I’m not sure you know this, but El Paso has the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in Texas. Imagine that! For 89 years, El Pasoans have been entertained by a symphony orchestra out here in the boonies. Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio – none of the “big” cities in Texas can boast of an almost 90-year-old orchestra.

This year, the EPSO will open their season with ABBA’s greatest hits at their 89th Anniversary Gala on Friday, August 23 at the El Paso Country Club. That will be followed by a concert on Saturday, August 24th at the Plaza Theatre. The Music of ABBA will be performed by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and include a full rock band and vocalists.

You have to wonder what the people who watched the first performance of the EPSO in 1893 would think of the music of ABBA being featured with the symphony. After a few fits and starts an official EPSO was established in 1931 with a performance on January 26, 1931 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.
When I was a kid and my parents were going to the symphony, we enjoyed their performances at the Abraham Chavez Theater. Now the EPSO has its home at the historic Plaza Theatre, and if you really want to hear the power of a full, live symphony orchestra, make sure you check them out this season.

WHAT: The Music of ABBA “Dancing Queen" with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: Saturday, August 24th
WHERE: The Plaza Theatre, 125 W Mills Ave.
TICKET INFO: Tickets for the gala and concert are on sale now at www.epso.org, or call (915)532-3776. Tickets for the Saturday concert can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.