Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Increased appreciation high note in 2000 music scene.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Joanne Sheehy Hoover For the Journal

Commentary

* Audience and subscription numbers go up and donations follow

How was the musical life of New Mexico this past year? As the 8th- century English poet Alexander Pope put it, "And all things flourish where you turn your eyes."

In a remarkable turnaround from the gloomy picture of only a few years back when money was scarce and audiences unpredictable, the music world is thriving. Across the spectrum, from popular to classical, from intimate spaces to the giant Journal Pavilion (the new, recently re-christened Mesa del Sol Amphitheatre), New Mexicans are saying they want music in their lives in a big way.

In the classical world they are backing up that desire with their pocketbooks, going more often, making more donations, increasing their commitment.

Positive numbers are rolling in at every level. Subscriptions, the bread and butter of an organization, are up at the New Mexico and Santa Fe symphony orchestras. Music One (the Santa Fe Concert Association) had its best season ever, ending in June with all but one concert sold out, and 2000-01 is running at 95 percent of capacity. …

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