Wed. 2/6 10a: For its spring season, the Albuquerque Civic Chorus will bring together 85 volunteer singers from the community for a pair of concerts in May and tour to England in June. The Chorus is now welcoming new members to its Tuesday night rehearsals at Albuquerque's First Christian Church. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Music Director of the Chorus, Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland.
Fri. 2/1 10a: Albuquerque's innovative, alternative classical music series, Sunday Chatter, celebrates its 5th anniversary on February 3 at The Kosmos. The Sunday morning concerts were conceived under the title "Church of Beethoven" in 2008 by cellist Felix Wurman. Spencer Beckwith speaks with violinist David Felberg, who took over as co-Artistic Director of the series when Felix passed away in 2009.
Thurs. 1/31 10a: The musical group, PANdemonium, teams up with the Odara Dance Ensemble to celebrate the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans, February 8 and 9 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the celebration from the leader of PANdemonium, percussionist, vocalist and composer Frank Leto.
Wed. 1/30 10a: An opera for young people and their families, "A Way Home," by composer Ethan Frederick Greene, will be on the stage of the Journal Theater at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center on February 1. The production is presented by Opera Southwest. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the young mezzo-soprano from Houston who's singing the central role in "A Way Home," Cecilia Duarte.
Fri. 1/25 10a: Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center recently named a new Executive Director, Travis Suazo, of Acoma, Laguna and Taos Pueblo heritage. Mr. Suazo joins Spencer Beckwith at KUNM to talk about the IPCC's performing arts events, including its popular weekend series featuring Native American dance groups.
Thurs. 1/24 10a: On January 27 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, the New Mexico Philharmonic presents the world premiere of "From a Distant Mesa," a work for tenor and orchestra set to texts on Southwestern themes by writers Rudolfo Anaya, V.B. Price and Adam Cornford. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the composer of "From a Distant Mesa," Albuquerque's Daniel Steven Crafts.
Wed. 1/23 10a: The young musicians of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program present a variety of musical events in the coming weeks, including their annual "Playathon" on January 26 at the Cottonwood Mall and a Youth Symphony Orchestra concert on February 3 at Popejoy Hall. Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the events from the Music Director of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, conductor Gabriel Gordon.
Fri. 1/18 10a: Serenata of Santa Fe presents Kathleen McIntosh in a solo concert on January 20 in the ballroom of the Scottish Rite Center. The internationally-known harpsichordist, a resident of Santa Fe, will perform music by J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and other 18th Century composers. Kathleen McIntosh joins Spencer Beckwith at KUNM to talk about the program.
Thurs. 1/17 10a: Artists from Denmark, Mexico, Italy, Australia, Switzerland, Poland, and New Mexico are performing on a variety of Albuquerque stages from January 15 through February 3, as part of the Tricklock Company's annual Revolutions Theatre Festival. Spencer Beckwith talks with the co-Artistic Director of the Festival, Tricklock's Juli Hendren.
Wed. 1/16 10a: Since 1966, the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill has been offering Albuquerque audiences an eclectic array of new, classic, independent and foreign films. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the co-owner of the Guild, Keif Henley, about the history of the theater and some upcoming screenings.
Fri. 1/11 10a: The New Mexico Ballet Company and the New Mexico Philharmonic team up to present a fully-staged version of Shakespeare's tragic romance at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center on January 12 and 13. Spencer Beckwith talks about Prokofiev's score for "Romeo and Juliet" with the conductor for the performances, Grant Cooper.
Thurs. 1/10 10a: On January 20 at the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico is joined by cellist David Schepps and Rabbi Barbara Finn for "Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps." Donald McCullough's 1998 work uses music and texts the composer found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Polyphony, Dr. Maxine Thevenot.
Wed. 1/9 10a: Master of the ancient wire-strung harp, storyteller Patrick Ball, brings two of his solo shows to New Mexico. On January 12, Patrick performs "Turlough O'Carolan's Farewell to Music" at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, and on January 13, Patrick presents "Celtic Harp and Story" at the Harwood Museum in Taos. Patrick Ball speaks about both shows with Spencer Beckwith.
Fri. 12/28 10a: Shkeme Garcia, from Santa Ana and Jemez Pueblos, leads the all-ages storytelling program, "Pueblo Winter Stories," December 29 and 30 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The storyteller, musician and children's book author joins Spencer Beckwith for a discussion about the program's traditional Native American stories.
Thurs. 12/27 10a: Former Santa Fe Desert Chorale Music Director Linda Mack Berven returns to lead eight members of the Desert Chorale in the post-Christmas Day program, "A Toast to the New Year." Concerts take place in both the Loretto Chapel and the Church of the Holy Faith, December 28, 29, 30 and 31. Linda Mack Berven joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the program.
Wed. 12/26 10a: Albuquerque impresario Neal Copperman founded the non-profit presenting organization AMP Concerts in 2004. Spencer Beckwith talks with Neal about his organization and about some of the musical events he has planned for 2013.
Fri. 12/21 10a: Children 12 and under throughout the state are being invited to submit their original melodies to the 6th edition of the child composer project, Hey Mozart! New Mexico. Spencer Beckwith talks about the project with a Hey Mozart! board member, Jim Wright, and a young participant in the 2011 Hey Mozart! project and concert, 13-year-old Justine Flores of Albuquerque.
Thurs. 12/20 10a: Festival Ballet Albuquerque transports Marius Petipa's classical ballet to Territorial New Mexico, in "The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment," December 21, 22 and 23 in the Journal Theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Live accompaniment of Tchaikovsky's score is provided by Guillermo Figueroa and the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Orchestra. Spencer Beckwith talks with the choreographer of the production, the head of Festival Ballet Albuquerque, Patricia Dickinson Wells.
Wed. 12/19 10a: The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble is joined by guest vocalists for the annual "Baroque Christmas Concerts," twice nightly from December 20 through Christmas Eve in the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra welcomes guest soloists for an all-Mozart program, "A Mozart Holiday," in the St. Francis Auditorium, December 29 and 30. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Pro Musica's Founder and Director, conductor and oboist Tom O'Connor.
Fri. 12/14 10a: The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center collaborate on a stage production of New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya’s holiday story, "The Farolitos of Christmas." The family show performs December 14-16 in the NHCC's Journal Theatre. Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, Valli-Marie Rivera.
Thurs. 12/13 10a: On December 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Symphony celebrates Beethoven's birthday with the Symphony No. 7 and incidental music from Goethe's play, Egmont. Also, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Piano Trio joins the Symphony for Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the conductor of the concert, the Santa Fe Symphony's Music Director, Steven Smith.
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.