August 2017

Program Notes

El Paso Pro-Musica Summer Fest — El Paso Pro-Music’s first summer concert series kicks off 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E Montecillo, with a free meet-the-artists event. Information: 833-9400 or
Festival events:
• EPPM-100 “Summer Music Celebration” is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at El Adobe Recording Studios, 5301 El Paso. Tickets: $100.
• A Las Cruces Family Concert is 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $5.
• A Meet Zuill & Friends at the EPPM Guild Membership Brunch is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Call for details: 833-9400.
• Pop-Up Concert with Zuill & Friends is 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Hillside Coffee Shop, at Montecillo, 4935 N Mesa  Admission is free.
• A Kick-Off Concert for the new UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship on the UTEP campus is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Tickets: $5.
  Bailey performs the National Anthem during the El Paso Chihuahua’s home game at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.
  Season ticket packages for Pro-Musica’s 2017-2018 season are now on sale for $200 ($160 senior, military; $40 students) for El Paso concerts; $115($90 senior, military; $20 students) for Las Cruces concerts; $315 ($250 senior, military; $60 students) for all shows.

‘Let The Sunshine In’ — New Desert Harmony Singers present their summer performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces. The concert consists of songs that celebrate “Life, Love, Friendship, and Happiness,” in various musical genres. Tickets: $10. Information: Don Harlow, (575) 373-1816 or
  Selections include: “I’ve Got The Music In Me,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “The Glory Of Love,” “Unforgettable,” “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” “Love Potion Number 9,” “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” and “What A Wonderful World.”

Opera Guild Luncheon — El Paso Opera Guild’s annual luncheon for current and prospective members is noon Saturday, Aug. 12, at Ardovino's Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with lunch, live performances and details about Season 24. Tickets: $30. Information: 581-5534 or
 Guild memberships are $25 per year and run from Aug. 1-July 31. Upcoming luncheons planned for Nov. 8, and March 3 and June 1, 2018.

Young Artist Performers Recital — El Paso Opera Young Artists Program, presents their end of the season recital at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Program Director Justin Lucero will lead performers Mariana, Adrian and Jamille along with pianist Guillermo. Admission is free. Information: 581-5534 or

EPSO Gala — El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s 87th season celebration is Friday, Aug. 18, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with exclusive and private performance of the Classical Mystery Tour. 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

El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras auditions — The El Paso Symphony will host membership auditions for EPSYOs’ 11th season Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20. Auditions are open to musicians age 8 to 22 with at least one year of musical experience on an orchestral instrument. Opportunities for violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion.
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.

Divas 2017 — Megan McQueen presents the fundraising event for New Mexico State University Theatre Arts and the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 and $20 (Ticketmaster).
  McQueen will emcee the evening featuring Della Bustamante as Country Diva, Janet Beatty-Payne as Broadway Diva, Amanda Bradford as Opera Diva, and Marybeth Torres as Soul Diva - several of Las Cruces favorite singing females - stunning with hit after hit from Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand classics to Patsy Cline and Whitney Houston favorites.

‘Encores & Overtures’ — El Paso Opera presents and its annual event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with  dinner, silent auction and 'An Opera Collective' of live entertainment featuring many local arts organizations. Ticket 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.

El Paso Choral Ensemble — El Paso Choral Ensemble holds open rehearsals at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Hall, 1810 Elm Street, in El Paso. Persons who love to sing and are willing to make a serious commitment are most welcome. All voices are needed (alto, soprano, bass, tenor, baritone, and mezzos). Information: director, Carl Smith: 261-3963 or

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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