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Bringing Jazz Into The Season: A Conversation With William Clark and William Leland
Conductor Dr. William Clark and pianist William Leland, musical colleagues for more than 25 years in Las Cruces, came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the challenges and delights of performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and how the Mesilla Valley Concert Band is jazzing up the season with their upcoming concert.
Met Star Kirstin Chavez Returns To Las Cruces
The story of Orpheus losing his love Euridice, almost regaining her, and then losing her again for eternity has inspired numerous composers and poets over the centuries. Christoph Willibald Gluck broke new ground in his opera version by delving deeply into the human emotions of the characters, and aiming for a new simplicity in the music. Kirstin Chavez, who has played the role of Orfeo at the Metropolitan Opera, talked with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu
"There's not a wrong note in this piece, nothing is wasted," acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu says of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, which he performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra in October. The Gold Medal winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Piano Competition speaks with KRWG's Leora Zeitlin.
The Mom With The Parrot Tattoo
In this month's edition of The Age Spot, Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz shares a personal story about the continuing impact of family.
A New Season With The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Lonnie Klein begins his 13th season with the Las Cruces Symphony this weekend, with two concerts featuring just the orchestra in four masterful works from the 20th century. Klein came by the KRWG studios with long-time bassoonist Ruben Smith to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the challenges and delights of the music they'll be playing.
A lifetime in music: A conversation with Bruce Nehring & Les Ackerman
Bruce Nehring has been one of the foremost musical figures in the El Paso area for more than 40 years -- conducting, playing the organ, organizing concerts and founding several musical institutions, including El Paso Pro Musica and his own Bruce Nehring Consort. As the Consort's new season begins, Nehring and long-time guest organist Les Ackerman joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin to talk about Nehring's lifetime in music, and what this new season has in store.
A Celebration Of American Music
A two-hour concert of all-American music -- ranging from pop to rock to country to Broadway -- is planned for the 10th anniversary weekend of the 9/11 attacks, with performances in both Las Cruces and Alamogordo. David Kinkaid, music director of the New Desert Harmony Singers came by the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about "A Celebration of American Music."
NMSU Pride Band Plans Free Concert
NMSU's "Pride" Band has been rehearsing for hours every day to prepare for the fall 2011 season, and they'll share some of their accomplishments in a free concert on Tuesday night, August 23, the annual "Concert on the Green." Director of Bands Monty Hill and Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin talk about the concert and the efforts the students devote to it, well before everyone else returns to campus.
Art Inspiring Music And Music Inspring Art
Las Cruces artists Or-DiMa and Robert Buggert share a love of music and art, and have created a joint exhibit now on display that points to the relationship between these two art forms. Bob Buggert began his career as a percussionist and often talks about his art work in terms of rhythm and line; Or-DiMa has been inspired by many composers and musicians in his art work, including Buggert. Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin reports.
The Las Cruces Friends of Chamber Music Announce: "We're Back!"
Clarinetists John Pleasant and John De La Paz first met 22 years ago as teacher and student in a cramped practice room in Las Cruces. Now they're colleagues, and they'll re-launch the Las Cruces Friends of Chamber Music in a concert featuring clarinet duos called "We're Back!" They came over to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert coming up at the Good Samaritan Village Auditorium on May 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The Great Mass of Mozart
The Great Mass in C Minor of Mozart has a great mystery attached to it: Mozart never finished the work. Nonetheless, it continues to be performed and loved, and this weekend, the NMSU Choirs will present it under the direction of Dr. Jerry Ann Alt. Sopranos Stephanie Sanchez, Emma Rosenthal and Guo Ying, all soloists in this weekend's performances, came by the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the Mass and what goes into a performance of such a work.
French Chorus Visits Las Cruces
Music often brings people together; for the Mesilla Valley Chorale and a choir in France, it brought both groups together across thousands of miles. When a visiting French tourist heard the Mesilla Valley Chorale sing a few years ago, she invited them to her town, Savigne L'Eveque. In 2009, the Mesilla Valley Chorale performed in France, and now, two years later, the Chorale de Savigne L'Eveque is performing in Alamogordo and Las Cruces to fulfill the cultural exchange.
Cello Journeys: A Conversation With Cesar Martinez Bourguet And Alejandro Barranon
When cellist Cesar Martinez Bourguet traveled to Armenia five years ago, he discovered that the people were different, the food was different, and even the way they played music was different from what he had learned in his youth in Mexico and, in more recent years, in the United States. But he won them over, earning top honors in sonata interpretation at the 2006 Khachaturian International Cello Competition in Yerevan.
A Conversation about Franz Liszt
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Franz Liszt, one of the towering pianists and composers of the 19th century. Pianist Terrence Wilson and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in a conversation about Liszt -- his music and his unusual life -- as well as some of the major influences in Terrence Wilson's own career.
Ken Neidig to be Honored at Band Concert
Las Cruces has been home to band musician, composer, arranger, author and editor Ken Neidig for more than 15 years, and Neidig has shared his many talents with the community from the start.
Shira Greenberg and the Keshet Dance Company
Can dancing help you learn math? The Keshet Dance Company does just that, by teaching juvenile offenders concepts such as angles, degrees and geometric shapes through physical movement.
"The Marriage Of Figaro"
Mozart's opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," isn't only a madcap farce about love, marriage, jealousy and hidden identities. It's also an Enlightenment argument that good-natured reason should prevail against the abuses of an overly-entitled ruling class. From March 4-6, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera will present the Marriage of Figaro at NMSU's Atkinson Recital Hall.