The New Mexico Philharmonic Introduces New Series at the KiMo Theatre To Offer Audiences More In-Depth Learning About Classical Music
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NM, August 1, 2012—A new series offered by The New Mexico Philharmonic gives lovers of classical music the opportunity to learn more about the genre and the composers who created the music we enjoy today.
The first program in the Introduction to the Classics series, “Beethoven: His Story and Symphony No. 5,” will be presented on Saturday, September 29th at 6 p.m. at the historic KiMo Theatre.
The series begins appropriately with a look at one of the most influential composers in history, Ludwig van Beethoven. The audience will learn about the highlights of Beethoven’s life, his musical innovations, and his spectacular Fifth Symphony that is based on one of the most famous of all musical motifs.
“Introduction to the Classics” is hosted by Brent Stevens of Classical 95.5 KHFM. You can hear him Monday-Friday from 6-10 a.m., and on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m., hosting The Saturday Opera on KHFM.
Clark Suttle will conduct the musicians of the New Mexico Philharmonic as they perform Beethoven’s stirring music while the audience listens with new knowledge and appreciation for his genius.
A graduate of the University of Michigan (BA/MA) Suttle’s career began as a double bassist, and led to a role as conductor of the University Philharmonic before being appointed Assistant Conductor to the Richmond Symphony in 1978. His long and distinguished career has included stints with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Ballet, Music Director of the Monterey Symphony (CA), and he is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Rochester (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra, appointed to the position in 2010. He has performed in Europe as soloist and conductor with the Seeland Symphony Orchestra of Copenhagen, Denmark and the Wurtemberg Philharmonic in Germany. Among his numerous awards are the Bronze Medal at the 1972 International Performance Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, and in 1975, the University of Michigan’s Stanley Medal, awarded to the outstanding graduating senior.
A casual reception to meet the artists will be held in the KiMo Theatre Gallery following the program.
Tickets for the lecture and concert are $20 and $30, with student tickets $10 (as available). Tickets will be available online at www.holdmyticket.com on August 1st. Student tickets must be purchased at the KiMo Ticket Office. For more information, please call the New Mexico Philharmonic office at 505-323-4343. Through August 31st, a 10% discount on adult tickets for the entire Introduction to the Classics series will be available at the NM Phil office.
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.