April 2020

Program Notes

EPSMF OM/NI applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future will take applications online for its 2020 OM/NI (Original Music/New Ideas) project call for composers 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 31. Information or OM/NI applicants: sjackson@epsmf.org. Information: 449-0619 or epsmf.org.

EPSO’s ‘Gershwin at the Piano’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, was scheduled to close its season with guest pianist Kevin Cole 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, in the Plaza Theatre. Cancellation or postponement was likely at press time; for information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Program: Gershwin’s ”Rhapsody in Blue” and “Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra,” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or epso.org.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are presented at 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.

Music Beyond Borders — Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso presents the concert featuring more than 100 young musicians ranging from age 12 to their mid-20s, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces, conducted by NMSU Philharmonia director, Simon Gollo and Esperanza Azteca Juarez director, Jove Garcia, with the special participation of renowned violinist Alexander Kerr. Admission is free. Information: 747-3227.
  “Music Beyond Borders” started as an initiative led by the Consulate General of Mexico; the director of the New Mexico State University Philharmonic Orchestra, Simón Gollo; the director of the Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra Cd. Juarez, Jové García; and the association Amigos de la Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Cd. Juárez.
  The event will also be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Juarez.

LCSO with Alessio Bax — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, presents a performance with guest pianist Alessio Bax at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2-3, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program features Gioachino Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers,” Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.
  “Lonnie’s Spotlight Luncheon” is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at Paisano Café in Mesilla, with presentation by Klein at noon. Cost: $20 (cash or check only).

Bruce Nehring Consort — The consort concludes its 29th season with a rescheduled concert set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at First Baptist Church, 801 Montana. The original program was scheduled for March 22, featuring Charles Gray of St. Olaf College, as violinist and conductor of the Consort Chamber Players. Bruce Nehring will conduct the Consort Chamber singers. Ticket: $15 (free for students with ID). Information: 532-5874 or brucenehringconsort.org.
  The Chamber Players will perform music by Handel, Hess, Mendelssohn and Bach. The Consort Singers will sing spirituals and hymns.
  The Consort Singers and Chamber players will perform “Love, The Greatest” written by Dominci Dousa of the UTEP music faculty, and conducted by Nehring. Dousa also will perform on piano with the Chamber Players playing the theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams and a concerto by Bloch.

EPSYOs Season Finale Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, perform their spring finale concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $15 ($10 active military, students, seniors). Information: 525-8978 or epsyos.org.

Symphony auditions — El Paso Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Applications due by May 1. Audition application, requirements and music available at epso.org. Information: EPSO Personnel Manager LeAnn Isaac, 637-8144.
  Positions auditioned for are concertmaster, section violin, section viola, assistant principal cello, section cello, principal oboe, 2nd oboe/EH, principal clarinet, 3rd bassoon/contra bassoon, and principal harp.


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