The New Mexico Philharmonic and the Albuquerque Public Schools in collaboration with Holmans USA, LLC Announces
The First Annual Symphony for Autism
On Wednesday May 14th, 2014 at Popejoy Hall the New Mexico Philharmonic Symphony performed a concert for the Albuquerque Public School Autism specific audience in its first 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 first year of the production the organizers have decided to start with a smaller and younger audience from kindergarten to fifth grade. The expected attendance was 150 to 200 students for this inaugural performance. This event was the first 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.