NMSU Choirs

Intermezzo
4:29 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

NMSU singers preview their upcoming European tour with concert at San Albino

NMSU student Teresa Acosta and pianist Leah Houpt at KRWG.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Some forty singers from the NMSU choirs have been rehearsing for several months for a tour to Germany and Prague at the end of May. Two of the singers, NMSU junior Teresa Acosta, and community member and pianist Leah Houpt, joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin – who will also be on the tour – to talk about the music they’ll perform, the places they will visit, and a “preview concert” that takes place at San Albino in Mesilla on Sunday, May 17.

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Intermezzo
5:15 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Choirs to perform “A Child of Our Time” and Faure's "Requiem" at spring concert

Conductor David Klement and baritone soloist Antonio Quaranta
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Sir Michael Tippett wrote his oratorio, “A Child of Our Time,” as a profound protest against the persecution of Jews during World War II, and the persecution of African-Americans in this country (the text declares, “pogroms in the East, lynchings in the West”). Conductor David Klement and baritone Antonio Quaranta, who will perform the work this weekend with the NMSU Choirs, say that Tippett’s powerful message about suffering and hope continues to resonate with listeners in our own day.

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Intermezzo
4:37 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Rhythmica! When the choir becomes the percussion and a marimba sings

Choral conductor David Klement and marimba soloist Mike Armendariz in the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Usually percussion in a choral concert will accompany the singers, perhaps with some bold rhythms but mostly in the background. Contemporary composer Gene Koshinski turns that convention on its head in a composition that will be performed this weekend by the combined NMSU choirs under the direction of David Klement. Marimba soloist and NMSU faculty member Mike Armendariz and Klement discuss the work with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, pointing out how the choir is in the background singing percussive rhythms and sounds, while Armendariz makes the expressive marimba sing.

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Intermezzo
12:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Peaceable Kingdom: A conversation with David Klement

Choral conductor David Klement

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.

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