December 2017

Program Notes

‘A World of Guitar’ — Guitarist Nathan Cornelius is this year’s featured artist for El Paso Pro-Musica’s Young Artist Development Series in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The residency features appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations. Information: 747-8163 or
• “Twilight Tour Concert” is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Double Eagle restaurant, 2355 Calle de Guadalupe on the Mesilla (NM) Plaza. Tickets: $25.
•  Main performance, is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth.
El Paso Pro Musica Guild’s 3rd annual Holiday Progressive Dinner benefiting Pro-Musica’s education programs begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in Sunland Park, for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner entree, and champagne and desserts follow at private homes. The public is invited; reservations required. Cost: $100. Tickets and reservations: 747-8163 or  
  Special guests include Cornelius and Zuill Bailey, Grammy-winning international cellist and artistic director of Pro-Musica.

‘String Passages’
— The UTEP Virtuosi Concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring a variety of string music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Hovhaness, Telemann and Bridge. Featured soloists are Johanny Barbosa and Amy Miller with guest conductor Dr. Stephen Nordstrom. Tickets are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff). Information: 747-5606 or

‘O, Come to Us Messiah’ — NMSU Department of Music presents the University Choirs and Masterworks Chorus in a concert of classics and contemporary carols at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-2067 or
  Selections include solos and choruses from Handel’s ”Messiah,” along with original compositions and arrangements by Visiting Professor of Voice, Ron Gillis, and Music Department Head, Lon Chaffin.

First Armored Division Band Holiday Concert — The First Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss presents its free annual holiday show, “An American Holiday Festival” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. No tickets required. Information: 568-2263, 568-7001, or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBand.
  The concert features holiday “pops” music with different genres, including blues, jazz, country, Latin and rock.

LCSO with Kirstin Chavez — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, presents the guest soprano vocalist Dec. 2-3 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Chavez will perform Georges Bizet Carmen Suite. Also featured is Johann Strauss’s “Roses from the South” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien.” Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
   Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

El Paso Brass — KRWG presents one of the longest continually performing brass quintets in America, composed of key members of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and other distinguished artists from across the Southwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: (575) 646-2222 or
  The El Paso Brass was founded more than 40 years ago. Their three CDs are “Happy Holidays,” “Effervescent Brass” and “Let It Snow!”

Holiday Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, opens its 22nd season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with its holiday performance. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information:
  El Paso Wind Symphony is a professional concert band made primarily of residents of the Greater El Paso Area, most of whom are band directors in public and private schools.

Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts its gala event 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 9, at Summit Hall, 120 N. Festival, with dinner, drinks, and dancing to Azucar with the highlight of arias performed by professional opera singers.
Cost: $100. Information: 433-7897 or

Piano Recital — The students of Alfredo Poblano will perform classic and modern pieces at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

New Year's Music Festival — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra hosts two nights of performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30-31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Information: 259-4999. Tickets: $20-$60; available through Ticketmaster.
• Saturday, Dec. 30: The family opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a family-friendly, fully-staged opera performed by a 100-voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Amahl, a shepherd boy, attempts to tell his mother about an unusual star that he has seen outside. Through his generosity and selflessness, all become witness to a miracle. El Paso Brass will also perform festive holiday music. 
• Sunday, Dec. 31: The orchestra, singers and chorus will perform a Viennese New Year's Eve Concert, with famous waltzes, favorite operatic arias, and an exciting chorus performed by a 100-voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Directed by Prentice Loftin.

El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future - Classical musicians ages 8 to 19 are invited to apply through Jan. 31, 2018 for this year’s competition, open to instruments and voice. First, 2nd and 3rd Place cash awards offered, as well as recognition for achievement. Information: 449-0619. Applications:
  The 2018 New Instruments Award Program is also open for classical musicians age 8-19, based on musical excellence, academic achievement and unmet financial need.

El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its annual festival Jan 4-28 at various venues in El Paso and Las Cruces.  Tickets to individual performances are $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth. Information: 747-8163 or
  This year’s performers include cellist Zuill Bailey (Pro-Musica’s Artistic Director and recent Grammy Award winner), guitarist Jaxon Vieaux, pianist Yuliyra Gorenman, Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio and the Chiara String Quartet. Oboist Thom Moore presents a special tribute to Mozart in EPPM’s 12th annual collaboration with El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
• The Lincoln Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. 
• Jaxon Vieaux and Yolanda Kondonassis perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, and Friday, Jan. 12, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
• Yuliya Gorenman performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, (with Moore and Bailey) at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
• Chiara String Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Art Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall.

‘Hänsel & Gretel’— El Paso Opera opens its 24th season with Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic opera with a “sweet twist” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14, at the Union Depot, under the direction of Justin Lucero. Sung in English with “supertitles” in English and Spanish. Tickets: $35. Information: 581-5534, or on Facebook at Facebook: Epopera.

Sungold Chorus — The El Paso Sungold Chorus of the Sweet Adelines rehearses four-part harmony 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at All Saints Church, 3500 McRae. All ladies interested in making good friends and good music are invited. All ages and levels of musical background welcome. Information: 740-3216 or
  The women’s chorus is dedicated to the performance of four-part barbershop harmony, musical education, and community involvement. 
  The chorus is looking for new members to be a part of this long-standing organization that provides entertainment and education throughout the region. No prior musical background is necessary.

Border Chorders — The El Paso men’s barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Directed by John Eby. Singers in all male vocal ranges welcome. Information: Mitch Wilson 309-6954 or
  The Border Chorders are the El Paso chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and were established in 1947.  Prior choral singing experience and voice lessons are not required. 

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