Spencer Beckwith


Spencer Beckwith produces arts and culture pieces for KUNM.

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Thurs. 11/8 10a:  The New Mexico Jazz Workshop raises funds for its youth education programs with a Carnival celebration, November 10 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Workshop's Executive Director, Maud Beenhower, about the education programs that the party's proceeds will benefit.

Wed. 11/7 10a:  On November 16, Macey Center in Socorro hosts the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble from Denver.  The performance is part of this year's New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series.  The Director of the Series, Ronna Kalish, speaks with Spencer Beckwith about the 2012-2013 season.

Fri. 10/26 10a:  A rarely-performed drama by Gioachino Rossini opens the 40th anniversary season of Opera Southwest.  Otello, based on Shakespeare's tragedy, gives three performances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque:  October 28, November 2 and November 4.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, conductor Anthony Barrese.

Thurs. 10/25 10a:  Spencer Beckwith talks with Elaina Newport, one of the producers and founders of The Capitol Steps.  The Washington, D.C.-based musical comedy troupe brings its latest political revue to Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on November 4.

Wed. 10/24 10a:  Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands at the University of New Mexico, joins Spencer Beckwith to talk about the UNM Wind Symphony's program, La Fiesta!, November 7 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Fri. 10/12 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, cellist Dana Winograd, about the Association's special fundraising concert, October 20 at the Scottish Rite Center.  Violinist and conductor Guillermo Figueroa will perform along with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, and all proceeds will benefit educational and performance opportunities for young people in the Santa Fe area.

Thurs. 10/11 10a:  On October 21, the all-volunteer Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents the first of its five concerts this season at the St. Francis Auditorium.  Spencer Beckwith talks about the first concert and the upcoming season with the Music Director of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Oliver Prezant. 

Wed. 10/10 10a:  After performing several smaller concerts in unusual venues around the city, the chamber music group Serenata of Santa Fe officially opens its 26th season on October 21 at the group's home, the Scottish Rite Center.  On the program is music by Charles Martin Loeffler,  Paul Hindemith, Paul Johnson and Robert Schumann.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Serenata, oboist Pamela Epple.

Fri. 10/5 10a:  The North American tour of "The Lion King" is in residence at Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall through October 28.   This is the first time the Broadway hit musical has visited New Mexico.  Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the stars of the production, Brent Harris, who plays the villain of "The Lion King," Scar.

Thurs. 10/4 10a:   Two great sacred works, Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," open the second season of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, October 14 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the Music Director of the Chorus, Roger Melone.

Wed. 10/3 10a:   French pianist Hélène Grimaud makes her New Mexico debut on October 23 with a solo concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.  In addition to her international career as a musician, Hélène Grimaud is an advocate for wolf conservation, and proceeds from her October 23 concert, titled "Wild Harmonies," will benefit the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Wolf Conservation Center.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Director of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Demis Foster.

Fri. 9/28 10a:   Spencer Beckwith talks with Guillermo Figueroa about the season opening concert of his Figueroa Music and Arts Project.   "Musical Transformation and Re-invention," October 6 and 7 at the Kimo Theater in Albuquerque, looks at how dance music from the European Renaissance and early 20th Century Brazil was reinterpreted by Ottorino Respighi, Darius Milhaud and Richard Strauss. 

Thurs. 9/27 10a:  The New Mexico Philharmonic's program "Changing the World," September 30 at the Kimo Theater in Albuquerque, features scenes from two documentaries by local filmmaker Chris Schueler, along with music composed for the films performed live by the Philharmonic and guest artists.   Spencer Beckwith talks with Chris Schueler about the films and the special program. 

Wed. 9/26 10a:   On September 28 and 29, the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe hosts the local indigenous dance company, Dancing Earth, for the premiere of the company's "Walking at the Edge of Water," a contemporary dance piece looking at native water themes of creation, destruction and renewal.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Dancing Earth, choreographer and dancer Rulan Tangen.

Fri. 9/21 10a:  Contemporary Dutch composer Louis Andriessen responded to Plato's "Republic" with his composition for large ensemble and vocalists, "De Staat."  Albuquerque's chamber ensemble, Chatter 20-21, performs "De Staat" along with music of Ingram Marshall and Jonathan Harvey, September 22 in Keller Hall in the UNM Center for the Arts.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Chatter 20-21, violinist David Felberg.

Thurs. 9/20 10a:  Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Chick Corea, Maximo Diego Pujol, Manuel de Falla, Eric Ewazen and Ricky Ian Gordon opens the 20th anniversary season of the Taos Chamber Music Group, September 22 and 23 at the Harwood Museum of Art.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Founder and Artistic Director of the Taos Chamber Music Group, flutist Nancy Laupheimer. 

Wed. 9/19 10a:  A work based on Shannon Wheeler's popular comic strip, "Too Much Coffee Man," is on stage in the Anna Kaseman Hall at Albuquerque's Cathedral of St. John, September 21 and 22 and October 5 and 6.  Spencer Beckwith talks with Daniel Steven Crafts, the composer of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera," about what Crafts calls a "gonzo opera."

Fri. 9/14 10a:  The New Mexico Philharmonic opens its 2012-2013 Classical Concert series with Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony.  The Albuquerque concerts are September 15 at Popejoy Hall and September 16 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the conductor of the program, Maestro Uriel Segal.

Thurs. 9/13 10a:  Artists, scientists and technology experts gather in Albuquerque from September 19 through September 23 for the 18th annual symposium on electronic art, ISEA2012.  The symposium, whose theme this year is "Machine Wilderness," features speakers, exhibitions, presentations, screenings and performances, all open to the public.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of ISEA2012, UNM Assistant Professor of Art and Ecology, Andrea Polli. 

Wed. 9/12 10a:  New Art New Mexico and the North Fourth Art Center present Journeys, a weekend of performances and discussions about cross-cultural creativity.  This international collaboration between dancers from Japan and South Africa and a poet from New Mexico takes place September 12-14 at the N4th Theater in Albuquerque.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the organizer of Journeys, the Director of the North Fourth Art Center, Marjorie Neset.

Fri. 9/07 10a:  Celebrating both Hispanic Heritage Month and the New Mexico State Centennial, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque invites the community to a day of festivities on September 9.  All the buildings on the NHCC campus will be open to the public and there will be two stages of live music, dance and spoken word.  Host Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the celebration from musician Donny Tesso and the NHCC's Joseph Wasson.

Thurs. 9/06 10a:  Twenty-four local musicians gather on September 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque to perform all six of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the organizer of the concert, the leader of the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, pianist Arlette Felberg.

Wed. 9/05 10a:  Every Sunday afternoon in September in The Forum on the campus of The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, seven local actors present a series of 75-minute concert readings, featuring scenes and music from Shakespeare’s plays, each organized around a different theme.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Santa Fe Shakescenes, Robert Benedetti.

Fri. 8/31 10a:   The Founder and General Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, Greg Heltman, joins Spencer Beckwith to discuss the Symphony's 2012-2013 season.   The Symphony is joined by violinist Phillipe Quint and pianist Haochen Zhang for a special pre-season Tchaikovsky concert on September 9 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the regular Symphony season runs from September 30 through May 19, 2013.

Thurs. 8/30 10a:   What began in 1952 as a gallery devoted to local Taos artists has evolved over the years into a community cultural center for all the arts.   Spencer Beckwith talks with Carol Kalom of the Taos Center for the Arts about the Center's 60-year history. 

Wed. 8/29 10a:  Based in the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in the village of Corrales, the Music in Corrales series opens its new season with the piano duo of Misha and Cipa Dichter on September 8; the series closes in April with pianist and vocalist Vienna Teng.  Spencer Beckwith talks about the new season with Susan Evatt of the Corrales Cultural Arts Council.

Fri. 8/24 10a:  James Shields splits his time between Toronto, where he is Principal Clarinet with the Canadian Opera Company, and Albuquerque, where he and David Felberg share Artistic Director duties for the presenting organization, Chatter.  James returns to Albuquerque for two concerts with Chatter on August 26:  Sunday Chatter at the Kosmos and the Chatter Cabaret at the Hotel Andaluz.   Spencer Beckwith talks with James about the two concerts.

Thurs. 8/23 10a:  Ever since its first season in 1946, when it presented the Trapp Family Singers and violist William Primrose, the Los Alamos Concert Association has brought all sorts of world-class performers to New Mexico.   Spencer Beckwith talks about the Concert Association's upcoming season with its Artistic Director, Ann McLaughlin.

Fri. 8/17 10a:   The non-profit organization, Stepology, presents the 3rd annual celebration of tap dance, the Santa Fe Tap Festival.  The Festival includes a concert performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 24 and workshops at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico's Dance Barns on August 25.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the founder of Stepology, dancer John Kloss.

Thurs. 8/16 10a:  Each year, northern New Mexico's chamber music festival Music From Angel Fire commissions a new work from an American composer and invites that composer to be in residence at the Festival.  Over the years, composers such as Joan Tower, Roberto Sierra and Lowell Liebermann have taken part.   Host Spencer Beckwith talks with Music From Angel Fire's Artistic Director, Ida Kavafian, about the 2012 composer-in-residence, Steven Stucky.