November 2017

Program Notes

United States/Mexico Youth Philharmonic Orchestra — “The Bridge” concert of El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (EPSYO), directed by James Welsch, will join orchestra and chorus members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez (OSEA) featuring more than 300 young musicians, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Teatro Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in Juarez, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Abraham Chavez Theatre, in El Paso. Tickets: $10-$15. Information: 525-8978 or

Steven Vanhauwaert Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the pianist at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25 ($5 students with ID). Information: (575) 405-7429, or  
  The Belgium native’s solo repertoire consists of works by Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, and Debussy. His program will feature stunning arrangements of classical favorites that will move and inspire audiences of all ages and walks of life.

LCSO with Rachel Barton Pine — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Lonnie Klein, presents the guest violinist Nov. 4-5 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto No. 5, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Romance in F and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35, $40 and $45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
   Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

Steven Vanhauwaert — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the pianist at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or
  A native of Belgium, Steinway Artist Steven Vanhauwaert made his official U.S. solo debut with a recital for the Jacaranda series.

‘The Five B’s’ – El Paso Pro-Musica opens its 40th anniversary season Nov. 5-6 with Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey (EPPM’s artistic director) and pianist Elizabeth DeMio performing works by Beethoven, Boccherini, Bruch, Bloch and Bailey. Special events and master classes for UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship are also planned.
  Performances are 2 p.m. Sunday at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 North Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or

David Nevue in Concert — Award winning pianist, composer and recording artist David Nevue performs for the first time in El Paso 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10,
at International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana. Nevue’s music can be heard on more than 220 radio programs worldwide as well as Spotify, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Music Choice and Pandora Radio. With a piano style somewhere between Chopin and George Winston, David Nevue’s music has a unique, melodic sound. Hosted by Desert Star Concert Series. Admission: $10. Information: 633-4197.

Opera Guild Luncheon — El Paso Opera Guild’s luncheon for current and prospective members is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Mi Piaci Ristorante, 5411 N. Mesa, to learn about the upcoming season. Tickets: $30 (by Nov. 6). Information: 581-5534 or

EPSYOs Fall Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 students, seniors and active duty military). Information: 525-8978 or

EPSO’s Music of John Williams — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay combines the worlds of movies and classical music at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, in the Plaza Theatre, the music of award winning film score composer John Williams including “ET: Adventures on Earth,” Concerto for Horn and Orchestra; March from “Raiders of the Lost Ark;” Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (The Five Sacred Trees); and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Suite medley. Tickets: $16-$45. Information: 532-3776 or  
  Opening notes are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

Holiday Revels, — UTEP Music Department’s annual gala holiday show, “One World, One Voice,” is 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20-21, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Featured ensembles include the UTEP Men and Women’s Glee Clubs, Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers along with the UTEP Ceremonial Brass. Music will include holiday favorites from around the world, as well as new choral compositions. Tickets: $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, staff and students). Information: 747-5606 or

‘A World of Guitar’ — Guitarist Nathan Conelius is this year’s featured artist for El Paso Pro-Music’s Young Artist Development Series in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at various locations. The residency features appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations. Information: 747-8163 or
  Main performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Las Cruces (location to be announced), and Friday, Dec. 1, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 youth.

Pro-Musica Progressive Dinner — El Paso Pro Musica Guild’s 3rd annual Holiday Progressive Dinner benefiting Pro-Musica’s education programs is Saturday, Dec. 2, where guests proceed to various locations for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entrée, then desserts. The public is invited; reservations required. Cost: $100. Tickets and reservations: 747-8163 or

Border Chorders — The El Paso men’s barbershop and a cappella group rehearses at 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. 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.

El Paso Choral Ensemble — El Paso Choral Ensemble holds open rehearsals at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Hall, 1810 Elm Street, in El Paso. Persons who love to sing and are willing to make a serious commitment are most welcome. All voices are needed (alto, soprano, bass, tenor, baritone, and mezzos). Information: director, Carl Smith: 261-3963 or

El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future - Classical musicians ages 8 to 19 are invited to apply through Jan. 31, 2018 for this year’s competition, open to instruments and voice. First, 2nd and 3rd Place cash awards offered, as well as recognition for achievement. Information: 449-0619. Applications:
  The 2018 New Instruments Award Program is also open for classical musicians age 8-19, based on musical excellence, academic achievement and unmet financial need.

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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