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When the New Mexico Philharmonic closes its 2016-2017 Classics Season on April 22 at Popejoy Hall, the concert's conductor will be under greater scrutiny than usual.  Brazilian-born Roberto Minczuk is the last of six candidates under consideration to become the orchestra's first Music Director.

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It was during his time in the forests of Northern New Mexico that Aldo Leopold first formulated his pioneering ideas about the environment.  New Mexico continues its kinship with the great conservationist with a state-wide program that engages 6th to 12th graders in ecological issues.  The 2017 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest will culminate as part of a special Leopold event on April 23 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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An exhibit on view through April 14 in UNM's Zimmerman Library gives individuals living with mental illness a chance to share their stories with the public.  Mentored by working photographers, these 18 amateur artists are each represented by a 12" x 12" photograph as well as a personal narrative of that photograph.  Untold Minds was put together by the Santa Fe non-profit, Compassionate Touch Network.  

The music might not be what you expect.  For six years now, the Iridium Quartet has been exploring new works for multiple saxophones.  What they've found is not jazz, not band music, but classical chamber music for the 21st Century.  This month, the Iridium will be in concert at Albuquerque's Cathedral of St. John and also take part in the 2017 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

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After a successful premiere in Barcelona in 1911, the music disappeared.  Cant de les Estrellas (Song of the Stars) by Spanish composer Enrique Granados wasn't heard again until almost 100 years later, in a new recording on the Naxos label.  Responsible for that recording, and for retrieving this lost score, is New Mexico pianist, and Granados scholar, Douglas Riva. 

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In Washington D. C., the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company is a cultural institution.  Performances marking its 25th anniversary will take place this year at the Kennedy Center and the National Portrait Gallery.  The celebration will also include a special week-long residency this month in New Mexico.  That's because choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess is a native son -- he grew up in Santa Fe and received his dance degree from the University of New Mexico. Company performances and workshops will be held at NDI New Mexico in Santa Fe and UNM in Albuquerque.

Women On War

Feb 24, 2017
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Starting in the 1990's, women became eligible for a greater number of positions in the military than ever before, including, since 2013, combat.  What have been the challenges for these women?  Eight local veterans shared their stories with a group of New Mexico poets recently, and the poems inspired by these conversations make up Women on War, presented in early March by the Albuquerque organization Artful Life.

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The Surface Design Association, a New Mexico-based alliance of fiber and textile artists, recently asked its members to express their feelings about "place" -- the suddenly explosive topics of borders, bridges and sanctuaries.  The result is SDA's third international juried exhibition, Shifting Landscapes, on display February 24 - May 20 at the Santa Fe gallery, form & concept

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What can we do as a community to make education accessible and effective for everyone?  Students at the Working Classroom in Albuquerque have spent the last year looking for answers to that question -- through interviews, research and discussions.  The result is Solving for X, an original bilingual theater piece on stage February 16-26 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Heavy Metal is the story of one very difficult week in the life of Danny, a 15-year-old growing up in a Midwestern town.  Author Andrew Bourelle has published 20 short stories in literary journals and anthologies, but this is his first novel.  And it's the winner of the 2016 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, offering publication to young writers Autumn House believes will become the important voices of their generation.

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Containing 10,000 photographs covering the complete 175-year history of the art form and representing its most important artists, the photography collection is the dominant element in the art holdings of the University of New Mexico.  A small portion of it is now on display in Stories From The Camera at the UNM Art Museum.

He was born in Albuquerque's Old Town in 1938 and passed away in January 2015, after a lifetime as a writer, historian, educator and activist.  Teatro Paraguas pays tribute to the beloved New Mexico poet Tony Mares with Rio del Corazon, dramatic readings of poems selected from his books.  Performances are later this month at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe and at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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The Santa Fe Symphony will welcome a new Principal Conductor in 2017, and filling the position will be one of the best known musicians in the area.  Conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa was for twelve seasons the popular Music Director of the now-departed New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  His new role in Santa Fe begins with a concert on January 22 at the Lensic Center.

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Saturday nights this month, Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will recreate a wintertime tradition of New Mexico's pueblo communities.  Visitors of all ages will gather around a bonfire outside in the Center's courtyard to hear tales from pueblo storytellers.

Bettina Sandoval from the Center's Education Department has organized Stories by the Fireside.  She describes how her experiences growing up at Taos Pueblo inspired the series.

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Among the Spanish traditions brought north from Mexico along the Camino Real was Las Pastorelas, musical plays of the Nativity.  Told from the shepherds' point of view, the plays have been performed in the New Mexico Territory since the 17th Century.  One popular version, La Gran Pastorela, continues to tour local communities during the holidays.

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In 1929, from the open cockpit of their biplane, newlyweds Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took some of the first aerial photographs of the terrain and ruins of the Southwest.  Eighty years later, another high-flying photographer, Adriel Heisey, took the exact same shots.  Seventeen pairs of these magnificent photographs are on display in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

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Twenty-four young pianists will travel to Albuquerque this month to compete against each other for prize money, concert engagements and professional recognition.  The first-ever Olga Kern International Piano Competition has attracted contestants from, among other countries, China, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Japan.  One of the Americans taking part is 23-year-old Joshua Rupley, born and raised in Albuquerque.

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The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico is 4,000 feet long, 600 feet wide and, at its highest point, 255 feet high; it comprises 8 acres of natural formations and is located 750 feet beneath the surface of the earth.  On November 4, and for the first time since 1933, the National Park Service will welcome the public into the Big Room for an evening of music.  A string quartet from the New Mexico Philharmonic will perform works by Haydn, Grieg, Bach and Dvorak.

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A group of anxious young people gather in a bar.  They're about to take part in a whirlwind game of romantic connection -- a sort of high-stakes musical chairs.  Speed Dating is a contemporary opera by the popular American composer Michael Ching.  The New Mexico premiere will be performed by students in the University of New Mexico's Opera Theatre program October 21-23 at Keller Hall in Albuquerque.

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"It's a rage right now, a new American pastime."  Local ukulele enthusiast, and professional percussionist, John Bartlit thinks that "in our jet set, apartment-moving society, it's a perfect fit."  The unassuming four-string instrument, which emerged in Hawaii in the late 19th Century, will be the center of attention in Albuquerque on September 23-25 when national and local musicians convene for the 3rd annual Ukekopelli Festival.

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On display this month at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center is a series of ten murals -- all made entirely out of seeds.  The murals were created in towns and schools and at community events all around New Mexico, as part of an artistic effort to promote healthy environments.

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Almost 70 dealers from around the country will converge on the Santa Fe Railyard in mid-August for the 3rd annual Antique American Indian Art Show.  They will display, and offer for sale, a range of historical material made by Native American artisans in the years leading up to, and through, World War II.

The Art Show's co-producer, collector Kim Martindale, explains how this new, dealer-based show differs from the artist-based shows, such as Indian Market, that have long defined summer in Santa Fe.

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Maria Tallchief was America's first major prima ballerina; her sister Marjorie was also a successful ballerina; together they inspired a love of ballet in their homeland, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.  Carrying on this tradition today in Osage country is Randy Tinker Smith.  Randy and her daughter Jenna Smith have received national attention for Wahzhazhe, The Osage BalletThe production comes to Santa Fe on August 6.

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Her head is over six feet tall, made up of 104 bead-like ceramic objects.  Her hair is woven fabric, long enough to attach to the surrounding walls.  And she speaks.  She is entitled Everything Anywhere and she is installed this summer at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.  Her creator is the busy young New Mexico-based ceramic artist Cannupa Hanska Luger.

On view this summer at the Albuquerque Museum is Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models of Antoine Predock.  Included are almost 300 works on paper, along with clay architectural models, representing, in a small way, the 50-year career of the internationally-known New Mexico-based architect.

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Revered as a deity by native peoples, then marked for extermination by the federal government.  Derided as a "living, breathing allegory of want" by Mark Twain, then crowned a king of cool by the Beat Generation.  New Mexico writer Dan Flores tracks the range of reactions the coyote has inspired over the years in Coyote America, just published by Basic Books.

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Through 20 years of performances and classes, an award-winning Albuquerque band has brought the distinctive sound of Scottish music to the Southwest.  The High Desert Pipes and Drums will be joined by guest musicians and dancers for a fundraising concert on June 25 and 26 at the Hiland Theatre.

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Each summer, the Broadway League, the national theater industry association, brings to New York talented young performers from around the country.  They compete for scholarships, recognition and possibly a pathway to the Broadway stage in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.  This year, two teenagers from New Mexico will be taking part.  They will be selected in a public performance on May 8 at Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall.

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This month, the Jazz Journalists Association named Tom Guralnick one of its 2016 Jazz Heroes, individuals of positive influence on their musical communities.  Since he arrived here in 1976, Tom has created, or helped to create, three thriving local organizations, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, the New Mexico Jazz Festival, and Albuquerque's Outpost Performance Space.

Courtesy Janire Najera and Embassy of Spain

In 2014, Spanish artist Janire Nájera set out on a journey from New Mexico to California, following the 19th Century trade route known as the Old Spanish Trail.  Traveling in an SUV through six states, Najera documented the descendants of the Trail's first Spanish settlers.  The result is Moving Forward, Looking Back, an exhibition that has been seen around the world and is on view now through September at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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