November 2019

Program Notes

First Fridays Series — El Paso Opera’s new monthly series of free community outreach performances are the first Friday of every month at a different location. Information: 581-5534 or
  The Nov. 1 performance is 5 p.m. at El Paso Convention Center during “A Christmas Fair” featuring Holly Mesarch, Sarah Neely & Amy Ramspoth.
  The Dec. 6 performance is noon at El Paso International Airport featuring Heather Dials and Amy Ramspoth.

NMSU Department of Music — Most performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe. Admission is free, unless otherwise listed. Information: (575) 646-2304 or
• “An Evening of Brazilian Piano Music” with guest pianist Justin Badgero Thursday, Nov. 7.
• Faculty and Guest Artist Recital, “The Music of South America for Voice, Piano and Cello” is Saturday, Nov. 9.
  The 51st annual NMSU Jazz Festival and Jazz Jump Start featured performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall, with guest artists trombonist Andy Martin and Grammy-winning pianist and woodwind player Gordon Goodwin, leader of the Big Phat Band, along with violinist Antonio Perez. Ticket information: (575) 646-5341 or
  The MasterWorks Chorus, led by Randi Bolding, and New Horizons Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jorge Martinez-Rios, presents Mozart’s “Requiem” Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22. Tickets: $10; free for students.
  Studio and Ensemble recitals and concerts:
• Friday, Nov. 1: Clarinet Studio.
• Sunday, Nov. 3: Piano Studio
• Tuesday, Nov. 5: Horn Studio
• Wednesday, Nov. 13: Trumpet Studio
• Sunday, Nov. 10: NMSU Symphonic Band Concert.
• Tuesday, Nov. 12: NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
• Tuesday, Nov. 19: NMSU Wind Symphony Concert
• Thursday, Nov. 21: NMSU Masterworks Chorus Concert

Disney and Pixar's Coco ‘Live’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will give new life to one of Disney/Pixar’s most beloved films, “Coco” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Plaza Theatre, in celebration of Día de los Muertos.
Conductor James Welsch will lead the El Paso Symphony Orchestra performing Michael Giacchino’s beautiful score on stage, while the award-winning film plays on a screen above the orchestra. Presentation licensed by Disney and Pixar. Tickets: $25, $45, $55 and $60 (Ticketmaster).

‘Women’s Voices’ — El Paso Pro-Musica in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, presents the all-female Bergamot Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in Nov. 7, at Dona Ana Arts Council’s Arts and Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla; and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. The performances are part of the 2019 Young Artist Development Series in collaboration with John Hopkins University. Champagne reception precedes the Las Cruces performance at 7 p.m. Information: 747-8163 or
  The Quartet is known for breaking down barriers in Classical Music and are dedicated to perform works by 21st Century Composers, primarily female composers.
  The residency features appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations in Las Cruces and El Paso Nov. 4-9.

Classical Drinking — Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) hosts its monthly musical series 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, featuring solo pianist Dena Kay Jones at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. 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.

EPSYOs Fall Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform their opening concert of their 14th season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or

Sunday Afternoon Vespers — A recital featuring pianist Vanessa Johnson and mezzo-soprano Kristen Boyea is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: or

‘What is Opera?’ — UTEP Opera’s fall showcase is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10-11, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring special guest artist Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson. Includes music from timeless opera composers such as Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Bernstein. Admission: $12; $8 seniors and military, non-UTEP Students; $5 UTEP students, faculty and staff. Information: 747-5606 or
  What is Opera? Opera combines the unamplified human voice, high drama, farcical comedy, dance and more. Opera is romance, opera is vengeance. Opera is comedy, opera is tragedy. Opera is athletic, opera is elegant. Opera is highbrow and lowbrow. Opera is for everyone.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. except as listed. For most events, tickets are $5 ($3 students, military and seniors, free for UTEP students, faculty, staff and children 12 and younger. Information: 747-5606 or
• Wind Symphony Concert is Tuesday, Nov. 12, featuring music of Jodie Blackshaw, Julie Giroux, Tchaikovsky, Holst, and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Schwantner.
• Commercial Music Ensemble performs Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, in the Fox Fine Arts Studio Theater. The Ensemble, directed by Chris Reyman, performs with students from the Department of Theatre and Dance. The piece is an original choreography created by dance faculty member Sandra Paola López Ramírez and dance students with original music by Chris Reyman and his Commercial Music Ensemble.
• Symphony Band Concert is Thursday, Nov. 14 with the UTEP Clarinet Choir directed by Dr. Jim Logan. The band welcomes guest composer Gabe Musella, Assistant Music Director of UIL, and Professor Kenny Capshaw on trumpet as they premiere a work for solo trumpet and band composed in memory of those whose lives were lost Aug. 3, 2019 in El Paso.
• Guest recital featuring Ernest Salem violin, is Monday, Nov. 18. Salem, Professor of Violin at California State University-Fullerton, will be accompanied by Alison Edwards, piano. The recital will feature works by Bloch, Schubert, Wienwiaski, and Ravel.
• Commercial Music Ensemble concert is Tuesday, Nov. 19, with original music composed by music students for a UTEP Dance performance, with dance student collaborators.
• UTEP Jazz Ensemble concert is Thursday, Nov. 21, with guest artist Scott Whitfield, known for his work with many contemporary big bands.
• Fall Studio Recital from the Studio of Stephanie Meyers is Friday, Nov. 22.

EPSO’s ‘The Planets’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, in the Plaza Theatre. Featured is Strauss’s ”Also sprach Zarathustra,” John Williams’ ” Star Wars Force Awakens” Suite, and Holst’s ”The Planets” (Mars, Jupiter, Uranus) accompanied by a film produced by Emmy-nominated astronomer and visual artist Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, KV 265 Executive Director. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or
  Since Holst’s masterpiece debuted in 1919, mankind’s relationship with space has led to manned flights to the moon, rovers on Mars and satellites exploring the solar system. The film takes the audience in a journey through outer space examining Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, the Sun, and beyond.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

EPCC Music Faculty — El Paso Community College Music Faculty members perform for the public 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plaza. Reception follows in the mezzanine. Admission is free. Information: 831-2361 or

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents New Impressions at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 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
  The concert is also the CD release party for New Impressions, consisting of Curt Warren on guitar, Erik Unsworth on double bass and Ricky Malichi on drums.

New Horizons Symphony — The symphony presents Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22, at NMSU’s Aktinson Recital Hall, 1075 Horseshoe, directed by Jorge Martinez-Rios and featuring Masterworks Chorus directed by Randi Bolding. Admission is free; donations accepted. Reception follows. Information: (575) 521-8771 or

‘Chichester Psalms’ and ‘Missa di Gloria’ — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, presents an extended choral composition in three movements by Leonard Bernstein Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, along with “Missa di Gloria” by Giacomo Puccini. Time and ticket information: 259-4999 or
  Bernstein scored the work, arranged from the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew, for a reduced orchestra, but also made a version for a smaller ensemble of organ, one harp, and percussion.

Holiday Revels, — UTEP Music Department’s annual gala holiday show is 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25-26, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Music includes much-loved holiday favorites from around the world, as well as new choral compositions, featuring UTEP University Chorus, Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers along with the UTEP Ceremonial Brass and other guest artists. Refreshments available in lobby before the performance at 6:30 p.m. Ticket information: 747-8708 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.


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