January 2020

Program Notes


El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its annual festival Jan. 8-Feb. 1, at various venues in El Paso and Las Cruces. Free Bach’s Lunch performances are noon each Thursday at El Paso Museum of Art. Tickets: $145 ($100 senior/military; $25 students) for all shows; $95 ($65 senior/military; $15 students) for El Paso shows only; $50 ($35 senior/military; $10 students) for Las Cruces shows only. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
  Pianist Matt Herskowitz performs “From Gershwin to Gottschalk” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Dona Ana Arts Council Culture Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, with champagne reception at 7 p.m.
  “Celebrating Beethoven” featuring Zuill Bailey is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Double Eagle Restaurant on the Plaza in Mesilla, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, followed by a reception.
  El Paso Pro-Musica’s and El Paso Symphony’s annual collaborative performance, “A Grammy Performance,” is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, at the Plaza Theatre, performing Saint-Saens Concerto for Cello No. 1 and Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme. Tickets: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Catalyst String Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Dona Ana Arts Council Culture Center in Mesilla, with champagne reception at 7 p.m.; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the finest in Latin American Music. Additional performance to be announced on Friday, Jan. 24.
  Lynn Harrell, the “Dean of American Cellists," performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
  Free Bach’s Lunch events are noon Thursdays at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza (Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30).

‘Pagliacci’ — El Paso Opera, presents R. Leoncavallo’s traditional opera about passion, jealousy and revenge featuring a chamber orchestra in an intimate setting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan 10-11, at St. Rogers Depot, 420 N. Campbell. Tickets: $39 general admission (includes a sweet treat during intermission). information: 581-5534, info@epopera.org, epopera.org or on Facebook.
  One Of opera’s most treasured works, “Pagliacci” is a frighteningly timeless tale of passion, jealousy and revenge. This Italian masterpiece by Ruggero Leoncavallo contains one of the most famous tenor arias in history and culminates in a play-within-a-play performance that cleverly depicts life imitating art imitating life at its most violent.
  St. Rogers Depot is an iconic downtown space renovated for special events. Audiences will share the intimate space with the performers, chorus and chamber orchestra.

Maxwell Quartet — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the classical and Scottish folk group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. The Glasgow-based quartet is regarded one of Britain's finest string quartets. They perform regularly across the UK and abroad, at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and the BBC Chamber Music Proms. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

EPPM Guild Brunch — El Paso Pro-Musica hosts a brunch with a special performance by cellist Zuill Bailey and renowned pianist and conductor Eduard Zilberkant at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the home of Samuel and Denise Caballero, 4751 Vista del Monte. Cost is $40, with food, music and the opportunity to meet Bailey and Zilberkant, and includes an annual membership to El Paso Pro-Musica Guild. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.

EPSO with Zuill Bailey — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs its annual collaborative concert with El Paso Pro-Musica featuring cellist Zuill Bailey at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, in the Plaza Theatre. Featured is Saint-Saëns’ Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1, op. 33 in A minor; Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, op. 70 in D minor. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $12 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  These concerts celebrate the 15th annual collaboration between the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and El Paso Pro-Musica, whose joint mission is to present world-renowned artists to perform on multiple stages throughout El Paso, reaching a broader audience. Bailey is a Grammy Award winner, distinguished soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, who is also Artistic Director of Pro-Musica.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird. Open to singers, instrumentalists, pianists, and organists. The church has a manual Rodgers organ and Kawai grand piano. Western Hills Handbells are invited to play. Program is free to the public; contributions welcome. Attendees may bring refreshments to share. Information: 532-5874.

EPSYO Concerto Competition — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra hosts its annual concerto competition Monday, Jan. 20, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. Open to all young musicians who live in the El Paso region (within 60 miles of El Paso) up to the age of 22 as of Jan. 20, 2020. Performers must be a EPSYO member or enrolled in their school music program. Applications must be received by Jan. 13. Application fee is $40. Application, information: 525-8978 or info@epsyos.org.
  The grand prize winner will perform with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra in the Side by Side Concert March 29 at the Plaza Theatre.
  One current EPSYO student will be selected to perform with one of the EPSYO orchestras at either the 2019-2020 Season Finale Concert on May 17 or another predetermined concert.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. For most events, tickets are $5 ($3 students, military and seniors, free for UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 and younger. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• UTEP Song Festival is Monday, Jan. 20.
• Wind Symphony Concert is Tuesday, Feb. 18.
• Guest recital with percussionist Mark Stone is Thursday, Feb. 20. Stone. Associate professor of world music and percussion at Oakland University, performs original works for gyil, array mbira, and karimba. Traditional West African music selections will be performed in collaboration with UTEP faculty, Andy P. Smith, and students.
• Orchestra concert is Tuesday, Feb. 25.
• Layali Al-Sham — The Middle Eastern world music ensemble performs Saturday, Feb. 29.

Alina Kiryayeva — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the globally renowned concert pianist at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan 26, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Kiryayeva’s new program, “Modern Piano,” is a fusion of classical and popular styles from the most exciting and colorful master works by Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven. Tickets: $25. Information: (575) 405-7429, lascrucescca.org or on Facebook at LCCivicConcertAssoc.

Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents its 80th season of free programs for 5th-graders at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 29-31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program for the 9th year, and directed by James Welsch. The public is invited on a space-available basis; call for availability. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  About 4,000 students will attend the opening day of the Young People’s Concerts. Students will play the recorder or violin and interact with the orchestra. A total of more than 12,000 5th grade students from El Paso, Canutillo, Anthony, Fabens and surrounding area will attend the concerts.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Pebble Hills High School, 14400 Pebble Hills. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors. Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

EPSMF applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future will take applications online for its 2020 Young Musicians Competition, Instruments for Young Lives, and OM/NI project. Information: 449-0619 or epsmf.org.
• 2020 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.
• New Instruments Awards is open to classical musicians age 8-19 who have demonstrated musical excellence, academic achievement and unmet financial need. Application deadline is Jan. 31.
• 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 31. Information or OM/NI applicants: sjackson@epsmf.org.

First Fridays Series — El Paso Opera’s new monthly series of free community outreach performances are the first Friday of every month at a different location. Information: 581-5534 or epopera.org.

EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

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 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.

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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