Thurs. 1/10 10a: On January 20 at the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico is joined by cellist David Schepps and Rabbi Barbara Finn for "Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps." Donald McCullough's 1998 work uses music and texts the composer found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Polyphony, Dr. Maxine Thevenot.
Wed. 1/9 10a: Master of the ancient wire-strung harp, storyteller Patrick Ball, brings two of his solo shows to New Mexico. On January 12, Patrick performs "Turlough O'Carolan's Farewell to Music" at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, and on January 13, Patrick presents "Celtic Harp and Story" at the Harwood Museum in Taos. Patrick Ball speaks about both shows with Spencer Beckwith.
Fri. 12/28 10a: Shkeme Garcia, from Santa Ana and Jemez Pueblos, leads the all-ages storytelling program, "Pueblo Winter Stories," December 29 and 30 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The storyteller, musician and children's book author joins Spencer Beckwith for a discussion about the program's traditional Native American stories.
Thurs. 12/27 10a: Former Santa Fe Desert Chorale Music Director Linda Mack Berven returns to lead eight members of the Desert Chorale in the post-Christmas Day program, "A Toast to the New Year." Concerts take place in both the Loretto Chapel and the Church of the Holy Faith, December 28, 29, 30 and 31. Linda Mack Berven joins Spencer Beckwith for a preview of the program.
Wed. 12/26 10a: Albuquerque impresario Neal Copperman founded the non-profit presenting organization AMP Concerts in 2004. Spencer Beckwith talks with Neal about his organization and about some of the musical events he has planned for 2013.
Fri. 12/21 10a: Children 12 and under throughout the state are being invited to submit their original melodies to the 6th edition of the child composer project, Hey Mozart! New Mexico. Spencer Beckwith talks about the project with a Hey Mozart! board member, Jim Wright, and a young participant in the 2011 Hey Mozart! project and concert, 13-year-old Justine Flores of Albuquerque.
Wed. 12/19 10a: The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble is joined by guest vocalists for the annual "Baroque Christmas Concerts," twice nightly from December 20 through Christmas Eve in the Loretto Chapel, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra welcomes guest soloists for an all-Mozart program, "A Mozart Holiday," in the St. Francis Auditorium, December 29 and 30. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Pro Musica's Founder and Director, conductor and oboist Tom O'Connor.
Fri. 12/14 10a: The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center collaborate on a stage production of New Mexico writer Rudolfo Anaya’s holiday story, "The Farolitos of Christmas." The family show performs December 14-16 in the NHCC's Journal Theatre. Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, Valli-Marie Rivera.
Thurs. 12/13 10a: On December 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Symphony celebrates Beethoven's birthday with the Symphony No. 7 and incidental music from Goethe's play, Egmont. Also, the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Piano Trio joins the Symphony for Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the conductor of the concert, the Santa Fe Symphony's Music Director, Steven Smith.
Wed. 12/12 10a: Soprano Mary-Jane Lee and tenor Matthew Grills, both former Santa Fe Opera apprentices, are joined by members of the Opera's Young Voices program and flutist Valerie Potter for the Santa Fe Opera's annual Holiday Concerts for the community, December 13 at the Cristo Rey Church in Santa Fe and December 16 in the Simms Center on the campus of Albuquerque Academy. Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the concert from Music Director and pianist, Kirt Pavitt.
Fri. 12/7 10a: Albuquerque's popular Klezmer and Judaic ensemble, the Rebbe's Orkestra, celebrates Hanukkah and other musical traditions from around the globe on December 8 at Winning Coffee Company. “Kindling the Light" includes a 13th century Venetian Hanukkah composition, an 18th century poem sung in Yiddish, and a traditional Sephardic ballad in Ladino. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the vocalist of the Rebbe's Orkestra, Beth Cohen, who will also be performing on violin, bowed psaltery, mandolin and penny whistle.
Thurs. 12/6 10a: On New Year's Eve at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra presents a program of Viennese classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, as well as popular waltzes, polkas, and Hungarian dances. Spencer Beckwith talks with the man behind the concert, conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa.
Wed. 12/5 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with playwright and director Becky Mayo about her new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." The production takes the audience into a radio station broadcasting Charles Dickens‘ beloved story live before a studio audience. The radio theater production runs from November 30 through December16 at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque.
Fri. 11/23 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Matthew Greer, Artistic Director of Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest. The Albuquerque chorus invites the community to a Messiah Sing, complete with chamber orchestra, November 24 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. The following weekend, December 1 and 2, Quintessence presents its holiday concert, "A Winter's Journey," at St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John's United Methodist Church.
Thurs. 11/22 10a: The New Mexico Philharmonic provides live musical accompaniment to the New Mexico Ballet's annual performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," November 24 though December 2 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. The Company will be joined by guest artists from American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet. Spencer Beckwith talks with Jolie Sutton-Simballa, Artistic Director of New Mexico Ballet.
Wed. 11/21 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with violist Willy Sucre about the latest program in his long-running chamber music series, "Willy Sucre and Friends." The program, which features piano sextets by Joaquin Turina and Ernest Chausson, is presented on November 25 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas and on November 26 at Macey Center in Socorro.
Fri. 11/16 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with theater artist Ain Gordon, Director of New York City's Pickup Performance Co(s). The company collaborated with local New Mexico filmmakers to create a "fictional documentary." "The History of Asking the Wrong Question", which explores the relationships Native Americans have to their own history, gives its premiere performances November 16 and 17 at Albuquerque's North 4th Theater.
Thurs. 11/15 10a: The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with guest vocalists, presents its annual performance of Handel's Messiah on November 18 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Spencer Beckwith talks with the guest conductor for the concert, Tom Hall, Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
Wed. 11/14 10a: Santa Fe's vocal ensemble specializing in early music, the Schola Cantorum, celebrates the holidays with performances at the Loretto Chapel, the San Miguel Mission, the New Mexico History Museum and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Fe, and in Albuquerque at the Kimo Theatre. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Director and Founder of the Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe, Dr. Billy Turney.
Fri. 11/9 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with guest conductor Dante Anzolini about the New Mexico Philharmonic's concerts on November 10 at Popejoy Hall and November 11 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Maestro Anzolini leads the Philharmonic in the Brahms Requiem, Elgar's "Enigma Variations" and Verdi's overture to "La Forza del Destino."
Thurs. 11/8 10a: The New Mexico Jazz Workshop raises funds for its youth education programs with a Carnival celebration, November 10 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Workshop's Executive Director, Maud Beenhower, about the education programs that the party's proceeds will benefit.
Wed. 11/7 10a: On November 16, Macey Center in Socorro hosts the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble from Denver. The performance is part of this year's New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series. The Director of the Series, Ronna Kalish, speaks with Spencer Beckwith about the 2012-2013 season.
Fri. 10/26 10a: A rarely-performed drama by Gioachino Rossini opens the 40th anniversary season of Opera Southwest. Otello, based on Shakespeare's tragedy, gives three performances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque: October 28, November 2 and November 4. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, conductor Anthony Barrese.
Thurs. 10/25 10a: Spencer Beckwith talks with Elaina Newport, one of the producers and founders of The Capitol Steps. The Washington, D.C.-based musical comedy troupe brings its latest political revue to Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque on November 4.
Wed. 10/24 10a: Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands at the University of New Mexico, joins Spencer Beckwith to talk about the UNM Wind Symphony's program, La Fiesta!, November 7 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Fri. 10/12 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, cellist Dana Winograd, about the Association's special fundraising concert, October 20 at the Scottish Rite Center. Violinist and conductor Guillermo Figueroa will perform along with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, and all proceeds will benefit educational and performance opportunities for young people in the Santa Fe area.
Thurs. 10/11 10a: On October 21, the all-volunteer Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents the first of its five concerts this season at the St. Francis Auditorium. Spencer Beckwith talks about the first concert and the upcoming season with the Music Director of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Oliver Prezant.
Wed. 10/10 10a: After performing several smaller concerts in unusual venues around the city, the chamber music group Serenata of Santa Fe officially opens its 26th season on October 21 at the group's home, the Scottish Rite Center. On the program is music by Charles Martin Loeffler, Paul Hindemith, Paul Johnson and Robert Schumann. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Artistic Director of Serenata, oboist Pamela Epple.
Fri. 10/5 10a: The North American tour of "The Lion King" is in residence at Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall through October 28. This is the first time the Broadway hit musical has visited New Mexico. Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the stars of the production, Brent Harris, who plays the villain of "The Lion King," Scar.
Thurs. 10/4 10a: Two great sacred works, Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," open the second season of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, October 14 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Spencer Beckwith talks with the Music Director of the Chorus, Roger Melone.