New Mexico Philharmonic: Music from Within Our Midst

3 pm

New Mexico Philharmonic presents Music from Within Our Midst. Composer Robert Alexander was appointed choirmaster at St. Salvator in Vienna in 1935 and served as organist at the Vienna Augustinian church. In 1939, he immigrated to New York, continuing his career. His grandson, Dr. Ron Bronitsky, lives in Albuquerque. Alexander’s striking Concerto Grosso for Strings, Op. 164 begins this program. Then, from well-known composer, conductor, singer, and former Professor of Music at UNM—a marvelous work that’s been heard in some of the world’s great concert halls: Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem.

$24, $35, $46, $68

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Loudon Wainwright III

7:30 pm

AMP Concerts presents Loudon Wainwright III. Wainwright’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, movie and TV credits, and his 2017 autobiography Liner Notes. In 2010, he won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and his 2012 recording Older than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. In 2018, he released his 27th career album to date, Years In The Making, a retrospective double CD with more than 45 tracks—live performances, demos, outtakes, and unreleased songs spanning 50 years.

Approximate time of event: 2 hours including intermission.


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Opera Southwest Presents Verdi’s La Traviata

March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2019
2 pm—Sundays
7:30 pm—Wednesday & Friday

Opera Southwest presents Verdi’s La Traviata, a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission.

One of the most famous of the great classic operas, La Traviata is a sweeping love story set against the backdrop of decadent Paris high society, where the celebrated courtesan Violetta eschews her wealthy suitors for the simple life with poor Alfredo.

$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of ten or more and patrons 30 and younger

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Lila Downs

7:30 pm

AMP Concerts presents iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs, one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to U.S. folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. On her new album, Al Chile, Lila pays homage to chile and to the complicated relationship Mexicans have with the fiery fruit that brings them happiness, suffering, sweat, and tears.

$46, $61, $71

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NHCC & Opera Southwest Present Daniel Catan’s Il Postino

February 2, 7 & 9, 2020
2 pm—Sundays
7:30 pm—Friday

Opera Southwest presents Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both Spanish and English translation supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission.

Presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Il Postino is based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, as well as the film by Michael Radford. When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda’s student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario’s poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.

$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger

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NM Jazz Latino Orchestra

8 pm

In their fourth performance at the NHCC, the New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra will present a two-part show featuring Latin jazz, cha cha, salsa, and rumba and showcasing the versatility of the group’s musicians. The 13-piece ensemble seeks to highlight the great musical talents of New Mexico residents, while bringing in international guest artists to introduce audiences to traditional instrumentation and rhythms from Latin America and demonstrate how jazz fusion can provide a harmonious and exciting blend of ancestral and contemporary tones. This year’s concert salutes the Quiñones family, “¡La familia de la salsa!”—Marc Quiñones, percussionist for international salsa band sensation Ocho y Más, and Tony and Camilo Quiñones—and features César Bauvallet, Jackie Zamora, Paul Gonzales, Doug Lawrence and Steve Figueroa, Adolfo Acosta, Lester Rodriguez, Maud Beenhouwer, and Alex Murzyn.

$25 & $27 with a $3 discount for NHCC members

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Inside Opera Series: Il Postino

6-7:30 pm
Tuesdays, January 21, 28, and February 4

Join us for our second year of “Inside Opera”—a workshop series presented by the NHCC in partnership with Opera Southwest.  This year the opera is “Il Postino” and each workshop will focus on a different element of the performance (see below). Those who attend any one of the three workshops will receive a 15% discounted ticket to the show. Sign up for the workshops here:

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New Mexico Philharmonic: Brass, Winds, & Bach’s Air

3 pm

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

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Opera Southwest Presents New Year’s with the Opera!

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.

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Festival Ballet Albuquerque Presents The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment. The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s. Resplendent in its classical origins, this unique southwestern version adds elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a Cochiti Pueblo Storyteller doll with children complete with Roadrunner and Coyote characters! A special treat are the lavish western Victorian-era costumes. Now in its ninth year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins.
A live orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.

$14, $20, $29, $39, $49 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!