Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Christmas Concerts

December 10, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two identical free concerts before Christmas, so if you can’t make one evening, go to the other!

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts with guest conductor Wojciech Milewski are on December 19 and 21, 2015.  No tickets are required and admittance is on a first come, first served basis.  Even though these concerts are free, donations are gratefully accepted. www.nmapo.org or (505)433-7445.

Both classical concerts feature the same program: “In Autumn” by Grieg, Symphony No.1 (mvts 1 & 2) by Tchaikovsky, “A Winter’s Tale” by Lars-Erik Larsson,  Karelia Suite and Spring Song, both by Sibelius.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Friday December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St. Therese Church, 3424 Fourth St NW Albuquerque.
  • Sunday December 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Hiland Theater/NDI, 4800 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque.

I went to one of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts and it was a real knockout. It was beautiful to hear this incredible music in a relatively intimate setting – so close that you can feel just about every vibration in your body.  What a gift it is to be able to experience this.

Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music by such accomplished musicians – not even on the cheap, but totally free!

–Tania


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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concerts October

October 16, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts this month, featuring Dvorak’s always-popular New World Symphony.

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on October 25 and October 27, 2013. Both classical concerts feature the same stirring program entitled Expressions of American Optimism.  (Boy, do we need some of that at the moment.)

The performance kicks off with Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony #9. That is followed by the contemporary composition The Dharma at Big Sur, by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Adams. Debra Terry joins the orchestra as soloist on electric, six-string violin. Very cool!

The conductor is David Felberg – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra, has also conducted the New Mexico Symphony, and he’s performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Friday October 25 at 7:30 pm at St. Therese Church, 3424 4th Street NW
  • Sunday October 27 at 4 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Nob Hill, Carlisle & Silver SE. (Note, at time of writing the orchestra website shows the time as 2 pm. But I’m assured the concert has been pushed back to 4 pm, and the website will no doubt be updated soon.)

We plan to go to the Sunday one, so maybe I’ll see you there!  Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free.  Although they do of course accept donations :-)

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Spring Concert: May 19

May 14, 2013 by  
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Thanks to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, we have the chance to hear wonderful classical music by accomplished musicians – not even on the cheap, but totally free!

Music-lovers can hear the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra in a free concert at The National Hispanic Cultural Center this weekend, on Sunday May 19, 2013, at  2 pm.

The program is Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Michael Bowen performing as piano soloist,  followed by Anton Bruckner’s Symphony #8. I don’t know Bruckner’s 8th symphony, but Jane at the Albuquerque Philharmonic describes it as “monumental.” That’s good enough for me!

The conductor is David Felberg – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra, has also conducted the New Mexico Symphony, and he’s performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

While the concert is free to all, with no advance ticket required, they do of course accept donations :-)

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concert takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concerts

March 19, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts including one at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. If you can’t make one performance, go to the other. They’ve got a Birds, Bugs and Flowers theme to welcome spring and an art element too!

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on March 24 and March 25, 2013. Both classical concerts feature the same spring-like program including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Flower Clock for oboe and orchestra by Francaix, The Spider’s Feast by Roussel and Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso.

Mary Anne D’Arcangelis is the oboe soloist and the concerts are conducted by David Felberg – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra and has also conducted the New Mexico Symphony and performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

They’re calling this an art and music collaborative, with student artwork from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho schools and the Albuquerque Academy projected during some of the musical pieces, and on display in the lobby in each concert.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Sunday March 24 at 2 pm at the V. Sue Cleveland High Concert Hall, 4800 Laban Road NE, Rio Rancho.
  • Monday March 25 at 7:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW.

The V. Sue Cleveland Fine Arts Center and Concert Hall was named Best Cultural Project 2011 by ENR Southwest and it’s a very fine concert hall. And we all know how gorgeous the National Hispanic Cultural Center is as a venue.

Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free.  Although they do of course accept donations :-)

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concerts

November 1, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts including one at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. If you can’t make one performance, go to the other!

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on November 4 and November 5, 2012. Both classical concerts feature the same program of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor,’ with guest piano soloist Conor Hanick, plus Symphony No. 9 by Shostakovich, and the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms. That’s a really beautiful line-up of music. The concerts are conducted by David Felberg – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra and has performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Sunday November 4 at 2 pm at the V. Sue Cleveland High Concert Hall, 4800 Laban Road NE, Rio Rancho.
  • Monday November 5 at 7:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW.

The V. Sue Cleveland Fine Arts Center and Concert Hall was named Best Cultural Project 2011 by ENR Southwest and it’s a very fine concert hall. And we all know how gorgeous the National Hispanic Cultural Center is as a venue.

Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free.  Although they do of course accept donations :-)

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concert at NHCC

May 2, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives a free 40th anniversary concert this week at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concert  called ‘Music of Spain and Latin America’ is on Sunday May 6 at 2 pm, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  The free tickets are available an hour before the event at the box office.

The 40th anniversary concert program includes Piazzola’s Le Grand Tango for Viola and Orchestra, Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, and de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance. David Felberg conducts – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra and has performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concert takes place:

When:  Sunday May 6, 2012

Time:  2 pm – with the box office open for tickets from 1 pm

Where:  Albuquerque Journal Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

Price:  Tickets are free!

And thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free.  Although they do generally accept donations :-)

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concerts

March 5, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts this week, so if you can’t make one evening, go to the other!

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on March 8 and 9, both at 7:30 pm.

Both classical concerts feature the same program of Finlandia by Sibelius, Finzi’s Concerto for Clarinet and Strings, and the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz. James Shields is solo clarinet, and the concerts are conducted by David Felberg – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra and has performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Thursday March 8, 2012,  at 7:30 pm at Keller Hall in the UNM Center for the Arts by Popejoy Hall.
  • Friday March 9, 2012, at 7:30 pm at the V. Sue Cleveland High Concert Hall, 4800 Laban Road NE, Rio Rancho.

The V. Sue Cleveland Fine Arts Center and Concert Hall was named Best Cultural Project 2011 by ENR Southwest. Get there early to take a gander at the student artwork from several schools, inspired by the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.

And thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free.  Although they do of course accept donations :-)

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concerts

December 14, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts before Christmas, so if you can’t make one evening, go to the other!

The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on December 19 and 20, both at 7:30 pm.

Both classical concerts feature the same program of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, the Paganini Violin Concerto No.1, plus a modern piece called Dance Rhapsody.  David Felberg takes the spotlight as violin soloist – he’s the assistant director of the UNM Symphony Orchestra and has performed with just about every New Mexico orchestra worth mentioning.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:

  • Monday December 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Carlisle & Silver SE.
  • Tuesday December 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa NE.

And thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music – not even on the cheap, but totally free!

–Tania

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Free Concert

November 3, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque sure is rich in good concerts this weekend, and as they’re free, we’ll stay a little richer too!

An Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra free concert takes to the stage this Sunday November 6, 2011, at 2 pm. They’ll play classical selections from Stravinsky and Hohvaness, and the orchestra will also perform Prokofieff’s Suite 2, Romeo and Juliet Ballet, which is just about as lovely as a piece of music can be.

The concert is at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre and although there’s no charge for the concert, you have to get your free tickets first – they’re available at the National Hispanic Cultural Center box office an hour before the concert.

The concert also features marimba soloist Angela Gabriel. Yes of course I’ve heard of a marimba, but I couldn’t picture it, so I had a Google, and found this photo of a very funky marimba.

Marimba photo courtesy Vancouver125Can’t guarantee the marimba at the ABQ Philharmonic concert will look anything like this (I think it’s quite unlikely) but it’s a great-looking instrument.

Photo Credit: vancouver125, reproduced courtesy of Creative Commons license.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Free Holiday Concerts

December 18, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra entertains us with two free holiday concerts on December 21 and 22, 2010.

This sounds like a fine way to kick back and get in holiday mood if you aren’t quite there already. The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra performs two free holiday concerts this week, with a program including Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, and Brahms’ Symphony Number One. Also on the bill is Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra by Edouard Lalo, featuring David Felberg as violin soloist.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts run from 7:30 – 9 pm, and although there’s no charge for admission, donations are welcome.

That’ll sleigh ya!

–Tania

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