Spencer Beckwith On The Arts

Twice A Month During KUNM's Broadcast Of NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday"

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. 

Wed. 5/9 10a:  Santa Fe's women's chorus, the Zia Singers, presents a program of music from Broadway in a dessert concert on Mother's Day afternoon at the Santa Fe Elks Lodge. 

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. 

Wed. 5/2 10a:  The all-volunteer concert band, the Los Alamos Community Winds, celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a program of music and dance from Mexico, May 5 at the Crossroads Bible Church. 

Fri. 4/20 10a:  The all-volunteer Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra closes out its 65th season with music of Dvorak, Mozart and Kalinnikov on April 27 at the Crossroads Bible Church. 

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. 4/18 10a:  From April 28 through May 6, the singers of the Taos Community Chorus travel around the Taos area with their spring concert, to venues in Dixon, Arroyo Seco, Taos and Ranchos de Taos. 

Fri. 4/6 10a:  Albuquerque's contemporary chamber ensemble, Chatter 20-21, celebrates the music of New Mexico composer John Kennedy in a special concert on April 13 at the Kosmos. 

Thurs. 4/5 10a:  The Enchantment Brass, New Mexico's professional brass ensemble, performs on April 15 as part of the community concert series at Albuquerque's St. John's United Methodist Church. 

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. 

Thurs. 3/29 10a:  THE SHOW, a group of young comic improv performers from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, is in residence weekend nights at The Box Performance Space in downtown Albuquerque. 

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

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. 

Fri. 3/09 10a:  The members of Dancing Earth, Santa Fe's indigenous contemporary dance ensemble, are joined by special guest artists for "Night of Stars*Moon*Water," a festival of indigenous performing arts, March 9 and 10 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.  

Thurs. 3/08 10a:  On March 10 and 11 at the Kimo Theater in
Albuquerque, the Figueroa Project presents a rare, fully-staged
performance of Stravinsky's 1918 theatrical work, "L'Histoire du

Wed. 3/07 10a: "Opera 201," a four-hour session on the art of opera for both aficionados and neophytes,  is presented on March 17 in Steiren Hall at the Santa Fe Opera. 

The National Dance Institute of New Mexico

Fri. 3/01 10a:  Proceeds from the fundraising event will support the ongoing renovation of the historic Hiland Theater, NDI-NM's Albuquerque home. 

Thurs. 3/1 10a   Students in the University of New Mexico's opera program present two one-act operas, "The Beautiful Bridegroom," a 2009 work by Dan Shore, and "I Pagliacci" by Rugierro Leoncavallo, March 2-4 in Keller Hall in the UNM Center for the Arts in Albuquerque.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the co-director of UNM's Opera Theatre, Leslie Umphrey.

Wed. 2/29 10a:  On March 4 at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque, professional singers from the area join forces with young vocalists for a concert benefiting the non-profit music education organization, Opera Unlimited.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with Jane Hoffman, who, along with her husband, Cy Hoffman, is the founder of Opera Unlimited.

Spencer speaks with Ginger Richardson, Vice President of the non-profit, private research center, Santa Fe Institute.