New Mexico Philharmonic announces its 2015/16 Popejoy Pops schedule

HESS: Sings in opening concert on Sept. 26
HESS: Sings in opening concert on Sept. 26
WARD: Sings Great American Songbook
WARD: Sings Great American Songbook

The New Mexico Philharmonic has announced its 2015/16 Popejoy Pops schedule – a series of five concerts scheduled for Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. at Popejoy Hall.

Celebrating its fifth season, the Philharmonic brings to the stage a varied lineup of Pops programs, from the dulcet tones of Joan Hess and Kirby Ward and the frightful Halloween concert (scheduled for the first time on All Hallow’s Eve), the ever-popular and anticipated “Holiday Pops!,” jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew and the return of Cirque de la Symphonie, the NMPhil’s Pops Concert Series has something sure to please.

CHAFETZ: Conducts opening Pops concert
CHAFETZ: Conducts opening Pops concert

The Pops Series opens with “Dancing and Romancing!” on Sept. 26. Hess and Ward sing and dance their way through the Great American Songbook, from a tribute to Gene Kelly’s famous steps in “Singing in the Rain,” with song and dance from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s by composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin as well as dance tunes originally done by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Stuart Chafetz will conduct.

“Halloween Pops: A Frightfully Good Night!” will be presented on Halloween night with a symphonic tribute to the greatest musical chills and thrills of all time. There will be eerie classical favorites and the most macabre movie music. Byron Herrington will conduct.

On Dec. 19 the always popular “Holiday Pops!” returns with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, along with singers. Jason Altieri conducts as the Manzano Day School Chorus, Bosque School and Rio Rancho High School Choirs join the orchestra.

The penultimate concert in our Pops Series is “An Evening with Bobby Shew” on March 5. He has played on major movie and television soundtracks and with the biggest names in big bands, including Art Pepper, Horace Silver, and Ed Shaughnessy.

Now, one of the world’s great trumpeters and Albuquerque native – Bobby Shew – joins the New Mexico Philharmonic in an evening of jazzy classics and brassy favorites. Byron Herrington conducts.

Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie performs for the final Pops concert on March 26. Oriol Sans conducts a night of music and artistry by Cirque superstars, choreographed to some of the greatest classical masterworks of all time. There’s music in the air – along with acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen.

Season ticket holders not only guarantee their preferred seat selection for each concert, but receive a discount of 10 percent off of the single ticket prices of $68, $46, 36, and $20 based on hall location. All prices include free parking and shuttle service from the University Drive parking lot direct to and from Popejoy Hall.

Letters to subscribers and potential new subscribers have gone out and single tickets are on sale now. All concert information can be found on nmphil.org as soon as it becomes available.

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