March 2017

Program Notes

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at 7:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday) at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, unless listed otherwise. Tickets prices vary; most performances are $5 ($3 students/military; free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).Information: 747-5606 or
• Symphony Band performs Wednesday, March 1.
• Ulloa/Jones Faculty Recital is Thursday, March. 2. Vocal faculty Juanita Ulloa collaborates with an all-star musician cast in offering music by Antonio Gomezanda and Maria Grever.
• Choir Concert is Monday, March 6.
• The studio of Nancy Taylor presents “Trumpet Songs Tuesday, March 7, featuring works by living American composers including Jennifer Higdon, Kevin McKee and Eric Ewazen. Admission is free.
• Faculty Recital Series with Dr. Stephanie Meyers (viola/violin) is Wednesday, March 8. Meyers will give a lecture and recital on the unique and multi-faceted Caprice Variations by renowned American composer George Rochberg. Tickets: $8 ($5 students/military free for UTEP faculty, students and staff).
• Jazz 1 concert is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9.
• Pandemonium Steel Band and Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble Concert is 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, performing calypso, Panorama, and contemporary selections with special guest artist Joe Galvin, one of the premier pan players in the U.S. Galvin, a specialist in Afro-Cuban music, will also perform folkloric rumba, bembe, and other styles with members of the UTEP Percussion Ensemble.
• Symphonic Winds concert is Tuesday, March 28.
• Orchestra Concert is Thursday, March 30.
• UTEP Early Music Ensemble is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Admission is free; age 21 and older only.

LCSO with Vicente Campos — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents guest trumpet March 4-5 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall, performing the music of Arutiunian, Albinoni and Tckaikovsky. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: (575) 646-3709 or
  Maestro Lonnie Klein hosts Lonnie’s Spotlight Luncheon Thursday, March 2, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Call for details.

Dr. Stephanie Meyers in Concert — Violinist Stephanie Meyer performs a community outreach concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, St. Mark’s Grace Campus Sanctuary, 400 N Carolina, as part of the Sounds of St. Mark’s Concert Series. Selections include J.S. Bach’s Suite for Solo Viola and George Rochberg’s Caprice Variations for Unaccompanied Violin. Admission is free; donations accepted. Information: 581-4444 or 307-1970.

Kapelle concerts — The Concordia University Chicago Concert Choir, Kapelle, will perform its “No Greater Love” concerts at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7, at two El Paso Lutheran churches. Monday: Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing in Central El Paso. Tuesday: Ascension Lutheran Church, 6520 Loma de Cristo in West El Paso. Admission is free; an offering will be taken.
  Kapelle is the premier choral ensemble of Concordia University Chicago, and is traveling on a 10-day spring concert tour. The choir has traveled extensively worldwide and has made 11 recordings. Information:

NMSU Department of Music — Recitals are in the Atkinson Music Recital Hall at NMSU. Performances are 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Admission is free to most events. Information: (575) 646-2421, or on Facebook at NMSU MusicDept.
• Monday, March 6: NMSU Piano Studio Recital
• Thursday and Friday, March 16-17: NMSU Jazz Band
• Wednesday, April 5: Clarinet Studio

‘Cinderella’ — El Paso Opera presents the Giochino Rossini’s opera based on the tale of Cinderella “La Cenerentola,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, March 23 and 25, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. This 1930s Hollywood take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella will be sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles. Complimentary pre-opera lecture by director Garnett Bruce at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $90; discounts for groups of ten or more, student, military, senior and subscribers. Age 7 and older welcome. (Ticketmaster). Information: 581-5534 or
  An Evening with the Stars is Thursday, March 9, at the Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Meet and mingle with the cast of “Cinderella” and enjoy a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., seated dinner at 7 p.m., and live performance by each cast member. Cocktail attire. Tickets: $100; $800 table for eight. Tickets, RSVP (by March 3): 581-5534.
  A special complimentary showing open to students of all ages is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, during El Paso Opera’s annual Youth Night at the Opera. Tickets are free, but must be pre-arranged by contacting
  The El Paso Opera production will follow world-renowned director Garnett Bruce’s adaptation of Rossini’s 1816 “La Cenerentola” and will be set in 1930s Hollywood.
  El Paso Opera’s production will be conducted by Maestro Robert Tweten who is also the head of music staff at the Santa Fe Opera. In this production, Stephanie Lauricella will be the lead Angelia and Randall Bills will be Ramiro. Lauricella has recently performed in Berlin and Paris with an upcoming performance in Hong Kong. Other cast members include John Boehr, Kyle Albertson, Adrian Smith, and local UTEP Professor Cherry Duke. The production will also include the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and 16 local chorus members led by Joe Estala.

Recorder Concert — Rio Grande Chapter of the American Recorder Society celebrates “Play the Recorder Month” with a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Good Samaritan Activity Center Auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces, with a variety of early music performances. Chapter members perform on a variety of recorders and viols with emphasis on music of the 15th to 18th century. Admission is free. Information: (915) 544-3427 or

Notre Dame Glee Club — The club performs in El Paso at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, with and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Loretto’s Little Theatre, 1300 Hardaway. Hosted by the Notre Dame Club of El Paso. Tickets: $10; available online at Information: 701-8974 or
  The Notre Dame Glee Club, directed by Daniel Stowe, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. They will present a wide-ranging program encompassing art music from the Renaissance to the 21st century as well as spirituals, folk and popular music, and songs of Notre Dame.
  A daytime performance is planned at St. Matthew’s Church, 400 W. Sunset. Call for details.

Kubecca — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets: $20 ($5 students 17 and younger). Information: (575) 538-5862 or
  Kuba Kawnik with his penchant for esoteric instruments and classically trained jazz background would seem worlds away from Rebecca Lowe’s love of Broadway shows combined with her fondness for pop and country music.
  The duo also performs for the Las Cruces Civic Concert Association at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 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

Paul Jacobs – El Paso Pro-Musica presents the America’s leading organist, and the first one to win a Grammy Award at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Church of St. Clement. The Washington Post called Jacobs. “One of the great living virtuosos. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors, military; $5 students. Information: 833-9400 or
  Jacobs is Also Featured on the Triple Grammy Award Winning CD “Tales of Hemingway.” He performs Composer Michael Daugherty’s work for organ and orchestra “Once Upon A Castle.”

Kubecca – Las Cruces Civic Concert Association closes its season with “The Ultimate Music Odyssey” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 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
  Kubecca combines the classical and jazz education of Kuba with Rebecca’s musical theater experience to create a diverse program featuring country, jazz and show tunes arranged for unique instrumentation including the marimba, kalimba, flute and theremin.

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 at 3 p.m. March 26, at the Plaza Theatre, in conjunction with Downtown KidsPalooza. Conducted by Dr. James O. Welsch, there will be more than 100 musicians from the El Paso Symphony and El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. Tickets: $15-$34; free for age 3 and younger. Information: 525-8978 or

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 31, 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

UTEP Early Music Ensemble — The ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the SpeakEasy, 303 Franklin. The student group performs historical Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Presented by the UTEP Department of Music. Admission is free; age 21 and older only. Information: 747-6630.

Wind Symphony Concert — El Paso Wind Symphony, directed by Ron Hufstader, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, featuring the recipient of the EPWS Young Musician’s Award. Tickets: $10 ($5 students, military, seniors). Information:

Mozart’s Requiem — El Paso Choral Society presents the Mozart masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Abraham Chavez Theatre. The 100+ voice El Paso Choral Society Chorale and Orchestra has been performing the major choral and orchestral works in El Paso for over 70 Years. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information:

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. Director is Anthony Bartholomew. Singers in all male vocal ranges welcome. Information: Gayle Hageman 822-3000 or

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

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

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