The New Mexico Philharmonic will be back on stage in the new Rio Rancho Sky Room on July 4th.
The concert will mark the orchestra’s first live performance in 16 months. The show is also the first event on the Campus Park site.
“They are delighted and we are very honored to be part of the first concert in this hall,” said Executive Director Marian Tanau.
The pandemic has forced the orchestra to cancel its 2020 season.
Grammy Award-winning conductor Roberto Minczuk will lead the musicians through a program that includes parts from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s 40th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, “ Stars and Stripes Forever ”,“ Pomp and Circumstance ”by Edward Elgar. Musicians will also play “Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland, “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” by Strauss and “Main Title” by John Williams from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”.
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The Philharmonic survived the financial crisis triggered by the pandemic with donations and loans from the federal paycheck protection program, Tanau said. The musicians received $ 270,000 in PPP funds. Donors gave over 70% of what was received in previous seasons. While the orchestra only won half of its regular subscribers, a third of them donated their tickets to musicians.
The Sky Room is a versatile outdoor gathering space designed as an activity center and a gathering space for special events, concerts and more.
The 44th Army Band will perform on the auxiliary stage at 6 p.m.