May 2019

Program Notes

EPSO’s ‘Latin American Tour’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, presents its season finale with mariachi at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, in the Plaza Theatre. Selections include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”, Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, Ginastera’s Estancia Four Dances, op. 8a and Moncayo’ “Huapango” accompanied by mariachi. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. Information: 747-5606 or
  Admission: $5, $3 students, military and seniors; free for UTEP students, faculty, staff, and age 12 and under, unless listed otherwise.
• UTEP Opera presents “Sister Angelica,” a one-act opera, and Act II of “La Bohéme” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 and 28. Admission: $12; $8 seniors and military, non-UTEP Students; $3 UTEP students, faculty & staff.
• UTEP Wind Symphony performs their season finale Tuesday, April 30, highlightingTriump-Symphonie” of Hector Berlioz directed by Bradley Genevro.
• UTEP Symphony and Concert Bands presents a joint concert Thursday, May 2.
• A violin/viola recital is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
• Mariachi Concert is Tuesday, May 7, with a concert honoring mothers on both sides of the border.
• UTEP Symphony performs Thursday, May 9, directed by Bohuslav Rattay with movie music and pieces by Mozart, John Williams, and Stravinsky featuring James Logan, clarinet.
• The first UTEP High School Honors Orchestra Festival is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Admission is free.
• UTEP Children’s Choir is 6 p.m. Monday, May 13, directed by Elisa Wilson. Include a choral celebration of Mother’s Day. Admission is free.
• KKP Student Recital is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
• Guest artist Erbeck Eryilmaz and the Hoppa Project Composition Recital is Tuesday, May 21.

UTEP Opera Spring Production — The Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s act opera “Sister Angelica” and Act II of his “La Boheme” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 and 28, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Both works performed with chamber orchestra, under the direction of James Welsch. Admission: $12; $8 seniors and military, non-UTEP Students; $3 UTEP students, faculty & staff. Information: 747-5606 or
  The program includes “Sister Angelica” presented in its entirety, directed by Jay Scratton. Sung in English. Act II of “La Bohéme” is directed by Cherry Duke. Sung in Italian.

Mesilla Valley Teen Singers — Mesilla Valley Teen Singers present their spring concert, “American Tapestry,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at University Presbyterian Church, 2010 Wisconsin, in Las Cruces. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Reception to follow. Information:
  The group, directed by Terry Kay Gilbert, is made up of 50 students.

NMSU Department of Music — Most performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-2304 or
• NMSU Horn Choir Concert is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
• Trumpet Studio Recital is Tuesday, April 30.
• Honors Recital is Sunday, May 5.

LCSO with Maria Schleuning and Jolyon Pegis — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, performs with guest cellist Maria Schleuning and guest violinist Jolyon Pegis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4-5, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features a newly commissioned work partnering LCSO and composer David Amram, “Partners: A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra,” as well as “Der Rosenkavalier” by Strauss. Tickets: $42, $47 and $57. Information: (575) 646-3709, or on Facebook.
  Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

Young Musicians recital — The finalists for this year’s Young Musicians Competition will perform in recital 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Star City Studio, 120 W. Castellano. Students ages of 8 and 19 competed for cash awards with classical music repertoire. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 449-0619 or
  The six finalists (all pianists) are:
• John Esparza, age 16, junior at Eastwood High School. He studies piano with Dr. Esequiel Meza
• Ryan Esparza, age 16, junior at Eastwood High School. He studies with Dr. Meza.
• Kathryn Haluschak, age 13, eighth-grader at Loretto Academy Middle School. She studies with Anna Habicht.
• Samuel Kligman, age 15, freshman at Coronado High School. He studies with Guillermo de la Garza.
• Taekyu Lee, piano, age 16, sophomore at Coronado. He studies with Ms. Habicht.
• Samuel Maddox, piano, age 15, a home-schooled sophomore. He studies with Dr. Meza.
  The 2019 Instruments For Young Lives Awards Recipients will be introduced at this competition. Recipients will be awarded at the 2019 Honoree and Awards dinner April 11. The recipients are:
• Angel Rangel, trumpet. Age 16, junior at Riverside High School.
• Diego Nevarez, Alto Saxophone. Age 16, junior at Mountain View High School.
• Bryan Arriaga, Bb Clarinet. Age 17, junior at Horizon High School.

Super Sax of the Southwest — The saxophone performance is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Admission: $10. Information: (575) 541-2290 or

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, closes its season with “The Music of America” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring winners of the “most concert attendance” contest. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors. Information: or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

‘Unshakeable’ — El Paso Opera Guild and Friends presents a performance by the Santa Fe Opera on the last stop of their Spring Tour at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at El Paso Women’s Club, 1400 N Mesa, as part of their guild luncheon and presentation of El Paso Opera’s 25th Season. Lunch begins at 1 p.m.; doors open at 12:45 p.m. Admission is free for performance; luncheon and talk is $30 per person. Free parking across from the club. RSVP for luncheon by May 6 at
  Talk presented by Andrea Walters of Santa Fe Opera, director of Community Engagement librettist for “Unshakeable.”

EPSYOs Finale Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform their season finale concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Plaza Theatre. Ticket information: 525-8978 or

Symphony auditions — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Applications due by May 3. Audition application, requirements and music available at Information: EPSO Personnel Manager LeAnn Isaac, 637-8144.
  Positions auditioned for include Principal 2nd Violin, Section Violin, Section Viola, 3rd Oboe/English Horn, 2nd Clarinet and 3rd Bassoon/Contra Bassoon.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents Manny Flores and Friends at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo in Las Cruces. The music begins after a short business meeting. Admission: $10 ($5 members; $1 students with ID). Coffee and dessert reception precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer. Information: Larry Brooks, (575) 640-8752 or
  Flores performs on bass and melodica, with Javier Medina on saxes and flute, Colin Mcallister on vibraphone, Eddie Ramos on guitar, Arnold Schnitzer on bass, and Byron Mutnick on drums.

‘Trouble in Tahiti’ — El Paso Opera presents the one-act opera by Leonard Bernstein, Saturday, June 1 Show time and location to be announced. Tickets: $20 general admission, plus processing fees; available at 581-5534 or
  In 1950s, America had an obsession with perfection, and affordable homes in suburbia gave young families an opportunity to reign over their own pieces of paradise. “Trouble in Tahiti” juxtaposes Sam and Dinah, husband and wife who have settled into a soulless relationship in which each constantly irritates the other, with a scat-jazz trio of singers waxing on the virtues of suburbia in the style of the chipper radio advertising jingles of the period.

Pro-Musica Soiree — El Paso Pro-Musica Guild will host its 38th annual soiree Saturday, June 1, at the home of J. Kirk and Judy Robison. The event features food, music from the UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, and a live auction, including a private dinner performance with Grammy-winning Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. All proceeds benefit El Paso Pro-Musica. Reservations: $150 ($2,000 table for 8). Information: 747-8163, or on Facebook at EPPM El Paso Pro Musica.

Border Chorders — The El Paso men’s barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at El Paso Amateur Radio Club: W5ES, 2100 San Diego. 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.

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.

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