Fri. 11/29 10a: The University of New Mexico's Director of Choral Activities, nationally-known composer Bradley Ellingboe, premieres his latest work on December 3 at the Kiva Auditorium in downtown Albuquerque. "Star Song" is a 12-movement work for chorus, tenor and small orchestra, inspired by texts by, among others, astronomer Carl Sagan. Bradley Ellingboe joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the new work.
Thurs. 11/28 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Music Director of the New Mexico Bach Society, conductor Franz Vote, for a look at the Society's third annual Winter Concert. The New Mexico Bach Chorale performs music of J.S. Bach, Palestrina, Monteverdi and Jacob Handl on November 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque and on December 1 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Santa Fe.
Wed. 11/27 10a: The 80 members of the all-volunteer Albuquerque Civic Chorus celebrate Benjamin Britten's centennial with performances of the composer's "Ceremony of Carols" on November 30 and December 1 at Albuquerque's South Broadway Cultural Center. Also on the program is Camille Saint-Saëns' "Christmas Oratorio." Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Director of the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland.
Fri. 11/22 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Music Director Oliver Prezant for a look at the Santa Fe Community Orchestra's concert on November 24 in the St. Francis Auditorium. The volunteer musicians will be joined by special guests, young string players from Gonzales Community School and professional cellist Dana Winograd, for music by Piazzolla, Popper and Tchaikovsky. Also featured on the program is a prize-winning new work by New Mexico composer Michael Bowen.
Thurs. 11/21 10a: A new membership-based, full service bar, performance space and gathering spot opened this summer in downtown Albuquerque. ArtBar was established with a unique mission, to pass its earnings on as operating grants to nonprofit arts organizations in New Mexico. Spencer Beckwith is joined by one of the founders of ArtBar, Julia Mandeville.
Wed. 11/20 10a: It's music for woodwinds and piano by Beethoven, Poulenc and Thuille when the chamber music ensemble Serenata of Santa Fe returns on November 24 to the Scottish Rite Center. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the pianist for the program, Debra Ayers.
Fri. 11/15 10a: The University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 103rd anniversary of the Mexican Revolution with a performance of “La Coronela,” by 20th Century Mexican composer, Silvestre Revueltas. The multimedia concerts, on November 19 and 20 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, include projected images by Mexican visual artist José Guadalupe Posada. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the conductor of the concerts, Director of Orchestral Activities at UNM, Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez.
Thurs. 11/14 10a: A new choral ensemble makes its debut on November 17 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Santa Fe. The 16-member Cantu Spiritus Chamber Choir presents "In Love and War," a program of choral music and dramatic readings. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the director of Cantu Spiritus, Karen Marrolli.
Wed. 11/13 10a: Willy Sucre, violist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, joins Spencer Beckwith to discuss the second installment of his chamber music series, "Willy Sucre and Friends." The West Shore Piano Trio joins Mr. Sucre for music of Brahms, Mozart and Saint-Saens, on November 17 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in the village of Placitas and on November 18 at Macey Center in Socorro.
Fri. 11/8 10a: Eight local playwrights, several of them cancer survivors, have contributed new short works to the program, "Celebrating Survival," November 8, 9 and 10 at the Santa Fe Playhouse. The evening of staged readings is a benefit for the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the organizer of the event, Santa Fe writer Michael Burgan.
Thurs. 11/7 10a: On November 8, the Los Alamos Symphony plays music of Brahms, Sibelius, Giménez and Beethoven at the Crossroads Bible Church. This year's Music Director of the all-volunteer orchestra is Don Gerheart, Executive Director of the New Mexico Music Educators Association. Don joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the November 8 concert.
Wed. 11/6 10a: Composer Duncan Sheik and librettist Steven Sater adapted their 2006 Broadway hit, "Spring Awakening," from Frank Wedekind's controversial 1906 drama about teenagers discovering their sexuality. The rock musical is on stage November 1-17 in Rodey Theatre on the University of New Mexico's Albuquerque campus. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the director of "Spring Awakening," UNM faculty member Kathleen Clawson.
Fri. 11/1 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa for a look at the opening program of The Figueroa Project's third season. Maestro Figueroa's symphony orchestra is joined by dancers from Festival Ballet Albuquerque for Stravinsky's "The Firebird" and Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings." The program is presented November 2 and 3 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Thurs. 10/31 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Albuquerque poet Jaime Chavez. Chavez has put together an evening of spoken word, music, dance and art offerings to remember and honor our New Mexico ancestors. The Dia de los Muertos event is November 2 at the KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque.
Wed. 10/30 10a: Almost 700 tango lovers from around the country are expected in Albuquerque from October 31 through November 3 for classes, workshops and Argentine dance parties known as "milongas." The 4th annual Albuquerque Tango Festival is based at the Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of the Festival, Daniel Boardman.
Wed. 10/25 10a: The Santa Fe Symphony continues its collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute for a multimedia concert on November 2 at the Lensic Center. Using scientific demonstrations as well as the music of Bach, Brahms, Richard Strauss, John Williams and John Adams, the program looks at the close relationship between music and mathematics. Spencer Beckwith is joined by mathematician Cris Moore of the Santa Fe Institute for a preview of the program.
Thurs. 10/24 10a: Mel Brooks followed up his Broadway smash, "The Producers," with another musical adaptation of one of his hit films. "Young Frankenstein," closely based on the 1974 comedy, is on stage through November 3 at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the show's director, the Little Theater's Executive Director, Henry Avery.
Wed. 10/23 10a: Albuquerque is in the midst of a zombie invasion, and the only way out for the uninfected is through "Quarantine." The original immersive theater experience, created by the Blackout Theater Company, is open to the public through Halloween night at Quelab in Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith speaks with Blackout's Heather Yeo.
Wed. 10/4 10a: Opera Southwest opens its 41st season with "Don Giovanni," October 20, 23, 25 and 27 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Spencer Beckwith is joined by conductor Anthony Barrese, the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, for the second of two conversations about Mozart's ever-popular "opera buffa."
Wed. 10/2 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with local dancer and choreographer Jesus Muñoz. Jesus and his company, Jesus Muñoz Flamenco, look at the dance and music of flamenco's Golden Age in the show, "1929," October 4 and 5 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Fri. 9/27 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Roger Melone, Music Director of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus. The Chorus opens its third season on October 6 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center with a rare performance of Gioachino Rossini's late work, "Petite Messe Solonnelle."
Thurs. 9/26 10a: The New Mexico Philharmonic inaugurates its new series of six neighborhood concerts on September 28 at Albuquerque's First United Methodist Church. The program includes music of Schubert and Grieg, as well as trumpet concertos by Telemann and Albinoni. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the soloist for the baroque concertos, the orchestra's Principal Trumpet, John Marchiando.
Wed. 9/25 10a: Teatro Nuevo México and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present a play about the experiences of undocumented immigrants. "Boxcar" by Latina playwright Silvia Gonzalez S is onstage at the NHCC's Journal Theater, September 26, 27 and 28. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the director of "Boxcar," Teatro Nuevo México's Artistic Director, Salome Martinez Lutz.
Fri. 9/20 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Jonathon Gerson, President of the Board of Chamber Music Albuquerque. The local presenting organization's 72nd season begins with a concert by double bassist Edgar Meyer on October 6 and continues through June with six concerts in all, in the Simms Center at Albuquerque Academy.
Thurs. 9/19 10a: On September 20 and 21, musicians from around the world perform on three stages, indoors and outdoors, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The ninth annual celebration, Globalquerque, welcomes performers from, among other locations, Ethiopia, Finland, Taiwan, India, Argentina and the United States. Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the producers of Globalquerque, Tom Frouge.
Wed. 9/18 10a: On October 14, Olivier Latry, titular organist at Notre Dame in Paris, opens the Friends of Cathedral Music's concert series at the Cathedral of St. John in downtown Albuquerque. The 20th anniversary season welcomes the public to over a dozen musical events. Spencer Beckwith is joined by organist and conductor Maxine Thevenot, Director of Cathedral Music at St. John's.
Fri. 9/13 10a: 19-year-old pianist and composer Conrad Tao helps the Santa Fe Pro Musica open its new season. On September 19, Conrad Tao plays works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Prokoviev in a solo recital in the St. Francis Auditorium and on September 21 and 22, he joins the Pro Musica Orchestra at the Lensic Center for music of Mozart and Shostakovich. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Music Director of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, Tom O'Connor.
Thurs. 9/12 10a: Spencer Beckwith talks with Paul Ingles, the producer and host of "Peace Talks," the series about peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution. The program, which is broadcast on KUNM the last Friday of each month at 8am, marks its 10th anniversary with two benefit concerts, September 13 at Santa Fe's James A. Little Theatre and September 14 at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque.
Wed. 9/11 10a: Written in 1898, Mark Twain's play "Is He Dead?" was never produced in the author's lifetime. It was rediscovered in 2003, and adapted by playwright David Ives for a production in New York. The comedy makes its New Mexico debut at Albuquerque's Adobe Theater, from September 13 through October 6. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the director of "Is He Dead?," Brian Hansen.