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.
Fri. 9/6 10a: A benefit concert on September 7 at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque opens the third season of the New Mexico Philharmonic. Joining the orchestra will be violinist Rachel Barton Pine and young musicians from the Albuquerque community. The concert raises funds for the Philharmonic's Young Musician Initiative. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Executive Director of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Marian Tanau.
Thurs. 9/5 10a: Former President of the Music Guild of New Mexico, Jackie McGehee, joins Spencer Beckwith to talk about a benefit concert on September 12 at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque. The concert supports a competition for young pianists and string players that Jackie McGehee founded in 1994, the Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition. Performing on September 12 will be Santa Fe pianist Doug Montgomery and two previous winners of the competition, Maria Vigil and Gabriel Landstedt.
Wed. 9/4 10a: This season, St. John's United Methodist Church in Albuquerque takes a three-concert look at the vocal and instrumental works of J.S. Bach, with an emphasis on his cantatas. The series begins on September 7 with a chamber orchestra and vocalists performing Cantata 84 and Cantata 166. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the director of the Project, oboist Claudia Giese.
Fri. 8/30 10a: Spencer Beckwith talks with the Founder and General Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, horn player Greg Heltman. The Symphony opens its 30th anniversary season with special guests, the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko and violinist Chee-Yun, for music of Rachmaninoff, Sarasate and Saint-Saëns, September 8 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Thurs. 8/29 10a: The great brass quintet, the Canadian Brass, performs on September 29 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. It's the first of five concerts planned for the 2013-2014 season of the Los Alamos Concert Association. Spencer Beckwith is joined for a preview of the season by the Association's Artistic Director, Ann McLaughlin.
Wed. 8/28 10a: This fall, Opera Southwest opens its 41st season with "Don Giovanni," running from October 20th through the 27th at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Spencer Beckwith is joined by conductor Anthony Barrese, the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, for the first of two conversations about Mozart's opera.
Fri. 8/23 10a: It's three days of classes, lectures, films, concerts and dance parties celebrating salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha and more. The 4th annual Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival takes place all over the city from August 23 through August 25. The Festival's centerpiece is a concert and dance party on August 24 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Executive Director of the Festival, James Foley.
Thurs. 8/22 10a: National, regional and local musicians come together on August 23, 24 and 25 on the County Fairgrounds for the 39th annual Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. The Festival is hosted by the Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association, better known as the Southwest Pickers. Spencer Beckwith is joined by one of the Southwest Pickers, musician Tony Mora.
Wed. 8/21 10a: The Manzano Mountain Art Council welcomes the late summer return of the sunflower with an arts and crafts show, food vendors, musical entertainment, kids' activities, and a sunflower hat contest, August 24 in the town of Mountainair, in the mountains south and east of Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith talks with the President of the Manzano Mountain Art Council's Board of Directors, Kent Potter.
Fri. 8/16 10a: The 17th annual production of "Nutcracker on the Rocks" will be on stage the first weekend in December at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. The Keshet Dance Company is asking community members of all ages and dance levels to audition for its popular production; auditions are August 19, 20 and 21. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Founder and Artistic Director of Keshet, choreographer Shira Greenberg.
Thurs. 8/15 10a: Outside on the patio at the Santa Fe Opera, Spencer Beckwith talks with the 29-year-old Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa. Lisette is singing the role of Susanna this summer in "The Marriage of Figaro"; Mozart's comedy continues at the Santa Fe Opera through August 23.
Wed. 8/14 10a: The contemporary music organization, Chatter, hosts "Slow Down, Albuquerque: Finding Solace in Stillness and Heavenly Length in the Age of Twitter." The contemplative three-concert series opens on August 15 in the gallery space at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and continues on August 16 and August 18 at the warehouse-turned-performance-space, The Kosmos. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Associate Artistic Director of Chatter, clarinetist and composer James Shields.
Fri. 8/9 10a: Albuquerque's Working Classroom celebrates its 25th anniversary with a production of "Dreamlandia," Latino playwright Octavio Solis's contemporary re-imagining of Calderon de la Barca's 17th century Spanish classic, "Life is a Dream." "Dreamlandia" is on stage at Working Classroom’s Art Center in Barelas from August 10 through August 25. Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the production, Monica Sanchez, Working Classroom's Artistic Director.
Thurs. 8/8 10a: Spencer Beckwith talks with Artistic Director Ida Kavafian about the 2013 season of Music From Angel Fire. Northern New Mexico's music festival, which runs from August 16 through September 1, celebrates its 30th anniversary with thirty classic works from the chamber music repertoire, in a season titled "30 Years, 30 Treasures."
Wed. 8/7 10a: Theodore Morrison is the composer and co-librettist of "Oscar"; the opera, about the last years in the life of Oscar Wilde, is giving its world premiere performances through August 17 at the Santa Fe Opera. Spencer Beckwith talks with Morrison outside in the Opera's Cantina.
Fri. 8/2 10a: The 30th anniversary season of northern New Mexico's chamber music festival, Music From Angel Fire, runs from August 16 through September 1, with concerts in Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Music From Angel Fire, violinist Ida Kavafian, about the Composer-in-Residence for the 2013 season, Chick Corea.
Thurs. 8/1 10a: The last week of this year's Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival includes a four-concert mini-festival. "Years of Wonder" looks at particularly prolific years in the lives of three composers, Carlo Gesualdo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Robert Schumann. Concerts are August 12, 14, 15 and 19 in the Lensic Center. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Festival's Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug.
Wed. 7/31 10a: New Mexico native, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, is back at the Santa Fe Opera this summer singing the title role in "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein." Offenbach's comic operetta runs through August 24. Spencer Beckwith talks with Susan Graham outside on the Opera's patio.
Fri. 7/26 10a: An opera based on the life of Oscar Wilde gives its world premiere performances this summer at the Santa Fe Opera. "Oscar," with music by Theodore Morrison and a libretto by Morrison and John Cox, opens on July 27 and runs through August 17. Outside on the Opera's patio, Spencer Beckwith talks with the star of "Oscar," the American countertenor for whom the opera was written, David Daniels.
Thurs. 7/25 10a: Since 2003, Creativity for Peace, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit, has brought young women from Israel and Palestine to Santa Fe for a three-week summer program focused on building leaders and peacemakers. The organization hosts a fundraising "Feast for Peace," with Middle Eastern food, music and dance, August 1 at the Scottish Rite Center. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Executive Director of Creativity for Peace, Dottie Indyke.
Wed. 7/24 10a: Spencer Beckwith talks with Artistic Director Marc Neikrug about several new and recent works featured in this year's Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. On August 11, Thierry Lancino's "Falling Angels," a Festival commission, will be given its world premiere by the Orion String Quartet; pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs a new work by Michael Hersch, "Tenebrae," on August 15; and Mario Lavista's "Marsias," for oboe and eight crystal glasses, will be performed on August 6. All concerts take place in the St. Francis Auditorium.
Fri. 7/19 10a: Verdi's "La Traviata" runs from July 20 through August 22 at the Santa Fe Opera. Outside on the Opera's patio, Spencer Beckwith talks with tenor Michael Fabiano who's singing the role of Alfredo in Laurent Pelly's restaging of his 2009 Santa Fe production.
Thurs. 7/18 10a: The Albuquerque Museum of Art welcomes the local chamber ensemble, Chatter 20/21, for a series of concerts looking at music inspired by the western landscape by contemporary American composers. The series takes place on four consecutive Thursday evenings, July 25 through August 15, during the run of the Museum's exhibit, "Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape." Spencer Beckwith talks with the co-Artistic Director of Chatter, clarinetist and composer James Shields.
Wed. 7/17 10a: Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug, about a special Festival concert on July 27 in the St. Francis Auditorium. "Reflection & Revolution: Music From the Time of Goya 1746-1828," led by guitarist Richard Savino, is a multimedia exploration of the connection between art, music and social change.
Fri. 7/12 10a: Rossini's rarely-performed romantic drama, "La Donna del Lago," based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, "The Lady of the Lake," opens on July 13 at the Santa Fe Opera. The production gives six performances through August 14. Outside on the Opera's patio, Spencer Beckwith talks with the star of "La Donna del Lago," mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
Thurs. 7/11 10a: This year, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival welcomes three young composers to Santa Fe for a week-long string quartet workshop. The workshop culminates on July 26 in the St. Francis Auditorium with the Flux Quartet performing the young composers' works, along with the String Quartet No. 4 by the Festival's Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug. Spencer Beckwith talks with Marc Neikrug about his hopes for the workshop.
Wed. 7/10 10a: Albuquerque's theatrical educational experience for kids, PLAY Conservatory, presents its Summer Stock 2013. "Monster Summer," three plays about monsters performed by kids ages 7 to 19, runs from July 12 through August 17 in three Albuquerque venues. Spencer Beckwith talks with the founder of PLAY Conservatory, director Jonathan Dunski.