January 2019

Program Notes

El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival — El Paso Pro-Musica presents its annual festival Jan. 10-Feb. 2 at various venues in El Paso and Las Cruces. Tickets to individual performances are $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth. Free Bach’s Lunch performances are noon each Thursday at El Paso Museum of Art. Information: 747-8163 or eppm.org.
  Ticket packages $170 ($130 senior and military, $30 student) for all shows; $125 ($100 senior and military, $25 student) for El Paso shows; and $40 ($30 senior and military, $10 student) for Las Cruces shows.
  This year’s performers include the Vega String Quartet, pianist William Ransom, pianist Yuliya Gorenman (performing Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier”) and the rock cello ensemble Break the Reality, which has covered such songs as the theme song from HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones.”
• The Vega String Quartet and Ransom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Star City Studios, 120 W Castellano, as well as 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 13, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall.
• An Afternoon with Zuill Bailey is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Fox Fine Art Recital Hall.
• Yulia Gorenman performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Star City Studios, as well as 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall.
• “Break of Reality” performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
  Zuill Bailey will perform the Dvořák Cello Concierto at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 in the annual collaboration with EPSO at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster).
  Free Bach’s Lunch events are noon Thursdays at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza:
Jan. 10: Vega String Quartet and William Ransom
Jan. 17: “Reflections on a Desert Winter” with pianist Dominic Dousa and violist Steven Nordstrom
Jan. 24: Yulia Gorenman
Jan. 31: Break of Reality.

EPSMF applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future will take applications online for its 2019 Young Musicians Competition, Instruments for Young Lives, and OM/NI project. Information: 449-0619 or epsmf.org.
• 2019 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.
• Instruments for Young Lives 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 15. Information: sjackson@epsmf.org.

EP Chorale and Chamber Choir auditions —El Paso Choral Society hosts auditions by appointment 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at El Paso Conservatory of Music, 801 N. Mesa. Rehearsals are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays. The spring performances of Verdi’s Requiem is Saturday, March 23 at Abraham Chavez Theater. Sign up for 10-minute auditions with General Director Prentice Loftin at 833-0263. Information: 259-4999 or auditions.epchoirs@gmail.com.Information: epchoralsociety.org.

El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras auditions — The El Paso Symphony will host Spring 2019 auditions Tuesday, Jan. 8. Auditions are open to musicians age 8 to 22 with at least one year of musical experience on an orchestral instrument. Opportunities for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. Call for audition appointment: 525-8978. Audition forms and requirements at EPSYOs.org.
  The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras were founded in 2005 as an Educational Program of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute:’ In Concert — El Paso Opera presents the semi-staged, concert version of the classic fairy tale of love and good versus evil at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at El Paso Scottish Rite Theatre, directed by El Paso Opera’s new Artistic Director Justin Lucero. Tickets: $39. Information: 581-5534, info@epopera.com or epopera.org.
  The Magic Flute was part of El Paso Opera’s first season, and the concert version celebrates this year’s 25th anniversary season. The lead roles of Tamino and Pamina will be played by two performers with Metropolitan Opera credits to their name, Brian Downen and Lindsay Ohse.

EPSO’s ‘The Romantics’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, presents Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, in the Plaza Theatre. These concerts mark the 14th annual collaboration between the EPSO and El Paso Pro-Musica, and features two of the great composers of the Romantic period – Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvořák. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Bailey is also the artistic director of Pro-Musica.
  Performances begin with the “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73” by Brahms which highlights the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Bailey will join the Orchestra in the second half in Dvořák’s “Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104.” This piece is considered the greatest cello concerto ever written and Dvořák’s best work.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Borderless Brass Band at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 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 mvjazzblues.net.
  Founded in 2017, the sextet plays traditional New Orleans Jazz music (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton) and also modern New Orleans music.

EPSYOs Concerto Competition — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras host their annual concerto competition Monday, Jan. 21, 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. 21, 2019. Performers must be a EPSYOs member or be enrolled in their school music program. Applications must be received by Jan. 14. Application fee is $40. Application, information: 525-8978 epsyos.org.
  The grand prize winner will perform with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras in the Side by Side Concert March 31 at the Plaza Theatre.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony directed by Ron Hufstader presents “Take A Tour of the World” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 25, at Eastlake High School, 13000 Emerald Pass. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors (Ticketmaster). Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ — El Paso Choral Society presents the one-act opera with costumes, set, choir, dancers, and soloists 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $25 lower level; $10 upper level. Information: 259-4999, epchoralsociety.org or epchoirs@gmail.com.
  Amahl, a shepherd boy, attempts to tell his mother about an unusual star that he has seen outside. Through his generosity and selflessness, all become witness to a miracle.

EPSYOs Winter Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, presents its winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Plaza Theatre. Ticket information: 525-8978,epsyos.org or on Facebook.

Young People’s Concerts — The El Paso Symphony Orchestra presents its 79th season of free programs for more than 12,000 5th grade students from El Paso, Canutillo, Anthony, Fabens and surrounding area, directed by James Welsch, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. This year's program, “The Orchestra Moves,” is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program. The public is invited on a space-available basis; call for availability. Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Approximately 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.

NMSU Department of Music — The 37th annual Southwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival is Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10, with guest conductors Paul Popiel of University of Kansas and Ricky Brooks of University of Central Arkansas, with guest composer James Grant. Most performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Admission is free. Information: (575) 646-2304 or music.nmsu.edu.

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.

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.

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