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.
Fri. 7/5 10a: This year, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival hosts a series of four concerts in the Simms Performing Arts Center at Albuquerque Academy. The series begins on July 17 and continues on consecutive Wednesday evenings through August 7. Spencer Beckwith talks about the series with the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug.
Thurs. 7/4 10a: Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale's summer season from its Executive Director, Andreas Tischhauser. The 2013 Summer Festival, featuring five different programs of choral music, runs from July 11 through August 19, with concerts in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Wed. 7/3 10a: Outside on the patio of the Santa Fe Opera, Spencer Beckwith talks with Charles MacKay, the Opera's General Director. Charles discusses the diversity of the audiences at the Opera, as well as what impact the Opera's season has on New Mexico's economy. The Opera's 2013 season began on June 28 and continues through August 24.
Fri. 6/28 10a: On June 28, a new production of Offenbach's comic operetta "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein" opens the new season at the Santa Fe Opera. The 2013 season continues through August 24, with five productions running in repertoire. Outside in the Opera's Cantina, Spencer Beckwith is joined by the director of "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein," Lee Blakeley.
Thurs. 6/27 10a: Spencer Beckwith begins a summer-long series of conversations about the 2013 season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival with its Artistic Director, composer Marc Neikrug. The 2013 Festival, featuring Artist-in-Residence, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, runs from July 14 through August 19, with concerts in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Wed. 6/26 10a: Opening June 29 at the Santa Fe Opera is a remounting of Jonathan Kent's 2008 production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Singing the role of the Countess, as she did in the original production, is soprano Susanna Phillips. Susanna's association with the Santa Fe Opera started in 2004 when she was part of the Opera's Apprentice Program. Spencer Beckwith talks with Susanna Phillips outside in the Opera's cantina.
Fri. 6/21 10a: Offenbach's "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein," Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," Rossini's "La Donna del Lago," Verdi's "La Traviata" and a new opera by Theodore Morrison, "Oscar," based on the life of Oscar Wilde, are part of this summer's season at the Santa Fe Opera, from June 28 through August 24. Spencer Beckwith is joined for a preview of the new season by Charles MacKay, the General Director of the Santa Fe Opera, outside in the Opera's cantina.
Thurs. 6/20 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with flutist Kurt Carr, President of the wind and percussion ensemble, Concordia Santa Fe. The ensemble's latest concert, "Primary Colors," on June 23 in the St. Francis Auditorium, features works for wind orchestra by American composers John Mackey, Frank Ticheli and Bob Margolis, along with works by Percy Grainger, Charles Griffes and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Wed. 6/19 10a: From June 20 through June 23, guitar lovers of all ages converge on the Albuquerque campus of the University of New Mexico for the annual New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival. Along with workshops, classes and lectures, the Festival features concerts in UNM's Keller Hall with visiting guest artists, Benjamin Verdery, Marcin Dylla and Adam Larison. Spencer Beckwith talks about the concerts with one of the organizers of the Festival, from the guitar faculty at Albuquerque Academy, Jeremy Mayne.
Fri. 6/14 10a: Santa Fe's international new media festival, Currents, returns from June 17 through June 30. Regional, national and international new media artists are displaying, and often performing with, their work indoors and outdoors at locations all around the city. Spencer Beckwith is joined by artist Frank Ragano, of Santa Fe's Parallel Studios, who organized the festival with his partner, Mariannah Amster.
Thurs. 6/13 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Jeannine Kammann-Cessac, President of Expressions of Joy, Albuquerque's choir for adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. The choir invites the community to a musical celebration of summer, June 16 at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Tues. 6/12 10a: On June 14, 15 and 16, Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque celebrates the Spanish Jewish presence in New Mexico. The third annual Festival features panel discussions, demonstrations, lectures and performances looking at the Sephardic/Crypto-Jewish culture of the Southwest. Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the organizers of the Festival Djudeo Espanyol, Maria Apodaca.
Fri. 5/31 10a: The Borromeo, Shanghai and Brentano String Quartets, pianists Robert McDonald and Thomas Sauer, and violist Michael Tree are the faculty members in residence this summer at the Taos School of Music. From June 16 through August 4, as part of the School's 51st Annual Chamber Music Festival, the faculty and their students perform in concerts at both the Taos Community Auditorium and the Hotel St. Bernard in the Taos Ski Valley. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Executive Director of the Taos School of Music, Kathleen Anderson Knox.
Thurs. 5/30 10a: From June 10 through June 15 at locations around the city, the 26th edition of the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque hosts classes, master classes and workshops, as well as performances by a variety of international flamenco artists. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Director of the Festival, head of Albuquerque's National Institute of Flamenco, Eva Encinias Sandoval.
Tues. 6/4 10a: Albuquerque's male a cappella ensemble, de Profundis, raises funds for its trip to Wales in June 2014 with an evening of Celtic music, food and drink, June 7 at The Kosmos in Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith talks with the founder and director of de Profundis, David Poole.
Fri. 5/31 10a: Chamber Music Albuquerque brings two ensembles to New Mexico for its 72nd annual June Music Festival. The recently-formed piano trio, Martinez Urioste Brey, is in concert in the Simms Center at Albuquerque Academy on June 9, and Cuarteto Latinoamericano gives two concerts: a program of tango music, with bandoneonista Daniel Binelli, on June 14 at Las Puertas in downtown Albuquerque, and a classical program of music for string quartet, on June 16 in the Simms Center.
Thurs. 5/30 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Vera Kleinhenz, Artistic Director of Soli Musica, the chorus she founded in 2012. Soli Musica presents "Amens and Alleluias: A Celebration of Spiritual and Gospel Music," on May 31, June 1 and June 2 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, and on June 8 at the Rio Rancho United Methodist Church.
Wed. 5/29 10a: The national tour of "Jersey Boys" is on stage at Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall from May 24 through June 2. The 2005 Broadway musical looks at the career and songs of the 1960s singing group, The Four Seasons. Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the two actors playing Frankie Valli, the lead singer of The Four Seasons, in "Jersey Boys," Hayden Milanes.
Fri. 5/17 10a: The New Mexico Performing Arts Society and the Robb Musical Trust at the University of New Mexico are joint presenters of the first New Mexico performance of a newly-orchestrated version of John Donald Robb's "Requiem," May 23 in the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe. The "Requiem" was the last major work of the noted 20th Century New Mexico composer, written in 1985 when Robb was 93. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the President of the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Linda Marianiello.
Thurs. 5/16 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Tom Guralnick, the Founder and Executive Director of Albuquerque's jazz venue, the Outpost Performance Space. On May 24, the Outpost celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner and concert, featuring Mavis Staples, at the Albuquerque Museum of Art.
Wed. 5/15 10a: On Friday night, May 17, visitors 18 and over will have the Explora Museum in Albuquerque all to themselves. In addition to the over 200 hands-on exhibits at the Museum, there will be night sky viewing with members of the Albuquerque Astronomical Society and live music from E. Christina Herr and Wild Frontier. Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the event from the Explora's Elena Baca.
Fri. 5/10 10a: Boys ages 6 to 18 from across the Albuquerque area make up the four choral groups of the Albuquerque Boy Choir. The Choir's annual spring concert is May 18 at Albuquerque's First Presbyterian Church. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Artistic Director of the choir, Edmund Torrez.
Thurs. 5/9 10a: On May 10 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, the state charter high school established in 2010, the New Mexico School for the Arts, presents its annual year-end performance featuring dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Executive Director of the New Mexico School for the Arts, Riis Gonzalez.
Fri. 5/2 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Frances Lujan, head of Albuquerque's Ballet en Fuego. Frances's most recent production, "Noche de Oro," uses local and visiting musicians and dancers for a look at the rich and evolving culture of the Southwest. "Noche de Oro" is on stage May 4 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Thurs. 5/1 10a: The Los Alamos Community Winds collaborates with the Los Alamos Chorale Society, the Los Alamos High School choral department and guest vocalists for a community performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, May 5 in the auditorium at Los Alamos High School. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of the concert, the Director of the Los Alamos Community Winds, Dr. Ted Vives.
Wed. 4/31 10a: On May 3 and 4 outdoors in Santa Fe's Railyard Park, the circus troupe Wise Fool New Mexico presents its latest show, "SeeSaw," a 30-minute physical theatre performance set in a landscape of interactive kinetic sculptures. Spencer Beckwith speaks with Wise Fool's Rebekah Tarin about the show.
Fri. 4/26 10a: Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" gave its first performance on May 29, 1913 at Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris. The New Mexico Philharmonic marks the centennial of that historic premiere with a concert on April 27 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. In addition to "The Rite of Spring," the program includes Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Debussy's "Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune." Spencer Beckwith is joined by the guest conductor for the concert, Andrew Grams.