NM philharmonic performs first Symphony for Autism

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.

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