Intermezzo http://krwg.org en Mozart’s love of the viola and the violin: A conversation with Daniel Vega-Albela http://krwg.org/post/mozart-s-love-viola-and-violin-conversation-daniel-vega-albela <p>Though Mozart was one of the foremost pianists of his time and a virtuoso violinist, another instrument he truly adored was viola. He wrote his Sinfonia Concertante to showcase both violin and viola, but gave special attention to the lower instrument, which he himself most likely played in performances of the piece. Daniel Vega-Albela, first violinist and founding member of La Catrina Quartet, talks with KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the work, which he and violist Jorge Martinez will perform this weekend in concert with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Sat, 10 May 2014 00:02:34 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 65818 at http://krwg.org Mozart’s love of the viola and the violin: A conversation with Daniel Vega-Albela “A Mother’s Sorrow”: David Klement conducts a spring choral concert http://krwg.org/post/mother-s-sorrow-david-klement-conducts-spring-choral-concert <p> The “Stabat Mater” is an ancient text that has been set to music numerous times across the centuries, including by the brilliant 20<sup>th</sup>-century composer Francis Poulenc, who wrote it after a mid-life religious awakening. David Klement, conductor of NMSU’s University Singers and Masterworks Chorus came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about this massive and beautiful work by Poulenc, who has long been one of his favorite composers. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:24:52 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 64776 at http://krwg.org “A Mother’s Sorrow”: David Klement conducts a spring choral concert Qing Li and Richard Dowling Bring their Music to Las Cruces http://krwg.org/post/qing-li-and-richard-dowling-bring-their-music-las-cruces <p>When she was 16 years old and studying at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, violinist Qing Li was selected to play in a master class with the renowned violinist Berl Senofsky, who then invited her to study with him at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Qing Li has been there ever since, performing as Principal Second Violinist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and maintaining a busy career as a soloist and chamber musician. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:49:54 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 64360 at http://krwg.org Qing Li and Richard Dowling Bring their Music to Las Cruces Connecting with the Audience: A Conversation with Ryan Anthony and Lonnie Klein http://krwg.org/post/connecting-audience-conversation-ryan-anthony-and-lonnie-klein <p>At every concert he performs in, trumpet virtuoso Ryan Anthony strives to connect deeply with his audience and bring them the best he can, whether as a soloist, in a chamber group – such as the acclaimed Canadian Brass, which whom he performed for several years – or as principal trumpet player for the Dallas Symphony. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:55:05 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 63422 at http://krwg.org Connecting with the Audience: A Conversation with Ryan Anthony and Lonnie Klein Jessica Medoff reflects on her role in La Boheme http://krwg.org/post/jessica-medoff-reflects-her-role-la-boheme <p>One of the most popular operas of all time, “La Boheme” takes us into the lives of a group of poor Paris artists in the 19<sup>th</sup> century, but for soprano Jessica Medoff, the characters are not so different from young artistic people today. “Puccini breathed his life into these people. They’re not just notes on a page; they’re humans,” she says in this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:02:07 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 62867 at http://krwg.org Jessica Medoff reflects on her role in La Boheme DALO brings “Orpheus in the Underworld” to Las Cruces http://krwg.org/post/dalo-brings-orpheus-underworld-las-cruces <p>The heartrending ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice hardly seems like material for a scathing satirical opera, but that’s exactly what the 19<sup>th</sup>-century French composer Jacques Offenbach turned it into in his “Orpheus in the Underworld.” This week, the Dona Lyric Opera performs the opera, and Artistic Director John Carlo Pierce came by to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the myth, the parody, its most famous can-can music, and more. Recorded on March 13, 2014.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:20:54 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 61898 at http://krwg.org DALO brings “Orpheus in the Underworld” to Las Cruces Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett to strike up the band http://krwg.org/post/klezmer-clarinetist-margot-leverett-strike-band <p>Margot Leverett, one of the foremost klezmer clarinetists in the country, has combined the traditional eastern European Jewish music with rock and roll sounds, bluegrass and American folk music. On March 2, she’ll explore a new combination when she performs “Klezmer Fantasy” – arranged specifically for her – with the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. She and MBCB conductor Dr. William Clark came by the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about klezmer music and the genesis of this particular work. Recorded on February 21, 2014.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:07:48 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 60757 at http://krwg.org Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett to strike up the band Do You Dream in Color? An interview with Laurie Rubin and Jenny Taira http://krwg.org/post/do-you-dream-color-interview-laurie-rubin-and-jenny-taira <p>Laurie Rubin is an acclaimed mezzo-soprano and opera singer, published author, jewelry maker, the co-founder of the Ohana Arts Festival and school in Hawaii, and an advocate for pursuing one’s dreams regardless of the naysayers. Her most recent recital cd and memoir, both of which are entitled “Do You Dream in Color?” explore her own dreams and aspirations as someone who has been blind since birth. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:20:42 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 60422 at http://krwg.org Do You Dream in Color? An interview with Laurie Rubin and Jenny Taira American music and Lincoln’s words: Cellist Amit Peled, Ambassador Delano Lewis & Lonnie Klein http://krwg.org/post/american-music-and-lincoln-s-words-cellist-amit-peled-ambassador-delano-lewis-lonnie-klein <p>Although Victor Herbert enjoyed superstar fame at the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, his name – and his famous Cello Concerto No. 2 – are less known today. Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled hopes to bring the concerto back into the repertoire by performing it around the country, including in an American music concert with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. For former U. S. Ambassador to South Africa Delano Lewis, narrating Aaron Copland’s powerful “Lincoln Portrait” in the same concert has powerful personal meaning. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:03:28 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 59528 at http://krwg.org American music and Lincoln’s words: Cellist Amit Peled, Ambassador Delano Lewis & Lonnie Klein Classical guitarist Genevieve Leitner visits Las Cruces http://krwg.org/post/classical-guitarist-genevieve-leitner-visits-las-cruces <p>Classical guitarist Genevieve Leitner has spent her life surrounded by music, from her childhood in a musical family in Chimayo, New Mexico, to her current life in Chile, where she and her husband, guitarist Carlos Perez, make their home. Leitner came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the composers she enjoys playing, the versatility of the guitar, and what she learns from teaching -- which she does in private lessons, on campuses, in workshops and at summer camps. Recorded on January 31, 2014.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:52:08 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 59023 at http://krwg.org Classical guitarist Genevieve Leitner visits Las Cruces “Annie, Get Your Gun” Comes to Las Cruces http://krwg.org/post/annie-get-your-gun-comes-las-cruces <p>Director Mark Medoff first saw “Annie, Get Your Gun” as a young child, and has wanted to direct it ever since. Along with conductor Lonnie Klein and a team of acclaimed performers and community members, Medoff is bringing the hit Broadway musical to Las Cruces in a new production featuring his daughter, soprano Jessica Medoff, and baritone Mark Womack. The three came to talk about this famous show about sharpshooter Annie Oakley, which boasts one hit song after another.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:20:17 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 57516 at http://krwg.org “Annie, Get Your Gun” Comes to Las Cruces Introducing Greg Kennen: A new voice of classical music at KRWG http://krwg.org/post/introducing-greg-kennen-new-voice-classical-music-krwg <p>Greg Kennen worked as a classical music radio host in California for 20 years, and has a lifetime love of music. As the new part-time host of Intermezzo, he’ll be sharing his insights into the composers, the musicians, the music, and its history, often bringing recordings from his own extensive library to his programs. Greg came by the KRWG studios to talk with Leora Zeitlin, who created Intermezzo and has hosted it since its inception in 2000, to offer listeners a glimpse of what’s to come. Beginning the week of January 6, 2014, Intermezzo will be aired from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:55:20 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 57136 at http://krwg.org Introducing Greg Kennen: A new voice of classical music at KRWG A conductor reflects: A conversation with Dr. William Clark http://krwg.org/post/conductor-reflects-conversation-dr-william-clark <p>American composer Alfred Reed may not be a household name like Beethoven, but his music is played all over the world, including at numerous band concerts here in New Mexico. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Dr. William Clark reflects on some of his favorite music by Alfred Reed, British composer Gordon Jacob, and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, as well some of the skills required in conducting a large wind ensemble. He will conduct music by Reed, Jacob and Scriabin at the December concert of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Recorded on December 10, 2013.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:12:07 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 55589 at http://krwg.org A conductor reflects: A conversation with Dr. William Clark Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev: A conversation with Ilya Yakushev and Lonnie Klein http://krwg.org/post/rachmaninoff-and-prokofiev-conversation-ilya-yakushev-and-lonnie-klein <p>The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff suffered a three-year depression before a doctor used hypnotherapy to bring him out of it, which enabled him to write his second Piano Concerto, one of his most beloved and famous works. Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein came to the KRWG studios to discuss with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin whether it is important to know such stories when performing music, some of the similarities and differences between Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev, and more. Recorded on December 6, 2013.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:38:33 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 55373 at http://krwg.org Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev: A conversation with Ilya Yakushev and Lonnie Klein The Peaceable Kingdom: A conversation with David Klement http://krwg.org/post/peaceable-kingdom-conversation-david-klement <p>After seeing the famous painting “The Peaceable Kingdom,” by Edward Hicks, at the Worcester Art Museum, composer Randall Thompson wrote a large-scale choral work with the same name. Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom” includes texts that graphically describe a world filled with evil, but resolves with music describing a beautiful vision of a better world. Conductor David Klement came to the KRWG studios to discuss the famous choral work with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, as well as works by Gerald Finzi and Mozart. Recorded on December 3, 2013.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:46:52 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 55176 at http://krwg.org The Peaceable Kingdom: A conversation with David Klement Jazz composer Fred Sturm explores music from around the world http://krwg.org/post/jazz-composer-fred-sturm-explores-music-around-world <p>Acclaimed jazz composer, arranger and teacher Fred Sturm had numerous musical influences in his youth – from the classical music his father played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Beatles he secretly listened to in his bedroom. Now, he’s expanded those influences to include music from all over the globe, which he incorporated into a work called “Migrations,” written for vocalist Bobby McFerrin and the North German Radio Jazz Ensemble. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:47:06 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 54315 at http://krwg.org Jazz composer Fred Sturm explores music from around the world The Richter-Uzur Duo brings their unique blend of musical styles to Las Cruces http://krwg.org/post/richter-uzur-duo-brings-their-unique-blend-musical-styles-las-cruces <p>Classical guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur are both virtuoso musicians with their own careers, but when they play together as the Richter-Uzur Duo, a unique style emerges that blends classical with world, pop, rock and folk tunes. Their wild and unexpected combinations, or “mash-ups,” might meld Stevie Wonder with Isaac Albeniz, or Rimsky-Korsakov with a Greek “miserlou.” While visiting Las Cruces, the two joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in a conversation about their early influences, and their love of composing and arranging music in new ways.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:15:26 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 54242 at http://krwg.org The Richter-Uzur Duo brings their unique blend of musical styles to Las Cruces Leading music through the generations : John Schutz & Judy Bethmann http://krwg.org/post/leading-music-through-generations-john-schutz-judy-bethmann <p>Conductors John Schutz and Judy Bethmann have brought the joy of music to thousands of young people over several decades as school band directors. Now they find that they are leading some of their students’ parents – and even grandparents – in the New Horizons Band, a local ensemble that is part of an international movement of community bands for people over 50. “A lot of times, the grandparents go hear the kids play. Now, the grandkids are coming to hear grandma and grandpa play. So, it’s pretty exciting,” says Schutz. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:15:55 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 53920 at http://krwg.org Leading music through the generations : John Schutz & Judy Bethmann Pancho Romero: A Life in Music http://krwg.org/post/pancho-romero-life-music <p>Dr. Pancho Romero comes from a long tradition of music-making and music education in his extended family, going back at least three generations. As the trumpet professor at New Mexico State University, the lead trumpet player in the Las Cruces Symphony, and the director of the NMSU Jazz Ensembles, he devotes his life to playing and teaching all kinds of music. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:00:35 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 52850 at http://krwg.org Pancho Romero: A Life in Music La Catrina Quartet: From Haydn to the Day of the Dead http://krwg.org/post/la-catrina-quartet-haydn-day-dead <p>Violinist Daniel Vega-Albela and violist Jorge Martinez-Rios named their string quartet “La Catrina” to give it an immediate Mexican association, and to draw on the iconic skeletal image’s message that life is fleeting. In this conversation with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, they talk about the quartet’s name and its association with the upcoming “Dia de los Muertos” holiday, and the music that they love to play, from Haydn to Mendelssohn to signature pieces by Mexican composers such as Emmanuel Arias y Luna, Eduardo Gamboa and Manuel Ponce.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:19:39 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 52793 at http://krwg.org La Catrina Quartet: From Haydn to the Day of the Dead Bringing Music Across America: A Conversation with Richard Dowling http://krwg.org/post/bringing-music-across-america-conversation-richard-dowling <p>Richard Dowling has given almost 1,000 concerts for the Piatigorsky Foundation, whose mission is to make classical music an integral part of everyday life for Americans all over the country. Piatigorsky artists perform in unusual venues, such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters, and in rural communities that are not on the usual concert circuits. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:52:53 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 51100 at http://krwg.org Bringing Music Across America: A Conversation with Richard Dowling Eric Ruske: A Passion for Music http://krwg.org/post/eric-ruske-passion-music <p>Horn player Eric Ruske&rsquo;s virtuosity has been described in reviews from all over the world as &ldquo;ebullient,&rdquo; &ldquo;impeccable,&rdquo; &ldquo;gorgeous,&rdquo; &ldquo;sensitive,&rdquo; &ldquo;mellifluous,&rdquo; and more. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:29:56 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 50687 at http://krwg.org Eric Ruske: A Passion for Music Starlight Children's Theater: The Pirates of Penzance http://krwg.org/post/starlight-childrens-theater-pirates-penzance-0 <p>Every summer, the Starlight Children’s Theater Company gives young people in Las Cruces the chance to delve deeply into a classic play or musical, and then put on a show. This summer, the production is Gilbert &amp; Sullivan’s classic, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Founder and director Ginger Scarbrough Anderson brought Alyssa Gose and Heather Hosford to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the rigors and delights of singing in the comic opera.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:52:43 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 47024 at http://krwg.org Starlight Children's Theater: The Pirates of Penzance A Passion for Dance: Morgan (Mo) Williams, Brynn Fehir and Monique Foster http://krwg.org/post/passion-dance-morgan-mo-williams-brynn-fehir-and-monique-foster <p></p><p>A typical day for dancer Morgan (Mo) Williams is long: ensemble classes and rehearsals run every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, followed by teaching and, when on tour, evening performances. The visiting artist from the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble joined his assistant, Brynn Fehir, and Las Cruces School of Dance and Music director Monique Foster in a conversation with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about new directions in contemporary dance, the passion that keeps them going, and upcoming productions at the School.</p><p></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:10:36 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 45190 at http://krwg.org A Passion for Dance: Morgan (Mo) Williams, Brynn Fehir and Monique Foster Gabbi and Leland to perform Beethoven with NHSO http://krwg.org/post/gabbi-and-leland-perform-beethoven-nhso <p>Conductor Marianna Gabbi and pianist William Leland met in 1975, when Gabbi first came to Las Cruces. Their friendship and musical kinship has not wavered, and this weekend, they perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto together, with Leland as soloist and Gabbi leading the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Gabbi reflects on music by Beethoven and Dvorak, as well as her long friendship with Leland, in this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:07:26 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 41299 at http://krwg.org Gabbi and Leland to perform Beethoven with NHSO Bill Clark conducts Mesilla Valley Concert Band in spring concert http://krwg.org/post/bill-clark-conducts-mesilla-valley-concert-band-spring-concert <div class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper card_280 look2" contenteditable="false"><div class="wysiwyg-asset-image" contenteditable="false"><img class="pi_assets-image" alt="" data-cke-saved-src="/sites/krwg/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/Bill%20Clark%205-14-13.JPG" src="http://www.krwg.org/sites/krwg/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/Bill%20Clark%205-14-13.JPG"><div class="image-meta-wrapper"><div class="cp-si-credit">Credit <span data-scayt_word="Leora" data-scaytid="82">Leora</span> <span data-scayt_word="Zeitlin" data-scaytid="83">Zeitlin</span></div><div class="cp-si-caption">Dr. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:38:16 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 41144 at http://krwg.org A Celtic Circle: Terry Kay Gilbert talks about the Mesilla Valley Teen Singers http://krwg.org/post/celtic-circle-terry-kay-gilbert-talks-about-mesilla-valley-teen-singers <p>Terry Kay Gilbert saw a need for a high-school age choir in Las Cruces, so eight years ago she started one -- the Mesilla Valley Teen Singers. The ensemble has grown from its original size of seven singers to almost 50, and includes students from several area high schools as well as home-schoolers. She came to the studios of KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about their spring Celtic music concert, and the gratification she gets from leading teens into the world of music.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:56:44 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 40730 at http://krwg.org A Celtic Circle: Terry Kay Gilbert talks about the Mesilla Valley Teen Singers Locked in the boiler room at Carnegie Hall: A conversation with Pam Shaffer Reinhard and Bill Kuyper http://krwg.org/post/locked-boiler-room-carnegie-hall-conversation-pam-shaffer-reinhard-and-bill-kuyper <p>Las Cruces boasts numerous top quality musicians, including several retirees from major orchestras who continue to share their musical talents with the community. Pamela Shaffer Reinhard, retired violinist from the Minnesota Orchestra, and L. William Kuyper, retired horn player from the New York Philharmonic, met here in Las Cruces, and have now formed the Southwest Trio, with Palm Springs-based pianist Robert Miller. Mon, 06 May 2013 21:38:54 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 40586 at http://krwg.org Locked in the boiler room at Carnegie Hall: A conversation with Pam Shaffer Reinhard and Bill Kuyper Musical Truths: A Conversation with Mark Kosower and Lonnie Klein http://krwg.org/post/musical-truths-conversation-mark-kosower-and-lonnie-klein <p>Acclaimed cellist Mark Kosower maintains a busy solo career while also serving as the Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While in Las Cruces to perform the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony, he and conductor Lonnie Klein came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Kosower’s renowned teacher, Janos Starker, who died earlier in the week.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:22:18 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 40437 at http://krwg.org Musical Truths: A Conversation with Mark Kosower and Lonnie Klein Love Spurned: John Carlo Pierce discusses two operas http://krwg.org/post/love-spurned-john-carlo-pierce-discusses-two-operas <p>Henry Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas” tells of how Queen Dido is rejected by her beloved Aeneas, and how she chooses death rather than live without him. Gilbert &amp; Sullivan wrote of another jilted lover in their operetta, “Trial by Jury,” but in that case, the aggrieved bride takes the man to court. Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin interviews Dona Ana Lyric Opera director John Carlo Pierce about these two vastly different treatments of love spurned, as well as his background, some of his favorite tenor roles and more. Wed, 01 May 2013 20:23:37 +0000 Leora Zeitlin 40254 at http://krwg.org Love Spurned: John Carlo Pierce discusses two operas