. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘Once’ — The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical comes to the Plaza Theatre March 13-14, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. “Once” is the tale of a Dublin street musician and the woman who takes an interest in his haunting music includes an ensemble of musicians and actors who play their own instruments on stage. Ticket information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

American College Dance Association — UTEP Department of Theater & Dance hosts an evening of guest artists at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 14, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Tickets: $12-$18. Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show — The critically acclaimed big band musical & theatrical tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

LCSO with Mario Carbotta and Guy Yehuda — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, presents a performance with guest flutist Mario Carbotta and clarinetist Guy Yehuda at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14-15, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features Ferruccio Busoni’s Concerto for Flute, Claude Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet, Giovanni Bottesini’s Fantasia for Flute & Clarinet and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

The Hit Men — The unique, multi-media concert featuring five top rock ‘n’ roll musicians perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. These Hall of Fame honorees’ guitars, keyboards, percussion, bass & vocals talents fueled some of rocks’ mega-hits with Elton John, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Three Dog Night, The Who and others. Favorites include “Who Loves You,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Joy To The World,” “You’re So Vain.” Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

‘Harvey’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the comedy March 21-April 5. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Cake and non-alcoholic beverages with the cast and crew follow opening night performance. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

UTEP Wind Symphony — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘The Secret Garden’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents the story of transformation, from the author of “Anne of Green Gables” March 27-April 12. A sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, she plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

Aunt & Uncle Jazz — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales series presents the piano and vocal duo at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: 750 pesos. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.

Six Appeal — The award winning a cappella super group brings their upbeat and fun style of song to the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Tickets: $15-$35. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

‘Bon Appetit’ — El Paso Opera, presents a deliciously funny opera collection starring Cherry Duke as Julia Child Saturday, March 28, at the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Annex, and Sunday, March 29, at Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, Ticket information: 581-5534, info@epopera.org, epopera.org or on Facebook.

EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert — Performers from El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and El Paso Symphony Orchestra combine forces at the 14th annual Side-by-Side performance directed by James Welsch at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets information: 532-3776, 525-8978 or epso.org.

 

April

UTEP Orchestra — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘Elijah’ — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, presents the oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn Friday, April 3, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. ‘Elijah’ premiered in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival. It depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, taken from the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament. Time and ticket information: 259-4999 or epchoralsociety.org.

UTEP Honor Percussion Ensemble — 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

Savannah Jack — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the musical group at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. The group has performed onstage with Kenny Rogers more than 65 times. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

‘Les Misérables’ — Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical is based on the book by Victor Hugo set in the backdrop of 19th Century France is April 7-12 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. Ticket information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

The Haggard Brothers: Tribute To Merle Haggard — Sons Ben and Noel Haggard pay homage to their father’s musical legacy together with members of Merle’s longtime band, The Strangers, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M. Expect renditions of “Mama Tried,” Silver Wings,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Working Man Blues” and more. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

‘Jungle Book’ — The internationally touring State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara performs the classic tale at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo. Local ballet students also will perform. Tickets: $19-$40. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Opera UTEP — The Spring Production at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘Titanic The Musical’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building presents the Tony Award Winner for Best Musical April 17-May 3, featuring music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and story and book by Peter Stone. Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. April 26 and May 3; dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19. The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, was one of the most memorable disasters of the 20th century. This epic drama examines the causes, the conditions, and the characters involved in the RSS Titanic. This factual story of the ship, her officers, crew and passengers in not based on the James Cameron film. Mature subject matter. Tickets: $33.50 to $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee performances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

‘The Majestic Kid’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the fantasy by Mark Medoff, directed by Ceil Herman, April 17-May 3, at Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. The play follows the trials and tribulations of two young social activists as they confront the greed that threaten to subvert the Old West of romantic legend into an ugly parody of “progress and prosperity.” Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

Choralfest — UTEP Department of Music’s choral performances are 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 20-21, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

EPSO’s ‘Gershwin at the Piano’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, closes its season with guest pianist Kevin Cole 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, in the Plaza Theatre, with Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” and “Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra,” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. Tickets: $16-$). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.

One-Act Play Festival — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces, hosts its one-act showcase Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, featuring original works by area playwrights and directors. Plays and times to be announced. Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

‘Into the Beautiful North’ — The UTEP Department of Theater & Dance presents the play based on the novel by Luís Alberto Urrea April 24-May 3, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre, as part of the NEA: Big Read El Paso. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well as 2:30 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets: $12-$18 (all tickets $10 April 24). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

Recoveco — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales series presents the folk ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: 750 pesos. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.

The Brothers Four — Distinguished pioneers in the folk music revival, dubbed “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World,” perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Spencer Theater for Performing Arts in Alto, N.M., with classics: “Greenfields,” “Try To Remember,” “Yellow Bird,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” “Shenandoah” and more. Tickets: $39-$59. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

Layali Al-Sham — UTEP Department of Music’s Middle Eastern world music ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

UTEP Wind Symphony and Concert Band — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

UTEP Symphony Band — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘The Tempest’ — American Southwest Theatre Company presents the Shakespeare play April 30-May 10 at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Directed by Michael Wise. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and Sundays. Preview night is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Tickets: $18 ($15 seniors; $11 students; $5 high school students with current I.D.) Tickets: (575) 646-4515 or nmsutheatre.com.

 

May

LCSO with Alessio Bax — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, presents a performance with guest pianist Alessio Bax at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features Gioachino Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers,” Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

UTEP University Orchestra — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents one of Agatha Christie’s most famous stories May 8-24. This intricate mystery follows a group of passengers trapped on a luxurious train in a snowstorm. After a murder is committed, famous detective Hercule Poirot must summon all his skills to find the murderer and uncover the true identity of the victim. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

El Paso Youth Wind Ensemble — UTEP Department of Music presents the ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.

EPSYOs Season Finale Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform their spring finale concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

Ballet Folclórico de Guadalajara — Amigos de la Fundacion Mascareñas’s Matices Culturales closes its 2020 series with the folklorico troupe at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez. Tickets: 750 pesos. Information: 544-5118 in El Paso; 612-3175 in Juárez, or fmascarenas.org.

Alfresco! Fridays — The 18th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays May through August at Convention Center Plaza. Presented by ElPasoLive. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0600, alfrescofridays.com or on Facebook.

Music in the Park Series — The city of Las Cruces’ series features performances by local, regional, and national acts Sundays during summer months at Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada. Admission is free; all ages welcome. No pets. The series begins Memorial Day weekend with Mayor’s Jazz Fest at Plaza de Las Cruces on Main. Information: (575) 541-2550 or las-cruces.org.

Cool Canyon Nights — The 10th annual series of free outdoor summer concerts are Thursdays usually in May through August at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre. Admission is free but space is limited. Information: elpasolive.com.

June

‘Next to Normal’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the American rock musical June 5-21 at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18. The musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Directed by Nikka Ziemer. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

‘Nunsense’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre presents the Dan Goggin musical comedy June 6-21. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

‘Waitress’ — The musical showcases the songs of 60-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles is June 9-10 at the Plaza Theatre, as part of the Broadway in El Paso Series. It features Bareilles’ hits such as “Love Song” and “Brave,” with book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (”I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (”Pippin,” Finding Neverland”). Ticket information: 231-1111, ElPasoLive.com/Broadway or on Facebook at Broadway in El Paso.

‘Viva El Paso!’ — El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live present the 43rd season of the summertime outdoor musical extravaganza in June and July at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Created by Hector Serrano in 1978, “Viva! El Paso” depicts 400 years of the El Paso area’s rich history. The updated script is by Tony Award-winner Marty Martin, with music by Jim Ward, Gabriel Gonzalez and Cody Ritchey. Ticket information: ElPasoLive.com.

Tailgate 2020 — The annual outdoor concert series in Alamogordo, N.M., raises funds for the Flickinger Center. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. on various Saturday in June through August in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History Patrons should bring their own food, lawn chair and beverages. Gates open 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Season spaces for six shows available (often sellout early). Information: (575) 437-2202. Online reservations at flickingercenter.com.

July

‘Annie Get Your Gun’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre, in the UTEP Student Union West building, closes its season with the Irving Berlin musical July 10-26. Original book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields, with revised book by Peter Stone. Backwoods gal Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and is discovered by Buffalo Bill who persuades her to join his Wild West Show. She becomes the toast of Europe, meeting her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. Based the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley, it boasts a score of Berlin classics such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “I Got the Sun in the Mornin,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.” Show time is 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; non-dinner matinees are Sunday 2:30 p.m. July 19 and 26. Dinner matinee is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12. Tickets: $33.50 to $43.50 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday discount dinner performances; $36.50 to $48.50 (Friday and Saturday dinner performances), and $19.50 to $29.50 no-dinner matinee performances (Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso — the Company’s annual productions are usually in July. Venue to be announced. Information: 479-2485, 584-9319, gselpaso.org or on Facebook at GandSElPaso.