Intermezzo

Weekdays, 2pm to 4pm
Leora Zeitlin and Greg Kennen

Classical music and local features and interviews.

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Intermezzo
2:29 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Eric Ruske: A Passion for Music

Horn virtuoso Eric Ruske

Horn player Eric Ruske’s virtuosity has been described in reviews from all over the world as “ebullient,” “impeccable,” “gorgeous,” “sensitive,” “mellifluous,” and more. While in Las Cruces to perform the Horn Concerto by Reinhold Gliere with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, he and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Gliere, the challenges of practicing and rehearsing, the orchestral side of the concerto, and the passion for life and music that Ruske’s teacher, Dale Clevenger, inspired in him.

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Intermezzo
1:52 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Starlight Children's Theater: The Pirates of Penzance

Starlight Children's Theater director Ginger Scarbrough Anderson and cast members Heather Hosford and Alyssa Gose.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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 & 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.

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Intermezzo
3:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

A Passion for Dance: Morgan (Mo) Williams, Brynn Fehir and Monique Foster

Dancers Morgan (Mo) Williams, Monique Foster and Brynn Fehir at the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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.

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Intermezzo
2:07 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gabbi and Leland to perform Beethoven with NHSO

Maestra Marianna Gabbi, conductor of the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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.

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Intermezzo
2:38 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Bill Clark conducts Mesilla Valley Concert Band in spring concert

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Intermezzo
1:56 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

A Celtic Circle: Terry Kay Gilbert talks about the Mesilla Valley Teen Singers

Terry Kay Gilbert, founder and director of Mesilla Valley Teen Singers.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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.

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Intermezzo
3:38 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Locked in the boiler room at Carnegie Hall: A conversation with Pam Shaffer Reinhard and Bill Kuyper

Violinist Pamela Shaffer Reinhard and horn player L. William Kuyper
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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.

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Intermezzo
3:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Musical Truths: A Conversation with Mark Kosower and Lonnie Klein

Conductor Lonnie Klein and cellist Mark Kosower
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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.

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Intermezzo
2:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Love Spurned: John Carlo Pierce discusses two operas

Opera professor and Dona Ana Lyric Opera director John Carlo Pierce
Credit Leora Zeitlin

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 & 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.

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Intermezzo
12:25 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Inspiration: A Conversation About Poetry, Art and Music with Larry Thomas and Lon Chaffin

Composer Lon Chaffin and Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas
Credit Leora Zeitlin

The subtle colors, delicate brushwork and subject matter of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “From the Faraway, Nearby” inspired Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas to write a poem that would allow him “to enter the mind of the painter.” His poem was then used by composer and NMSU Music Department Chair Lon Chaffin to compose a choral work that was premiered at the spring concert of the University Singers.

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Intermezzo
3:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto”: A Conversation with Edward Arron & Ruggero Allifranchini

Cellist Edward Arron and Ruggero Allifranchini in the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Beethoven’s famous “Triple” Concerto for piano, violin, cello and orchestra is “chamber music on a grand scale” -- “nothing short of sublime… and one of the most genial pieces Beethoven ever wrote,” say violinist Ruggero Allifranchini and cellist Edward Arron, respectively, who were in Las Cruces to perform the work with pianist Jeremy Denk, conductor Lonnie Klein and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

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Intermezzo
3:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Hey, Mozart! Two Young Las Cruces Composers Discuss the Project

Indumati Roychowdhury and Mikayla Smelker, both winners of the 2011 Hey, Mozart! New Mexico Child Composer Project, with orchestrator Dr. Greg Fant
Credit Leora Zeitlin

How does a melody get transformed into a fully orchestrated piece? Indumati Roychowdhury and Mikayla Smelker,  both freshman at Las Cruces High, found out in 2011, when they were that year’s Las Cruces winners of the Hey, Mozart! New Mexico Child Composer Project. They each submitted melodies they had composed on the piano, and then heard  professionally-arranged versions in a gala concert in Albuquerque. Dr. Greg Fant, Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost at NMSU and former Music Department Chair arranged Mikayla’s piece for band.

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Intermezzo
12:35 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

For the Love of Music: Jorge Martinez-Rios and Marianna Gabbi

Violist and singer Jorge Martinez-Rios and conductor Marianna Gabbi at KRWG-FM.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Jorge Martinez-Rios is a man of many musical talents. Though mainly known as the violist in La Catrina Quartet, he is also a singer, and in February, he made his debut with orchestra in several songs from West Side Story – performed with soprano Thea Cordova and the New Horizons Orchestra, with Maestra Marianna Gabbi conducting.

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Intermezzo
1:40 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

A Choral Concert of Three Contemporary Masterpieces

NMSU Choirs conductor David Klement
Credit Leora Zeitlin

When young people are exposed to great music, their lives can be forever changed. Contemporary

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Intermezzo
3:16 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

“DAVID AMRAM WEEK” in Las Cruces: Fred Bugbee discusses this year’ Contemporary Arts Festival

Fred Bugbee, percussion professor and organizer of the Contemporary Arts Festival
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Legendary classical/jazz/world music composer and performer David Amram is the focus of the third annual NMSU Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival, taking place next week in Las Cruces. Percussion professor Fred Bugbee, who organized the festival with horn professor Nancy Joy, came to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Amram, and the concerts, lectures and films that will explore his career and multi-faceted music.

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Intermezzo
3:51 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Sharing the Music: A Conversation with Ilya Yakushev

Pianist Ilya Yakushev in the KRWG studio.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Pianist Ilya Yakushev maintains a packed schedule of concerts, and

wherever he goes and whatever he plays, his goal is to give the audience the best music he can. “I love sharing what I do with people who come to my concerts,” he says, and the reviews he’s been receiving indicate the audience loves it as well. He was in Las Cruces for a pair of concerts with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and he came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about two youthful concertos by Prokofiev and Mendelssohn, his own teachers and background, and more.

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Intermezzo
12:47 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

David Klement leads choirs in music about light and life

David Klement, choral director for the NMSU choirs
Credit Leora Zeitlin

David Klement is the new director of the NMSU choirs, and the underlying theme he chose for their concerts this year is “Light, life and newness.” He came by the KRWG studios on Dec. 4, 2012, to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about his plans for the choirs, how he prepares them for a performance, a recently-discovered Magnificat written by a young Mendelssohn, and his own background as a singer and choral conductor.

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Intermezzo
2:53 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Rachmaninoff on Short Notice: Gleb Ivanov and Lonnie Klein

Conductor Lonnie Klein and pianist Gleb Ivanov.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of the most difficult works in the piano repertoire, so to get a request to perform it in just three weeks can be a daunting challenge. Faced with a last-minute cancelation by his scheduled artist, Lonnie Klein found Gleb Ivanov to stand in and perform the massive work. They came to the KRWG studios on November 30, 2012 talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Rachmaninoff, what makes Russian music “Russian,” and more.

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Intermezzo
1:45 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

When Music Becomes Ceremony: A Conversation with Dorothy Lawson and Robert Mirabal

Dorothy Lawson, cellist with
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Several years ago, the string quartet Ethel – often acclaimed as America’s first “first post-classical” quartet -- began reaching out to master musicians from other cultures to see what kind of music they could perform together. In 2008, they began working with Grammy-Award winning Native American flutist, composer and artist Robert Mirabal, and since then, have come to the southwest every year to work with him and the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project.

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Intermezzo
2:44 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Guitarist David Rogers brings his pluck to Las Cruces

Guitarist and composer David Rogers

When he was in high school. David Rogers alternated each week between classical guitar and jazz guitar lessons, a training that well-prepared him for his multi-faceted career as performer, composer and ensemble guitarist. “Musicians’ Survival 101 -- be versatile,” he told Intermezzo Host Leora Zeitlin in this interview that ranges from the improvisational demands of baroque and renaissance music, to the arrangements he has made of songs by Leonard Cohen and the Rolling Stones.

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Intermezzo
2:33 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Brave, New World: Composer Bill McGlaughlin & Conductor Lonnie Klein Discuss World Premiere

Composer and national radio host Bill McGlaughlin and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein visited KRWG in late September, 2012.
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Intermezzo
3:10 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

John Hutchinson inaugurates pipe organ series at St. Paul’s

Organist John Hutchinson knows pipe organs inside and out, having worked with organ builders, built them, fixed them, and studied and performed on the instrument since he was a kid. Hutchinson was invited to perform the first concert in the Ben & Janis Boykin Organ Series at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, playing on the very organ that inspired him when he was in sixth grade to be an organist. He is now the Director of Music & Arts and Organist at Cumming First United Methodist Church, outside of Atlanta.

Intermezzo
2:08 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, John Cage! An interview with Michelle Schumann

Michelle Schumann "prepares" a piano at the NMSU Music Building before her tribute concert to John Cage

Among the many musical innovations made by 20th-century composer John Cage were his experiments with “prepared piano,” whereby he put various objects on and between the piano strings to alter the sound. Pianist Michelle Schumann has performed tribute concerts marking Cage’s birthday every September since 2000. She came to KRWG’s studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about how one prepares a piano, her interest in Cage’s music, this centennial year of his birth, and her own musical pursuits in Austin, Texas and around the world.

Intermezzo
1:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Marianna Gabbi takes up the baton once again

Marianna Gabbi in the KRWG-FM studios.
Leora Zeitlin

Marianna Gabbi's life-long passion for music and teaching is bringing her back onto the podium, with baton in hand, as she becomes the new conductor for the New Horizons Orchestra for the 2012-2013 season. The former conductor of the Las Cruces Symphony was the first woman to conduct an orchestra in China, and the first American woman to conduct in Russia. She came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about her love of music and her new role with New Horizons.

Intermezzo
3:28 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Lonnie Klein and EPSO "Come Together" for a Magical Mystery Tour

Lonnie Klein, long-time conductor of the Las Cruces Symphony, makes his debut with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra this weekend with a pops concert featuring the Beatles tribute band, "Magical Mystery Tour." Klein came by the KRWG-FM studios to chat with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert, the Beatles and their early use of orchestral instruments in their music.

Intermezzo
12:10 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

New York Dancer/Choreographer Bill Hastings Dances into Las Cruces

Bill Hastings and Monique Foster

Bill Hastings has performed in more 40 musicals and plays, and choreographed more than 40 productions around the world, and has worked with some of the biggest names in show business, including Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Chet Walker, Gwen Verdon and others. While in Las Cruces teaching a week-long workshop at the Las Cruces Academy of Music and Dance, Hastings came to the KRWG studios to talk about some of the highlights of his career and the inspiration he received from his teachers.

Intermezzo
4:08 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

A Centennial Concert Celebrates New Mexico

While New Mexico is commemorating its 100th anniversary as a state this year, three choruses joined forces to celebrate through song. A special Centennial Concert at the Rio Grande Theatre featuring the Albuquerque Civic Choir, the Singing Out Chorus, and the Mesilla Valley Chorale will showcase composers from New Mexico, including Las Cruces' own Christine Sanders and Bob Diven.

Intermezzo
3:01 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New Desert Harmony Singers Present "Jukebox Saturday Night!"

High-energy music and dance from the 1940s, 50s and 60s will highlight the summer concert of the New Desert Harmony Singers, called "Jukebox Saturday Night!" In addition to the 30-person community mixed chorus, the NMSU Dance Theater Group will perform dances choreographed by Dr. Debra Knapp. Conductor Dave Kinkaid came to the KRWG studios to chat with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about what the night will offer.

Intermezzo
3:33 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

A Conversation with Jeffrey Biegel & Lonnie Klein

Classical pianist and composer Jeffrey Biegel was one of the students of the famed Juilliard School piano professor, Adele Marcus, as was songwriter and pop/rock star Neil Sedaka, before he went into the pop world. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Jeffrey Biegel -- who was in Las Cruces for a performance with the Las Cruces Symphony -- talked about his recent collaborations with Neil Sedaka, the lasting influence of their teacher Adele Marcus, and his experience of being deaf until the age of three.

Intermezzo
4:07 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Opening Doors to Music: A Conversation with Two Composers

We've all seen beautiful paintings and photographs of doors; far less common is music inspired by them. NMSU tuba professor Dr. Jim Shearer asked his colleague, Lon Chaffin (Music Department Chair) to write a work inspired by doors -- and using photographs taken by Albuquerque artist Jim Gale, Chaffin incorporated the images into a multi-media composition. Shearer also commissioned Arkansas-based composer Lester Pack and NMSU alumnus Justin Raines to compose new works.

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