October 2017

Program Notes


3 Redneck Tenors — The new breed in the “tenor genre” features classically trained veteran artists, is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall – down home laughs with big city music. Written by opera-veteran Matthew Lord and arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler. Lord performs with Blake Davidson and Jonathan Frugé.
  Grant County Community Concert Association presents the trio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
  The America’s Got Talent finalists also perform as the season opener for the Las Cruces Civic Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main, Las Cruces. Tickets: $25 ($5 students with ID). Information: (575) 405-7429, or lascrucescca.org.
  Showtime! El Paso presents “3 Redneck Tenors” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Individual tickets: $30; $10 age 6-25 (Ticketmaster). Information: 544-2022 or showtimeelpaso.com.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• UTEP Wind Symphony Concert is Tuesday, Oct. 3.
• Choral concert: Kaleidoscope is Thursday, Oct. 5, celebrating choral “classics” old and new, featuring the Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson, in their last local performance before their trip to Leeds, England. All ages welcome.
• Jazz Concert is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.
• UTEP Horn Concert is Wednesday, Oct. 11.
• Focus Ensembles Showcase is Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring musical practices, ancient and contemporary, from the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, the United States, and more.
• Mariachi Los Mineros perform a Día de los Muertos celebration Tuesday, Oct. 24. The lecture and recital trace the origins and customs of the holiday.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs “Explorations,” Thursday, Oct. 26, with music by Mozart, Beethoven and Falla. Featured soloist Steve Haddad will perform the inventive “Tuba Concert” by Gregson.
• UTEP Symphony Band performs Tuesday, Oct. 31.
• UTEP Opera presents “On Broadway” for its fall showcase Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, with hits from classic musical theater shows, including Annie Get Your Gun, Showboat, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma! Directed by Cherry Duke with pianist Dr. Esequiel Meza.
• UTEP Percussion presents the Music of Brazil with Batuque Trio, led by director of Percussion Dr. Andy P Smith, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. UTEP's premier samba bateria will perform carnival samba and maracatu styles. The percussion ensembles will perform choro and other Brazilian Styles in collaboration with Batuquê.
  Ysleta schools’ Young Women’s Leadership Academy Samba Reggae group will perform pre-concert music outside Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

El Paso Chopin Piano Festival — The 23rd annual series of piano concerts are at 7 p.m. selected Saturdays at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free, but people are advised to arrive early; concerts are almost always standing room only. Information: chopinfest@sbcglobal.net or elpaso-chopin.com.
Oct. 7: Mei-Ting Sun. Sun has won top prizes in many piano competitions, including the National Chopin Piano Competition and the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition.
Oct. 21: Lucy Scarbrough. Scarbrough is founder and director of the Chopin Festival. She also founded and is director of the El Paso Civic Orchestra. The New Mexico native, who trained at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and later taught at Chicago Musical College, has served three times on the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ Selection Jury for the National Chopin Competitions, and is winner of the Texas Minnie Stevens Piper Award.

LCSO with Misha Dichter — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, opens its season with the guest pianist Oct. 7-8,at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, featuring Gioachino Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville,” Antonin Dvorak’s, “Symphony No. 8” and George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F.” Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
   Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

‘Christmas Cantata’ — The Gracias Choir and Orchestra presents its Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Abraham Chavez Theater, as part of its 2017 U.S. Tour. The show has been performed in stages around the world including Sydney Opera House and Madison Square Garden. Admission is free, but tickets are required to enter on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets: 777-3137 or elpaso@iyfusa.org.
  The show includes three parts: the 0pera “For Unto You is Born a Savoir,” the musical “Anna the Matchstick Girl” and a choir and orchestra performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

EPCC Fall Music Concert — El Paso Community College hosts its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center, 9050 Viscount. Admission: $5. Information: 877-1700, epcc.edu or on Facebook at EPCCnews.
  The concert features EPCC’s Choir, directed by William McMillan; Orchestra, directed by Rene Castañeda; Guitar Ensemble, directed by Armin Harrison, and Percussion Ensemble, directed by Larry White.

NMSU Department of Music — Recitals are in the Atkinson Music Recital Hall at NMSU. Information: (575) 646-2421, music.nmsu.edu or on Facebook at NMSU MusicDept.
  The 3rd annual Autumn Overture performances are 7:30 p.m. on four October evenings. Admission is free.
• Thursday, Oct. 12: “Journeys” with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band.
• Friday, Oct. 13: “Passage of Time” with University and Masterworks.
• Friday, Oct. 20: “Big Phat Music” with NMSU Jazz Ensemble.
• Saturday, Oct. 21: “A Musical Legacy,” with NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music Forum El Paso — The forum, now in its 29th season, presents a piano concert by Roger Ryerson, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Temple Mt. Sinai Chapel, 4408 N. Stanton, with works by Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Prokofiev and Sibelius. Admission is free. Information: 544-3081, 252-4360 or musicforumelpaso.net.

EPSO ‘Beethoven & Bartók’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs with guest pianist Yefin Bronfman at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, in the Plaza Theatre, featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

United States/Mexico Youth Philharmonic Orchestra — “The Bridge” concert of El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (EPSYO), directed by James Welsch, will join orchestra and chorus members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez (OSEA) featuring more than 300 young musicians, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Teatro Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at The Plaza Theatre, in El Paso. Tickets: $10-$15. Information: 525-8978 or epsyo.org.

‘Hebraic Rhapsody’ – El Paso Pro-Musica opens its season with Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Elizabeth DeMio Sunday and Monday, Nov. 5-6 with shows in El Paso and Las Cruces, with concerts, special events and master classes for UTEP’s Center for Arts Entreprenuership. Performances are 2 p.m. Sunday at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Las Cruces (location to be announced). Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

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: epsmf.org.
  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 Choral Society Auditions — El Paso Choral Society holds auditions for its 2017-2018 season through Oct. 23 at El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N. Mesa by appointment. Adult singers of all levels and children ages 10-12 are encouraged to sign up for 10 minutes with director Prentice Loftin to sing a song and vocalize. Appointments: 479-0156 or auditions.epchoirs@gmail.com. Information: epchoralsociety.org.
  The season includes “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Dec. 30; a Viennese New Year’s Eve Concert on Dec. 31; and Carmina Burana on April 28.
  Adult singers of all levels and children ages 10-12 are encouraged to sign up for 10 minutes with director Prentice Loftin to sing a song and vocalize. More audition
  Rehearsals are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 23. All concerts will be at the Abraham Chavez Theater with professional orchestra.

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 barbershop.org
  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.

El Paso Choral Ensemble — El Paso Choral Ensemble holds open rehearsals at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Hall, 1810 Elm Street, in El Paso. Persons who love to sing and are willing to make a serious commitment are most welcome. All voices are needed (alto, soprano, bass, tenor, baritone, and mezzos). Information: director, Carl Smith: 261-3963 or drcarlwsmith@yahoo.com.

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 epsungold.org.
  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.


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