March 2018

Program Notes

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff). Information: 747-5606 or
• Symphony Band performs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1.
• UTEP Flute Days are March 2-3. See website for details.
• Percussion Ensemble Concert, “Music of Trinidad and Cuba, is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4.
• Trombone Choir Concert is 7:30 Wednesday, March 7.
• UTEP Wind Symphony is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind Symphony directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring TMEA Region All-State Musicians. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information:
  El Paso Wind Symphony is a professional concert band made primarily of residents of the Greater El Paso Area, most of whom are band directors in public and private schools.

NMSU Department of Music — Most performances are at the Atkinson. Information: (575) 646-2304 or
• “A Touch of Blue,” faculty and guest artist recital featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Daughtrey, saxophonist David Box and pianist Justin Badgerow is 730 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with music by Joaquín Nin, Darius Milhaud, Maurice Whitney and William Grant Still, and Afro-Cuban and Guatemalan-influenced works, as well as saxophone-driven selections from the “Negro Lament” song cycle on texts by Langston Hughes. Also featured is the composed song cycle “Blue Diminuendo,” by Music Department Chair Lon W. Chaffin, based on texts by Larry D. Thomas. Call for cost.
• The NMSU Choirs Spring Concert, “Peace,” is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, with Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” performed by Women’s Chorus and Statesmen, Schubert’s “Mass in G: by University Singers, and featuring La Catrina String Quartet. Admission is free.

The Organ Symposium — The symposium celebrating organ music is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae. Performers include David Garcia, Russell Gunstream, Lauren Duke (age 10), Bella Leigh Duke (age 13), Vanessa Johnson, Mark Baker, Bruce Nehring, Stephen Helmrich and Sammy Maddox (age 14), presenting music by Bach, Brahms, Handel, Dietrich Buxtehude, Arthur Foote, and other pieces. Refreshments and fellowship follow. Program is free to the public; contributions welcome. Organ players invited to participate. Information: 532-5874.

LCSO with Ilya Yakushev — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lonnie Klein, presents the guest pianist March 10-11 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s “Triumphal March” from “Aida,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Sergei Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3. 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, March 8, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future - The Original Music/New Ideas Young Composer Competition call for original scores for solo piano is open to ages 9-16 (Junior Division) and ages 17-25 (Emerging Division). Cash awards. Application deadline is March 15. Call 449-0619 or email

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Havana Quintet at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 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 Latin jazz band consists of musicians trained at the Havana Conservatory.

Two on Tap Las Cruces Civic Concert Association closes its season with the tap duo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25 ($5 students with ID). Information: (575) 405-7429, or
  Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano go back to the days when Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the screen with chemistry, effortless harmony and precision tap dancing.
  The duo also performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City, presented by the Grant County Community Concert Association. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or

EPSYO and EPSO ‘Side-by-Side’ Concert — Performers from El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras and El Paso Symphony Orchestra combine forces at the 11th annual Side-by-Side performance, conducted by Dr. James O. Welsch, at 3 p.m. March 25, at the Plaza Theatre, with musicians from the El Paso Symphony and El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Tocando. Tickets: $15-$34; free for age 3 and younger. Information: 525-8978 or

Zuill Bailey, Kurt Kikkanen and Scott Rawls – El Paso Pro-Musica presents “The Ultimate Trio” in special residency March 26-30 with concerts, educational outreach and more. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 747-8163 or
  Main performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, and Friday, March 30, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

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.

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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