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The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra is Albuquerque's professional symphony orchestra, bringing classical and contemporary music to audiences since 2011.

The New Mexico Philharmonic's Executive Director is Marian Tanau. The Romanian-born Tanau has played the violin since the age of four, and he is the founder, president and executive director of the American Romanian Music Festival.

The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra's begins its 2013-2014 season September 21. The New Mexico Philharmonic rotates concerts with guest conductors.

Performances begin at 6 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling UNM Ticket services at (505) 925-5858. They can also be purchased at UNM ticketing offices.

2013 - 2014 Season Schedule

Pops Series
The Pops concerts feature popular tunes from movies and special shows.

  • Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams, Stuart Chafetz, conductor, Saturday, September 21, Popejoy Hall
  • Bravo Broadway, Christopher Confessore, conductor, Christiane Noll, soprano and Hugh Panero, tenor, Saturday, November 9, Popejoy Hall
  • Home for the Holidays, John Morris Russell, conductor, Kisma Jordan, soprano, Manzano Day School Chorus, and three local choirs, Saturday, December 21, Popejoy Hall
  • Gershwin and Company, Randol Bass, conductor, Logan Skelton, piano, Saturday, February 8, Popejoy Hall
  • Cirque de la Symphonie, Oriol Sans, conductor, Saturday, March 29, Popejoy Hall

Classical Series
The classical music series features guest conductors and special guests. The concerts take place at 6 p.m. at Popejoy Hall.

  • Olga Kern plays Rachmaninoff, Grant Cooper conductor, October 12
  • Helene Bouchez conducts Brahms, Fumiaki Miura (19 years) plays violin, Saturday, October 26
  • Ravel Masterpieces, Oriol Sans conductor, Haochen Zhang, piano, Saturday, November 16
  • Stefan Jackiw Plays Mozart and Lutoslawski, Andrew Grams, conductor, Stefan Jacklw, violin, Saturday, January 18
  • NMPhil's Kimberly Fredenburgh Returns, Philip Mann, conductor, Kimberley Fredenburgh, viola, Saturday, February 22
  • Cello Virtuoso Lynn Harrell Plays Tchaikovsky, Joshua Weilerstein, conductor, Saturday, March 8
  • Season Finale: Awadagin Pratt Returns, Uriel Segal, conductor, Awadagin Pratt, piano, Saturday, April 12

Sunday Afternoons at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for four Sunday afternoon concerts. Concerts take place at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • NMPhil Stars: Bach Fiesta, Christopher Confessore, conductor, Krzysztof Zimowski, violin, Sara Tutland, flute, Sunday, November 10
  • Minkus: Don Quixote Ballet, Grant Cooper, conductor, The New Mexico Ballet Company, Saturday, January 11 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m.
  • NMPhil Stars: David Felberg, conductor, Ruxandra Simionescu-Marquardt, violin,
    Sunday, March 2
  • NMPhil Stars: Baroque Oboe Favorites, Oriol Sans, conductor, Kevin Vigneau, oboe,
    Sunday, April 6
Neighborhood Concerts
Neighborhood concerts take place in small venues around Albuquerque. More information coming soon.

Zoo Concert Series
The orchestra will also perform some post-season concerts at the Zoo. Information will be posted as it is announced.

Introduction to the Classics
The series of four concerts provides families and children with an understanding of classical music, its composers and traditions. The programs will be hosted by Brent Stevens of KHFM radio. Inernational conductors and soloists will help the audience better understand classical music. The performances take place at the historic KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque. More information will be posted on this series as it becomes available.

History and Background

The Philharmonic musicians were in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (NMSO) until it filed for bankruptcy on May 10, 2011. Like many national orchestras, the economic times have created changes in the classical music world, but as in other cities, restructuring has allowed for new organizations to be born. The NMSO had been an orchestra for 77 years.

The musicians of the former NMSO announced the formation of a new orchestra, the New Mexico Philharmonic (NMP) on May 11, 2011, one day after the NMSO board legally filed for bankruptcy. The NMP is a non-profit organization. The Symphony Audience Association of New Mexico has been instrumental in helping the NMP get its start.

First Performances
Despite the dissolution of the NMSO, the NMP has looked to the future with continued live performances:

  • On April 30, 2011, their Popejoy Hall concert "Ode to Joy: Celebrating Symphonic Music in New Mexico" sold out.
  • A fundraising gala at the downtown KiMo Theatre on May 27, 2011.
  • A full evening concert at the Albuquerque Zoo on May 28, 2011.

Funds from the events and efforts of the musicians and audience association have since made the purchase of the NMSO music library a possibility. The music library is an orchestra's main asset, and the music contained the markings and notes made by musicians in earlier performances. The continuity provides a rich history for the musicians. The library contains over 1,100 works which range from pops and standard repertoire to more obscure works and commissions. Having the library allows the NMP to have a head start on creating musical performances.

With its library in place, the NMP has announced it is ready to begin its first season of performances. Albuquerque welcomes them back to the stage.

The New Mexico Philharmonic is a non-profit corporation recognized as a charitable 501c(3); contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. To learn more about upcoming performances or to become a volunteer, visit the NM Philharmonic's website.

New Mexico Philharmonic
P.O. Box 21428
Albuquerque, NM 87154
(505) 323-4343
info@nmphil.org

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