April 2017

Program Notes



UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, unless listed otherwise. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• Orchestra Concert is Thursday, March 30.
• UTEP Early Music Ensemble is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 15, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Admission is free; age 21 and older only.
• UTEP Jazz Bands in Concert is Wednesday, April 5.
• Opera UTEP presents “Fledermaus & Friends” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8-9, with the iconic party scene (Act II) of Johann Strauss' beloved operetta, “Die Fledermaus,” complete with special guests and hosted by Felipa Solis. Rounding out the program are selections by Strauss contemporaries and music influenced by The Waltz King. Admission: $8-$12. Free age 12 and under, or UTEP ID.
• Faculty Recital Series with Stephen Nordstrom, violin is Monday, April 10. Admission: $3-$8.
• Percussion Ensemble Concert “Not So Heavy Metal” is Wednesday, April 12, featuring vibraphone music by Elliot Cole, Andy Akiho’s “Alloy” for Steel Pans and metallic drumset, and additional works for metallic percussion.
  • Commercial Music Ensemble Recital is Monday, April 17.
• Trumpet Studio Recital from the studio of Nancy Taylor is Tuesday, April 18.Students perform music for as few as three to as many as 18 trumpets. Admission is free.
• Chris Reyman Faculty Recital with the Koan Ensemble is Wednesday, April 19. The Koan Ensemble is a music and dance improvisation ensemble.
• UTEP Guitar Ensembles Concert is Thursday, April 20. The ensemble will be joined by New York jazz musicians Herb Robertson (trumpet) and Lou Grassi (drums). Admission: $3-$8.
• Choralfest performances are 6:30 p.m. Monday, and 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24-25. Admission is free.
• Symphony Band performs Wednesday, April 26.
• Symphonic Winds perform Thursday, April 27.
• Layali Al-Sham Spring Concert is Saturday, April 29. The evening will include performances of Middle Eastern folk and popular music, dance, and poetry.
• UTEP Horn Choir Concert is Sunday, April 30, under the direction of Richard Lambrecht. Admission is free.

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra — Grant County Community Concert Association, Mimbres Region Arts Council and WNMU hosts the orchestra’s annual performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Conductor is Lonnie Klein. Admission: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (MRAC), (575) 538-2505 or mimbresarts.org, or Grant County Community Concert Association, (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.

UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, 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.

Wind Symphony Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the recipient of the EPWS Young Musician’s Award. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
  El Paso Wind Symphony, now in its 21st season, 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.

LCSO with Dmitri Ratser — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents guest pianist April 1-2 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, performing the music of Mussorgsky and Rosenblatt, Liszt and Rimsky. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or lascrucessymphony.com.
  Maestro Lonnie Klein hosts Lonnie’s Spotlight Luncheon Thursday, March 30, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Call for details.

Piano Recitals — The El Paso Music Teachers Association hosts its students in recital at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, with piano or chamber music of various styles performed by K-12 students. Admission is free. Information: (915) 231-9581.

‘Java Love’ — NMSU Music, Art, and Creative Writing students present an interdisciplinary evening of art, poetry, song and opera at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. The performance will place the opera in the context of a coffee house “open-mic” night of poetry and song, performed by vocal and creative writing students, that will both introduce and lead into the opera, about a young man (the barista) attempting to write a love poem. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-8199 or music.nmsu.edu.
  Featured is “Grant & Grace,” an opera in one act by Music Department Head Lon W. Chaffin, directed by Ron Gillis and Sarah Daughtrey, and assisted by Lily Hoang.
  Prior to the performance, the evening will begin with a “coffee house” for audience members (free coffee and treats) with a display of student artwork (coordinated by Michelle Lanteri, interim NMSU Art Gallery director) at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby outside Atkinson Recital Hall.

Young Artist Development Series — Trio Jinx is this year’s featured artists for El Paso Pro-Musica in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, Young Artists Development Series residency with appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations April 4-8. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
  The residency concludes with a Special Family Concert 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $5.
  A performance “Pop Up” concert and champagne toast celebrating Grammy winner Zuill Bailey is 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the El Paso Museum of Art.

NMSU Department of Music — Recitals are in the Atkinson Music Recital Hall at NMSU. Performances are 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Admission is free to most events. Information: (575) 646-2421, music.nmsu.edu or on Facebook at NMSU MusicDept.
• Wednesday, April 5: Clarinet Studio
• Tuesday, April 11: Percussion Studio
• Monday, April 17: Trumpet Studio
• Friday, April 21: NMSU Jazz Band
• Saturday, April 22: Percussion Recital, 1 p.m.
• Sunday, April 23: Horn Choir, 3 p.m., and Flute Studio, 7:30 p.m.
April 28-29: MasterWorks Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

‘Fledermaus & Friends’ — Opera UTEP hosts Prince Orlofsky’s wild and crazy party (Act 2 of Johann Strauss Jr.’s ‘Die Fledermaus) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8-9, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Additional music sung by UTEP vocalists will include the “other” Strauss, operetta and operatic parodies.
Admission: $12; $8 seniors, military, non-UTEP Students; free for children 12 and under, UTEP students, faculty & staff. Information: 747-6220 or utep.edu/opera.
  Additional special guests include the UTEP Brass Choir directed by Steve Haddad; UTEP Ballet with choreography by Lisa Smith; and others. Host is Felipa Solis.
  “Die Fledermaus” is one of the most famous of Viennese operettas. At the estate of an eccentric Russian prince, the “hero,” Eisenstein, is confronted by his maid pretending to be a rising young actress, his wife disguised as an exotic Hungarian countess and the local prison warden who is supposed to have that night put Eisenstein in jail.
  In addition, the evening features vocal waltzes, classics such as “O Sole Mio,” “Il bacio” and “I Want to be a Prima Donna” and songs and arias from contemporaries of Johann Strauss.

Mozart’s Requiem — El Paso Choral Society presents the Mozart masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. The 100+ voice El Paso Choral Society Chorale and Orchestra has been performing the major choral and orchestral works in El Paso for over 70 Years. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: epchoralsociety.org.
  The performance also features The Barber of Seville Overture, John Williams Tango (with dancers), and the Intermezzo and Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s Opera Cavalleria Rusticana. EPCS General Director Prentice Loftin will conduct, with Dr. Stephanie Meyers as concertmaster and violin soloist. Guest soloists will be Heather Dials, soprano; Melissa Parks, alto; Gregory Schmidt, tenor; and Levi Hernandez, bass.

UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, 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.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra — The Symphony, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, closes its season with “Expressions of Love” featuring guest pianist Alon Goldstein at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in the Plaza Theatre, with Schumann’s Piano concerto, op. 54, A minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, op. 64, E minor. Tickets: $16, $21, $32, $37 and $42 (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Goldstein is an Israeli native and winner of the Arianne Katcz Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Nena Wideman Competition in the U..S and the Francois Shapira competition in Israel. Goldstein will record two new CDs on Naxos this year, featuring works by Dvorak and Mozart.
  Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
  Following the concert is the “Symphony Street Celebration” at Arts Festival Plaza, with food trucks.

USAF Rampart Winds — The United States Air Force Academy Band Rampart Winds will present a free public concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Coronado High School Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium,100 Champions. Tickets encouraged but not required, and can be obtained the Coronado High School front office, or by calling (915) 236-2000.
  The USAF Academy Band Rampart Winds features a variety of musical styles including original works, standard and contemporary classical literature, traditional American classics, and patriotic songs.

Steven Isserlis – El Paso Pro-Musica closes its season with one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at First Baptist Church in El Paso, 805 Montana. Tickets: $25. Information: 833-9400 or eppm.org.
  The British cellist is known for his diverse repertoire, distinctive sound deployed with his use of gut strings, and command of phrasing. He is author of two children’s books about famous musicians, and another book aimed at young musicians.

Cherish the Ladies — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the traditional Irish music group at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or gcconcerts.org.
  Under the leadership of flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, “Cherish the Ladies” offer a blend of instrumental talents, vocals and step dancing. The group is celebrating 30 years together.

Lucy Scarbrough concert — Lucy Scarbrough will give a piano concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the USASMA Memorial Chapel (formerly Biggs Chapel), 11275 Biggs, on Fort Bliss. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: Information: 584-1595.
  To get there: North from I-10 on Patriot Fwy (54), Exit 601, exit Sergeant Major Blvd, North on Biggs. Chapel on right.
  Scarbrough is founder and director of the El Paso Chopin Festival. She also founded and is director of the El Paso Civic Orchestra. She will perform a program of classical music, mostly Chopin, and will include some of her own compositions.

Wind Symphony Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony closes it season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the winner of the School Band Attendance Contest. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com.
  El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader and now in its 21st season, 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 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. This year’s finalists performing are Cassandra Beato, Erasto Cortés II, Regina Famatigan, Samuel Maddox, Lauren Samonte, and Vincent Yang. Sponsored by El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future, a nonprofit organization. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 449-0619 or epsmf.org.

Symphony auditions — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Lee Ross Capshaw Auditorium, Coronado High School, 100 Champions Place. Applications due by April 24. Information: EPSO Personnel Manager LeAnn Isaac, 637-8144. Audition application, requirements and music available at epso.org.
  Positions open are Concertmaster, Principal 2nd Violin, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin, Principal Bass, Assistant Principal Bass, Section Violin, Section Viola and Section Cello.

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. Director is Anthony Bartholomew. Singers in all male vocal ranges welcome. Information: Gayle Hageman 822-3000 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.

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 drcarlwsmith@yahoo.com.

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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