Debunking the Myths Surrounding Classical Music Part 3


Part 3

By Rosemary Flores

Myth No. 3: Tickets to the El Paso Symphony are expensive. Tickets start as low as $15.  The top price is $40. You can’t get a better deal considering that at one concert you are listening to over 70 of our region’s finest musicians and featuring international-renown guest soloists.


 Myth No. 4: I have to dress up to go the El Paso Symphony. At our performances you will see a wide variety of clothing, including suits, khakis, slacks and skirts. If you want to dress up, that is fine. However, generally, business casual is a good way to go!


 Myth No. 5:  Classical music is irrelevant today and is written by composers no longer living. You will definitely findtraditional symphonic classics written by masters like Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and Strauss on our program. You will also find equally fantastic pieces written by equally talented composers of today. In April, we are performing “Raise the Roof” for timpani soloist by GRAMMY Award winning composer Michael Daugherty.

 Daugherty is an American composer, pianist, and teacher. He is influenced by popular culture, Romanticism, and Postmodernism, and is one of the most widely performed American concert music composers of his generation. Daugherty’s notable works include his Superman comic book-inspired “Metropolis Symphony” for orchestra.

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