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Intermezzo

Weekdays, 2pm to 4pm
  • Hosted by Peter van de Graaff
  • Local Host Leora Zeitlin

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.

  

 

Leora Zeitlin

One of the foremost composers of our day, Osvaldo Golijov grew up in Argentina when Astor Piazzolla was composing and performing his famous tangos worldwide. After Piazzolla’s death, Golijov wrote a work for nine string players called “Last Round” that pays tribute to his fellow Argentinian composer. His goal was to “imitate the wonderful, amazing, beautiful sound of Astor Piazzolla’s bandoneon,” said Daniel Vega-Albela, speaking of the small accordion-like instrument that Piazzolla made famous.

Two concerts to feature music from South America

Nov 4, 2019
Leora Zeitlin

If you’ve never heard music by Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone or Astor Piazzolla, then this week is your chance to hear and learn about some of South America’s greatest composers in two free concerts. And if you do know their work, you’ll already know there’s a treat in store. On Thursday, visiting guest pianist Justin Badgerow will present a recital of classical music from Brazil, including by Mignone, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud and Guarnieri.

Pianist Bryan Wallick opens EPPM season in Las Cruces

Oct 17, 2019
Leora Zeitlin

If you think classical music is only performed in concert halls, think again. One of the goals of El Paso Pro Music and its Grammy Award-winning artistic director Zuill Bailey is to bring concerts into a variety of venues to make classical music as accessible as possible. To that end, the opening concert of the season will feature pianist Bryan Wallick in a recital amidst the art work  at the Dona Ana Arts Center Gallery in Mesilla on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Leora Zeitlin

When guitarist Marcos Cavalcante was growing up in Brazil, his parents – both of whom were musicians – would not allow popular music to be played in their home. Their maid, however, took out her guitar when they would leave, and Cavalcante discovered it was “the instrument of my heart.”  Cavalcante went on to study composition and conducting, eventually earning graduate degrees at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. After teaching in higher education for many years in Indiana, Brazil and northern New Mexico, he recently moved to Las Cruces to teach at MacArthur Elementary.

Leora Zeitlin

For the 12th year, the NMSU Dance department will pair up ten high-profile members of the Las Cruces community with ten high-performing student dancers in a competition where both professional judges and the audience get to choose their favorites. The event takes place on Oct. 17, from 6 -8 p.m., and will feature the ten starring couples, each of which has rehearsed two dances – choreographed by the student dancer -- over the past six weeks. Several dance ensembles, including the NMSU DanceSport (ballroom), hip hop, and flamenco ensembles, and a visiting dance troupe, will also perform.

Leora Zeitlin

The music of Percy Grainger has charmed audiences for decades with his inventive arrangements and use of traditional English folksongs in works for orchestra, band, piano and other instruments. The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will open their season this weekend with a concert showcasing some of Grainger’s music, including his masterpiece “Lincolnshire Posy,” based on folksongs he collected at the beginning of the 20th century. “In his category, he was just a genius mind,” said Dr.

Leora Zeitlin

Tim Fain wears diverse musical hats: he’s a world-class violinist who plays with major orchestras and at festivals around the world; he’s played on and off screen in  several movies (Black Swan, 12 Years a Slave, Bee Season, Moonlight); he uses cutting edge technology to produce innovative music videos and productions, often incorporating film, digital art, live performance and even culinary arts for the audience; and he uses his music to support several causes, as he says, “to make the world a better place not only for us, but for our children.”

Leora Zeitlin

Fall has officially arrived along with a new academic year, and musicians from the major student ensembles at NMSU will welcome both with the fifth annual “Autumn Overture” concerts to showcase their talents. The opening concert will feature the top band at the university, the NMSU Wind Symphony, performing a “British Invasion” of five British composers. NMSU Director of Bands Michael Mapp came to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin to discuss the concert and the composers.

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. 

Remembering Mark Medoff

May 17, 2019
Leora Zeitlin

When Mark Medoff passed away at the end of April, the world lost a great man of the theatre, his students lost a passionate and dedicated teacher, and Las Cruces lost an extraordinary supporter of this community. Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin shares some memories of the Tony-award winning playwright, and a clip from one of her interviews with him.

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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.

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