September 2019

Program Notes

Jazz at Sunset — El Paso Community College will host the free outdoor jazz show 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at EPCC’s Valle Verde Campus’s Americana Language Village, 919 Hunter. Performers are Emmy Award nominated L.A. guitarist Grant Geissman with special guests Michel Herndon Group, Frank Zona Group, Ruben Gutierrez Quintet and Azucar. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No alcohol or pets. Refreshments sold. Information: 831-2292 or

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. Ticket information: 747-5606 or
• A solo piano recital with Chris Reyman is Monday, Sept. 9, as part of the Faculty Recital Series. Reyman will perform jazz and improvised music that blurs the boundaries between composition and improvisation. The program will include music from his 2019 CD “KOAN,” as well as music recorded in 2018 and premier performances of newly composed works.
• Orchestra Concert is Tuesday, Sept. 24.
• UTEP jazz ensemble concert is 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.
• Wind Symphony Concert is Tuesday, Oct. 1.
• UTEP choirs present “Building Bridges” Thursday, Oct. 3, featuring the Chamber Singers and UTEP Undergraduate Trombone Quartet in their final performance before traveling to Leeds, England. They will share the stage with guest singers from Esperanza Azteca.
• Guest pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky performs Friday, Oct. 4.

Camerata del Sol — A summer concert featuring an innovative chamber music group from Las Cruces, El Paso and Juárez, is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. The concert will feature one string quartet, one string trio, and one duet between cello and violin. Admission is free; donations accepted. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  The group’s mission is to bring rarely performed works to area audiences.

‘Encores & Overtures’ — El Paso Opera hosts “A Superstitious Soirée” for its annual event Friday, Sept. 13, at El Paso Country Club, with cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live performances featuring Kellie Rumba Rattay and circus performance troupe Odd-Lab. Tickets: $125 ($1,250 table for ten); reservation deadline is Sept. 4. Information: 581-5534, or

Classical Drinking — Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) hosts the first of its new musical series 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla, featuring La Catrina String Quartet with special guest Jim Shearer. Cost: $15; tickets in advance at or at the door. Cash bar offered by Dry Point Distillers; non-alcoholic options offered. Information: (575) 523-6403.
  Classical Drinking will take place on the same day as the Second Saturday 10-10 Arts Hop, Upcoming dates are Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 in the fall and Feb. 8, March 14 and April 11 in the spring. Featured artists include Deena Kay Jones, piano, Eric Unsworth, double bass, Sarah Daughtrey, vocals, and Celeste Shearer, tuba.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Coolside Collective at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 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
  The band has been an active part of the Las Cruces jazz scene for years. The new lineup features Emma Steel on vocals and CJ Andrews on piano, with veteran members Dwight Goetz on trumpet, OJ Ojinaga on drums and Adriel Hernandez on bass.

EPSO’s ‘Four Guitars’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, opens its season with Università Guitar Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or
  Hiram Rodriguez (UTEP-UACJ), Martin Espinoza (UACH), Jesus Manuel Flores (UACH) and Daniel Monroy (UACJ) perform Rodrigo Concierto Andaluz for 4 solo guitars and Brahms Symphony No. 1, op. 68 in C minor.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. both nights in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

El Paso Chopin Piano Festival — The 25th Anniversary of the annual series of piano concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26, at the 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. 28: Josh Wright. Wright’s self-titled album topped the Billboard Classical Traditional Chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. He performed his debut recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in 2014. He also performed at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles as part of “America’s Got Talent” Season 9 and a was a prizewinner at the 2015 National Chopin Competition.

LCSO with Tim Fain —
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, opens its season with guest violinist Tim Fain at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 35’ Sergei Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, or on Facebook.

Alina Kuryayeva — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the renowned classical pianist at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Kuryayeva is best known for her innovative approach to presentation of classical music and superb command of her instrument. 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

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
  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.

El Paso Scene MONTHLY
This month's listings,
stories and columns

Feature story
Here's the Ticket
Program Notes
On Stage
Southwest Art Scene
At the Museum
History Lessons
Film Scene
Keep on Bookin'
Liner Notes
Stage Talk
Gallery Talk

Copyright 2019 by Cristo Rey Communications.