New Mexico Philharmonic Announces Programming for 2012-2013 Neighborhood Concert Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NM, August 17, 2012—The New Mexico Philharmonic today announced an expanded Neighborhood Concert Series that features five exciting programs in eight performances. The series was introduced in the 2011-2012 Season and is designed to present exceptional musical performances in a more intimate atmosphere.
The Series will open at the Cathedral of St. John on Sunday, October 14th at 4 p.m. when Grant Cooper conducts the New Mexico Philharmonic in a performance of Berlioz’s “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust, plus Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3, ” Organ Symphony” with Maxine Thevenot at the organ.
The ever-popular holiday favorite, Handels’ Messiah, will be performed on Saturday, December 8th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th at 3 p.m. at the Central United Methodist Church. David Felberg conducts the New Mexico Philharmonic, with Jerilyn Foster conducting the Central United Methodist Choir.
On Saturday, February 2nd at 7 p.m. Byron Herrington will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Flute, Oboe, French Horn and Bassoon, K297b, with Valerie Potter on flute, Kevin Vigneau on oboe, Stefanie Przybylska on bassoon and Nathan Ukens on horn. The program will include Bizet’s Symphony in C. The concert will be performed at Congregation Albert.
A special treat is in store for those who love hearing our best young talent when the winners of the Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition perform with the New Mexico Philharmonic at St. John’s United Methodist Church. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 24th at 3 p.m. Matthew Greer will conduct the St. John’s United Methodist Chancel Choir, with soloists Cammy Cook, soprano, Jacqueline Zander-Wall, mezzo-soprano, Javier Gonzalez, tenor, and Ivan Conrad, bass in a performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C. Solo concertos by the winners of the competition will be announced at a later date.
The season finale will take place on Friday, March 15th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 17th at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John when Bach’s powerful St. John Passion will be performed under the baton of Maxine Thevenot. Featuring Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and soloists Paula Swalin, soprano, Patrick Fennig, countertenor, Lawrence Jones, tenor, Christopher Herbert, baritone, and Edmund Connolly, bass-baritone. Steven Caldicott Wilson will perform the role of the evangelist.
Season tickets are now available by calling NMPhil office at 323-4343. Single concert tickets are also available at this time at www.nmphil.org. Single ticket prices are $25, $40, and a $55 VIP ticket, which includes a post-concert reception with the artists. Season ticket buyers save 20 percent on the five-concert package.
All concert venues are centrally located: Cathedral of St. John is at 318 Silver Avenue SW (at 3rd Street); Central United Methodist Church is at 201 University Blvd. NE, just north of Central; Congregation Albert is at 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, just south of Montgomery; St. John’s United Methodist Church is at 2626 Arizona NE, just north of Menaul.
As the major professional orchestra in the state, the New Mexico Philharmonic is committed to inspiring audiences of all ages and backgrounds through its artistic excellence, innovative programming and educational and community engagement. The New Mexico Philharmonic is a non-profit corporation recognized as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. To learn more about upcoming performances or to become a volunteer, please visit www.nmphil.org. Donations are gratefully accepted at www. nmphil.org/contrib.
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