Viennese New Year's Eve Concert — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra hosts the New Year’s Eve performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Information: 259-4999. Tickets: $20-$60; available through Ticketmaster.\
The orchestra, singers and chorus will perform famous waltzes, favorite operatic arias, and an exciting chorus performed by a 100-voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Selections include Blue Danube, popular arias including Nessun Dorma, and Juliet’s Waltz. Directed by Prentice Loftin.
El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its annual festival Jan 4-28 at various venues in El Paso and Las Cruces. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
Tickets to individual performances are $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth. Tickets for all El Paso performances are $125; $100 seniors, military; $25 youth; for all Las Cruces performances is $50; $40 seniors, military; $10 youth; and for all concerts in both cities is $175; $140 seniors, military; $35 youth.
This year’s performers include cellist Zuill Bailey (Pro-Musica’s Artistic Director and recent Grammy Award winner), guitarist Jaxon Vieaux, pianist Yuliyra Gorenman, Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio and the Chiara String Quartet. Oboist Thom Moore presents a special tribute to Mozart in EPPM’s 12th annual collaboration with El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
• The Lincoln Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. They will perform works by contemporary composers, Irish folk tunes, works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola and classical treasures by Beethoven and Brahms.
• Jaxon Vieaux and Yolanda Kondonassis perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, and Friday, Jan. 12, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. They will perform works by Bach as well as contemporary composers.
• Yuliya Gorenman performs “Bach, The Complete Well Tempered Clavier” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, (with Moore and Bailey) at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
• A performance with El Paso Symphony Orchestra is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, at the Plaza Theatre, with guest Thom Moore, oboe. Tickets: $16-$45. Ticket information: 532-3776.
• Chiara String Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Art Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall.
Free Bach’s Lunch events are noon Thursdays at the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza.
• Jan. 4: Lincoln Trio.
• Jan. 11: Jason Vieaux & Yolanda Kondonassis
• Jan. 18: Thom Moore and Yuliya Goreman
• Jan. 25: Chiara String Quartet with Zuill Bailey.
Special Pop Up performances and educational and community engagement will take place throughout the month of January, including presentations with EPSO's “Tocando” program, the Hospitals of Providence and special appearances throughout the region in classrooms, libraries and Senior Centers.
The Yale Whiffenpoofs — The world's oldest collegiate a cappella group performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, featuring El Paso native David Torres. Tickets are free with a $10 suggested donation ($25 for priority seating); available at the door or at ticketbud.com. Information: Whiffenpoofs.com or on Facebook under “The Whiffenpoofs, Live in El Paso.”
Each year, 14 Yale seniors are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs. Those selected carry on an over-a-century-old tradition with more than two hundred performances each year in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Lincoln Center, the World Series and the Rose Bowl. The Whiffenpoofs have been featured on television shows such as NBC, the Sing Off, West Wing, the Today Show, 60 Minutes, and SNL.
Brass Transit — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents its Pops Concert Jan. 13-14, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, with conductor Lonnie Klein. Brass Transit performs the legendary music of rock band Chicago. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
‘Hänsel & Gretel’— El Paso Opera opens its 24th season with Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic opera with a “sweet twist” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14, at the Union Depot, under the direction of Justin Lucero. Sung in English with “supertitles” in English and Spanish. Presented in partnership with Texas Tech College of Architecture. Tickets: $35. Information: 581-5534, epopera.org or on Facebook at Facebook: Epopera.
“Hänsel & Gretel” will feature Cherry Duke, Kellie Rumba Rattay and Dr. Elisa Wilson in the starring roles. Music direction will be in the hands of Kathleen Kelly with stage direction by long-time El Paso Opera contributor Justin Lucero.
EPSYOs Concerto Competition — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras host their annual concerto competition Monday, Jan. 15, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Open to all young musicians who live in the El Paso region (within 60 miles of El Paso) up to the age of 22 as of Jan. 15, 2018. Performers must be a EPSYOs member or be enrolled in their school music program. Applications must be received by Jan. 8. Application fee is $35. Application, information: 525-8978 epsyos.org.
The grand prize winner will perform with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras in the Side by Side Concert March 25 at the Plaza Theatre.
Neave Trio – Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the chamber ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25 ($5 students with ID). Information: (575) 405-7429, or lascrucescca.org.
The chamber ensemble’s members hail from the United States, Japan and Russia.
Grant County Community Concert Association presents the piano trio at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 19, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
EPSO’s ’Be Our Guest’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Enrique Bátiz, presents the 13th annual collaborative performance with El Paso Pro-Musica at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
Bátiz was the conductor of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (OSEM) for 12 years, then of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years and resumed directorship of the OSEM from 1990 to the present. He has been invited to conduct more than 500 symphony orchestras around the world.
The program will feature the Mozart Concertone, with oboist Thomas C. Moore (four-time Grammy Award-winning producer and recording editor); EPSO concertmaster Daniel Vega-Albela, and EPSO Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Meyers. The second half of the program will spotlight the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Romero and Juliette Suites.
The performances are in conjunction with Pro-Musica’s El Paso Chamber Music Festival.
The Music Unwound Cabaret — Lyric soprano Lisa Vroman, baritone William Sharp and pianist Shane Schag perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, presented by the UTEP Department of Music. Tickets: $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff). Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 students, seniors, active duty military). All seats general admission. Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.
Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents its 77th season of free programs for area fifth-graders at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The program is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program. The public is invited on a space-available basis; call for availability. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
More than 15,000 fifth-grade students from the El Paso area are treated to the free concerts each year.
El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future - Classical musicians ages 8 to 19 are invited to apply through Jan. 31 for this year’s competition, open to instruments and voice. First, 2nd and 3rd Place cash awards offered, as well as recognition for achievement. Information: 449-0619. Applications: epsmf.org.
The 2018 New Instruments Award Program is also open for classical musicians age 8-19, based on musical excellence, academic achievement and unmet financial need. Application deadline is also Jan. 31.
The Original Music/New Ideas Young Composer Competition call for original scores for solo piano is open to ages 9-16 (Junior Division) and ages 17-25 (Emerging Division). Cash awards. Application deadline is March 15. Call 449-0619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind Symphony directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
El Paso Wind Symphony is a professional concert band made primarily of residents of the Greater El Paso Area, most of whom are band directors in public and private schools.
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 barbershop.org
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.
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