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Amalia Zeitlin

For 27 years, Leslie Kowalski has been teaching children and their families how to bring music into every aspect of their lives. When her own twin daughters were young (they are now 31), she says, “I had a song for everything,” and very soon, she wanted to share that with other youngsters and families.

Sometimes a close friendship can inspire some beautiful music, and that is exactly what happened between the 19th century clarinetist Heinrich Baermann and one of his greatest champions, the German composer Carl Maria von Weber. Among many works that Weber wrote to show off Baermann’s talents is his Clarinet Quintet, a work that combines technically dazzling passages with operatic aria-like melodies that the whole ensemble shares. Audiences will have two opportunities to hear the music when Camerata del Sol performs it twice in the next two weeks.

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.

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

Violist Julio Campos and violinist Amalia Zeitlin grew up making music in Las Cruces, played in the Las Cruces High School Chamber Orchestra, and decided to make music their careers. This Sunday, they will make their orchestral debut together when they perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra (NHSO). The work is a double-concerto for violin, viola and orchestra, and NMSU viola professor and NHSO conductor, Jorge Martinez, will be conducting.

Leora Zeitlin

The Beatles are coming to town—through a new “fab four” band called the Ladybugs. The new group is formed by four young Las Cruces musicians, all of whom graduated from Las Cruces High School some years ago and have pursued musical careers. The shows will include their own arrangements of 19 Beatles tunes, with a variety of instruments.