November 2018

Program Notes

UTEP Department of Music — Performances are at Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Performance at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Tickets prices vary. Information: 747-5606 or
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday, Oct. 25.
Rio Grande Concert Series featuring works of guest composers is Sunday, Oct. 28.
Symphony Band Concert — Tuesday, Oct. 30.
UTEP Opera presents Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 and 4. Admission: $12; $8 seniors and military, non-UTEP students; $3 UTEP students, faculty & staff.
• Guest tuba player Scott Roeder performs Wednesday, Nov. 7.
• Violinist Stephen Nordstrom and pianist Dominic Dousa perform Thursday, Nov. 8, as part of its Faculty Recital Series. Tickets: $8 ($5 students/military; $3 UTEP faculty, students and staff).
• Chris Reyman performs Monday, Nov. 12, as part of the Faculty Recital Series.
• UTEP Wind Symphony performs Thursday, Nov. 15.
• The annual Holiday Revels performance featuring UTEP’s Choirs is Monday, Nov. 19.
• A Jazz Concert is Thursday, Nov. 29, featuring commercial music, wind and percussion ensembles.
• The Horn Choir Concert performs Friday, Nov. 30.
• UTEP Symphony Orchestra performs Tuesday, Dec. 4.
• Flute Studio Recital is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

NMSU Department of Music — Most performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Admission is free, unless listed otherwise. Information: (575) 646-2304 or
• The NMSU Opera Workshop presents “Lyrical Apparitions” with music by Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Weber, Ponchielli, Chanler, Bonds and more, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium” Monday, Oct. 29.
The 50th annual NMSU Jazz Festival main featured performances are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16.Tickets: $15 ($5 students).

Derik Nelson & Family — Grant County Community Concert Association presents the “aural and visual journey through time and space” with unique performances of popular music at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at WNMU Fine Arts Auditorium in Silver City. Tickets: $20 (age 17 and younger with paid adult (two per adult), and WNMU students with valid ID admitted free. Information: (575) 538-5862 or

UTEP Opera Fall Production — Opera UTEP presents Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 and 4, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission: $12; $8 seniors and military, non-UTEP Students; $3 UTEP students, faculty & staff. Information: 747-5606 or
  Also featured are selections from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” “La Boheme,” and “Suor Angelica,” as well as two scenes from “Before Night Falls” by Cuban American composer Jorge Martin.
‘Mitt3n 3’ — El Paso Pro-Musica in collaboration with the Peabody Conservatory and John Hopkins University, presents a week of percussion, marimbas and more for its Young Artist Development Series Nov. 5-9. The residency features appearances at schools, senior centers, and pop-up performances at various locations. Information: 747-8163 or
Main family performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces, and Friday, Nov. 9, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $5.

Orchestra Sublime — The Latin jazz ensemble performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15. Information: (575) 541-2290 or

EPSYOs Fall Concert — El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras, directed by James O. Welsch, opens its season with its fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket information: 525-8978, or on Facebook.

New Horizons Symphony — The symphony’s fall concert, directed by Jorge Martinez-Rios, Associate Professor of Viola at NMSU, is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at NMSU’s Aktinson Recital Hall, 1075 Horseshoe. Concert is dedicated to Dr. Marianna Gabbi, the symphony’s music director and conductor who passed away Sept. 11. Admission is free; donations accepted. Reception follows. Information: (575) 521-8771 or
  Gabbi led the symphony from 1975-1999, and was the first American woman invited to conduct in China and the first woman to conduct the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
  Guest artist Javier Calderon, guitar professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will perform the Rodrigo guitar concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez. The concert will also include “West Side Story” selections for orchestra by Bernstein, “Postludio” by Heras, “An Outdoor Overture” by Copland, and the third movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 performed by Daniel Vega-Albela, NMSU Associate Professor of Violin.

Bubbles & Birthday Cake Happy Hour — El Paso Opera and El Paso Giving Day hosts a birthday celebration for the opera 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at ArtSpace Lofts Gallery, 601 N. Oregon, with some refreshments and a toast to the opera. RSVP by Nov. 13 at 581-5534.

NMSU Jazz Festival — The 50th annual music festival and Jazz Jump Start featured performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall. Tickets: $15 ($5 students). Information: (575) 646-5341 or
  Thursday’s performance features NMSU’s Jazz II and Alumni Band with guest Chris Vadala.
  Friday’s performance features NMSU’s, Jazz I with guests Wayne Bergeron and Christian Howes.
  The festival invites hundreds of young jazz musicians on campus for two days of concerts and clinics.

Twin Kennedy — Las Cruces Civic Concert Association presents the two-time Canadian Country Music Award nominated family ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. Tickets: $25; $5 students 18 and older with I.D. (available at the door only); free for age 17 and younger with paying adult. Information: (575) 405-7429 or

EPSO’s ‘The Music of the Night’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay, celebrates the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with guest soprano Katie Travis and tenor Chris Mann at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, in the Plaza Theatre, with music from Webber’s musicals Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Also featured is “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky (Ravel). Tickets: $16-$45; $9 and $11 for students (Ticketmaster). Information: 532-3776 or
   Travis recently finished her run of over 700 shows playing Christine Daae in the North American tour of “Phantom of the Opera.” Mann’s performance on NBC’s The Voice, which followed the 2012
Super Bowl, was watched by a record-breaking 37.6 million viewers.
   Selections include “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera; “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita; “Memory” and “The Jellicle Ball” from Cats; and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar.
  Opening notes with Dr. James Welsch are 6:30 p.m. each night in the Philanthropy Theatre next to the Plaza.
  An free Artful Prelude is noon Thursday, Nov. 15, at El Paso Museum of Art.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society — The society presents the Jazz Unlimited Big Band at its monthly concert series 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 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 band’s repertoire includes selections from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s in the big band style.

Holiday Revels, — UTEP Music Department’s annual gala holiday show, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” is 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20, 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

Emerson String Quartet – El Paso Pro-Musica presents the 9-time Grammy Award winning quartet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $25 ($20 senior/military; $5 students) Information: 747-8163 or
  The ensemble has been performing for more than 40 years, with more than 30 acclaimed recordings. Their Grammy wins include two for Best Classical Album. They have also won three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year.”

LCSO with Alex Richardson — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, performs with guest tenor Alex Richardson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The program includes Neapolitan Art Songs, Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Holiday Festival encores. Tickets: $42, $47 and $57. Information: (575) 646-3709, or on Facebook.
  Spotlight Lunch with Lonnie is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Paisano Café in Mesilla. Cost: $20.

‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door, or in advance at Information:
  The annual musical celebration ushers in the Advent Season with classical choral masterpieces and holiday favorites, featuring the Consort Singers, with Bruce Nehring, conductor and organ, along with Five for Brass and other instrumentalists. The audience is in invited to join in singing familiar carols.

Winter Ball on the Border — El Paso Choral Society hosts its 2nd annual gala 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 7, at Summit Hall, 120 N. Festival, with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a savory dinner and song auction by Messiah soloists, and dancing to Azucar. RSVP encouraged by Nov. 18. Cost: $100 ($1,000 pr table); available at Information: 259-4999 or

Handel’s Messiah — El Paso Choral Society’s Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Prentice Loftin, hosts the one of the world’s most beloved musical works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, with a 100- voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Tickets: $10, $20, $30 and $40 (Ticketmaster). Information: 259-4999 or

EPSMF applications — El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future will take applications online for its 2019 Young Musicians Competition, Instruments for Young Lives, and OM/NI project. Information: 449-0619 or
• 2019 Young Musicians Competition seeks classical musicians age 8-19 in all instruments and voice. Cash awards and recognition of achievement for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place. Finalist announcements in March. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.
• Instruments for Young Lives is open to classical musicians age 8-19 who have demonstrated musical excellence, academic achievement and unmet financial need. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.
• OM/NI (Original Music/New Ideas) call for composers is 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 15, 2019. Information:

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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