NM Philharmonic to Launch New Rio Rancho Performance Space with 4th of July Concert

The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the stage in the new Rio Rancho Sky Room on July 4.

The concert will mark the orchestra’s first live performance in 16 months. The show is coupled with a first event on the Campus Park site.

The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform a 4th of July concert in Rio Rancho. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra)

“They are thrilled and we are very honored to be part of the first concert at this venue,” said general manager Marian Tanau.

The pandemic forced the orchestra to cancel its 2020 season.

Grammy Award-winning conductor Roberto Minczuk will lead the musicians through a program that includes parts of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s 40th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture, the ” Stars and Stripes Forever”, “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar. The musicians will also perform “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”.

The Philharmonic survived the pandemic-induced financial crisis through donations and loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, Tanau said. The musicians received $270,000 in PPP funds. Donors gave more than 70% of what was received in previous seasons. While the orchestra only gained half of its usual subscribers, a third of them donated their tickets to the musicians.

The Sky Room is a versatile outdoor gathering space designed as an activity center and gathering space for special events, concerts and more.

The 44th Army Band will perform on the Auxiliary Stage at 6 p.m.

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