July 2019

Program Notes

Los Pachamama y Flor Amargo — Consulate General of Mexico, in partnership with Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte, UTEP and NMSU presents the innovative Mexican music project in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and Saturday, June 29, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Center. Admission is free. Information: 533-3644, consulmex.sre.gob.mx/elpaso or on Facebook.

‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, led by assistant conductor James Welsch, will perform patriotic and pops music at the 9th annual event 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Peforming with the symphony is the USO Show Troupe. The concert is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union. Fireworks follow performance. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247, epso.org or bliss.armymwr.com.
  Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults. Food and drinks, including beer, sold. Family activities offered.

‘Cello Chant: In-The-Round’ — Shady Pines Chamber Players presents the performance 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Cloudcroft High Commons, 310 James Canyon on Hwy 82 (across from the skate rink featuring six cellists from New Mexico and Texas: Joel Becktell, Lisa Donald, Erin and Jorge Espinoza, John Cox, Dorian Ramirez. Admission is free; donations encouraged to help defray costs and benefit Cloudcroft Schools music programs. Information: (361) 557-1960 or on Facebook at Shady Pines Chamber Players.

‘Most-Wanted’ — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) hosts an afternoon of music inspired by the best spaghetti Westerns and the award-winning video game, “Red Dead Redemption,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring soprano Linda Hiort and pianist Kristin Yost, and presenting the 2019 Young Musician Awards. The 2019 Instruments for Young Lives Awards recipients will also be introduced. Tickets: $12; $8 seniors, military; $4 students (Ticketmaster). Information: 449-0619 or epsmf.org.
  All winners this year are pianists. First Place is Samuel Leightton Maddox, 15; Second Place is Kathryn Haluschak; Third Place is John Esparza; and Recognition for Achievement winners are Ryan Esparz, Taekyu Lee and Samuel Kligman.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Derrick Lee Trio at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 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 mvjazzblues.net.
  The band is Derrick Lee on drums, Josh Carter on sax, and Carlos Barba on Hammond organ.

Jazz Unlimited Big Band — Discover El Paso presents a fundraising performance by the band, playing music from the 20’s through ’50s, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm, with coffee and desserts. Proceeds help raise money for the group’s grants. Tickets: $30; available from any board member or through Darci Georges at 261-9848.

‘Dancing Queen, The Music of Abba’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Abba, with rock band and vocalists, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Plaza Theatre, performing hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo” and “Take A Chance On Me.” The show is a co-production of Jeans ‘n Classics (jeansnclassics.com). Tickets prices to be announced (epso.org or Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776.
  ABBA was Sweden’s biggest music export, becoming one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982.

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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