Fri. 6/01 10a: International and local marimba virtuosos perform June 6-9 in the first annual Santa Fe Marimba Festival. The celebration includes all kinds of music for marimba in venues all around the city: the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the St. Francis Auditorium and the gazebo in the Santa Fe Plaza. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of the Festival, Santa Fe percussionist Sam Lunt.
Thurs. 5/31 10a: The New Mexico Jazz Workshop's summer series, Jazz and Blues Under The Stars, begins June 2 in the amphitheater at the Albuquerque Museum of Art with The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and guest artist, saxophonist, vocalist and arranger, Matt Catingub. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the director of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Glenn Kostur.
Wed. 5/30 10a: Fifteen harp players from Albuquerque and beyond come together, under the direction of David Felberg, for a concert of classical and folk selections, and original compositions, June 2 at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Albuquerque. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the organizers of the New Mexico Festival of Harps, folk harpist Kathy Wimmer.
Fri. 5/25 10a: One of the longest standing musical traditions in Albuquerque, the June Music Festival, presented by Chamber Music Albuquerque, returns to the Simms Performing Arts Center, June 1-9, with concerts by The Fine Arts Quartet and the Philippe Quint Quintet. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the President of Chamber Music Albuquerque's Board of Directors, Jonathon Gerson.
Thurs. 5/24 10a: The Albuquerque Folk Festival returns for its 14th season on June 2. This year, the all-day event moves to a new location, the International Balloon Museum. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Festival's director, Gary Libman.
Wed. 5/23 10a: Albuquerque's comic drag troupe, The Dolls, pays homage to the HBO series, "Sex and the City," with a new original show, "Sex and the Burque", May 10-27 at the Aux Dog Theater in Albuquerque. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with The Dolls' Bradd Howard, who is both the director of the show and one of the performers in it.
Fri. 5/18 10a: The 2011-2012 season of the Santa Fe Symphony comes to a conclusion with music of Lalo, Stravinsky, Copland and New Mexico composer Daniel Davis, May 20 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Music Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, Steven Smith.
Thurs. 5/17 10a: Samuel Barber's rarely-performed song cycle, "Hermit Songs," will be presented by Sunday Chatter at The Kosmos in Albuquerque on May 20. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with pianist Amy Greer, who performs the work with mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Zander-Wall.
Wed. 5/16 10a: Wise Fool New Mexico presents a new, original rock opera about the life of the early 20th Century labor organizer and anarchist, Emma Goldman, May 17-20 at the Armory for the Arts in Santa Fe. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the the librettist and director of "Love and Emma Goldman," Sarah-Jane Moody.
Fri. 5/11 10a: Students of Dr. Karl Hinterbichler, Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico, head out into the Albuquerque community this month for a series of concerts at unusual venues, including a homeless shelter and a juvenile detention center.
Thurs. 5/10 10a: The 50 members of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale present a chamber version of Brahms' German Requiem on May 12 at the United Church of Los Alamos and on May 13 at Santa Fe's Santa Maria de la Paz Church.
Fri. 5/410a: Rarely heard works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Francesco Corselli are featured when Canticum Novum closes its current season on May 5 and 6 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Santa Fe.
Thurs. 5/3 10a: On May 4 at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, local musicians will raise funds for an Albuquerque non-profit, The Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation, which provides scholarships to New Mexico's young musicians.
Thurs. 4/19 10a: The New Mexico Philharmonic closes its inaugural season at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on April 21 with music by Russian composers. Guest conductor Uriel Segal leads the orchestra in music of Mussorgsky, Borodin, and Shostakovich.
Wed. 4/4 10a: From mid-April through early May, two young singers from the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program will tour communities across New Mexico and western Texas performing in school programs and community concerts.
Fri. 3/30 10a: Celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival will welcome special guest performers and composers and will, for the first time, include a three-day symposium, on the science of music and healing.
Wed. 3/28 10a: Young singers from high schools, colleges and universities throughout New Mexico compete for prizes in the 2012 Vocal Artistry Art Song Competition this weekend on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Fri. 3/23 10a: Two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini close the 39th season of Albuquerque's Opera Southwest. "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicch" run from March 23 - April 1 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Fri. 3/23 9a: KUNM presents two hours of classical music recorded live in concert in New Mexico. Guillermo Figueroa and the Figueroa Project Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven's 2nd Symphony at the Kimo Theater and Roger Melone leads the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra in Mozart's Requiem at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Spencer Beckwith hosts.
Thur. 3/22 10a: The University of New Mexico's John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, an annual celebration of new music, honors the contributions of the composer who was the Dean of UNM's College of Fine Arts from 1942 to 1957.
Wed. 3/21 10a: The newly-formed New Mexico Philharmonic continues its inaugural season with two concerts this spring in Albuquerque neighborhoods: March 24 at the Central United Methodist Church and April 14 at Congregation Albert.
Fri. 3/16 10a: On March 17 in Keller Hall at UNM, Albuquerque's contemporary chamber ensemble, Chatter 20-21, presents the world premiere of "Spaces of Night," a song cycle for organ, strings and mezzo-soprano, based on poems by Stephen Crane.
Thurs. 3/15 10a: Three members of the adventurous Austin, Texas-based classical band, REVEL, help The Albuquerque Chamber Soloists end their current season with a gala concert on March 25 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.