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.
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.