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NMSO PAYS TRIBUTE TO WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS SPY WITH ‘JAMES BOND AND BEYOND’ (2006-09-18)
PIANIST NATASHA PAREMSKI RETURNS TO PERFORM WITH NMSO SEPT. 29-30-OCT. 1 (2006-09-12)
NMSO TO CONTINUE MEMBERSHIP IN GREATER ABQ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (2006-09-07)
NMSO TO STAGE ‘STAR TREK’ 40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT NOV. 4 (2006-07-26)
NMSO BOARD & ORCHESTRA REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENT (2005-09-09)

NMSO PAYS TRIBUTE TO WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS SPY WITH ‘JAMES BOND AND BEYOND’

Just ahead of the release of the newest James Bond film, Casino Royale, the NMSO Pops and conductor Michael Krajewski will perform music from the Bond films, as well as other film music favorites, at James Bond and Beyond, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus.

The program will feature music from Bond films such as Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, A View to a Kill and Diamonds Are Forever. The concert will also feature music from spy, detective and superhero stories such as Mission: Impossible, Peter Gunn, Pink Panther, Batman, Spider-Man and more.

Tickets to this and other NMSO events are available online at NMSO.org, by calling (505) 881-8999 or in-person at the Symphony Store at 4407 Menaul NE (at Washington) in Albuquerque. Tickets cost $16-$52.

PIANIST NATASHA PAREMSKI RETURNS TO PERFORM WITH NMSO SEPT. 29-30-OCT. 1

After being called “beautifully passionate” by the Albuquerque Journal in her performance with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra last season, pianist Natasha Paremski returns to stages in Albuquerque in three performances with the NMSO Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1.

The program will include Paremski and the NMSO, conducted by NMSO Music Director Guillermo Figueroa, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. The NMSO Chorus, directed by Roger Melone and conducted by Figueroa, will also join with the NMSO for Berlioz’ Te Deum in all three performances. The Sept. 29 and 30 performances will take place at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, with Friday’s performance beginning at 8 p.m. and Saturday’s starting at 6 p.m. The Oct. 1 concert will take place at 2 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Journal Theatre.

Only 18 years old, Paremski was recently named as a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award for 2006, and has already charmed many audiences throughout both Europe and the United States. Recent engagements have included performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, (Denver) Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, San Diego Symphony, the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists (with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, recitals in Seattle at the Schloss Elmau and Verbier festivals and on the Gilmore Rising Stars Series.

The prestigious Gilmore award is the most recent of a long list of accolades awarded to this young virtuoso pianist, who was described by BBC Music Magazine as having “flawless technique and unstoppable energy.”

The Moscow-born Paremski made her professional debut at age nine with the El Camino (Calif.) Youth Symphony. At the age of fifteen, she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two discs on the Bel Air Music Label with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky, the first featuring Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No. 4 coupled with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the second album featuring all of Chopin’s shorter works for piano and orchestra.

This concert also features the season debut of the NMSO Chorus, fresh off their triumphant performance with the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic at the Bravo Vail Valley (Colo.) Music Festival.

Tickets to this and other NMSO events are available online at NMSO.org, by calling (505) 881-8999 or in-person at the Symphony Store at 4407 Menaul NE (at Washington) in Albuquerque. Tickets for the Popejoy performances cost $11-$57, while tickets to the NHCC Journal Theatre performance cost $17-$59.

NMSO TO CONTINUE MEMBERSHIP IN GREATER ABQ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Interim Executive Director Kenneth Hopper informed the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce today that the NMSO will continue its membership, reversing the organization’s withdrawal on Aug. 28 by former NMSO Executive Director Kevin Hagen, whose last day as executive director was Aug. 31. Hagen’s action was the subject of a front-page article in the Sept. 2 edition of the Albuquerque Journal.

Hopper said, “While we disagree with the position taken by the Chamber and the Journal on the Quality of Life Initiative, the NMSO it is a vital member of Albuquerque’s cultural and business community as demonstrated by its active Chamber membership. In lieu of dues the NMSO fulfills its membership obligation by providing the Chamber vouchers for complimentary tickets they give to special guests, especially individuals visiting Albuquerque on business matters.”

Hopper said that the NMSO will continue to vigorously support the Quality of Life Initiative. The NMSO recently received notice of a third three-year commitment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, specifically to initiate community engagement in the design of programs with wide appeal. “Once these programs have been developed, many of which should be free, funds from the Quality of Life Initiative will help implement them,” according to Hopper.

In its 74th season, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra is the official orchestra of the State of New Mexico and has taken its place among the great cultural institutions of our state. In addition to Classics, Pops, Matinee, Fantasy and Symphony Under the Stars series—which enrich the lives of over 130,000 people each year—the NMSO is the largest provider of music education by a non-profit in New Mexico. The NMSO enjoys the artistic leadership of Guillermo Figueroa, the symphony’s tenth music director, Resident Conductor and Choral Director Roger Melone, and Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. For more information on the NMSO, visit our website at www.nmso.org.

NMSO TO STAGE ‘STAR TREK’ 40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT NOV. 4

New Mexico concertgoers are about to go where no concertgoers have gone before.

The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce Star Trek: A 40th Anniversary Celebration, a one-night-only concert featuring a special appearance by original Trek series actors Walter Koenig and George Takei, as well as the music of the Star Trek television series and films performed live by the NMSO. The concert will take place at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Nov. 4, 2006, at 6 p.m.

Music performed live by the NMSO will include themes and suites from the original Trek series and its spin-offs, and also that of the films featuring both the original series and Star Trek: The Next Generation casts. Byron Herrington, who conducted last year’s NMSO concerts featuring the music of the Star Wars films, will conduct the Star Trek concert.

Koenig, who played the starship Enterprise’s navigator, Pavel Chekov, and Takei, who portrayed Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu, will tell tales of their years on Star Trek, the phenomenon of fans, as well as the philosophical aspects of the often allegorical and sometimes controversial TV and film series. They will also perform short dramatic presentations and readings during the concert.

The concert is timed to closely coincide with the anniversary of Star Trek’s Sept. 8, 1966 premiere. The series detailed the adventures of the 23rd century starship USS Enterprise and her crew, all set in an optimistic future in which many of Earth’s social ills had been overcome. Despite being cancelled after three seasons, Trek found new life in syndication, as an animated series, in ten theatrical films and in four spin-off series premiered between 1987 and 2001, all the while creating a rabid and diverse fan base internationally. Recently, production of a new, eleventh Star Trek film has been announced, to be released in 2008.

Tickets to the Star Trek concert will be initially offered exclusively as part of a new, three-concert subscription series called the NMSO Fantasy Series. The other concerts in the new subscription series will be the NMSO’s performances of Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony, featuring the Oscar-winning score from Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films Oct. 28 and 29, 2006, as well as the NMSO’s presentation of the music of Harry Potter Feb. 24 and 25, 2007. All three programs will take place at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center, and further details and ticket pricing will be announced soon.

Fans are encouraged to attend the Trek concert in costume, as was the custom for many years at Star Trek conventions.

In addition to playing Chekov in the original Trek series and seven of the films, Koenig has taught classes in acting and directing privately and at UCLA, the Sherwood Oaks Experimental Film College and at the California School of Professional Psychology. Most recently he has been an instructor at the Actors’ Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles. From Girls of Summer to The Boys In Autumn, Koenig’s extensive stage career spans thirty years. Koenig has also performed in television movies, including Anthony and Cleopatra opposite Timothy Dalton and Lynn Redgrave, as well as Goodbye Raggedy Anne and The Questor Tapes. He has also appeared on dozens of other television series, including a return to science fiction in the 1990s with the recurring role of the quintessential bad guy Alfred Bester on Babylon 5.

Takei, best known for his portrayal of Sulu on Star Trek, has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit, including a starring role with John Wayne in The Green Berets. A community activist, he serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation’s foremost Asian Pacific American theater. Having spent part of his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, Takei is chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of the Japanese American National Museum and a past member of the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. He has served on the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. A member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization, Takei is a spokesman for HRC’s Coming Out Project. And recently, Takei appeared as the announcer and on-air personality on the debut week of the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Star Trek and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. This concert is in no way sponsored or endorsed by CBS Studios Inc. or any affiliates.

NMSO BOARD & ORCHESTRA REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 9, 2005 – The American Federation of Musicians, Local 618, representing the musicians of the NMSO ratified a contract with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (NMSO) board of directors on Sept. 7, 2005. The NMSO board of directors finalized the agreement by ratification on Sept. 8, 2005. The agreement comes just as the NMSO kicks off its upcoming season starting Sept. 16 at Popejoy Hall with its opening weekend of Classics concerts, Amazing Awadagin!

The financial terms of the agreement increase the basic per service rate for NMSO orchestra members by 25 percent over the next two years. In addition, the musicians will receive a one-time retroactive payment equal to eight percent of their base salary for the year just concluded. The agreement also increases the NMSO’s contribution to health care expenses. The agreement also addresses non-financial terms that will improve the working conditions for members of the orchestra.

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum, media spokesperson for the musicians adds that, “The musicians are excited to begin the season on such a high note. We are grateful that our donors have faith in us and supported the fund that enabled our salary increases. We believe that this contract is a significant step towards our goal of fair and competitive wages. We are also encouraged that the organization is in the midst of organizational assessment. The musicians believe strongly in the future of the NMSO, and part of that is taking care of our future now.”

“The board of directors knows that our musicians are our greatest asset and we are pleased that this agreement allows us to compensate their wonderful work while maintaining a financially responsible budget,” said Greg Ellena, president of the NMSO board. “We are very fortunate in that some very generous individuals have come forward to make the resources available to allow us to reach this agreement.”

“We know that we will have financial goals to reach over the next three to five years, but we know we are working together to reach those goals with a united organization and with a community that cares deeply for the Orchestra,” said Kevin Hagen, executive director of NMSO. “Our upcoming season truly has something for everyone, from Sunday matinees at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, to the classics that open our season, to our Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration that will open our Pops season in October.”

The finance committee of the board also approved a four percent retroactive salary increase for staff members.

The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra is the official orchestra of the State of New Mexico and has taken its place among the great cultural institutions of our state. In addition to our Classics, Pops, Sunday Matinee and Koncerts 4 Kids series—which enrich the lives of over 130,000 people each year—the Symphony is the largest non-governmental provider of music education in New Mexico and performs many neighborhood concerts with no admission charge. The Symphony has also been recognized by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its innovative community engagement efforts. The Symphony is currently led by Guillermo Figueroa, the symphony’s tenth music director, Resident Conductor and Choral Director Roger Melone, and Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. For more information on the Symphony, visit our website at http://www.nmso.org.

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