Spencer Beckwith


Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM.  For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers.  Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.

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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.

Wed. 7/11 10a:  Every Thursday night in July, professional musicians in the Albuquerque area donate their services in a series of concerts benefiting Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless.  The Thursday Evening Musicales take place in the choir rehearsal room at St. John's United Methodist Church.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the host and organizer of the series, Director of Music at St. John's, Matthew Greer.

Fri. 7/06 10a:  This special half-hour edition of Performance New Mexico looks at the 40th anniversary season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  Host Spencer Beckwith is joined by Artistic Director Marc Neikrug, for a look at the musical elements of the Festival, and by Dr. Cheryl Willman, head of UNM’s Cancer Center, for a description of the Festival’s scientific symposium, “Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness.” 

Fri. 6/29  10a:  Amanda Echalaz has sung the title role in Puccini's "Tosca" in opera houses across Europe.  She makes her American debut singing Tosca this summer at the Santa Fe Opera.  The production opens on June 29 and runs through August 24.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the South African soprano outside in the Opera's cantina.

Thurs. 6/28 10a:  The 7th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival runs from July 13-July 29 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque venues, both inside and outside.  The Festival is presented by the Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Outpost's Executive Director, Tom Guralnick.

Wed. 6/27  10a:  Georges Bizet's romantic drama set in Ceylon, "The Pearl Fishers," opens June 30 at the Santa Fe Opera, and runs through August 25.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with soprano Nicole Cabell, who's singing the role of Leila.

Fri. 6/22 10a:  The 2012 season of the Santa Fe Opera begins on June 29 and runs thru August 25.  Five productions will run in repertoire, Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Rossini's Maometto II, Szymanowski's King Roger and Strauss's Arabella.  Host Spencer Beckwith discusses the new season with the General Director of the Santa Fe Opera, Charles MacKay.

Thurs. 6/21 10a:  Episodes from three classic comedies from 1930's and 1940's radio, "Father Knows Best," "My Favorite Husband" and "The Life of Riley," will be presented on June 23 and 25 at Hope Evangelical Church in Albuquerque.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the director of the show, from The Rio Grande Players, Yolanda Day.

Wed. 6/20 10a:  "Music as Environmental Consciousness," Santa Fe New Music's festival paying homage to composer John Cage, features performances of works by a variety of contemporary composers, June 21-23 at The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Santa Fe New Music, composer John Kennedy.

Fri. 6/15 10a:  On the weekend of June 22-24, guitarists gather on the Albuquerque campus of the University of New Mexico for the annual New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival.  Taking part in the Festival will be the innovative French classical guitarist Roland Dyens, who will conduct a master class on June 22 and give a solo concert on June 23, both in UNM's Keller Hall.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with one of the organizers of the festival, from the guitar faculty at Albuquerque Academy, Jeremy Mayne.

Thurs. 6/14 10a:  Two late 19th Century musical melodramas by Richard Strauss, "The Castle By the Sea" and "Enoch Arden," will be given a rare performance on June 24 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with pianist Douglas Riva, who will be performing the works with performance artist Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes.

Wed. 6/13 10a:  As part of the state's PrideFest 2012, the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus presents its annual Pride Concert at Albuquerque's Hiland Theatre on June 22 and 23 and in Santa Fe at the James A. Little Theater on June 24.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus, Aaron Howe.

Fri. 6/08 10a:  The Taos School of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary season this year, welcoming students from around the world for an eight-week immersion in chamber music technique and performance.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Executive Director of the Taos School of Music, Kathleen Anderson Knox, about the School's 2012 summer chamber music festival, which takes place from June 17-August 5.

Thurs. 6/07 10a:  Four flamenco companies from Spain travel to New Mexico for the 25th anniversary season of the Flamenco Festival Internacional de Albuquerque.  The Festival takes place June 10-16, with performances at both Rodey Theater at the University of New Mexico and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Host Spencer
Beckwith talks with the Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, head of the National Institute of Flamenco, Eva Encinias-Sandoval.

Wed. 6/06 10a:  The Rio Rancho Symphonic Band and the Rio Rancho Dance Band perform in parks all around Rio Rancho this summer, in a series hosted by the City's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the founder and director of the Rio Rancho Symphonic Band, John C. Emory.

Fri. 6/01 10a:  International and local marimba virtuosos perform June 6-9 in the first annual Santa Fe Marimba Festival. The celebration includes all kinds of music for marimba in venues all around the city:  the  Lensic Performing Arts Center, the St. Francis Auditorium and the gazebo in the Santa Fe Plaza.  Host Spencer
Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of the Festival, Santa Fe percussionist Sam Lunt.

Thurs. 5/31 10a:  The New Mexico Jazz Workshop's summer series, Jazz and Blues Under The Stars, begins June 2 in the amphitheater at the Albuquerque Museum of Art with The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and guest artist, saxophonist, vocalist and arranger, Matt Catingub.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the director of the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Glenn Kostur.

Wed. 5/30 10a:  Fifteen harp players from Albuquerque and beyond come together, under the direction of David Felberg,  for a concert of classical and folk selections, and original compositions, June 2 at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Albuquerque.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with one of the organizers of the New Mexico Festival of Harps, folk harpist Kathy Wimmer.

Fri. 5/25 10a:  One of the longest standing musical traditions in Albuquerque, the June Music Festival, presented by Chamber Music Albuquerque, returns to the Simms Performing Arts Center, June 1-9, with concerts by The Fine Arts Quartet and the Philippe Quint Quintet.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the President of Chamber Music Albuquerque's Board of Directors, Jonathon Gerson.

Thurs. 5/24 10a:  The Albuquerque Folk Festival returns for its 14th season on June 2.  This year, the all-day event moves to a new location, the International Balloon Museum.  Host Spencer Beckwith talks with the Festival's director, Gary Libman.

Wed. 5/23 10a:  Albuquerque's comic drag troupe, The Dolls, pays homage to the HBO series, "Sex and the City," with a new original show, "Sex and the Burque", May 10-27 at the Aux Dog Theater in Albuquerque.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with The Dolls' Bradd Howard, who is both the director of the show and one of the performers in it.

Fri. 5/18 10a:  The 2011-2012 season of the Santa Fe Symphony comes to a conclusion with music of Lalo, Stravinsky, Copland and New Mexico composer Daniel Davis, May 20 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Music Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, Steven Smith.

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.