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October 20, 25 & 27, 2019
Opera Southwest presents Alì Babà, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission. With a libretto based on “Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves,” the well-known and lively story from One Thousand and One Nights, Alì Babà was composed by Giovanni Bottesini, an Italian composer and double bass virtuoso known as the “Paganini of the bass.”
$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger
11 am to 5 pm
The Olga Kern International Piano Competition presents the Semifinal Rounds. On the heels of their stunning performances during the Preliminary Rounds, the OKIPC is proud to present the contestants who qualified for the next round of the competition in their quest to progress to the Final Round with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and to win the competition.
The winners of the OKIPC are sure to have long and storied musical careers—don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear who they might be!
AMP Concerts presents Todd Snider with Dean Alexander. Todd Snider has long been recognized as one of his generation’s most gifted and engaging songwriters. If Snider is anything, he is a true artist. At a point in time when the world has never been more complicated and confusing, with people getting louder and louder, he did a 180 and went back to his roots as a folk singer, to a simpler, quieter form of expression. And this may be what the world is waiting to hear—just a man, his guitar, and the truth.
11:30 am – 2 pm
Free Family Fun
Salud y Sabor, a partnership between the Agri-cultura Network, Street Food Institute, and the NHCC is a free event with food, art, and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and culture.
Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music. In most months, free samples of local produce are available.
This month’s theme is Mexico and Día de los Muertos.
For more information on Salud y Sabor, call 505/246-2261.
Free public event
AMP Concerts presents Judy Collins. Judy has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and the steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and gain inspiration from the spiritual discipline that has enabled her to thrive in the music industry for half a century.
$42, $52, $62
8 pm—Friday & Saturday
Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company presents A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years, celebrating peerless choreography and the two-decade artistic journey of the incredible company. This season reprises classic works by Artistic Director Joaquin Encinias, A Nuestro Aire and Caravana de los Zincalí, and premieres new works from master artists and choreographers Mercedes Ruiz and La Popi. A unique treasure in the American cultural landscape, Yjastros brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States.
$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members
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.