September 2018

Program Notes

Noche de Encanto — Loretto Academy Choirs hosts an “Enchanted Evening” of music from Spain and Latin America by Falla, Galindo, Grever and Ponce 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Loretto Chapel, 1300 Hardaway, featuring tenor Michael Hernández, tenor, soprano Carmen Walker, pianist Esequiel Meza, and Loretto Treble Choir. Portion of ticket sales will go to benefit the choir. Admission: $13 in advance; $15 at the door; $8 seniors/military in advance; $10 at the door; $5 students in advance, $8 students at door. Ticket information: Michael Hernandez, 309-9276.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performance at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Tickets prices vary. Information: 747-5606 or
• Greg Luffey performs an evening of saxophone music Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of its Faculty Recital Series. Luffey accompanied by Domic Dousa on piano, performs works and transcriptions by Franck, Dubois, Desenclos, Gershwin and more.
• A Chamber Recital with Stephen Nordstrom, violin and Michael Way, cello, is 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, as part of its Faculty Recital Series. Tickets: $8 ($5 students/military; $3 UTEP faculty, students and staff).
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday, Sept. 27.
• Guest tenor Brian Downen and composer Jorge Martin perform Saturday, Sept. 29.
• El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.
• UTEP Wind Symphony performs Tuesday, Oct. 2.
• Jazz guitarist Dave Styker performs Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Pops Under The Stars — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra performs an outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 101 N. Main (Downtown Mall). Food, beverage and beer and wine available. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $16 (open seating); $51 VIP seating ($510 table of 10); available at Information: (575) 646-3709 or

‘Encores & Overtures’ — El Paso Opera, celebrating its 25th anniversary, and El Paso Ballet presents the annual event featuring headliner baritone-bass Ricardo Herrera at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at El Paso Country Club, with cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live performances. Tickets: $125 ($1,250 table for ten). Information: 581-5534, or

EPSMF applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future will take applications online starting Saturday, Sept. 15, for its 2019 Young Musicians Competition, Instruments for Young Lives, and OM/NI project. Information: 449-0619 or
• 2019 Young Musicians Competition seeks classical musicians age 8-19 in all instruments and voice. Cash awards and recognition of achievement for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place. Finalist announcements in March. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.
• Instruments for Young Lives is open to classical musicians age 8-19 who have demonstrated musical excellence, academic achievement and unmet financial need. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.
• OM/NI (Original Music/New Ideas) call for composers is open to original scores for solo piano. Junior division open to age 9-16; Emerging division open to age 17-25. Cash awards in each division, plus an “Audience Choice Award.” Application deadline is March 15, 2019. Information”

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Shawn Mahony Trio at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 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
  Mahony is the UTEP professor for guitar.

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing, with organists from El Paso and Las Cruces, as well as young piano students playing the organ and piano. Program is free to the public; contributions welcome. Information: 532-5874.

EPSO’s ‘Rachmaninoff Gold’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, opens its season with guest pianist Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoon, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, in the Plaza Theatre. Selections include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18, and Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or
  Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

El Paso Chopin Piano Festival — The 24th 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: or
Sept. 22: Eric Zuber. Zuber has won major prizes from ten of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions including Arthur Rubinstein, Cleveland, Seoul, Sydney, Dublin, Honens, and the Piano-e-Competition. He is also a two-time recipient of the Gina Bachauer Prize at Juilliard—one of only a handful of pianists in the school’s history to have won the award twice in two consecutive years.
  Zuber will perform Chopin’s Preludes, Op. 28, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 and others works, as well as Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 53 in C Major.
Oct. 6: Richard Dowling.
Oct. 20: Lucy Scarbrough, founder and director of the Chopin Festival.

Southwest Chamber Winds — The concert, sponsored by Sierra County Arts Council, is at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Grapes Gallery, 407 Main Street, Truth or Consequences. Admission: $10 ($5 for SCAC members). Information: 575-894-0615 or

Celestial Sounds call for singers — The Las Cruces women’s choir seeks singers for their classic and contemporary choral repertoire and upcoming winter concert of Christmas favorites. Rehearsals are 7 p.m. Mondays, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri. Information: Carol Nike, (575) 202-9646 or

Cellisimo — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the duo of Ruslan Biryukov and Anne Suda performing works by Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini and Piazzola at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25; $5 students 18 and older with I.D. (available at the door only); free for age 17 and younger with paying adult. Information: (575) 405-7429 or

EP Chorale and Chamber Choir auditions — El Paso Choral Society hosts auditions by appointment for its 2018-19 chorale and chamber choir through Oct. 15, at El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N. Mesa. Rehearsals are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays. The choirs will perform Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 8 and another work in the spring at the Abraham Chavez Theater. Sign up for 10-minute auditions with General Director Prentice Loftin: 259-4999 or Information:

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.

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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