ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The halls of Popejoy were filled with the sound of music all in honor of the first-ever Symphony for Autism.
Classically trained musicians of the New Mexico Philharmonic worked along side a dance troupe to perform Peter and the Wolf for the pleasure and amusement of 175-students in Albuquerque with autism.
The event was started by Anthony Trujillo who was inspired by his 10-year-old daughter Sophia who has autism.
With the help of community leaders the group was able to give those students the chance to experience a professional performance.
“Typically kids with autism have a difficult time in quite venues so I wanted to give these kids today and their families and teachers a good experience,” said Sophia’s father Anthony Trujillo.
Trujillo says musical performance for children with autism can help reduce anxiety, improve communication, and encourage social interaction.