For more than 78 years, the symphony has been a cultural cornerstone of the Rio Grande Region. The symphony, the is the oldest performing arts organization in El Paso and the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in Texas, stages a number of performances throughout its season, often including guest conductors and musicians. Community outreach and education are major components of the symphony's mission and include a youth orchestra, in-school programs and ticket distribution to area school districts.
Dedicated to making chamber music accessible to the community, El Paso Pro-Musica has been staging performances for more than 33 years. A signature event is the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, which spans the month of January and receives national and international notice each year. As part of an extensive outreach program, musicians regularly perform and teaching at schools, hospitals, senior centers and other community gathering spots.
The 18-acre zoo is home to some 240 species of animals. The zoo houses 500 mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, 700 fish and 500 invertebrates, which populate a variety of natural habitat exhibits including a reptile house, South American Pavilion, aviary, forest atrium, Asian grasslands and an elephant complex. The zoo is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, a leader in global wildlife conservation.
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