Spencer Beckwith


Spencer Beckwith produces arts and culture pieces for KUNM.

Ways to Connect

Wed. 9/26 10a:   On September 28 and 29, the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe hosts the local indigenous dance company, Dancing Earth, for the premiere of the company's "Walking at the Edge of Water," a contemporary dance piece looking at native water themes of creation, destruction and renewal.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Dancing Earth, choreographer and dancer Rulan Tangen.

Fri. 9/21 10a:  Contemporary Dutch composer Louis Andriessen responded to Plato's "Republic" with his composition for large ensemble and vocalists, "De Staat."  Albuquerque's chamber ensemble, Chatter 20-21, performs "De Staat" along with music of Ingram Marshall and Jonathan Harvey, September 22 in Keller Hall in the UNM Center for the Arts.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Chatter 20-21, violinist David Felberg.

Thurs. 9/20 10a:  Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Chick Corea, Maximo Diego Pujol, Manuel de Falla, Eric Ewazen and Ricky Ian Gordon opens the 20th anniversary season of the Taos Chamber Music Group, September 22 and 23 at the Harwood Museum of Art.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Founder and Artistic Director of the Taos Chamber Music Group, flutist Nancy Laupheimer. 

Wed. 9/19 10a:  A work based on Shannon Wheeler's popular comic strip, "Too Much Coffee Man," is on stage in the Anna Kaseman Hall at Albuquerque's Cathedral of St. John, September 21 and 22 and October 5 and 6.  Spencer Beckwith talks with Daniel Steven Crafts, the composer of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera," about what Crafts calls a "gonzo opera."

Fri. 9/14 10a:  The New Mexico Philharmonic opens its 2012-2013 Classical Concert series with Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony.  The Albuquerque concerts are September 15 at Popejoy Hall and September 16 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the conductor of the program, Maestro Uriel Segal.

Thurs. 9/13 10a:  Artists, scientists and technology experts gather in Albuquerque from September 19 through September 23 for the 18th annual symposium on electronic art, ISEA2012.  The symposium, whose theme this year is "Machine Wilderness," features speakers, exhibitions, presentations, screenings and performances, all open to the public.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of ISEA2012, UNM Assistant Professor of Art and Ecology, Andrea Polli. 

Wed. 9/12 10a:  New Art New Mexico and the North Fourth Art Center present Journeys, a weekend of performances and discussions about cross-cultural creativity.  This international collaboration between dancers from Japan and South Africa and a poet from New Mexico takes place September 12-14 at the N4th Theater in Albuquerque.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the organizer of Journeys, the Director of the North Fourth Art Center, Marjorie Neset.

Fri. 9/07 10a:  Celebrating both Hispanic Heritage Month and the New Mexico State Centennial, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque invites the community to a day of festivities on September 9.  All the buildings on the NHCC campus will be open to the public and there will be two stages of live music, dance and spoken word.  Host Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the celebration from musician Donny Tesso and the NHCC's Joseph Wasson.

Thurs. 9/06 10a:  Twenty-four local musicians gather on September 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque to perform all six of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the organizer of the concert, the leader of the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, pianist Arlette Felberg.

Wed. 9/05 10a:  Every Sunday afternoon in September in The Forum on the campus of The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, seven local actors present a series of 75-minute concert readings, featuring scenes and music from Shakespeare’s plays, each organized around a different theme.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Santa Fe Shakescenes, Robert Benedetti.

Fri. 8/31 10a:   The Founder and General Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, Greg Heltman, joins Spencer Beckwith to discuss the Symphony's 2012-2013 season.   The Symphony is joined by violinist Phillipe Quint and pianist Haochen Zhang for a special pre-season Tchaikovsky concert on September 9 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, and the regular Symphony season runs from September 30 through May 19, 2013.

Thurs. 8/30 10a:   What began in 1952 as a gallery devoted to local Taos artists has evolved over the years into a community cultural center for all the arts.   Spencer Beckwith talks with Carol Kalom of the Taos Center for the Arts about the Center's 60-year history. 

Wed. 8/29 10a:  Based in the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in the village of Corrales, the Music in Corrales series opens its new season with the piano duo of Misha and Cipa Dichter on September 8; the series closes in April with pianist and vocalist Vienna Teng.  Spencer Beckwith talks about the new season with Susan Evatt of the Corrales Cultural Arts Council.

Fri. 8/24 10a:  James Shields splits his time between Toronto, where he is Principal Clarinet with the Canadian Opera Company, and Albuquerque, where he and David Felberg share Artistic Director duties for the presenting organization, Chatter.  James returns to Albuquerque for two concerts with Chatter on August 26:  Sunday Chatter at the Kosmos and the Chatter Cabaret at the Hotel Andaluz.   Spencer Beckwith talks with James about the two concerts.

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.


Aug 15, 2012

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.

SolofestABQ 2012

Jul 19, 2012

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.