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One of the most popular places in town for the arts is the Plaza Theatre, which plays host to the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and touring Broadway performances. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office, open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Mountain Time at (915) 544-8444. Sometimes, 45-minute public tours of the facilities are given, one of the few times cameras are allowed in the theatres.
The El Paso Symphony, which has been around since 1931, holds a series of classical concerts over the course of the year, and also does a few fun events like “Music Under the Stars” in the late summer and a holiday performance in December. The opera, started in 1992, has two performances a year of classics like Puccini’s Madame Butterfly or Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The Abraham Chavez Theatre, with 2500 seats, is right next to the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center. This is where festivals, tour concerts and the like are usually staged. Tickets for performances here are sold on Ticketmaster.Another place that often puts on shows is the McKelligon Canyon has an amphitheatre and pavilion where large, informal performances are held. Viva El Paso, the musical celebrating El Paso culture and history, is performed here every year.