Spencer Beckwith


Spencer Beckwith produces arts and culture pieces for KUNM.

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Thurs. 10/31 10a:   Spencer Beckwith is joined by Albuquerque poet Jaime Chavez.  Chavez has put together an evening of spoken word, music, dance and art offerings to remember and honor our New Mexico ancestors.  The Dia de los Muertos event is November 2 at the KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque.

Wed. 10/30 10a:  Almost 700 tango lovers from around the country are expected in Albuquerque from October 31 through November 3 for classes, workshops and Argentine dance parties known as "milongas."  The 4th annual Albuquerque Tango Festival is based at the Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of the Festival, Daniel Boardman.

Wed. 10/25 10a:  The Santa Fe Symphony continues its collaboration with the Santa Fe Institute for a multimedia concert on November 2 at the Lensic Center.  Using scientific demonstrations as well as the music of Bach, Brahms, Richard Strauss, John Williams and John Adams, the program looks at the close relationship between music and mathematics.   Spencer Beckwith is joined by mathematician Cris Moore of the Santa Fe Institute for a preview of the program.

Thurs. 10/24 10a:   Mel Brooks followed up his Broadway smash, "The Producers," with another musical adaptation of one of his hit films.  "Young Frankenstein," closely based on the 1974 comedy, is on stage through November 3 at the Albuquerque Little Theatre.  Spencer Beckwith is joined by the show's director, the Little Theater's Executive Director, Henry Avery.

Quarantine ABQ, Blackout Theatre Company

This month, a young Albuquerque theatre company made up of recent UNM graduates has created a unique interactive haunted house show. 

The Blackout Theatre Company opens Quarantine ABQ, a zombie-themed, interactive haunted house experience Thursday, October 24th. The show runs through Halloween. 

Wed. 10/23 10a:  Albuquerque is in the midst of a zombie invasion, and the only way out for the uninfected is through "Quarantine."  The original immersive theater experience, created by the Blackout Theater Company, is open to the public through Halloween night at Quelab in Albuquerque.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with Blackout's Heather Yeo.

Wed. 10/4 10a:  Opera Southwest opens its 41st season with "Don Giovanni," October 20, 23, 25 and 27 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Spencer Beckwith is joined by conductor Anthony Barrese, the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, for the second of two conversations about Mozart's ever-popular "opera buffa."

Wed. 10/2 10a:  Spencer Beckwith speaks with local dancer and choreographer Jesus Muñoz.  Jesus and his company, Jesus Muñoz Flamenco, look at the dance and music of flamenco's Golden Age in the show, "1929," October 4 and 5 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Fri. 9/27 10a:  Spencer Beckwith is joined by Roger Melone, Music Director of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus.  The Chorus opens its third season on October 6 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center with a rare performance of Gioachino Rossini's late work, "Petite Messe Solonnelle." 

Thurs. 9/26 10a:  The New Mexico Philharmonic inaugurates its new series of six neighborhood concerts on September 28 at Albuquerque's First United Methodist Church.  The program includes music of Schubert and Grieg, as well as trumpet concertos by Telemann and Albinoni.  Spencer Beckwith is joined by the soloist for the baroque concertos, the orchestra's Principal Trumpet, John Marchiando.

Wed. 9/25 10a:  Teatro Nuevo México and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present a play about the experiences of undocumented immigrants.  "Boxcar" by Latina playwright Silvia Gonzalez S is onstage at the NHCC's Journal Theater, September 26, 27 and 28.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the director of "Boxcar," Teatro Nuevo México's Artistic Director, Salome Martinez Lutz.

Fri. 9/20 10a:  Spencer Beckwith is joined by Jonathon Gerson, President of the Board of Chamber Music Albuquerque.  The local presenting organization's 72nd season begins with a concert by double bassist Edgar Meyer on October 6 and continues through June with six concerts in all, in the Simms Center at Albuquerque Academy. 

Globalquerque 2013

Sep 19, 2013

Thurs. 9/19 10a:  On September 20 and 21, musicians from around the world perform on three stages, indoors and outdoors, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.  The ninth annual celebration, Globalquerque, welcomes performers from, among other locations, Ethiopia, Finland, Taiwan, India, Argentina and the United States.  Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the producers of Globalquerque, Tom Frouge.

Wed. 9/18 10a:  On October 14, Olivier Latry, titular organist at Notre Dame in Paris, opens the Friends of Cathedral Music's concert series at the Cathedral of St. John in downtown Albuquerque.  The 20th anniversary season welcomes the public to over a dozen musical events.   Spencer Beckwith is joined by organist and conductor Maxine Thevenot, Director of Cathedral Music at St. John's.

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.