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David Amram

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

Legendary classical/jazz/world music composer and performer David Amram is the focus of the third annual NMSU Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival, taking place next week in Las Cruces. Percussion professor Fred Bugbee, who organized the festival with horn professor Nancy Joy, came to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Amram, and the concerts, lectures and films that will explore his career and multi-faceted music.