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.
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