Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra

Leora Zeitlin

Harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio has played hundreds of concerts in all the great concert halls of the world, but to this day, his love for the instrument and the music takes him back to his earliest days. “It brings me back to my childhood. They call it ‘playing’ music, they don’t call it ‘working’ music. When it becomes ‘work,’ I’m not doing it anymore,” he said in an interview with Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra conductor Lonnie Klein, and KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.

Leora Zeitlin

Pianist Antonio di Cristofano says “one must enter into the mind of Beethoven” when playing his music, which is what he will do when he performs the Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor Concerto” with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The Italian piano soloist joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in a wide-ranging conversation about Beethoven’s monumental concerto, Di Cristofano’s teacher, the late Antonio Bacchelli, his strong interest in the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, and some of the differences in the training of pianists in Russia and Italy.

Leora Zeitlin

Concert soloist Lindsay Deutsch likens playing the violin to being a gymnast on a balance beam who is asked to “cry, or also get very angry, or be very joyful,” without falling off. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Deutsch talks about the challenge of keeping the music fresh and new, despite hundreds of hours of practice time, and her particular interest in awakening a love of classical music in young people-- through concerts and a special web page for kids. She was in Las Cruces to perform with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein.

13-year-old Sujari Britt devotes her life to music

Sep 12, 2014
Leora Zeitlin

Born into a musical family, Sujari Britt began studying violin, piano and guitar before settling at the age of four on the instrument that has made her famous: the cello. The 13-year-old prodigy has played at the White House, is in demand as a soloist with orchestras, and has just started college classes at the Manhattan School of Music. She visited Las Cruces to perform the opening concert of the 2014-2015 season with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

Leora Zeitlin

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.

Leora Zeitlin

Although Victor Herbert enjoyed superstar fame at the turn of the 20th 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.

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.