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The best in classical music programming on KRWG-FM. From the Renaissance to comtemporary, it's on KRWG!  Join Peter van de Graaff Monday through Wednesday and Leora Zeitlin Thursday and Friday.

  

 

KRWG’s Zeitlin recognized by National Federation of Press Women

Aug 10, 2019

New Mexico State University’s Leora Zeitlin has been recognized with two first-place awards from the National Federation of Press Women for her work with KRWG Public Media. 

Zeitlin hosts “Intermezzo,” a KRWG classical music program, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Her work has been recognized at the state and national level in previous years, but this is her first time receiving two first-place recognitions at once. 

“It’s always thrilling to have one’s work recognized and awarded,” she said. 

Leora Zeitlin

The Piano Concerto No. 2 by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of the most beloved pieces in the repertoire, and this weekend, Joseph Seth Zamora will perform it in the season’s finale of the New Horizons Orchestra, with Jorge Martinez-Rios conducting. “It’s every pianist’s dream, honestly,” Zamora said in this interview with Intemezzo host Leora Zeitlin. “I remember looking at it when I was younger and thinking, ‘I can’t wait to play this with an orchestra,’ and now I am.

Leora Zeitlin

The Mesilla Valley Chorale has been singing for Las Cruces audiences for almost half a century, and this Mother’s Day, they'll take listeners through a range of emotions and ideas in a concert simply titled “Celebrate Music.” Director Nancy Ritchey, who came to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin at KRWG, said, “What I’m really celebrating through the particular songs are the good feelings of friendship, joy, love, and most particularly, a kinder, more tolerant, gentler, more loving world.”

Leora Zeitlin

One of the missions of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band is “is to give young conductors and experienced conductors an opportunity to conduct a group at this level – which is almost unheard of,” says founding conductor and director William Clark, “and they really take that opportunity seriously.” Another is to introduce audiences to some of the “really delightful” new music being written for concert bands. Both missions will be at the fore in the band’s Mother’s Day concert this Sunday. Clark came to talk about the concert with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.

Leora Zeitlin

David Amram – who has made music with the leading musical lights of the 20th century, from Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland to Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonius Monk to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson – is back in town. At 88, he has not slowed down: last week he performed with his jazz quintet in New York; this weekend, he is in Las Cruces for the New Mexico premiere of his double concerto, “Partners”; and while he is here, the world premiere of another work, “Bulgarian Wedding,” will take place in New Jersey.

Leora Zeitlin

When dance professors Paco Antonio and Ray Backlund put together a dance concert – as they have for the “Rhythm Nights” concerts this month – they look not only for a range of dance forms, but also emotions. “I like a big variety,” Backlund said in this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin. “I look for songs that say something to me, and that’s what I use – whether it’s dramatic or very soft or sad.” “Rhythm Nights” will feature two NMSU DanceSport teams and the Flamenco and Spanish dance troupe Sol Y Arena, which is led by Paco Antonio.

Leora Zeitlin

Music with a Spanish flavor will be performed by the NMSU Wind Symphony at its spring concert, “Pasion con Fuego,” which will feature music by composers from Spanish-speaking countries. NMSU Director of Bands Michael Mapp came to KRWG to help with the station’s fundraising drive but when it finished early, he sat down with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin to talk about the concert.

Leora Zeitlin

One of the goals of the chamber ensemble Camerata del Sol is to explore music that is not performed often. With that in mind, the local group chose Joseph Haydn’s monumental but rarely-heard “The Seven Last Words of Christ” for a pair of concerts in Las Cruces this month.

Leora Zeitlin

As part of its 25th anniversary year celebrations, El Paso Opera chose a production that would fully reflect life on the southern border. “Cruzar la Cara del la Luna,” billed as “the world’s first mariachi opera,” crosses both artistic and musical borders even as it tells a story of a family crossing national borders.

Leora Zeitlin

The Hard Road Trio has been playing benefit concerts for KRWG almost since they started playing together 15 years ago, but this month there’s an extra reason to celebrate: it’s a cd-release concert for their latest recording, simply titled, “The Hard Road Trio.”

Leora Zeitlin

This weekend, more than 100 young musicians ranging from age 12 to mid-20s will come together to perform in both Las Cruces and Juarez in a pair of concerts titled “Music Beyond Borders.” Students from the NMSU Philharmonia and conductor Simon Gollo will perform with students from Esperanza Azteca Juarez, a social and musical training program in Juarez that is directed by Jove Garcia.

Leora Zeitlin

This year’s 9th annual NMSU/Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival will be a two-day celebration of contemporary music, dance, drama, and narration, and will feature music ranging from Stravinsky to a world premiere. The festival is named for the long-time composer-in-residence and NMSU music department chair Warner Hutchison, himself a great champion of contemporary music and art who moved from Las Cruces to Albuquerque many years ago.

The acclaimed choirs of the Church of the Advent of Boston have been making top-quality music for generations, and singing there requires a “blisteringly fast” learning curve -- not to mention sometimes giving up sleep on Sunday mornings. Tenor Francesco Logozzo sings in the church’s professional choir, which performs a different Mass every Sunday, along with motets, a psalm, and other pieces, and he sings in the mixed professional and congregational Parish Choir – which requires getting up at 6:30 a.m. and learning entirely different music for the earlier Mass.

Leora Zeitlin

All three members of the Reveron Trio live far from their native Venezuela and far from each other in the United States. But when they get together to perform, something special happens. “We go home when we meet,” says violinist Simon Gollo, who teaches at New Mexico State University. “We talk about our country. We talk about our dreams. It’s a beautiful project, this trio.”

Leora Zeitlin

For clarinetist Mike Sizer and cornetist Dave Jellema, jazz grabbed them early in life. “I knew at age 14 that’s all I ever wanted to do. Especially when I found they would actually pay you to play an instrument,” Sizer said in this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin. Jellema agreed: “It chooses you. You wake up one day and say, ‘I’ve got to do this.”

An evening of popular Neapolitan songs can be just as ambitious for a tenor as performing a full opera, says acclaimed opera singer Alex Richardson, who is back in Las Cruces to perform just such a concert with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra this weekend. “To do eight long and big pieces all in a row, that’s kind of operatic in itself – just the stamina to get through those songs,” he told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in the KRWG studios. And, he adds, “each one is poetry with a story to tell,” requiring the singer to assume a variety of characters during the concert.

Leora Zeitlin

An afternoon of Italian classical music is in store for Las Cruces on Sunday, November 25, when the Vox Vallis Women’s Ensemble plays its second concert of the season, with music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Ottorini Respighi. While the first two composers date from the golden age of Italian Baroque music, the 20th century Respighi composed in an eclectic style that reflects numerous influences. His cantata “Il Tramonto,” is on the program, as well as the ever-popular “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and a concerto grosso by Corelli.

Jorge Martinez-Rios

When the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra began rehearsing in August for this weekend’s concert, the musicians could not have imagined the concert would be in memory of their conductor, Dr. Marianna Gabbi. The beloved conductor, who had been a pillar of the Las Cruces classical music scene for four decades, died on September 11 at the age of 90. She had conducted NHSO since 2012.

Leora Zeitlin

Echoes from a legendary murder in Mesilla’s famed Double Eagle Restaurant will be heard tonight in “Grave,” a new theatrical music piece that will be premiered in Las Cruces with area musicians and actors. Actress Monica Mojica wrote the libretto about the true Mesilla story in which Senora Maes, in a pique of rage, murdered her son and his forbidden lover. Composer Lester Pack, who has collaborated twice before with Las Cruces musicians, wrote the music. Mojica, Pack, and tubist Jim Shearer, joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in this interview at KRWG.

Leora Zeitlin

Philippe Quint’s childhood dreams were to become a world-class chess player, soccer star, or perhaps a cosmonaut (he was born in what was then Leningrad, Russia) not necessarily a professional violinist. But at 13 – he began playing at the age of four – he went to Moscow to study at a school for talented young musicians, and there he found “the perfect ground” to develop his craft and a path to a musical career.

Leora Zeitlin

There’s a new music ensemble in Las Cruces, and they’re making their debut this weekend with one of the masterworks of the 18th century, the Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Ana Maria Quintero and Jessie O’Hara, both graduate students in violin at NMSU, co-founded Vox Vallis Women’s Ensemble to bring high-quality concerts to the region. The decision to begin with Pergolesi’s masterpiece came from Quintero, who has performed it several times, beginning when she was 15.


Leora Zeitlin

The enchanting words of Shakespeare, the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn, and the young, talented actors of the Starlight Theatre Company will come together to make some magic this month when the company presents “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in several performances. With a wink to previous Starlight productions, there will be an added delight: a song by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Leora Zeitlin

“What’s Othello really about?” asks Julian Alexander about “Othello: The Remix,” the rap version of Shakespeare’s play that he and three other actors will perform this month with the Scaffolding Theatre Co. In this interview with KRWG’s Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, director Megan McQueen suggests that it’s “about how we treat people as “Others.” As she wrote in her director’s notes, “Othello challenges us to consider who we value and who we oppress, who we envy and who we sabotage, and why.”

Leora Zeitlin

Fairies, sprites, magic and love are all part of Shakespeare’s enchanting “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This weekend, they’ll all be on stage when the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music presents the Shakespeare-inspired ballet, choreographed by founder and artistic director Monique Foster. Her goal for every ballet, she says, is “to tell the story. Yes, we have ballet technique, dance, and a vocabulary, but I’m always trying to make sure the story is told.”

Leora Zeitlin Honored For Interviews On KRWG-FM's "Intermezzo"

May 22, 2018

KRWG-FM host Leora Zeitlin was honored by the New Mexico Press Women for interviews conducted on "Intermezzo," which is broadcast weekdays from 2pm to 4pm.  The interviews included: “Irish Fiddle Master Brian Conway" and “Legendary pianist Misha Dichter.”

Leora Zeitlin

Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of people walking around with ukuleles in Las Cruces this weekend. Ukulele enthusiasts, musicians, and teachers are gathering from around the country for the second Las Cruces UkeFest, with concerts, workshops, open mic, jam sessions and prize drawings all being part of the two-day festival. The festival is hosted by Las Cruces Ukes, a group that was founded five years ago by Cheryl Fallstead.

Leora Zeitlin

When he was growing up in Mexico, violinist Daniel Vega-Albela fell in love with the music of Mozart, and has been playing it ever since. This Sunday, he will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Marianna Gabbi. “Mozart was probably my first love,” he said in this interview with Gabbi and Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin. “I’ve been playing this concerto ever since I was a kid. It’s amazing to see that every time I pick it up again, I find something different. I can continue to grow with this concerto.”

Leora Zeitlin

As music students in Morelia, Mexico in the late 1990s, violist Jorge Martinez and pianist Alain Del Real often played together, became good friends, and promised they would continue making music together “in the near future.” Though 22 years have intervened, tonight the two musicians will make that dream a reality when they perform a recital in Las Cruces, joined by Radostin Konstantinov, principal clarinetist of the Juarez Symphony Orchestra.

Leora Zeitlin

What began as a simple conversation thirty years ago outside the NMSU Music Building has today become one of Las Cruces’ most beloved and enduring musical institutions, the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Founded by band conductors and teachers Dr. Bill Clark and John Schutz, along with White’s Music Box owner Mike White, MVCB has grown from 30 players to more than 100 auditioned musicians who together have played for tens of thousands of people over the course of three decades.

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