El Paso Symphony’s fall 2020: free chamber music performances at multiple venues

Posted on: September 9, 2020

“Adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 90th anniversary by going on tour” at local venues, writes Maria Cortez Gonzalez in Tuesday’s (9/8) El Paso Times (TX). “The symphony cannot perform at its usual venue, the Plaza Theatre, because it’s temporarily closed due to the pandemic…. The season will kick off Sept. 12 at the Casitas Neighborhood Association on the West Side and continue with seven biweekly concerts featuring small groups of musicians. The concerts are free…. The pandemic has pushed some of the big plans to the back burner, including the performance of a new piece commissioned in honor of the [2019] Walmart shooting victims. The performance … will be moved to September 2021…. The first outdoor concert will be at the corner of Mira Hermosa and Mira Grande drives. It will be a 45-minute, all-Mozart program…. Other future venues will include the Teachers Federal Credit Union grounds, Madeline Park and Eastwood ‘Album’ Park…. Executive Director Ruth Ellen Jacobson said the symphony plans to open 2021 with Jan. 22-23 concerts featuring … Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra [and] Ravel’s ‘Daphnis and Chloe’ Suite No. 2 and ‘Bolero.’ ”