August 2018

Program Notes

Renaissance Music Concert — The Sprezzatura trio performs Renaissance music 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Judge Marquez Public Library, 610 N Yarbrough, and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Dorris van Doren Public Library, 551 E Redd.
  The trio uses historical instruments. Concerts are accompanied with explanatory lectures by UTEP faculty and professionals. Admission is free. Information: 747-6630.

OM/NI Competition Showcase — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future hosts the inaugural showcase for young composers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at St. Mark’s Church, 5005 Love Road, as part of its Sounds of St. Mark’s Series. OM/NI (Original Music/New Ideas) provides an opportunity to young composers to share original classical music. Admission is free to the public; donations welcome. Information: 449-0619 or
  The competition was launched nationally in September 2017 to composers in two categories, the Junior Division (age 9-16) and Emerging Composers (age 17-25), for solo piano scores. Finalists will be published in an OM/NI New Works Compilation.

‘Tango for a Piano’ — Mexican pianist Astrid Morales and cellist Jason Mooney premier their new masterpiece for cello and piano by renowned tango composer Sonia Possetti at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, as part of the Mexican Cultural Series. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2290 or

El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras auditions — The El Paso Symphony will host membership auditions for EPSYOs’ 12th season Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. Auditions are open to musicians age 8 to 22 with at least one year of musical experience on an orchestral instrument. Call for audition appointment: 525-8978. Audition forms and requirements at
  The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras were founded in 2005 as an Educational Program of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

El Paso Pro-Musica Summer Fest — El Paso Pro-Music’s “Cello-bration” summer concert series is Aug. 19-23 featuring performances by Artistic Director Zuill Bailey + 3 Cellos, in a week of family concerts, special events, pop-ups and other events in El Paso and Las Cruces. Information: 747-8163 or
  Bailey will perform the National Anthem at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, before the Chihuahuas game at Southwest University Park.
  Family concert is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission: $5.
  A free pop-up performance at Hillside Coffee and Donut Shop is 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
  A free Bach’s Lunch “Encore” EPPM 100 is noon Thursday, Aug. 23, at El Paso Museum of Art.
  An “Encore” event is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, with an intimate tour of El Paso Museum of Arts’ Kress Collection, a “CELLO-bration” with Zuill Bailey, food and wine from the West Texas Chophouse, Wines from Wine Attitude and Desserts at Cafe Central. Tickets: $100.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Backyard Porch Blues Band at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces. The music begins after a short business meeting. Admission: $10 ($5 members; $1 students with ID). Coffee and dessert reception precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer. Information: Larry Brooks, (575) 640-8752 or
  Pat Dutton, band’s lead, has been playing blues harmonica and singing the blues regionally for more than 30 years. In the 1980s the HardKnocks blues band was a mainstay at El Patio bar in old Mesilla.

EPSO Gala — El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 88th season celebration is Friday, Aug. 24, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with exclusive and private performance of the Music of Queen. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner, music and dancing at 7 p.m. Attire is summer cocktail. Tickets: $150 ($1,500 table for 10); $185 around dance floor ($1,850 table for 10). Information: 532-3776 or

The Music of Queen — El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents Windbourne’s Music of Queen 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Plaza Theatre, presented with a full orchestra. Tickets: $30, $45, $60 and $75 (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-2776 or
  The ultimate celebration of the legendary rock band features El Paso Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Brent Havens with a full rock and vocals by Brody Dolyniuk

‘Encores & Overtures’ — El Paso Opera and El Paso Ballet presents the annual event 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live performances. Tickets: $125 ($1,250 table for ten). Information: 581-5534, or

Border Chorders — The El Paso men’s barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Directed by John Eby. Singers in all male vocal ranges welcome. Information: Mitch Wilson 309-6954 or
  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
  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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