Spencer Beckwith http://kunm.org en The 2014 Albuquerque Comic Expo http://kunm.org/post/2014-albuquerque-comic-expo <p>15,000 people, many of them in costume, are expected at Albuquerque's downtown Convention Center the weekend of June 27.&nbsp; The 4th annual Albuquerque Comic Expo is a three-day celebration of popular culture and comic book culture, with national exhibitors, panel discussions, screenings, and Q&amp;A's with celebrity guests.&nbsp; The Expo's Media Manager, Jyllian Roach, explains.</p><p></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 46899 at http://kunm.org The 2014 Albuquerque Comic Expo Introducing Young Audiences to the World of Opera http://kunm.org/post/introducing-young-audiences-world-opera <p>Professional singers perform in three short original operas for young people in the open-air Gaddes Rehearsal Hall on the grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, May 31st through June 8th. &nbsp;Andrea Fellows Walters, Director of the Education Program at the Santa Fe Opera, offers a preview of the productions.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 17 May 2014 12:13:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 45306 at http://kunm.org Introducing Young Audiences to the World of Opera Back In Her Hometown With An Autobiographical One-Woman Show http://kunm.org/post/back-her-hometown-autobiographical-one-woman-show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Actress Lisandra Tena had a hit in Chicago in 2012 with her show, <font color="#550055">"Guera," which recounts her experiences growing up in Albuquerque.&nbsp; From May 16th through the 25th, Lisandra brings the interactive show to the performing arts center at her alma mater,</font> Working Classroom, in downtown. &nbsp;Lisandra talks about her teenage years and how they've informed her work and career.</p><p></p> Sat, 10 May 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 44991 at http://kunm.org Back In Her Hometown With An Autobiographical One-Woman Show A Final Bow for Steven Smith http://kunm.org/post/final-bow-steven-smith <p>Fri. 3/21 10a: &nbsp;For 14 seasons, from 1999 to 2013, Steven Smith served as Music Director of the Santa Fe Symphony. &nbsp;On April 13, the Maestro returns for a final concert, leading the orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 7 at the Lensic Center. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith speaks with Steven Smith about Mahler's Symphony and about his fondest memories of his years with the Santa Fe Symphony.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 42545 at http://kunm.org The University of New Mexico's John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium http://kunm.org/post/university-new-mexicos-john-donald-robb-composers-symposium <p>Thurs. 3/20 10a: &nbsp;For six days, from April 5 through April 10, the public is invited to concerts, workshops, panel discussions and master classes focused on new music in venues around Albuquerque and on the UNM campus. &nbsp;The centerpiece of the 2014 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium is a new chamber opera, "Cuatro Corridos," presented on April 7 at the South Broadway Cultural Center.&nbsp;&nbsp; Spencer Beckwith speaks with the co-Artistic Director of the Symposium, UNM Assistant Professor of Composition, Peter Gilbert.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 42544 at http://kunm.org The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Spotlights Young Talent http://kunm.org/post/santa-fe-youth-symphony-spotlights-young-talent <p>Fri. 3/14 10a: &nbsp;Young musicians from northern New Mexico will perform selections from Broadway and Bach, and from jazz and pop, on March 15 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. &nbsp;Joining the young performers will be Grammy-winning composer and pianist, David Grusin. &nbsp;Proceeds from the concert benefit the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. &nbsp;The SFYSA's Artistic Director, Dana Winograd, <font color="#550055">joins Spencer Beckwith for a&nbsp; preview.</font></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:25:14 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 42471 at http://kunm.org Opera Southwest: "The Pearl Fishers" http://kunm.org/post/opera-southwest-pearl-fishers <p><font color="#550055">Thurs. 3/13 10a: &nbsp;From March 23 through March 30 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, Opera Southwest presents its first-ever production of Georges Bizet's romantic triangle set in colonial Ceylon, "The Pearl Fishers." &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith is joined by the opera's director, Nathaniel Merchant.</font></p><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:27:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 42232 at http://kunm.org The 2014 Southwest Irish Theatre Festival http://kunm.org/post/2014-southwest-irish-theatre-festival <p><font color="#550055">Wed. 3/12 10a: &nbsp;This month and next, New Mexico's theater community joins together in a celebration of Irish plays and playwrights. &nbsp;The Southwest Irish Theatre Festival opens on March 14 with a production of Seán O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" at Albuquerque's Vortex Theatre and continues with six other productions in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith is joined by the co-organizer of the Festival, UNM Professor Emeritus, and born-and-bred Dubliner, Alan Hudson.</font></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:24:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 42231 at http://kunm.org Fridays in Lent Series at the Cathedral of St. John http://kunm.org/post/fridays-lent-series-cathedral-st-john <p>Fri. 3/7 10a: &nbsp;Maxine Thévenot, Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. John in downtown Albuquerque, joins Spencer Beckwith for a look at the Cathedral's series of Friday night concerts taking place during Lent, from March 7 through April 11. &nbsp;Featuring local and visiting musicians, the series uses both the Cathedral and its more intimate Kaseman Hall.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 42163 at http://kunm.org Quintessence: "A Sense of Place" http://kunm.org/post/quintessence-sense-place <p>Thurs. 3/6 10a: &nbsp;John Corigliano's "Fern Hill," based on the poem by Dylan Thomas, is the centerpiece of a program looking at ideas of home, when Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest performs on March 8 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and on March 9 at St. John's United Methodist Church. &nbsp;Artistic Director Matthew Greer joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the Albuquerque concerts.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41961 at http://kunm.org The Hummingbird Music Camp http://kunm.org/post/hummingbird-music-camp <p>Wed. 3/5 10a: &nbsp;Founded in 1959 by retired Albuquerque Public School music teacher Kenneth Lloyd Higgins, the Hummingbird Music Camp will again this summer welcome young people ages 8 to 14 to in-depth musical instruction in the mountains north of Jemez Springs. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith talks with the Camp's Music Director, the son of Kenneth Lloyd Higgins, horn player Elliott Higgins.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41960 at http://kunm.org The Pimentel Concert Series Presents Manuel Barrueco http://kunm.org/post/pimentel-concert-series-presents-manuel-barrueco <p>Fri. 2/28 10a: &nbsp;On March 8, Albuquerque guitar makers, Pimentel &amp; Sons, continues its popular concert series at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with a solo concert by Cuban-born classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco. &nbsp;The public is also invited to a master class with Barrueco on March 7 at the NHCC. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith talks with the President and Vice-President of Pimentel &amp; Sons, guitar makers Rick Pimentel and Robert Pimentel.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41684 at http://kunm.org Composer Kelvin McNeal http://kunm.org/post/composer-kelvin-mcneal <p>Thurs. 2/27 10a: &nbsp;As part of its program, "Here and Now", on March 7 at the Scottish Rite Center, the chamber music ensemble Serenata of Santa Fe premieres works by two local composers, Kelvin McNeal and Ron Strauss. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith talks with Kelvin McNeal about the new set of songs he has written for soprano Gail Springer.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:11:28 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41908 at http://kunm.org Carnaval Celebration 2014: "Streets of Love" http://kunm.org/post/carnaval-celebration-2014-streets-love <p>Wed. 2/26 10a: &nbsp;Husband and wife, Frank Leto and Pilar Leto, along with his band PANdemonium and her Odara Dance Ensemble, are back on February 28 and March 1 with the annual Carnaval celebration at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith talks with Frank Leto about the 2014 production, an original musical set on the streets of Brazil, New Orleans, Cuba, and Trinidad.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:21:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41683 at http://kunm.org The Outpost's Spring Season http://kunm.org/post/outposts-spring-season <p>Fri. 2/21 10a: &nbsp;In addition to established performers like violinist Regina Carter, vocalist René Marie and saxophonist Joshua Redman, the spring season at Albuquerque's Outpost Performance Space, which opens on March 6, will showcase some exciting emerging musicians both from the national music scene and from here in the Southwest.&nbsp; Spencer Beckwith is joined by the founder and Executive Director of the Outpost, Tom Guralnick.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41597 at http://kunm.org UNM Opera Theater Presents "The Magic Flute" http://kunm.org/post/unm-opera-theater-presents-magic-flute <p>Thurs. 2/20 10a: &nbsp; Students in the University of New Mexico's Opera Theater program are joined by professional artists and the UNM Symphony Orchestra for a production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," February 20-23 in Keller Hall on the UNM campus in Albuquerque.&nbsp; Spencer Beckwith is joined by one of the co-Directors of the Opera Theater, Leslie Umphrey.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41409 at http://kunm.org ChamberCHOPS: "Expresso With An X" http://kunm.org/post/chamberchops-expresso-x <p>Wed. 2/19 10a: &nbsp;On February 23 at Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, the Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest plays music with an expressionist kick by Hindemith, Mahler, Victor Ewald and contemporary Italian composer Caludio Dall'Albero. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith speaks with one of the founders of ChamberCHOPS, flutist Suzzanne Bloom.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41408 at http://kunm.org Violist Kim Fredenburgh http://kunm.org/post/violist-kim-fredenburgh <p>Fri. 2/14 10a: &nbsp;The New Mexico Philharmonic's Assistant Principal violist, Kim Fredenburgh, will be the soloist on William Walton's Viola Concerto when the Philharmonic presents one of its Classical Concerts at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on February 22. &nbsp;Also on the program is Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith speaks with Kim Fredenburgh about the Walton Concerto.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41332 at http://kunm.org The Orchestra of Discovery http://kunm.org/post/orchestra-discovery <p>Thurs. 2/13 10a: &nbsp; The premiere season of Albuquerque's Orchestra of Discovery features three Tuesday night "Discovery Concerts," designed to engage audiences through music and liberal arts presentations. &nbsp;The second Discovery Concert of the season, featuring a chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, takes place on February 25 at the First United Methodist Church. &nbsp;Music Director David Oberg joins Spencer Beckwith for a look at the new organization.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41126 at http://kunm.org The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus: "Choral Splendor" http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-symphonic-chorus-choral-splendor <p>Wed. 2/12 10a: &nbsp;Music Director Roger Melone joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus concert on February 23 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. &nbsp;The program features opera choruses of Verdi, songs by Debussy, Puccini and Brahms, and the world premiere of "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" by New Mexico composer Daniel Cummings.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41125 at http://kunm.org KlezmerQuerque 2014 http://kunm.org/post/klezmerquerque-2014 <p>Fri. 2/7 10a: &nbsp;Over President's Day Weekend, from February 14 through 16, Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque hosts its 12th annual celebration of the music and dance of the Eastern European Jewish people. &nbsp;KlezmerQuerque 2014 features concerts with visiting and local performers, along with music and dance workshops and dance parties.&nbsp; Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of KlezmerQuerque, cantorial soloist and music director at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Beth Cohen.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 41040 at http://kunm.org REVEL Classical Band http://kunm.org/post/revel-classical-band-0 <p>Thurs. 2/6 10a: &nbsp; Violinist Cármelo de los Santos, cellist Joel Becktell and pianist Carla McElhaney are REVEL, with an informal and convivial approach to classical music. &nbsp;On February 9, REVEL joins Albuquerque's Chatter for two separate performances:&nbsp; REVEL performs in the morning for Chatter Sunday at The Kosmos, and in the late afternoon for the Chatter Cabaret at the Hotel Andaluz. &nbsp;Joel Becktell joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40825 at http://kunm.org Bass LeRoy Lehr http://kunm.org/post/bass-leroy-lehr <p>Wed. 2/5 10a: &nbsp;Until his retirement in 2010, LeRoy Lehr spent 19 years as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera. &nbsp;He now makes his home in New Mexico and on February 16, LeRoy Lehr performs Brahms' "Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs)" in the New Mexico Philharmonic's Brahms chamber music program at Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre. &nbsp;LeRoy Lehr joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the concert.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40824 at http://kunm.org The Figueroa Music and Arts Project: "Gems of the Baroque" http://kunm.org/post/figueroa-music-and-arts-project-gems-baroque <p>Fri. 1/31 10a: &nbsp;Maestro Guillermo Figueroa leads the Figueroa Project Chamber Orchestra in music by Baroque masters Corelli, Vivaldi, Haydn and Bach, February 2 at the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque.&nbsp; Organist Maxine Thevenot is the Orchestra's guest soloist for Handel's Organ Concerto No. 3. &nbsp;Guillermo Figueroa joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the concert.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40751 at http://kunm.org Music Director Gabriel Gordon of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program http://kunm.org/post/music-director-gabriel-gordon-albuquerque-youth-symphony-program <p>Thurs. 1/30 10a: &nbsp; Young people looking for an introduction to the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program have several opportunities in early February. &nbsp;The annual PLAY-A-THON is February 1 at the Cottonwood Mall, the Youth Symphony performs on February 2 at Popejoy Hall, and two of the youth orchestras are in concert on February 4 at Albuquerque High School. &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith is joined by the head of the AYS Program, Gabriel Gordon.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40531 at http://kunm.org "The Jewel in the Manuscript" at Warehouse 21 http://kunm.org/post/jewel-manuscript-warehouse-21 <p>Wed. 1/29 10a: &nbsp;Spencer Beckwith is joined by New Mexico playwright Rosemary Zibart. Rosemary's play, "The Jewel in the Manuscript," about an episode in the life of 19th Century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is on stage at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe from February 1 through February 16.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40530 at http://kunm.org Violinist Cármelo de los Santos http://kunm.org/post/violinist-c-rmelo-de-los-santos <p>Fri. 1/24 10a: &nbsp;On January 25 and 26, the Santa Fe Pro Musica celebrates its annual Classical Weekend at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with the Beethoven Symphony No. 1 and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. &nbsp;New Mexico violinist Cármelo de los Santos is the Classical Weekend's guest soloist for Samuel Barber's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. &nbsp;Cármelo joins <font color="#550055">Spencer Beckwith for a preview.</font></p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40449 at http://kunm.org Canticum Novum's Winter Concert http://kunm.org/post/canticum-novums-winter-concert <p>Thurs. 1/23 10a: &nbsp; Spencer Beckwith is joined by Kenneth Knight, Artistic Director of Canticum Novum. &nbsp;On February 1 and 2 at the St. Francis Auditorium, the Santa Fe ensemble continues its pursuit of lesser-known works for chamber orchestra and chorus. &nbsp;The program includes Franz Schubert's Magnificat, Domenico Cimarosa's Concerto in G for Two Flutes, and The Prayer of St. Gregory by Alan Hovhaness.</p><p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40272 at http://kunm.org Working Classroom's 4th Annual "Roundhouse Comedy Revue" http://kunm.org/post/working-classrooms-4th-annual-roundhouse-comedy-revue <p>Wed. 1/22 10a: &nbsp;The actors and writers of the Working Classroom poke fun at the personalities, politics and policies of the annual state legislative session with the "Roundhouse Comedy Revue," an annual evening of original sketch comedy, January 29 at The Lodge at Santa Fe and February 1 at the Paul Carpenter y Salazar Theater in Albuquerque.&nbsp;&nbsp; Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Founder and outgoing Executive Director of Working Classroom, Nan Elsasser.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:18:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40271 at http://kunm.org "Puccini and Popcorn," A Family Opera Lecture Series http://kunm.org/post/puccini-and-popcorn-family-opera-lecture-series <p>Fri. 1/17 10a: &nbsp;On January 18, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History welcomes families to the first in a series of explorations of the world of opera. &nbsp;The programs, presented by Opera Southwest, feature musical selections and opportunities for audience participation. Conductor and educator Oliver Prezant leads the series and he joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 40199 at http://kunm.org