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El Paso, Texas

El Paso Arts: Art Scene in El Paso

Located on the Mexico border in west Texas, El Paso and the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, form the world’s largest international border community.  Here one may experience the confluence of cultures that has defined the region, and the history of a conflict that literally shaped our nation. 

El Paso has been home to a number of literary figures, including Cormac McCarthy, Arturo Islas, and Thomas Lea, whose work deals primarily with life in the American Southwest.  Perhaps the most notable of the city’s cultural offerings is the Siglo de Oro Festival, a celebration of Spanish language theatre that has been an El Paso institution since 1976.

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Art Museums

El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has been a major cultural and educational asset to the city and surrounding region since 1959.  The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of art, and boasts particularly strong holdings of European art from the 12th to 18th centuries, works on paper, American art, contemporary art from the Southwest region, and Spanish …more…

Classical Music

El Paso Pro-Musica

El Paso Pro-Musica

Founded in 1977, El Paso Pro-Musica performs in various venues presenting chamber music of varied influences, from the Baroque of Bach to the work of Russian Romantic composer Segey Taneyev to tango.  Unique to the organization is its “$5 Music Film Series,” which features insightful documentaries and live performances of film music.

Student tickets for Pro-Musica concerts are reasonably priced …more…

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) has been in operation since the 1930s, making it the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in Texas.  Bringing the audiences of West Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico the music of symphonic masters Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Debussy, Holst and more, the EPSO also hosts annual Young People’s Concerts for and by youngsters, as well as such educational programs as Strings in Schools and …more…

Opera

El Paso Opera logo

El Paso Opera

El Paso Opera first began in 1992 as Opera a la Carte. With a motto of “Opera for All,” the company is distinctively connected to its west Texas community. In addition to in-school presentations for students and a semi-annual Youth Night at the Opera, El Paso Opera collaborates with the University of Texas-El Paso to enable college students to serve in the chorus and in understudy roles. ...more...

Multi-Arts Festivals

El Paso International Mariachi Festival

El Paso International Mariachi Festival

El Paso’s International Mariachi Festival is a brand new event, begun in September 2010. It is a celebration not only of Mariachi music, but also of the common cultural legacy shared by Mexico and the Southwestern United States.  As the center of El Paso’s cultural life for a week in September, the Festival is also a major catalyst to the city’s tourism industry and the revitalization of its downtown area.

The …more…

Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars

Marking its 28th season in the summer of 2011, Music Under the Stars (MUTS) is one of El Paso’s favorite family events, and one of the largest free music festivals in the state of Texas.  The event brings local, national and international artists to the city to perform every Sunday evening from mid-June to mid-August at El Paso’s Chamizal National Memorial.

The Festival features a hugely eclectic mix of musical styles; …more…

Siglo de Oro Festival

Siglo de Oro Festival

(March)

Siglo de Oro Festival Information

Public Transportation: Good (steps from buses 23, 24, and 65 at Pasiano Drive/San Marcial Street)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 5–6 shows per season
Ticket Prices: $5 General Admission; $3 Military & Dependents (w/ID), Students (w/ID), and Seniors (62+).

Venues

Chamizal National Memorial

Chamizal National Memorial

The Chamizal National Memorial (CNM) was built in 1966 to commemorate a milestone event in the history of relations between the United States and Mexico.  The natural change in course of the Rio Grande River between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua (Mexico) resulted in a century of dispute between the two nations.  In 1963 the Chamizal Convention brought …more…

The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre

One of El Paso’s best-known landmarks is the Plaza Theatre, built in 1930 as the city’s state-of-the-art movie house and performance venue.  A booming town of over 100,000, El Paso already contained several theaters at the time the Plaza was constructed, but the Theatre’s size, ornate décor and technical innovations quickly made it the centerpiece of the city’s cultural life.

No expense was spared on the theater’s Spanish Colonial Revivalist-style architecture …more…

Art Museums

El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has been a major cultural and educational asset to the city and surrounding region since 1959.  The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of art, and boasts particularly strong holdings of European art from the 12th to 18th centuries, works on paper, American art, contemporary art from the Southwest region, and Spanish …more…

Classical Music

El Paso Pro-Musica

El Paso Pro-Musica

Founded in 1977, El Paso Pro-Musica performs in various venues presenting chamber music of varied influences, from the Baroque of Bach to the work of Russian Romantic composer Segey Taneyev to tango.  Unique to the organization is its “$5 Music Film Series,” which features insightful documentaries and live performances of film music.

Student tickets for Pro-Musica concerts are reasonably priced …more…

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) has been in operation since the 1930s, making it the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in Texas.  Bringing the audiences of West Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico the music of symphonic masters Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Debussy, Holst and more, the EPSO also hosts annual Young People’s Concerts for and by youngsters, as well as such educational programs as Strings in Schools and …more…

Opera

El Paso Opera logo

El Paso Opera

El Paso Opera first began in 1992 as Opera a la Carte. With a motto of “Opera for All,” the company is distinctively connected to its west Texas community. In addition to in-school presentations for students and a semi-annual Youth Night at the Opera, El Paso Opera collaborates with the University of Texas-El Paso to enable college students to serve in the chorus and in understudy roles. ...more...

Multi-Arts Festivals

El Paso International Mariachi Festival

El Paso International Mariachi Festival

El Paso’s International Mariachi Festival is a brand new event, begun in September 2010. It is a celebration not only of Mariachi music, but also of the common cultural legacy shared by Mexico and the Southwestern United States.  As the center of El Paso’s cultural life for a week in September, the Festival is also a major catalyst to the city’s tourism industry and the revitalization of its downtown area.

The …more…

Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars

Marking its 28th season in the summer of 2011, Music Under the Stars (MUTS) is one of El Paso’s favorite family events, and one of the largest free music festivals in the state of Texas.  The event brings local, national and international artists to the city to perform every Sunday evening from mid-June to mid-August at El Paso’s Chamizal National Memorial.

The Festival features a hugely eclectic mix of musical styles; …more…

Siglo de Oro Festival

Siglo de Oro Festival

(March)

Siglo de Oro Festival Information

Public Transportation: Good (steps from buses 23, 24, and 65 at Pasiano Drive/San Marcial Street)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 5–6 shows per season
Ticket Prices: $5 General Admission; $3 Military & Dependents (w/ID), Students (w/ID), and Seniors (62+).

Venues

Chamizal National Memorial

Chamizal National Memorial

The Chamizal National Memorial (CNM) was built in 1966 to commemorate a milestone event in the history of relations between the United States and Mexico.  The natural change in course of the Rio Grande River between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua (Mexico) resulted in a century of dispute between the two nations.  In 1963 the Chamizal Convention brought …more…

The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre

One of El Paso’s best-known landmarks is the Plaza Theatre, built in 1930 as the city’s state-of-the-art movie house and performance venue.  A booming town of over 100,000, El Paso already contained several theaters at the time the Plaza was constructed, but the Theatre’s size, ornate décor and technical innovations quickly made it the centerpiece of the city’s cultural life.

No expense was spared on the theater’s Spanish Colonial Revivalist-style architecture …more…