March 2019

Program Notes

‘Music Beyond Borders’ — NMSU Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez merge for “Music Beyond Borders” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe. Admission is free, but donations will be directed to scholarships for future NMSU music students, as well as purchasing instruments for the Esperanza Azteca program, among other needs. Information: (575) 646-2304 or
  The concert is an initiative led by the Mexican consulate in El Paso, Maestro Simon Gollo of NMSU, Maestro Jové García of OSEA, and the “Amigos de la Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez” association.

UTEP Clarinet Day — UTEP Department of music hosts a day of clarinet-related events 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Building, with recitals, Master classes, vendors and more. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with rehearsal conducted by Andrew Hunger 9 to 10 a.m.; all clarinet players invited to bring their instrument and join in. Registration is free at Information: 747-5606.
  The Festival Clarinet Choir performance begins at 4 p.m., preceded at 3 p.m. by a UTEP Clarinet Studio Recital.
  Other events:
• Clarinet Repair 101 presentation by John Pleasant at 10 a.m.
• Clarinet Recital by Dr. James Logan, DMA accompanied by Dr. Dominic Dousa, Piano at 11 a.m., with a Master Class by Logan at 1 p.m.
• “Another World: A look at the German Clarinet" By Dr. David Ross presentation. at 2 p.m.

The Art of Entertainment — The Art of the Arts Society presents a performance by pianist Laurie Koval at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at International Museum of Art parlor, 1211 Montana, with a Name That Tune and requests session. Koval is an audience favorite at the Plaza Classic Film Festival when she performs on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Admission is free; donations welcome. Museum membership encouraged. Information: 543-6747.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. Information: 747-5606 or
  Admission: $5 Adults, $3 students, military and seniors; free for UTEP students, faculty, staff, and age 12 and under, unless listed otherwise.
• UTEP Wind presents a “farewell” concert for the American Bandmasters Association National Convention performance under the direction of Dr. Bradley Genevro Monday, March 4, featuring guest trombonists Barry Hearn, Rich Harris, Pete Madsen, and Steve Wilson.
• Faculty Recital series performance with Stephen Nordstrom, violin and Michael Way, cello, is Tuesday, March 5, with music for string duo and string trio by Bach, Martinu, and Dohanyi.
Nordstrom and Way will be joined by guest artist and violinist Kevin Nordstrom of Wright State University.
• UTEP Jazz Bands, directed by Eric Unsworth (Ensemble 2) and Kenneth Capshaw (Ensemble 1), perform Monday, March 11, with big band music in swing, Latin, and jazz rock styles.
• Faculty Recital with Brian Downen, tenor, and Dr. Esequiel Meza, piano, is Tuesday, March 12, featuring arias and songs, including “En Paz,” a new song cycle by composer Jorge Martín, with text by Mexican poet Amado Nervo. The songs were commissioned by Downen and received their premiere performance at UTEP in 2018. Other songs from the Romantic and Modern eras will feature operatic arias from the bel canto repertoire. Admission: $8 ($5 students, military and seniors; $3 for UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 and under).
• UTEP Symphony and Concert Bands present a Brass Celebration featuring guest soloist Alan Baer, principal tuba for the New York Philharmonic, Thursday, March 14.
• El Paso Pro Musica and the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship presents Kaoru Wantanabe Tuesday, March 21. The New York-based innovative drum and flute virtuoso is known for his performances with top artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jason Moran and Bando Tamasaburo; and his work on the soundtracks of directors Wes Anderson and Martin Scorcese. Cost: $12 ($8 students, military and seniors, $5 UTEP faculty, students and staff).
• Guest recital with Steven Mayer, piano is Friday, March 29. Mayer performs works by Schumann, Ives, Gottschalk and Art Tatum. Admission: $10 ($8 Military, Seniors; $5 Students; free for UTEP faculty and staff).

‘Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments & Wondrous Stories’ — Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter performs 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S, Solano. They will perform on two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern and more. Music includes traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as original compositions blended with stories of humor and adventure. Admission: $20; with a sliding scale to pay what you can. Information: (575) 522-7281 or

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony directed by Ron Hufstader celebrates American Composers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the TMEA Region 22 All-State Musicians. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors (Ticketmaster). Information: or on Facebook at El Paso Wind Symphony.

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 8, 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, or Grant County Community Concert Association, (575) 538-5862 or

LCSO with Andrea Padova — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, performs with the guest pianist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9-10, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, with Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini.” Tickets: $42, $47 and $57. Information: (575) 646-3709, or on Facebook.
  Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

UTEP Chorale concert — UTEP Chorale and Chamber Singers present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, performing both secular and sacred choral music. Admission is free; donations welcome to support the Chamber Singers’ upcoming trip to Leeds, England. Information: 747-5606, or

EPSMF OM/NI applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future will take applications online for its 2019 OM/NI (Original Music/New Ideas) project through March 15. This 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.” Information:, 449-0619 or

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Oñate High School Jazz Ensemble at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 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

Verdi’s Requiem — El Paso Choral Society presents the masterpiece requiem at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Abraham Chavez Theatre, performed by a 150-voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Directed by Prentice Loftin, with concertmaster Stephanie Meyers. Tickets: $10 to $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: 259-4999 or
  Both Danielle Talamantes, soprano, and David Portillo, tenor, perform with the Metropolitan Opera this season. Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano, will perform at the Lyric Opera of Chicago before making her El Paso debut. Bass Stephen Morshceck’s season includes classical works with Camerata Chicago and Southwest Florida Symphony Opera.

Bruce Nehring Consort — The consort concludes its 28th season at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at First Baptist Church, 801 Montana, with a program featuring Charles Gray of St. Olaf College, who will perform as violin soloist and also conduct the Consort Players. Bruce Nehring will conduct the Consort Singers. Ticket: $20 ($15 seniors, military; $5 students). Information: 532-5874‬ or
  Program includes Holberg, Op. 40 #1 “Prelude” by Grieg; Five Pieces for Strings, Op. 44 by Hindemith; Divertimento in F, K138 by Mozart; “Soon-A Will Be Done” by Dawson; Christus Factus Est by Bruckner; “I Want to Live with God” by Clary; Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 #1 in D by Corelli;
“Hymn a Sainte Ceceile” by Gounod; “Pilgrim’s Chorus” by Wagner; “Kyrie” by Mendelssohn; “Impromptu” by Sibelius; “An English Suite” by Parry; and Elijah (from the Oratorio) by Mendelssohn.

Sergei Teleshev & Veronika Shabashova — Showtime! El Paso presents the world-renowned performers at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre Individual tickets are $30 ($10 ages 6-18, and student up to age 25 with ID). Information: 247-2726, pr
  Internationally-acclaimed Sergei Teleshev, performs works by Bach, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and more. An engaging entertainer, Sergei collaborates with world-renowned artists, ensembles and orchestras. Master of the Accordion. He performs with classically trained, world-renowned violinist, singer, actress and dancer Veronika Shabashova.
  5-ticket packages available for $75 that can be used interchangeably for this and/or other remaining season show. For more information, go to
  Teleshev and Shabashova will also perform at:
•3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25; $5 students 18 and older with I.D.; free for age 17 and younger with paying adult. Information: (575) 405-7429 or Presented by Las Cruces Civic Concert Association.
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult). Information: (575) 538-5862 or Presented by Grant County Community Concert Association.

Early Music Concert — Sprezzatura Quartet presents a concert of Renaissance and Baroque music with short lectures on music history 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Dorris Van Doren Public Library, 5531 E. Redd. Admission is free. Information: (818) 359-9075 or
  Concert followed by a recorder workshop for beginners; bring a recorder.

EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert — Performers from El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and El Paso Symphony Orchestra combine forces at the 12th annual Side-by-Side performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the Plaza Theatre, with musicians from the El Paso Symphony and El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Tocando. Tickets: $15-$34; available at Information: 525-8978.

‘Hatikvah — Hope Reborn’ — Israel pianist Astrith Baltsan performs in the multi-media concert telling the story of Israel’s national anthem at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $5; advance reservations required at or call 842-9554. Free parking at Sun Bowl garage.
  The concert has been performed over 350 times in 17 countries on five continents. The El Paso concert is underwritten by Stanlee and Gerald Rubin, and Dana and Adam Frank.

‘Cruzar la Cara de la Luna’ — El Paso Opera presents the world’s first mariachi-based opera, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the Abraham Chavez Theater, featuring Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos. Sung in Spanish with English translation. Tickets: $25-$90 (Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534,, or on Facebook.
  “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” is a blend of both opera and mariachi that chronicles three generations of a family separated by countries and cultures. The show premiered in Houston and has been performed around the country.

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.

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