Spencer Beckwith On The Arts

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

Spencer Beckwith covers the performing arts in Northern and Central New Mexico.  From 2004 through March of 2014, he hosted and produced KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning program that included announcements from the KUNM Arts Calendar, as well as interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Since April of 2014, Spencer has contributed semimonthly segments on the performing arts to KUNM's weekend news shows.

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Entertainment
6:08 am
Wed May 16, 2012

"Love and Emma Goldman: A Rock Opera"

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.

Entertainment
6:25 am
Fri May 11, 2012

UNM's Outreach Concert Series

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. 

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Entertainment
6:22 am
Thu May 10, 2012

The Sangre de Cristo Chorale presents Brahms' Requiem

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. 

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Entertainment
6:09 am
Wed May 9, 2012

The Zia Singers' Mother's Day Dessert Concert

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. 

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Entertainment
6:28 am
Fri May 4, 2012

The Canticum Novum Chorus and Orchestra

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. 

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Entertainment
6:24 am
Thu May 3, 2012

The Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation's Fundraising Concert

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. 

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Entertainment
6:19 am
Wed May 2, 2012

The Los Alamos Community Winds

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. 

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Entertainment
6:20 am
Fri April 20, 2012

The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra

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. 

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Entertainment
6:17 am
Thu April 19, 2012

David Felberg Plays Shostakovich

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. 

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Entertainment
6:02 am
Wed April 18, 2012

The Taos Community Chorus

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. 

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Entertainment
6:24 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Concert Spotlighting New Mexico Composer John Kennedy

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. 

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Entertainment
6:21 am
Thu April 5, 2012

New Mexico's Enchantment Brass

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. 

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Entertainment
6:02 am
Wed April 4, 2012

The Santa Fe Opera's 2012 Spring Opera Tour

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. 

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Entertainment
6:31 am
Fri March 30, 2012

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's 40th Anniversary Season

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. 

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Entertainment
6:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Albuquerque's Comic Improv Ensemble, THE SHOW

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. 

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Entertainment
6:08 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The 2012 Vocal Artistry Art Song Competition

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. 

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Entertainment
9:30 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Opera Southwest presents Puccini's "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi"

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. 

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music
8:49 am
Thu March 22, 2012

New Mexico Live in Concert

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.

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Performance New Mexico
8:22 am
Thu March 22, 2012

UNM's John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

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. 

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Performance New Mexico
7:15 am
Wed March 21, 2012

The New Mexico Philharmonic's Neighborhood Concerts

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.  

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Performance New Mexico
6:12 am
Fri March 16, 2012

New Mexico Composer Frederick Frahm's New Song Cycle

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.  

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Performance New Mexico
6:06 am
Thu March 15, 2012

REVEL, The Classical Band

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. 

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Performance New Mexico
6:38 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Dancing Earth's "Night of Stars*Moon*Water"

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.  

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Performance New Mexico
6:10 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Figueroa Project presents "L'Histoire du Soldat"

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
Soldat." 

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Performance New Mexico
6:26 am
Wed March 7, 2012

The Santa Fe Opera Guild's "Opera 201"

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. 

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Performance New Mexico
6:14 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Fundraising Dance-A-Thon for The National Dance Institute of New Mexico

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. 

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Performance New Mexico
6:01 am
Thu March 1, 2012

UNM's Opera Theatre Performs at Keller Hall

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.

Performance New Mexico
11:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Fundraising Concert for Albuquerque's Opera Unlimited

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.

Performance New Mexico
9:38 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Santa Fe Institute's Community Lecture Series

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

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