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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Antiques Roadshow in Albuquerque: Free Tickets

March 6, 2014 by  
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The Antiques Roadshow TV program visits Albuquerque this summer, and you can get free tickets to see the old-time fun. Maybe even discover that the gorgeous / hideous / just very strange antique thingamabob you inherited is actually worth a fortune!

The Antiques Roadshow will be in Albuquerque on Saturday July 19, 2014. The program is PBS’s highest-rated ongoing primetime series. As part of the summer production tour, New Mexico PBS will host Antiques Roadshow for the all-day appraisal event.

Now through Monday April 7 you can apply online for a pair of Albuquerque Antiques Roadshow free ticketsThe form asks if you prefer a morning, midday, or afternoon admission time although they say there are no guarantees.

Applicants will be selected at random to receive two tickets to visit the Antiques Roadshow set and be considered for broadcast.  I understand that 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to take two items for appraisal.

Also, if you have some antique furniture that is just waiting to become famous on TV, the program is now accepting antique furniture applications. A few pieces will be selected for appraisal and display on the set.  Those chosen items will be transported from your home to the Antiques Roadshow set for free.  Send photos of your furniture to audition at this link.   Note that they only want antique furniture for this, not other kinds of antiques. (Your collection of antique chile memorabilia won’t cut it. You’ll just have to apply for free tickets, hope you get in, and take them along yourself.)

This is the third time Antiques Roadshow will have filmed in New Mexico and they expect guests to take more than 10,000 items in total to be appraised. The Albuquerque taping will appear in three episodes of Antiques Roadshow in the 2015 season.

While admission to Antiques Roadshow will be free, you do need to have tickets and apply in advance at this Albuquerque Antiques Roadshow link. You can also call toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Whatever you do, do it on or by  Monday, April 7, 2014 to get your name in the random drawing.

Hey, if you find out you have a masterpiece on your hands, please leave a comment here to tell us before you set off for your Caribbean island…

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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Free Amp Concerts: Wagogo, Mala Mana, QTango

July 31, 2013 by  
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The community series of free AMP Concerts gives everyone the chance to hear some great live music from local and touring bands not just on the cheap, but without paying a single cent. Reservations are usually required in advance and it’s easy to book online.

On the current lineup of free AMP Concerts, August and September 2013 brings a several familiar and popular names to play for our pleasure. Book a space at the concerts via the above link.

WAGOGO: August 5

The Albuquerque band Wagogo performs on Monday August 5 at 12:30 pm at the N4th Theater, 4904 4th Street NW. The group mixes up Chicano and Mexican influences with the spirit music of Zimbabwe.

MALA MANA: August 10 and 17

Mala Maña perform in two free concerts on August 10 and 17.  The Albuquerque-based all-female percussion band plays music from merengue to reggae, and mixing up the Latin, African and global music styles.

The Mala Maña concert on Saturday August 10 is held at 12 noon at East Mountain Library in Tijeras. (Nice and cool up there!) The concert on Saturday August 17 will be at 12 noon at Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW.

Sounds like a very pleasant way to groove it out on a Saturday afternoon. (Yes, I’m very old. That’s why I say things like “groove it out”.)

QTANGO: September 5 and 7

QTango from Albuquerque (could ya guess it by the name?) plays authentic Argentine tango music of the Golden Age of tango. The first of the two QTango concerts is on Thursday September 5 at 5:30 pm at the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Avenue NE.  The second is on  Saturday September 7 at 1 pm at the Ernie Pyle Library, 900 Girard SE.  I do love the Ernie Pyle Library, it’s one of my most frequent haunts to pick up and drop off my books. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.

The organizers request that music-lovers reserve a space at the free AMP Concerts online in advance.

–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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ChamberChops Free Concerts

February 18, 2013 by  
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ChamberCHOPS is the Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest and you can turn up to enjoy two free concerts this weekend!

I love listening to chamber music whether recorded or – even better – in a live performance. I’m especially atuned to any opportunity to hear it for free. (Yes, that would be a pun. Atuned. Look, I never promised you *good* puns. Just good deals.)

So I was pleased to spot these two ChamberCHOPS free concerts coming up on February 23 at 7:30 pm, and on February 24 at 2 pm. The program for both concerts features work by New Mexico composer Michael Mauldin, including Canyon Light: Four Scenes for woodwind quintet, A’ts’ina: Place of Writings on the Rock for string quartet, and two other pieces for brass quintet. The Hat Box Quartet by Philip Freihofner is also on the roster.

The concerts take place on:

  • Saturday February 23, 2013, at 7:30 pm at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Drive NE.
  • Sunday February 24 at 2 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Boulevard NE, a block north of Central Avenue.

Admission is free, although they’ll gladly take donations.

–Tania

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Free Movie at the KiMo: December 19

December 16, 2012 by  
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The movie No Country for Old Men is the last in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

No Country for Old Men is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday December 19 at 7 pm.  The 2007 Coen brothers movie is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and stars the always fabulous Tommy Lee Jones, along with Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Woody Harrelson.

The movie notched up four Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Directing, and coolio Javier Bardem walked off with the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

No Country for Old Men is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. Arrive early to nab a seat for the 7 pm start on December 19, 2012, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie 3:10 to Yuma: November 28

November 25, 2012 by  
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The movie 3:10 to Yuma is the next in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

3:10 to Yuma is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday November 28 at 7 pm.  The 1997 action film was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and follows the drama between outlaw Ben Wade, played by Russell Crowe, and rancher Dan Evans, played by Christian Bale.

The movie won a Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler for an outstanding theatrical motion picture, and a whole slew of the cast, including the two leads, plus Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, and Ben Foster, received nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards.

3:10 to Yuma is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Santa Fe, Diablo Canyon, Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, and Galisteo. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on  November 28, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–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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Free Movie The Hi-Lo Country: October 17

October 15, 2012 by  
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The Hi-Lo Country is the next in a series of free movies at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

The Hi-Lo Country is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday October 17 at 7 pm.  I’ve not seen this film, but I’ve just looked it up on IMDb, or the Internet Movie Database, which is the go-to source for things you always wanted to know about movies but didn’t.

The Hi-Lo Country sounds like a bit of a Western buddy movie / bromance, featuring two tough guys played by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson, and Crudup won an NBR Award for a breakthrough performance by a male. I bet he did. Other performers include Patricia Arquette, Cole Hauser, Enrique Castillo, Jacob Vargas, Sam Elliot, and Penelope Cruz. 

The 1998 movie was based on the novel by New Mexico writer Max Evans, and Walon Green’s screenplay won a Spur Award for Best Drama Script from the Western Writers of America. Martin Scorsese co-produced and Stephen Frears was at the helm as director – he’s better known for movies including The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons, and High Fidelity.

Hello? Now I know all this I’m wondering why on earth I haven’t seen this movie. Have you? It sounds like a goodie.

The movie is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Cerrillos, Galisteo, Las Vegas, Bernal, Espanola and Santa Fe. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on October 17, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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