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New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Shuts Down

By April 20, 2011

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No more Mother's Day concerts. No more Pops performances. No more season tickets. According to this morning's Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has filed for bankruptcy, and Albuquerque will be shabbier for the loss. Anyone who has bought tickets for upcoming concerts will find refunds are not available.

Lots of orchestras across the nation have had to shut their doors. But this one is more special than most, if only because we are one of the lowest states for education, and this organization did so much in educational outreach and free concerts for the community. They will be sorely missed. The ripple effect of this will be deeply felt as area students lose teachers who have to move elsewhere for jobs.

And although many of the musicians have other jobs they can turn to, not all of them do. Many of the orchestra members relied on the NMSO for a large part of their income, supplemented with teaching.

Albuquerque has always had a rich and vibrant classical music scene, and I sincerely hope the NMSO musicians can be folded into other venues. Or perhaps they can band together and begin again under another name.

Albuquerque About.com has enjoyed supporting NMSO in every way it could. We wish you all the very best.

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April 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(1) Mariah says:

You are correct that many musicians relied on this income. My spouse, an NMSO musician, was hoping to receive six months’ back pay at some point. Now it is less likely than ever.
I have attended concerts by the NMSO here for almost 50 years and it feels like the end of an era.

April 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm
(2) Aileen says:

You’re absolutely right–it is the end of an era. The NMSO musicians were incredible, absolutely top notch. This was a world class orchestra. I wish you and your husband well.

April 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(3) Arianne says:

what an unbelievable loss to the community.

April 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm
(4) smart says:

Truth be told, the NMSO was behind 7 payrolls to both staff and musicians this adds up to 3 1/2 months not 6 months. The total due is nearly $1,000,000

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