May 2018

Program Notes

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performance at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).Information: 747-5606 or
• UTEP Wind Symphony Concert is Thursday, April 26.
• Guest composers Erberk Eryilmaz and Arthur Hernandez present a recital of original chamber music Friday, April 27. Admission is free.
• Trombone Choir Concert is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Admission is free.
• Layali Al-Sham present their Spring concert Saturday, April 28.
• UTEP Horn Choir concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
• Commercial Music Ensemble performs popular repertoire from the 1940s-present, Sunday, April 29, including original material composed and arranged by student ensemble members.
• Jazz Concert is Monday, April 30.
• UTEP Symphony Band performs at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.
• UTEP Symphony Band performs Tuesday, May 1.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra presents “At the Movies” Thursday, May 3. Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

NMSU Department of Music — Most performances are at 7:30 p.m. the Atkinson. Admission is free, unless listed otherwise. Information: (575) 646-2304 or
• University Choirs’ the Statesmen, Women’s Chorale and University Singers perform “Americana,” featuring the music of Thursday, April 26.
• The Great American Trio performs Friday, April 27, featuring the music of composer James Grant, and the world premiere of “Two Lovers Dream” by Tom Clary.
• Horn Choir concert is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
• NMSU Philharmonic Spring Concert is Saturday, April 28, featuring works by Grieg, Piazzolla, Barber and Cerreño.
• Classical Jazz faculty recital series with Kaplan, Romero and friends is Sunday, April 29.
• Honors Recital is Sunday, May 6.

Celestial Sounds — Celestial Sounds Women’s Choir presents their spring concerts, “Poet’s Corner,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Missouri, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 102 St. James, both in Las Cruces. Notable choral works include those by James Mulholland, Gwyneth Walker, and John Rutter, set to poetry by Edna Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Robert Burns and others. Suggested donation: $5. Information: Carol Nike, (575) 202-9646, or on Facebook.

UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Renaissance and Baroque music on period instruments. Presented by the UTEP Department of Music. Admission is free; age 21 and older only. Information: 747-6630 or on Facebook at UTEP Early Music Ensemble.

‘Carmina Burana’ — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, presents the Carl Orff cantata, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Abraham Chavez Theater, accompanied by the Qrquestra Sinfonica de la UACJ. The concert will also include the “Carmen Suite” by Georges Bizet. Tickets: $10-$40 (Ticketmaster). Information:
  The music will be performed by a 100-voice El Paso Chorale, professional orchestra including the professional orchestra of Juarez, and professional soloists.

Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Tour — The celebrated opera’s apprentice program performs the operetta “Trinity” commissioned for the opera’s 50th anniversary tour at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Ralph Edwards Civic Center, 400 W. 4th Street, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. Admission is free. Information: Sierra County Arts Council (SCAC), (575) 894-0615.
  Reception with the performers follows at the Grapes Gallery, 407 Main. Admission: $10 donation.

Jack Glatzer — The classical violinist returns to Sierra County with a new program, “Tierras Encantadas,” devoted to the essence of New Mexico, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenore, in Hillsboro, N.M (next to Union Church). Cost: $10 at the door; $5 seniors and Sierra County Arts Council members. Information: (575) 895-5652, or on Facebook at hillsboronm.
  Glatzer combines music with images to express his feelings and experiences, interpreting the diversity and beauty of the land, as well as the rich history of the various cultures and spirit of the people.

Spring Piano Recital — Students of Mariko Reider perform piano arrangements at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, corner of Espina and Idaho, in Las Cruces, featuring organists from El Paso, Las Cruces and Chihuahua. Refreshments and fellowship follow. Program is free to the public; contributions welcome. Organ players invited to participate. Information: 532-5874.

‘Trinity’ – Santa Fe Opera presents the original one-act opera for its spring show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Good Samaritan Auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, Las Cruces, featuring young artists from the Opera’s Apprentice Program for Singers. Admission is free on a first come, first serve basis; door open one half hour before the show. Information:
  “Trinity” is set in southern New Mexico in the present day and during World War II, and is presented this spring in association with “Doctor Atomic,” one of the five operas featured in the 2018 festival season.

‘Inspired’: EPMSF Honoree Event and IYL Awards — El Paso Summer Music Festival will celebrate its 2018 honoree Cindy Graff Cohen at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Magic Bistro, 5034 Doniphan. The event also include the Instruments for Young Lives Awards (IYL), a program designed to support music students who demonstrate academic and musical excellence along with unmet financial need. Cost: $65. Reservations: 449-0619 or
  Cohen’s long-time role as a journalist has placed her in the midst of the arts and culture of the border region, providing support and visibility to arts organizations.
   This year’s instrument recipients are: Carlos Simental (Bb clarinet), a freshman at Horizon High School; and
Isaiah Herrera (double bass), a freshman at Eastwood High School.

LCSO with NMSU Masterworks Chorus — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, closes its season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5-6, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass, accompanied by NMSU Masterworks Chorus. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
   Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

‘Mozart by Moonlight’— El Paso Opera presents a night of opera under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Metropolitan opera tenor Brian Downen, baritone Ricardo Herrera, mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke, soprano Kellie Rumba Rattay and the Young Artists of El Paso Opera collaborate with conductor Bohuslav Rattay and orchestra for a concert of arias and ensembles from various Mozart operas. Tickets: $30; $15 children; $50 VIP seating ( or Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534 or on Facebook at Epopera.

Lara Downes – El Paso Pro-Musica closes its season with the pianist’s “American Icons,” with a special tribute to Leonard Bernstein and his 100th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The works come from one of her recent CD, “America Again,” where she tells musical stories of some of her fondest memories of unforgettable modern American music. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or
  An additional free performance is 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1001 Avenue D, in Carrizozo, N.M. Reception follows.

Bach’s Lunch Jr. — El Paso Pro-Musica presents a free performance with pianist Lara Downes, at noon Thursday, May 10, the El Paso Museum of Art, One Art Festival Plaza, designed for ages 6 and older. Information: (Pro-Musica) 747-8163, (El Paso Museum of Art), 212-3062 or

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony directed by Ron Hufstader concludes it season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the winner of the School Band Attendance Contest. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information:
  El Paso Wind Symphony is a professional concert band made primarily of residents of the Greater El Paso Area, most of whom are band directors in public and private schools.

Young Musicians recital — The finalists for this year’s Young Musicians Competition will perform in recital 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Star City Studio, 120 W. Castellano. The competition calls to exceptionally talented students between the ages of 8 and 19 to compete for cash awards with classical music repertoire. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 449-0619 or
  This year’s finalists:
• Kathleen Liang, piano, a freshman at Coronado High School.
• Erasto Cortés II, piano, a sophomore at Radford School.
• Jonathan López, clarinet, a former student of Mountain View High School and currently a freshman at the University of British Columbia.
• Andrés Rico, piano, a junior at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher education in Ciudad Juárez.
• Juan Alexis Sanchez, violin, a senior at Colegio de Bachilleres in Ciudad Juárez.
• Brandon Torres, alto saxophone, a junior at Horizon High School.
• Vincent Yang, piano, and eighth grader at Radford School.

EPSYOs ‘New World Rhythms’ — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, performs its season finale concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 students, seniors and active duty military); tickets required for age 3 and older. information: 525-8978 or

‘Nouveau Chamber’ — El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series concludes its season with the musical performance featuring saxophonist Daniel Rivera and a seven-piece string ensemble 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Philanthropy Theatre (next to the Plaza Theatre). Tickets: $16 (Ticketmaster). Information: 533-4020 or
  The pieces are influenced by classical, Latin and film music, and explore travel and human history.

Patriotic Celebration Honoring Our Armed Forces — The Bruce Nehring Singers present the pre-Memorial Day Weekend concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae. The 32-member chorus will be accompanied by Bruce Nehring, organ, and the Brass Quintet, with a color guard opening the program. Admission is free; an offering will be taken. Information: 532-5874.

‘Arts Beat” concert — EPSO’s outreach initiative, Tocando, performs 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza. Third through 7th graders from Hart Elementary School and Guillen Middle School will perform classical and original music compositions inspired by the exhibition, “Papel Chicano Dos.” Information: 212-0300 or
  Tocando, in partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school children. The EPSO is accepting band and/or orchestra instrument donations for the Tocando program.

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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