Former New Mexico Symphony conductor Figueroa launches new group

Posted on: October 4, 2011

In Sunday’s (10/2) Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico), David Steinberg writes, “Guillermo Figueroa, the former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, has orchestrated a new music organization built on a different business model than the defunct NMSO. One byword of The Figueroa Project is that the new model will not incur debt. Figueroa is the music director, a musician and for the moment, board chairman, of the private, nonprofit business. The project’s inaugural concert will be Nov. 6 at the KiMo Theatre. The project is not connected to the New Mexico Philharmonic, a musician-driven orchestra that organized after the NMSO filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last spring. When the NMSO folded, Figueroa said that rather than spend too much time in mourning he began to think of a new model for an organization that would succeed. … Figueroa said the Nov. 6 concert will cost between $15,000 and $20,000, with the bulk of the expenses for fees for the 15 hired musicians. The city of Albuquerque, he said, has agreed to allow the project to use the KiMo rent free for this and other planned concerts this season.”

Posted October 4, 2011