Thurs. 8/23 10a: Ever since its first season in 1946, when it presented the Trapp Family Singers and violist William Primrose, the Los Alamos Concert Association has brought all sorts of world-class performers to New Mexico. Spencer Beckwith talks about the Concert Association's upcoming season with its Artistic Director, Ann McLaughlin.
Fri. 8/17 10a: The non-profit organization, Stepology, presents the 3rd annual celebration of tap dance, the Santa Fe Tap Festival. The Festival includes a concert performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 24 and workshops at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico's Dance Barns on August 25. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the founder of Stepology, dancer John Kloss.
Thurs. 8/16 10a: Each year, northern New Mexico's chamber music festival Music From Angel Fire commissions a new work from an American composer and invites that composer to be in residence at the Festival. Over the years, composers such as Joan Tower, Roberto Sierra and Lowell Liebermann have taken part. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with Music From Angel Fire's Artistic Director, Ida Kavafian, about the 2012 composer-in-residence, Steven Stucky.
Wed. 8/15 10a: Albuquerque's 4th annual series celebrating creative music and poetry, The Roost, is in residence Sunday nights through September 23 at the Outpost Performance Space. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the founder of the series, tuba player and composer Mark Weaver.
Fri. 8/10 10a: A member of the original 1957 company at the Santa Fe Opera, Regina Sarfaty went on to perform major roles in Santa Fe through the 1960s. Outside in the Opera’s cantina, host Spencer Beckwith talks with the internationally-know mezzo-soprano about those early years at the Santa Fe Opera.
Thurs. 8/09 10a: The 24 members of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale are joined by 12 alumni singers for performances of Rachmaninoff's "Vespers," August 16 and 17 in Santa Fe and August 18 in Albuquerque. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Chorale's Music Director, Joshua Habermann.
Wed. 8/08 10a: Soloists from the National Ballet of Mexico dance to music by Ravel, Haydn and Strauss performed live by La Catrina String Quartet and pianist Jacquelyn Helin in the 6th annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival August 10-12 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with Jacquelyn Helin about her work with the Festival.
Fri. 8/3 8a: This summer, the Santa Fe Opera becomes the first major American opera company to present "King Roger," Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s 1926 masterwork. On a special half-hour Performance New Mexico, we explore the production, with the star of "King Roger," Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, conductor Evan Rogister and director Stephen Wadsworth. Performances of "King Roger" at the Santa Fe Opera continue through August 14.
Fri. 7/27 10a: Northern New Mexico's chamber music festival, Music From Angel Fire, begins its 29th season on August 17 and runs through September 2, with concerts in Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas. Host Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the 2012 season from the Artistic Director of Music From Angel Fire, violinist Ida Kavafian.
Thurs. 7/26 10a: Albuquerque's theatrical educational experience for kids, PLAY Conservatory, brings its Summer Stock 2012 to an end with a musical about America in the mid-1960s. "Go-Go Beach" performs August 3-12 at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the show's director, Jessica Barkl.
Wed. 7/25 10a: A new play, a romance set amidst contemporary religious and ethnic conflict, is on stage at the Wells Fargo Auditorium at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center from July 20-August 5. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with "Paloma" playwright, Anne Garcia-Romero.
Fri. 7/20 10a: Opening July 21 at the Santa Fe Opera is the first major American production of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's 1926 opera, King Roger. A great champion of the rarely-heard opera, Mariusz Kwiecień, is singing the title role in the Santa Fe production. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Polish baritone outside in the Opera's cantina.
Thurs. 7/19 10a: The Filling Station in Albuquerque hosts a five-day festival of original solo works by local performers. SolofestABQ features fifteen different performances, July 25-29. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the producer of the Festival, David Sinkus.
Wed. 7/18 10a: Mezzo Susan Graham leads artists from the 2012 Santa Fe Opera season in a program of arias and songs from opera, operetta and Broadway, August 4 in the opera house. Host Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the special concert from the General Director of the Santa Fe Opera, Charles MacKay.
Fri. 7/13 10a: This summer, the Santa Fe Opera presents a newly-reconstructed edition of one of Gioachino Rossini's lost operas. Maometto II opens on July 14 and runs through August 16. Rossini scholar Philip Gossett has helped put together this new edition of the historical drama and host Spencer Beckwith talks with Gossett outside in the Opera's cantina.
Thurs. 7/12 10a: The Festival Orchestra, the centerpiece of Colorado's Music in the Mountains Festival, performs every Saturday and Sunday night, from July 14 through July 29, in the Festival Tent at the Durango Mountain Resort. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the conductor of the concerts, Music Director of Music in the Mountains, Guillermo Figueroa.
Wed. 7/11 10a: Every Thursday night in July, professional musicians in the Albuquerque area donate their services in a series of concerts benefiting Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. The Thursday Evening Musicales take place in the choir rehearsal room at St. John's United Methodist Church. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the host and organizer of the series, Director of Music at St. John's, Matthew Greer.
Fri. 7/06 10a: This special half-hour edition of Performance New Mexico looks at the 40th anniversary season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Host Spencer Beckwith is joined by Artistic Director Marc Neikrug, for a look at the musical elements of the Festival, and by Dr. Cheryl Willman, head of UNM’s Cancer Center, for a description of the Festival’s scientific symposium, “Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness.”
Fri. 6/29 10a: Amanda Echalaz has sung the title role in Puccini's "Tosca" in opera houses across Europe. She makes her American debut singing Tosca this summer at the Santa Fe Opera. The production opens on June 29 and runs through August 24. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the South African soprano outside in the Opera's cantina.
Thurs. 6/28 10a: The 7th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival runs from July 13-July 29 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque venues, both inside and outside. The Festival is presented by the Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Outpost's Executive Director, Tom Guralnick.
Wed. 6/27 10a: Georges Bizet's romantic drama set in Ceylon, "The Pearl Fishers," opens June 30 at the Santa Fe Opera, and runs through August 25. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with soprano Nicole Cabell, who's singing the role of Leila.
Fri. 6/22 10a: The 2012 season of the Santa Fe Opera begins on June 29 and runs thru August 25. Five productions will run in repertoire, Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Rossini's Maometto II, Szymanowski's King Roger and Strauss's Arabella. Host Spencer Beckwith discusses the new season with the General Director of the Santa Fe Opera, Charles MacKay.
Thurs. 6/21 10a: Episodes from three classic comedies from 1930's and 1940's radio, "Father Knows Best," "My Favorite Husband" and "The Life of Riley," will be presented on June 23 and 25 at Hope Evangelical Church in Albuquerque. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, from The Rio Grande Players, Yolanda Day.
Wed. 6/20 10a: "Music as Environmental Consciousness," Santa Fe New Music's festival paying homage to composer John Cage, features performances of works by a variety of contemporary composers, June 21-23 at The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Santa Fe New Music, composer John Kennedy.
Fri. 6/15 10a: On the weekend of June 22-24, guitarists gather on the Albuquerque campus of the University of New Mexico for the annual New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival. Taking part in the Festival will be the innovative French classical guitarist Roland Dyens, who will conduct a master class on June 22 and give a solo concert on June 23, both in UNM's Keller Hall. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with one of the organizers of the festival, from the guitar faculty at Albuquerque Academy, Jeremy Mayne.
Thurs. 6/14 10a: Two late 19th Century musical melodramas by Richard Strauss, "The Castle By the Sea" and "Enoch Arden," will be given a rare performance on June 24 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with pianist Douglas Riva, who will be performing the works with performance artist Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes.
Wed. 6/13 10a: As part of the state's PrideFest 2012, the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus presents its annual Pride Concert at Albuquerque's Hiland Theatre on June 22 and 23 and in Santa Fe at the James A. Little Theater on June 24. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus, Aaron Howe.
Fri. 6/08 10a: The Taos School of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary season this year, welcoming students from around the world for an eight-week immersion in chamber music technique and performance. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Executive Director of the Taos School of Music, Kathleen Anderson Knox, about the School's 2012 summer chamber music festival, which takes place from June 17-August 5.
Thurs. 6/07 10a: Four flamenco companies from Spain travel to New Mexico for the 25th anniversary season of the Flamenco Festival Internacional de Albuquerque. The Festival takes place June 10-16, with performances at both Rodey Theater at the University of New Mexico and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, head of the National Institute of Flamenco, Eva Encinias-Sandoval.
Wed. 6/06 10a: The Rio Rancho Symphonic Band and the Rio Rancho Dance Band perform in parks all around Rio Rancho this summer, in a series hosted by the City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the founder and director of the Rio Rancho Symphonic Band, John C. Emory.