Wed. 12/12 10a: Soprano Mary-Jane Lee and tenor Matthew Grills, both former Santa Fe Opera apprentices, are joined by members of the Opera's Young Voices program and flutist Valerie Potter for the Santa Fe Opera's annual Holiday Concerts for the community, December 13 at the Cristo Rey Church in Santa Fe and December 16 in the Simms Center on the campus of Albuquerque Academy. Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the concert from Music Director and pianist, Kirt Pavitt.
Fri. 12/7 10a: Albuquerque's popular Klezmer and Judaic ensemble, the Rebbe's Orkestra, celebrates Hanukkah and other musical traditions from around the globe on December 8 at Winning Coffee Company. “Kindling the Light" includes a 13th century Venetian Hanukkah composition, an 18th century poem sung in Yiddish, and a traditional Sephardic ballad in Ladino. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the vocalist of the Rebbe's Orkestra, Beth Cohen, who will also be performing on violin, bowed psaltery, mandolin and penny whistle.
Thurs. 12/6 10a: On New Year's Eve at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra presents a program of Viennese classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, as well as popular waltzes, polkas, and Hungarian dances. Spencer Beckwith talks with the man behind the concert, conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa.
Wed. 12/5 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with playwright and director Becky Mayo about her new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." The production takes the audience into a radio station broadcasting Charles Dickens‘ beloved story live before a studio audience. The radio theater production runs from November 30 through December16 at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque.
Fri. 11/23 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Matthew Greer, Artistic Director of Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest. The Albuquerque chorus invites the community to a Messiah Sing, complete with chamber orchestra, November 24 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. The following weekend, December 1 and 2, Quintessence presents its holiday concert, "A Winter's Journey," at St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John's United Methodist Church.
Thurs. 11/22 10a: The New Mexico Philharmonic provides live musical accompaniment to the New Mexico Ballet's annual performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," November 24 though December 2 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. The Company will be joined by guest artists from American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet. Spencer Beckwith talks with Jolie Sutton-Simballa, Artistic Director of New Mexico Ballet.
Wed. 11/21 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with violist Willy Sucre about the latest program in his long-running chamber music series, "Willy Sucre and Friends." The program, which features piano sextets by Joaquin Turina and Ernest Chausson, is presented on November 25 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas and on November 26 at Macey Center in Socorro.
Fri. 11/16 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with theater artist Ain Gordon, Director of New York City's Pickup Performance Co(s). The company collaborated with local New Mexico filmmakers to create a "fictional documentary." "The History of Asking the Wrong Question", which explores the relationships Native Americans have to their own history, gives its premiere performances November 16 and 17 at Albuquerque's North 4th Theater.
Thurs. 11/15 10a: The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with guest vocalists, presents its annual performance of Handel's Messiah on November 18 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Spencer Beckwith talks with the guest conductor for the concert, Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
Wed. 11/14 10a: Santa Fe's vocal ensemble specializing in early music, the Schola Cantorum, celebrates the holidays with performances at the Loretto Chapel, the San Miguel Mission, the New Mexico History Museum and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Fe, and in Albuquerque at the Kimo Theatre. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Director and Founder of the Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe, Dr. Billy Turney.
Fri. 11/9 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with guest conductor Dante Anzolini about the New Mexico Philharmonic's concerts on November 10 at Popejoy Hall and November 11 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Maestro Anzolini leads the Philharmonic in the Brahms Requiem, Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Verdi's overture to "La Forza del Destino."
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.