September 2017

Program Notes

NMSU Department of Music — Recitals are in the Atkinson Music Recital Hall at NMSU. Information: (575) 646-2421, or on Facebook at NMSU MusicDept.
  Faculty Recital Series featuring Simón Gollo, violin and Jihye Chang, piano, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, performing Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Op. 78, 100, 108. Admission is free; donation welcome to support NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pops Under The Stars — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents the NMSU Masterworks Chorus performs with the LCSO at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 101 N. Main (Downtown Mall), in an evening of patriotic songs and popular music, including the Grand Finale 1812 Overture. Food, beverage and beer and wine available. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 (open seating); $50 VIP seating ($500 table of 10); available at Information: (575) 646-3709 or

‘Encores & Overtures’ — El Paso Opera and El Paso Ballet presents the annual event at 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, with dinner, silent auction and “An Opera Collective” of live entertainment featuring “Desert Gems” and other arts organizations. Ticket information: (opera) 581-5534 or, or (ballet) 760-6062 or

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1810 Elm (at Wheeling). Several students of Ezekiel Meza will participate. Refreshments and fellowship follow. Program is free; contributions welcome. Organ players invited to participate. Information: 532-5874.

El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future - Classical musicians ages 8 to 19 are invited to apply Sept. 15-Jan. 31 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.

EPSO ‘The Four Seasons’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, opens its season with guest violinist Chloé Trevor at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, in the Plaza Theatre, featuring Vivaldi’s “Le Quattro Staggioni, Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, 1919. Tickets: $16-$45 (Season tickets are $66-$222). Information: 532-3776 or
  Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
  In conjunction with the performance is the first of two “Artful Preludes” this season, where the symphony’s program theme will link with one of the El Paso Museum of Art’s special exhibitions. The first theme, Four Seasons” will link with “Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

Music Forum El Paso — The forum, now in its 29th season, presents a recital for violin and piano, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with sonatas by Henry Eccles, Johannes Brahms, Jean Marie Eclair, and Jose Pablo Moncayo, performed by Roberto Jurado, violin, and Esequiel Meza, piano. Admission is free. Information: 544-3081 or

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
• Faculty Recital Series guitar recital by Professor Hiram Rodriguez is Friday, Sept. 22, performing selected works by Granados, Brian Head, Torroba and others.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday, Sept. 28.
• 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.

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: or
Sept. 23: Ning An. An is a top-prize winner of many piano competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and the National Chopin Piano.
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.

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 Information:
  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.

UTEP Children’s Choir — UTEP Department of Music announces the return of the UTEP Children's Choir in September, in collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Tocando Music Project.
  The choir welcomes all boys and girls ages 8-11, no audition or previous musical experience required. Rehearsals are 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Cost is $20 per semester. A satellite UTEP Children’s Choir is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays Guillen Middle School. Information: Elisa Fraser Wilson, director, 747-8708 or; or Rocio Manriquez, director, 253-0683 or

3 Redneck Tenors — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the “new breed in the tenor genre” 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
  Starring Mr. Lord, Blake Davidson and Jonathan Frugé, the 3 Redneck Tenors have been entertaining audiences since 2006. The show was written by opera veteran Matthew Lord with music arranged by composer Craig Bohmler.
  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

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.

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

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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