The New Mexico Philharmonic and the Albuquerque Public Schools in collaboration with HOLMANS USA, LLC Announces
The Second Annual Symphony for Autism
On Wednesday May 13th, 2015 at Popejoy Hall the New Mexico Philharmonic Symphony performed a concert for the Albuquerque Public School Autism specific audience in its second annual Symphony for Autism. This special performance by the Philharmonic retells the story of Peter and the Wolf and included a dance troupe to enhance the visual aspect of the story. This was a private concert for the children and parents who are managing life with Autism.
Many parents of Autistic children avoid taking their families into quiet venues like movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, and live performances. Many Autistic Children do not understand the social rules of quiet or semi-quiet environments. By providing a safe atmosphere coupled with a live symphony and ballet troupe, these children and parents were able to have a unique experience. By exposing these Children to music and dance their lives were enriched and transformed. Music is a catalyst for greater learning potential, self-discipline, and moreover self-expression.
There are over 1,000 children in the Albuquerque Public School system with a diagnosis of Autism. Since this was the second year of the production the organizers decided to broaden their audience from ages ranging in kindergarten to beyond fifth grade. The expected attendance grew from last years 150, to nearly 300 children for this inaugural performance. This event was the second of its kind and was very exciting because it was going to be a new experience for these children by exposing them to classical music. We are thankful for the sponsors that made this possible: Real Time Solutions, APS Education Foundation, Mr. Al Stotts, Mr. Marian Tanau, and HOLMANS USA, LLC.