December 2018

Program Notes

LCSO with Alex Richardson — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, performs with guest tenor Alex Richardson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program includes Neapolitan Art Songs, Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Holiday Festival encores. Tickets: $42, $47 and $57. Information: (575) 646-3709, or on Facebook.
  Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performance at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Tickets prices vary. Information: 747-5606 or
• Jazz Concert is Thursday, Nov. 29, featuring commercial music, wind and percussion ensembles.
• Horn Choir Concert is Friday, Nov. 30.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Tuesday, Dec. 4, under the direction of Dr. Lowell Graham. Featuring music by Mozart, Bennett and Dvořák with Dr. Stephen Nordstrom, conductor, and Greg Luffey, saxophone. Admission: $5 ($3 students and military (free for UTEP students, faculty and staff, and ages 12 and younger).
• Flute Studio Recital is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with Barbara Lambrecht. Admission is free.

‘Sing We Now of Christmas’ — NMSU Department of Music presents the MasterWorks Chorus performing John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and other holiday favorites Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $10 ($5 with donation to the Aggie Cupboard). Information: (575) 646-2067 or

‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door, or in advance at Information:
  The annual musical celebration ushers in the Advent Season with classical choral masterpieces and holiday favorites, featuring the Consort Singers, with Bruce Nehring, conductor and organ, along with Five for Brass and other instrumentalists. The audience is in invited to join in singing familiar carols.

‘Holiday Harmony’ — Zaragoza Rotary Club presents pianist Francesco Attesti 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Woman’s Club of El Paso. The classical music performance features by Adrian Salas, an opera vocalist at UTEP. Tickets: $100; includes two glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres ( Information: 474-0113
  Proceeds benefit RotaCare, a free medical clinic in El Paso, as well as other humanitarian needs in the Community.

Poblano Piano Recital — The students of Alfredo Poblano perform in recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273.

Pro-Musica Progressive Dinner — El Paso Pro Musica Guild’s 4th annual Holiday Progressive Dinner benefiting Pro-Musica’s education program begins with cocktails 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing one Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park. Dinner hour is 7 to 9 p.m., and dessert and champagne at 9 p.m. at private homes The public is invited; reservations required. Cost: $100. Tickets and reservations: 747-8163 or

First Armored Division Band Holiday Concert — The First Armored Division Band at Fort Bliss presents its free annual holiday show, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Fort Bliss’s Sage Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are free and the public is invited; available at Information: 568-2263, 568-7001, or on Facebook at 1stArmoredDivisionBand.
  The concert features multiple genres and new takes on holiday classics.

Horacio Franco — The world renowned flutist presents a concert at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium, 500 W. University, and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, 211 N. Main, presented by Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte. Admission is free. Information: 532-5385 or on Facebook at CCMPDN.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony directed by Ron Hufstader opens its 2018-2019 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, with its “Tis the Season” holiday concert. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors (Ticketmaster). Information: or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts its 4th annual gala 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 7, at Summit Hall, 120 N. Festival, with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a savory dinner and song auction by Messiah soloists, and dancing to Azucar. RSVP encouraged by Dec. 1. Cost: $100 ($1,000 pr table); available at Information: 259-4999 or

Handel’s Messiah — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, hosts one of the world’s most beloved musical works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with a 100- voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: 259-4999 or

‘Ring Those Bells’ — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s holiday concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Directed by Nancy Ritchey, the concert features “What Star is This?,” “Silent Night” and “New Fallen Snow” featuring Carol Eberhart on violin, plus “Medieval Noel,” “Down in Bethlehem,” “Christmas Bells are Ringing” and more. Tickets: $10. Information: (575) 647-2560 or

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
  This year’s performers include the Vega String Quartet, pianist William Ransom, pianist Yuliya Gorenman and the rock cello ensemble Break the Reality.

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, or
  The Magic Flute was part of El Paso Opera’s first season, and the concert version celebrates this year’s 25th anniversary season.

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
• 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, 2019.
• 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, 2019.
• 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, 2019. Information:



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