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Leora Zeitlin

Mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez has been called “the Carmen of a lifetime,” and has performed the renowned opera by Georges Bizet in some 40 different productions worldwide. This weekend, she returns to Las Cruces to present her one-woman dramatic concert version, which intersperses Bizet’s music with original monologues that offer new insights into the famously fiery character. Chavez said she hopes “to set the record straight” about Carmen, who frequently is portrayed as a mean, even vulgar, woman of questionable morals.

Leora Zeitlin

What makes busy musicians want to start a new ensemble? For Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras, who teaches in Wisconsin and performs frequently around the world, it was a yearning to play with his old friend Simon Gollo, who teaches violin here at NMSU. They had met “more years ago than I want to say,” and later, he met pianist Ana Maria Otamendi in Venezuela. “I’d like to pay with Simon again, and what about playing with Ana Maria?,” he thought, as he recounted in this interview at the KRWG studios with Leora Zeitlin.

All-Beethoven concert to celebrate renovated church

Nov 16, 2017
Leora Zeitlin

Beethoven is coming to Las Cruces this Sunday to help celebrate the completion of major renovations at First Presbyterian Church. A special concert will feature musicians from the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra and pianist Stephen Helmreich, performing Beethoven’s Wind Quintet in E-flat, Op. 16 and the ever-popular Septet in E-flat, Op. 20.

Leora Zeitlin

There’s a new professional chamber orchestra in town – Camerata del Sol, a 15-member string ensemble that will make its debut this weekend in concerts in Las Cruces and El Paso. Made up of players from Las Cruces, El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and elsewhere in the country and the world, the group will perform works that aren’t played by large symphony orchestras, and that lend themselves to the more intimate sound of a chamber group.

Leora Zeitlin

For a conductor and music teacher, it’s a special thrill to perform with a student long after he or she has set out on a career far from home. “I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me,” says Dr. Marianna Gabbi, conductor of the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra, who will conduct the orchestra and cellist Lawrence Stomberg in Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto on October 29. Stomberg grew up in Las Cruces, and participated in special summer string programs that Gabbi led. “We had master classes, concerts, it was fabulous. Not only was the music wonderful, but the camaraderie was just great.

Leora Zeitlin

Concert season is in full swing this week at NMSU, and swinging is just what will happen when the Jazz Ensembles, directed by Dr. Frank “Pancho” Romero, perform on Friday night. The concert is called “Big Phat Band: The Music of Gordon Goodwin” and will feature the music and arrangements of the acclaimed composer, conductor, and leader of the “Big Phat Band.” Romero came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Goodwin, the upcoming concert, and jazz activities at NMSU. The concert is part of the ‘Autumn Overture” series this month that showcases top NMSU student ensembles.

Leora Zeitlin

It’s fall and there’s music in the air – particularly at New Mexico State University. This week and next, audiences can hear NMSU’s premier music ensembles perform in a series of concerts called “Autumn Overture,” the third annual such showcase of the university’s student musicians.

Leora Zeitlin, host of Intermezzo, KRWG’s classical music show, has been recognized by the National Federation of Press Women with a national award, her second in three years.

Legendary pianist Misha Dichter to perform with LSCO

Oct 6, 2017
Leora Zeitlin

Misha Dichter has had an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years – performing with the world’s great orchestras and musicians, making dozens of recordings, and all the while delighting in repeatedly analyzing each piece of music to discover something new. “It’s so exciting – you’re having a conversation every day with the composer,” he told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.

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From her earliest childhood in Santa Rosa, NM, Dr. Lucy Scarbrough played piano, along with her nine siblings. In her teens, she discovered the music of Frederic Chopin. “Chopin is the composer who inspired me to be a musician,” she told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin. “His music fits my hands naturally.”

Leora Zeitlin

Brian Conway is one of the finest County Sligo-style Irish fiddlers in the United States and abroad. The winner of several All-Irish Fiddle contests in Ireland, the native New Yorker has been playing fiddle since was ten, continuing a musical tradition that Irish musicians brought to this country and which has continued to evolve here. He brought his fiddle to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the music he plays and the musicians who taught and inspired him, including his father.

Leora Zeitlin

While preparing to perform an all-Brahms faculty violin recital this weekend, NMSU professor Simon Gollo received a text from Florida-based pianist Jihye Chang. She had discovered that Johannes Brahms included a three-note motive not just in several places in one sonata – which is not uncommon in classical music – but that he wove it into all three of his Sonatas for Violin and Piano, even though he wrote the works many years apart. Gollo said he was delighted when Chang readily agreed to play all three sonatas with him in one concert, which neither of them has done before.

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The course of true love does not run smooth when an aristocratic young woman discovers she was betrothed in infancy to a king, particularly when the king doesn’t know about his royal blood and has been raised by a gondolier in Venice. That’s the premise of “The Gondoliers,” one of the last operettas written in 1889 by the famed team of Gilbert & Sullivan. The Starlight Theatre Company of Las Cruces will bring the beloved and spirited operetta to the Atkinson Recital Hall this weekend and next.

Leora Zeitlin

The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will continue a tradition of more than 20 years on July 4th, when it offers a free concert of American music at 10 a.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall. This year, the band will be joined by the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, also known as the 531st Air Force Band, which draws members from several states and is conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Eric Patterson. Dr.

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Diana Carolina Sanchez was singing in a choir the first time she saw a violin. “I just saw the violin, and I fell in love – that’s it,” the Colombian violinist recounted in an interview at KRWG. She began studying at a conservatory in her home town in Colombia, and “the first year I was [studying violin], I knew that was what I wanted for my whole life.” This Sunday, Sanchez will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in a free concert with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dr. Marianna Gabbi.

Leora Zeitlin

The great 19th-century violinist Nicolo Paganini forever changed violin music and technique, and the virtuosic works he composed continue to challenge all those who play the instrument to this day. For Ryu Goto, who made his debut at the age of seven playing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Paganini’s music is beautiful, entertaining, and inspiring. “It’s great to play Paganini because it gives me a sense of wonder as to the sheer capability of humans and what they can do.

Leora Zeitlin

“I am a romantic,” says acclaimed choral composer James Mulholland, who has spent this week on the NMSU campus as composer-in-residence. “I seek beauty, and my music is so very dear to me." Mulholland says he loved literature from an early age – he grew up hearing his father recite hundreds of poems by heart – but his own talent was in music. “Then I found out there was an art form where you could put the two together – music and texts – and I found my calling.”

KRWG's Leora Zeitlin Honored By The New Mexico Press Women

Apr 25, 2017

KRWG Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin has been recognized by the New Mexico Press Women with two awards for 2017:

Leora Zeitlin

Cora Patterson plays horn in the New Horizons Orchestra, a community orchestra made up of amateur, professional, and student musicians who rehearse weekly for the sheer love of making music. Their next concert is this Sunday, when they’ll perform music by Mozart and Sibelius under the direction of conductor Marianna Gabbi and guest conductor Kathleen Hill. The concert also reunites Gabbi and pianist William Leland, long-time friends and collaborators, who were colleagues at New Mexico State until their respective retirements, but who continue to perform together occasionally.

Leora Zeitlin

Award-winning Cuban composer Yalil Guerra will visit Las Cruces as part of this year’s “Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival” at NMSU next week. Guerra, who won a Latin Grammy in 2012 and has been nominated six times, will speak to students and the public on Monday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. about the business of music, and will have his third String Quartet performed at the Festival concert on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Leora Zeitlin

Simon Gollo and Daniel Vega-Albela, violinists with La Catrina Quartet, have been working hard to build the string program at New Mexico State University, and to turn Las Cruces into what Gollo hopes will be “a very important city to study music in.” Gollo is now the conductor of a student orchestra that has drawn young musicians from the region and across the border, inspired and taught by the first-class musicians of the quartet. Next weekend, students will perform in a concert conducted by Gollo that will also feature Vega-Albela as the soloist, performing music of Tchaikovsky and Bach.

Leora Zeitlin

Theatre companies and directors have a lot of leeway in how to present a play, but when it comes to Disney musicals, many follow as closely as possible to the film or Broadway productions. Not the Scaffolding Theatre Company, founded by Megan McQueen and Justin Lucero in 2014. This weekend, they’ll present “Beauty and the Beast” in a production that imaginatively reconsiders many classic elements of the show, including the staging, the storytelling framework, and even such famous objects as the teapot, candelabra, and forks.

Leora Zeitlin

Twentieth-century composer Norman Dello Joio bucked the atonal musical trends of his contemporaries to create lush, beautiful harmonies and melodies in his music. One of his pieces will be performed at this weekend’s concert of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, a community ensemble made up of professional and high-level amateur musicians. The band’s conductor Dr.

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Raised in a family of cellists, Mark Kosower might have pursued a different career, but he knew by the age of four that “cello was it.” By college, he also knew he wanted to teach, “not only to help somebody learn an instrument, and not only to become a better musician, but also because you influence them personally, too – what music can do for you as a human being.” In this conversation with KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Kosower discusses his life as a cellist and as a teacher, and along with LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein, analyzes the music elements and background to Edward Elgar’s

Leora Zeitlin

Music is a way “to achieve our dreams,” says violinist and conductor Simon Gollo, who came to Las Cruces to join La Catrina String Quartet and to teach at NMSU. As a native of Venezuela, Gollo has been part of the renowned “El Sistema,” which has trained 400,000 young musicians to the point that “the whole country is making music,” he says. Gollo wants to bring that same passion and sense of opportunity to students here, where, in addition to teaching, he is the new conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra, the university’s student ensemble.

Leora Zeitlin

For more than 500 years, Brazilians have created and danced to music drawn from a rich and colorful mix of influences: Amerindian, African, Portuguese, European classical, rural folk styles, and numerous religious and cultural traditions. All those influences also fed the Brazilian classical composers of the 20th century as they created uniquely Brazilian music for the concert stage. Music by some of those composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Francisco Mignone, M.

Leora Zeitlin

When David Beasley was preparing to deploy to Iraq with the US Air Force in the mid-2000s, he composed a piece for band that would reflect the three realms in which the Air Force worked: air, space and cyberspace. The piece itself embodied another sphere that has long enjoyed a historic relationship with the military: music. “It goes all the way back to the Bible. You hear about the horns at Jericho,” Beasley told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in an interview at KRWG.

Leora Zeitlin

“A grand hug from an unconditionally-loving soul,” is how internationally-acclaimed violin virtuoso and prodigy Caroline Goulding describes the slow second movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, which she’ll perform this weekend with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

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After living and traveling in Jordan, Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, Zack Manning moved to Chicago to get a graduate degree in Middle East studies, but that didn’t hinder him from pursuing his other passion: music. Working with his teacher Dr. Fred Bugbee and the NMSU Music Department, Manning arranged to work toward a graduate music degree as well, and tonight, he’ll perform his Master’s recital at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

Leora Zeitlin

Tuba jazzman Jim Shearer and Dixieland clarinetist Mike Sizer have been talking about playing a gig together for years, but it took until now for that  dream to come to fruition. The two, joined by the Second Line Survivors Band, will perform a pair of concerts, first in Carrizozo on Thursday and at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces on Friday. The instantly-recognizable style of music called Dixieland is a blend of ragtime, Sousa march music, and improvisational techniques that grew out of New Orleans street music.

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