Performing Arts Series Welcomes New Year

  New Mexico Tech
Performing Arts Series


January 22, 2010 - 7:30pm
Pine Leaf Boys

January 23, 2010 - 4:00pm
Arts Party for Adults 

February 1, 2010 - 7:30pm
Presidential Chamber Music Series: String Trios

February 6, 2010 - 10:00am
Community Arts Party

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From humble beginnings in the 1970s, the Performing Arts Series has grown to a year-round schedule of cultural events that add to the vibrant and active campus life at New Mexico Tech.

A few dedicated local residents were restless in Socorro in the 1970s and were determined to bring music, drama and art to the Tech campus.

After a decade of concerts in an old quonset hut, New Mexico Tech mounted a campaign to raise funds to build a concert hall. In 1982, the Macey Center opened and became the permanent home for the arts at Tech.

Each year, the Performing Arts Series host an official lineup of about a dozen concerts, plus an array of free performances and other events. Each season includes a wide range of music – bluegrass, Irish, country, urban, folk, Native American and Spanish music. The schedule typically includes non-musical entertainment as well, such as Chinese acrobats, magic shows, illusionists or pet shows.

Performing Arts Series director Ronna Kalish carefully crafts a diverse season each year to keep the arts in Socorro lively and energetic. The concerts are affordable (prices top out at $16 for adults), but all shows are FREE for full-time New Mexico Tech students.

In addition to the official season of paid concerts, the Series also hosts several events each year that are free to everyone, including four chamber music concerts, the Santa Fe Opera apprentices and special events staged by the Tech Chamber Chorus, Tech Orchestra and other campus musicals and dramas. The spring 2010 semester will feature a campus production of Grease!

One of the most popular free events is the Community Arts Party, the only PAS event off campus. Every year, more than 500 students – from pre-school to graduate school – enjoy a day full of arts and crafts at Finley Gym in downtown Socorro.

The Series also stages the city’s largest July 4th fiesta, which includes 10 hours of live music on campus, punctuated by fireworks. The Series also hosts a madrigal feast, a spring fashion show, wine-and-cheese tastings and an annual event for subscribers.

Concurrent with many of the official PAS shows, the Tech Club and Club Macey often host pre-concert parties for the 21-and-over crowd. These events typically have a theme that coincides with the concert: Irish food before a Celtic concert or a sushi demonstration and tasting before a Japanese performance.

Each of these events is more than just a performance, though. The series’ three dozen events are meant to provide opportunities for campus and community members to enjoy the camaraderie of friendly people, refreshments and entertaining activities. For those who think “there’s nothing to do in Socorro,” look no further than the Performing Arts Series for non-stop cultural entertainment.