February 2020

Program Notes


Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents its 80th season of free programs for 5th-graders 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 for the 9th year, and directed by James Welsch. The public is invited on a space-available basis; call for availability. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  About 4,000 students will attend the opening day of the Young People’s Concerts. Students will play the recorder or violin and interact with the orchestra. A total of more than 12,000 5th grade students from El Paso, Canutillo, Anthony, Fabens and surrounding area will attend the concerts.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on select Fridays. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors. Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.
  The Jan. 31 performance is at Pebble Hills High School, 14400 Pebble Hills.
  The Feb. 28 performance is at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall featuring the TMEA Region 22 All-State Musicians.

EPSMF applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future seeks applications online for its 2020 OM/NI (Original Music/New Ideas) program for composers, open to original scores for solo piano. Junior division open to age 9-16; Emerging division open to age 17-25. Cash awards in each division, plus an “Audience Choice Award.” Application deadline is March 31. Information: sjackson@epsmf.org, 449-0619 or epsmf.org.

EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

Lynn Harrell — The “Dean of American Cellists,” performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, to conclude El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival. Tickets: $25 ($20 seniors and military; $5 students and federal employees). Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

‘The Straussiana’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series presents a performance by Ballet in Session Academy at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or epcf.org.
  The music and dance of old Vienna come to life in this original production from Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy, set to music by Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.

Mambo Kings — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents a Latin Jazz tour with music 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. Tickets $41-$51: information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. For most events, tickets are $5 ($3 students, military and seniors, free for UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 and younger. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• Wind Symphony Concert is Tuesday, Feb. 18.
• Guest recital with percussionist Mark Stone is Thursday, Feb. 20. 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.
• Orchestra concert is Tuesday, Feb. 25.
• Layali Al-Sham — The Middle Eastern world music ensemble performs Saturday, Feb. 29.
• Symphony Band and Concert Band performs Tuesday, March 3.
• Wind Symphony concert is Thursday, March 26.

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; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

First Fridays Series — El Paso Opera’s new monthly series of free community outreach performances are the first Friday of every month at a different location. Information: 581-5534 or epopera.org.

Border Chorders — The El Paso men’s barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at El Paso Amateur Radio Club: W5ES, 2100 San Diego. Directed by John Eby. Singers in all male vocal ranges welcome. Information: Mitch Wilson 309-6954 or barbershop.org
  The Border Chorders are the El Paso chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and were established in 1947. Prior choral singing experience and voice lessons are not required.

Sungold Chorus — The El Paso Sungold Chorus of the Sweet Adelines rehearses four-part harmony 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at All Saints Church, 3500 McRae. All ladies interested in making good friends and good music are invited. All ages and levels of musical background welcome. Information: 740-3216 or epsungold.org.
  The women’s chorus is dedicated to the performance of four-part barbershop harmony, musical education, and community involvement.
  The chorus is looking for new members to be a part of this long-standing organization that provides entertainment and education throughout the region. No prior musical background is necessary.


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