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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.

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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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.

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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

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“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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For pianist Jon Nakamatsu, the biggest surprise in the 19 years since he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997 is “how fast the time has gone.” But, he adds, “what I’m doing is somewhat timeless,” and getting to work with great musicians the world over is “what makes the time go so fast. All I wanted to do was play.” He will perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra this weekend in the orchestra’s final concerts of the season.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Eric Ruske: A Passion for Music

Sep 27, 2013

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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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.