Fri. 5/17 10a: The New Mexico Performing Arts Society and the Robb Musical Trust at the University of New Mexico are joint presenters of the first New Mexico performance of a newly-orchestrated version of John Donald Robb's "Requiem," May 23 in the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe. The "Requiem" was the last major work of the noted 20th Century New Mexico composer, written in 1985 when Robb was 93. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the President of the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Linda Marianiello.
Thurs. 5/16 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with Tom Guralnick, the Founder and Executive Director of Albuquerque's jazz venue, the Outpost Performance Space. On May 24, the Outpost celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner and concert, featuring Mavis Staples, at the Albuquerque Museum of Art.
Wed. 5/15 10a: On Friday night, May 17, visitors 18 and over will have the Explora Museum in Albuquerque all to themselves. In addition to the over 200 hands-on exhibits at the Museum, there will be night sky viewing with members of the Albuquerque Astronomical Society and live music from E. Christina Herr and Wild Frontier. Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the event from the Explora's Elena Baca.
Fri. 5/10 10a: Boys ages 6 to 18 from across the Albuquerque area make up the four choral groups of the Albuquerque Boy Choir. The Choir's annual spring concert is May 18 at Albuquerque's First Presbyterian Church. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Artistic Director of the choir, Edmund Torrez.
Thurs. 5/9 10a: On May 10 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, the state charter high school established in 2010, the New Mexico School for the Arts, presents its annual year-end performance featuring dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Executive Director of the New Mexico School for the Arts, Riis Gonzalez.
Fri. 5/2 10a: Spencer Beckwith is joined by Frances Lujan, head of Albuquerque's Ballet en Fuego. Frances's most recent production, "Noche de Oro," uses local and visiting musicians and dancers for a look at the rich and evolving culture of the Southwest. "Noche de Oro" is on stage May 4 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Thurs. 5/1 10a: The Los Alamos Community Winds collaborates with the Los Alamos Chorale Society, the Los Alamos High School choral department and guest vocalists for a community performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, May 5 in the auditorium at Los Alamos High School. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of the concert, the Director of the Los Alamos Community Winds, Dr. Ted Vives.
Wed. 4/31 10a: On May 3 and 4 outdoors in Santa Fe's Railyard Park, the circus troupe Wise Fool New Mexico presents its latest show, "SeeSaw," a 30-minute physical theatre performance set in a landscape of interactive kinetic sculptures. Spencer Beckwith speaks with Wise Fool's Rebekah Tarin about the show.
Fri. 4/26 10a: Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" gave its first performance on May 29, 1913 at Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris. The New Mexico Philharmonic marks the centennial of that historic premiere with a concert on April 27 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque. In addition to "The Rite of Spring," the program includes Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Debussy's "Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune." Spencer Beckwith is joined by the guest conductor for the concert, Andrew Grams.
Thurs. 4/25 10a: Continuing its pursuit of "unjustly neglected masterpieces," Canticum Novum plays little-known works by Mozart, William Boyce, Anthony LeFleming and Daniel Steven Crafts, April 27 and 28 at the Cristo Rey Church in Santa Fe. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Canticum Novum, Kenneth Knight.
Wed. 4/24 10a: On April 27, the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque welcomes a variety of storytellers from the area for the inaugural event in the Outpost's new series, StorySpace. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the organizer of the event, storyteller, and host of KUNM's "Spoken Word Hour," Ramona King.
Fri. 4/19 10a: High-school-aged singers from around New Mexico are invited to audition in early May for the 2013-2014 season of the Santa Fe Opera's free training program, "Young Voices." Spencer Beckwith is joined by the founder and director of the program, from the Santa Fe Opera, Kirt Pavitt.
Thurs. 4/18 10a: The sixth season of the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival presents seven concerts from early June through early September in a private home overlooking the Rio Chama. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the co-founder and co-director of the Festival, pianist Madeline Williamson.
Wed. 4/17 10a: The 20 members of Coro de Cámara sing music by American composers, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and Leonard Bernstein, April 19 at Trinity on the Hill Church in Los Alamos and April 21 at the Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the new Artistic Director of Coro de Cámara, Andrew Alegria.
Fri. 4/5 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with writer and aural historian Jack Loeffler. For the last 13 years, along with UNM Professor Enrique Lamadrid, Jack has curated "Nuestra Musica" at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. On April 19, the 2013 concert brings together local musicians, including Roberto Mondragón, Cipriano Vigil, Frank McCulloch and Antonia Apodaca, for a celebration of New Mexico’s musical heritage.
Thurs. 4/4 10a: On April 5 at the Outpost Performance Space, ten of the top performance poets in Albuquerque compete for a spot on the 2013 ABQ Poetry Slam Team, which will represent the city at the National Poetry Slam in August. Spencer Beckwith speaks with ABQSlams Co-Slam Master, three-time ABQSlams City Champion, Damien Flores.
Wed. 4/3 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with local actor Tom Schuch, who brings Albert Einstein to life in Willard Simms' one-man play, "Einstein: A Stage Portrait," April 5-7 at the Teatro Paraguas Studio in Santa Fe.
Fri. 3/29 10a: The public is invited to a pay-what-you-will performance by the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus of Fauré's Requiem, on April 4 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. And on April 21, the Symphony is joined by the piano duo, Anderson and Roe, for music of Mozart and Dvořák at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Spencer Beckwith talks about the April concerts with the General Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, Greg Heltman.
Thurs. 3/28 10a: Audiences of all ages can immerse themselves in the world of fractals on the first Friday of every month in the planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the creator of the full-dome First Friday Fractals shows, founder of Albuquerque's Fractal Foundation, Dr. Jonathan Wolfe.
Wed. 3/27 10a: Baroque trumpeter Brain Shaw and mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski join the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble for a program of music for Holy Week, March 28, 29 and 30 in the Loretto Chapel. Included in the program are J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 51 and Johann Melchior Molter's Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Strings. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the Music Director of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, Tom O'Connor.
Fri. 3/22 10a: Named after composer John Donald Robb, former Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, the 42nd annual Composers' Symposium, four days of master classes, lectures and concerts of newly-commissioned works, takes place from March 24-27 on the UNM campus in Albuquerque. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the co-Artistic Director of the Symposium, from the UNM Music faculty, composer Peter Gilbert.
Thurs. 3/21 10a: Four New Mexico cellists, Sally Guenther, Dana Winograd, James Holland and Joel Becktell, come together on March 30 and 31 at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos for a program of music for multiple cellos, an encore of a popular concert presented two years ago by the Taos Chamber Music Group. Spencer Beckwith speaks with Sally Guenther about the program.
Wed. 3/20 10a: Music Director David Felberg leads the all-volunteer Albuquerque Philharmonic in music of Stravinsky, Ravel, Roussel and Francaix, March 24 at Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho and March 25 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Adding a visual element to the concerts is artwork created by local students inspired by the music. Spencer Beckwith is joined by the APO's Vice President, oboist John Arango.
Fri. 3/15 10a: The period instrument ensemble, the Albuquerque Baroque Players, present "Le Parnasse," a program of music by French Baroque composers, played at A=392, a whole step below modern pitch. The concerts are March 16 at Albuquerque's Fellowship Christian Reformed Church and March 17 at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Players' special guest for the concerts, baroque violinst Stephen Redfield.
Thurs. 3/14 10a: Local, national and international theater artists perform this spring as part of "EVENTUA," a performing arts festival taking place through early May in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts. The festival is a collaboration between the CCA and Santa Fe's Theater Grottesco. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the founder and Artistic Director of Theater Grottesco, John Flax.
Wed. 3/13 10a: Young performers from throughout Northern New Mexico perform for the community, and for prize money, in the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association's annual fundraiser, the "Spotlight on Youth Concert," March 15 in the Scottish Rite Temple. Spencer Beckwith is joined by SFYSA's Artistic Director, cellist Dana Winograd.
Fri. 3/8 10a: Closing out its 40th anniversary season, from March 17-24 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, Opera Southwest presents Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Opera Southwest, conductor Anthony Barrese.
Thurs. 3/7 10a: During the month of March, in locations around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the organizers of the 8th annual Women & Creativity celebration collaborate with a variety of local and regional partners to present all sorts of events celebrating women’s creativity and entrepreneurship. Spencer Beckwith speaks with one of those organizers, the Director of Education at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, Shelle Sanchez.
Wed. 3/6 10a: Since 1965, the volunteers of the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera have been working to support the Opera's Education and Community programs. Spencer Beckwith is joined by Guild member Trixi Bubemyre for a look at "You Are What You Wear: Costume and Character in Opera," the Guild's community program taking place on March 9 in the Opera's Stieren Hall.
Fri. 3/1 10a: The mastermind behind the Piano Puzzler on "Performance Today," composer Bruce Adolphe, has had a career-long interest in creating music for young audiences. Spencer Beckwith speaks with Bruce about his 2000 work, "Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto," which will be part of the Figueroa Music and Arts Project's family concert, "Music, Dinosaurs and Dance," on March 10 at the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque.