Thurs. 2/13 10a: 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. 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. Music Director David Oberg joins Spencer Beckwith for a look at the new organization.
Wed. 2/12 10a: 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. 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.
Fri. 2/7 10a: 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. KlezmerQuerque 2014 features concerts with visiting and local performers, along with music and dance workshops and dance parties. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of KlezmerQuerque, cantorial soloist and music director at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Beth Cohen.
Thurs. 2/6 10a: Violinist Cármelo de los Santos, cellist Joel Becktell and pianist Carla McElhaney are REVEL, with an informal and convivial approach to classical music. On February 9, REVEL joins Albuquerque's Chatter for two separate performances: REVEL performs in the morning for Chatter Sunday at The Kosmos, and in the late afternoon for the Chatter Cabaret at the Hotel Andaluz. Joel Becktell joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview.
Wed. 2/5 10a: Until his retirement in 2010, LeRoy Lehr spent 19 years as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera. 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. LeRoy Lehr joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the concert.
Fri. 1/31 10a: 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. Organist Maxine Thevenot is the Orchestra's guest soloist for Handel's Organ Concerto No. 3. Guillermo Figueroa joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the concert.
Thurs. 1/30 10a: Young people looking for an introduction to the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program have several opportunities in early February. 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. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the head of the AYS Program, Gabriel Gordon.
Wed. 1/29 10a: 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.
Fri. 1/24 10a: 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. New Mexico violinist Cármelo de los Santos is the Classical Weekend's guest soloist for Samuel Barber's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Cármelo joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview.
Thurs. 1/23 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Kenneth Knight, Artistic Director of Canticum Novum. 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. 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.
Wed. 1/22 10a: 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. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Founder and outgoing Executive Director of Working Classroom, Nan Elsasser.
Fri. 1/17 10a: 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. 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.
Thurs. 1/16 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Neal Copperman of AMP Concerts. Neal's Albuquerque-based non-profit music producing organization opens its 2014 season on the weekend of January 24 with concerts by the MarchFourth Marching Band, the Hawaiian slack key guitar master, George Kahumoku Jr., and rock n' roll legend Leon Russell.
Wed. 1/15 10a: The Tricklock Company welcomes performers from France, Australia, Spain, Tanzania and the United States to Albuquerque for the 14th annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival, which runs from January 14 through February 2 in venues all around the city. Spencer Beckwith is joined by Tricklock's Co-Artistic Director, Hannah Kauffmann Banks, for a look at the 2014 festival.
Fri. 1/10 10a: Jolie Sutton-Simballa, Artistic Director of the New Mexico Ballet Company, joins Spencer Beckwith to talk about the Company's most recent collaboration with the New Mexico Philharmonic. A new, fully-staged version of the classic 19th century ballet, "Don Quixote," with music by Ludwig Minkus, will be presented on January 11 and 12 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Thurs. 1/9 10a: A newly-restored version of Federico Fellini's 1965 comedy "Juliet of the Spirits" opens the 214 season of the Albuquerque Film Club at the Guild Cinema on January 11 and 12. The non-profit member-based organization follows its monthly screenings of classic films with informal film discussions. Spencer Beckwith is joined by one of the founders of the Albuquerque Film Club, Frank Cullen.
Wed. 1/8 10a: The public is invited to tour the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History without charge on the evening of January 16 and hear special gospel performances in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibit, "African American Art in the 20th Century." The event is part of the Museum's monthly series, "Third Thursdays." Spencer Beckwith is joined by the coordinator of the series, Associate Curator of Education at the Albuquerque Museum, Jessica Coyle.
Fri. 12/27 10a: The chamber music ensemble, Serenata of Santa Fe, presents "Harpsichord Fandango" on January 5 at El Museo Cultural. The program includes music by Reynaldo Hahn, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams and contemporary composers David Dies and Ron McKean. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the featured musician in the concert, Santa Fe-based harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh.
Thurs. 12/26 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by cellist James Holland. James and his wife, violinist Megan Holland, join the Felberg family, Arlette, Leonard and David, and Guillermo Figueroa and his wife, Valerie Turner, for the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists' 10th annual "Figueroas, Felbergs and Friends" concert on the first Sunday of 2014, January 5, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The program includes music of Ernest Bloch, Alan Ridout and Robert Schumann.
Wed. 12/25 10a: National and local musicians in blues, funk, soul, R&B, and rock n’ roll come together for a fundraising concert on December 29 at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith talks with the organizer of the "Howlin' Holiday Jam," John Nichols of New Day Youth and Family Services, one of the three Albuquerque organizations for young people that will benefit from the concert.
Fri. 12/20 10a: On December 28, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe invites the community into its galleries for a dramatic reading of the correspondence between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. The letters cover the Lake George years of the husband and wife, from 1918 through the mid-1930s. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the director and narrator of "Faraway Nearest One," Kent Kirkpatrick.
Thurs. 12/19 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Louise Loomis, Director of the Manzano Day School Chorus. The Chorus, comprised of the entire fourth and fifth grades of the Day School, joins the New Mexico Philharmonic again this year for the orchestra's annual holiday pops concert, which takes place on December 21 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.
Wed. 12/18 10a: Composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Michael Stewart collaborated in 1980 on a musical biography of the 19th Century American showman, P. T. Barnum. "Barnum" is this year's holiday presentation of Albuquerque's Musical Theatre Southwest, with performances December 13 through December 29 at the African American Performing Arts Center. Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, Dan Yurgaitus.
Fri. 12/13 10a: Aaron Howe, Artistic Director of the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus, joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the Chorus's annual holiday program. The family concert takes place on December 13 in Santa Fe, at the James A. Little Theatre, and on December 14 and 15 at Albuquerque's Hiland Theater.
Thurs. 12/12 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Joshua Habermann, Music Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, for a look at the signature program of the Chorale's 2013 winter season. "Carols and Lullabies" will be performed in Santa Fe at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, on December 14, 19, 20, 21 and 23, and in Albuquerque on December 22 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
Wed. 12/11 10a: Beethoven was born on December 16, Berlioz on December 11 and Belgian composer Joseph Jongen on December 14. Music by all three of the birthday boys is on the program when the Taos Chamber Music Group returns to the Harwood Museum of Art on December 14 and 15. Also celebrating a December birthday is the Founder and Artistic Director of TCMG, flutist Nancy Laupheimer. She joins Spencer Beckwith for a concert preview.
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.