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New Mexico Philharmonic presents Glorious Vivaldi! Enjoy three of the Italian Baroque concerto master’s finest—Vivaldi’s Concerto Grossi in d minor and g minor, along with the much-loved Concerto for Two Violins in a minor with star violinists Sarah Tasker and Gabriela Fogo. The second half of the program features Albuquerque’s own marvelous Coro Lux and the NMPhil—in Gloria, Vivaldi’s blissful sacred masterwork.
Sarah Tasker, violin
Gabriela Fogo, violin
Coro Lux and Soloists
$24, $35, $46, $68
7 pm—Pre-concert string instrument-making
On the wings of melody, rhythm, and poetry, ¡Música del Corazón! concerts, featuring new groups and different traditions each year, tell us as much about our past as about our future. The concerts honor the contributions of John Donald Robb, Sr., former dean of UNM’s College of Fine Arts and a recognized music pioneer, and are dedicated in memory of his son, John Donald Robb, Jr., a driving force in the development of the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust. The sixth annual John D. Robb, Jr. concert and 30th anniversary celebration of the Robb Trust features Frank McCulloch, Cipriano Vigil, Bayou Seco, and Lone Piñon. MC’d by Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, a nationally recognized folklorist and musicologist, the event also includes the presentation of the 2019 Robb Award for Excellence in Music of the Southwest.
The New Mexico Musical Heritage Project offers a pre-concert string instrument-making demonstration and performances by UNM students.
Free public event
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals, celebrated in India with great enthusiasm and happiness for five continuous days. The third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival, or “Festival of Lights,” and different varieties of colorful fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light diyas (lamps) and candles all around their houses. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings from the Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without the exchange of gifts, as people present Diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.
7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
516 ARTS, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and UNM Art & Ecology Program artists Marisa Demarco, Dylan McLaughlin, and Jessica Zeglin present There Must Be Other Names for the River. This composition for six singers is based on streamflow data from the river known today as the Rio Grande. Each singer channels the river, representing a point where flows were observed and recorded. Arranged in the shape of the water body within the performance space, the singers’ voices change in intensity with the flows and distort over time as human interference is felt along the length of the river. After embodying past decades, the singers project possible futures for the voice of the river and the bodies through which its waters flow. The artists say, “The Rio Grande is itself a living being who has experiences over time including birth, growth, and possibly death…. By listening and embodying, can we change our relationships with the river and see beyond its uses to humans? Can we hear the river as more than a resource?” The original sound art performance is presented in conjunction with Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, an exhibition currently on view at 516 ARTS.
Free public event
For more information on Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande click HERE.
To download a Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande program click HERE.
The UNM Choirs and Orchestra present music of South and Central America. The UNMSO will present the mystical “itinerarios” by Silvestre Revueltas. The UNM Choirs and UNMSO will present “Cantata Criolla,” a setting by composer Antonio Estevez of the epic Venezuelan poem by Alberto Arvelo Torrealba.
$12 w/ discounts for students and seniors
1 pm & 5 pm—Saturday
Come…Experience the Miracle!….Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance as The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company will present the 35th Anniversary season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically-trained dancers will once again inspire audiences in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theater with a collection of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.
$22, $33 w/ $3 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members
Los Pastores, the New Mexican Shepherds Play, was brought to New Mexico in 17th century from Spain. The play follows the adventures, antics, and battles of shepherds, angels, and devils. On their journey to Bethlehem to take their presents, the shepherds are waylaid by Demonio. The audience is amused by the mischief of Bartolo, the lazy shepherd, and the rhetorical prowess and swordplay of San Miguel.
Before it was revived in 1973, when a manuscript was discovered in a home in Las Nutrias, the last time that Los Pastores had been performed in this area was in 1929. Filomena Baca and a group of parishioners of Nuestra Señora de Belén have been performing the play ever since.
(taken from Enrique Lamadrid’s “Reflections on Los Pastores“)
Free public event
A discussion and Q&A session before the performance will be led by Filomena Baca and Dante Berry, one of the actors in the play, which has been performed by members of his family for generations.
7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday
$14, $20, $29, $39, $49 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members
2 pm & 7 pm
New Year’s with the Opera is a fun variety show featuring Opera Southwest’s most beloved performers, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Opera Southwest Chamber Orchestra. With a variety of opera favorites and light classics, there is something for everyone to ring in the New Year. This year, for the first time, we offer a family-friendly presentation at 2 pm along with our evening performance at 7 pm.
$45, $55, $65;
- an additional $45 upcharge for the New Year’s Eve VIP After-Party with the cast after the 7 pm performance.
New Mexico Philharmonic presents Brass, Winds, & Bach’s Air. The NMPhil winds and brass step out to warm this midwinter afternoon! Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, scored for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, three French horns, cello, and double bass, is both lyrical and intensely beautiful. French horns and trumpets stand out in Crespo’s rollicking Spirit of Brass.
Breathe in the beauty of Bach’s “Air on the G String.” Then—four trumpets, four trombones, horn, and tuba frame Jan Koetsier’s Brass Symphony—a masterpiece of the brass repertoire. Finally, two gorgeous 16th-century Gabrieli Canzons.
$24, $35, $46, $68