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  • This Week on PAC 8, July 18-24

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 18, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM EuroMax
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 19, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 20, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • 'Carmen' shows added, on sale

    General Director Charles MacKay announced today that an additional performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” has been added 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
    “There has been such a demand for tickets, and all 12 performances have been filling so quickly,” MacKay said. “I am happy that we are able to offer more of our patrons a chance to see this wonderful new production of Bizet’s masterpiece.”
    The standard patron amenities will be offered, such as shuttles from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, preview buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m., Prelude Talks in Stieren Hall at 6 and 7 p.m., Opera Shop and food and beverage services.
    Taking advantage of Santa Fe’s Southwestern setting and advances in video projection, director Stephen Lawless brings “Carmen” closer to home, setting the drama in the Mexico of recent past.
    A mercurial creature who defies categories, Carmen has been rivetingly interpreted by both sopranos and mezzo-sopranos. Singing the role in all performances through July 18, Argentinian born Daniela Mack will bring the darker vocal luster of the mezzo-soprano voice to the stage.

  • Love can save the day

    This season, for the first time, The Santa Fe Opera presents Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” a true masterpiece that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. This production, staged with care and thought, is not to be missed.
    “Fidelio” is the story of Florestan, a man taken prisoner by a political enemy. Driven by her great love, his wife Leonore dresses like a boy she calls Fidelio and goes to where Florestan is imprisoned to try to save him. The director’s choice of era in which to stage this production is a great one, and the costumes and staging work together to help the audience relate to the idea that the fight against injustice and tyranny are ongoing.
    Bulgarian Soprano Alex Penda has an impressive instrument that demonstrates great flexibility along with astonishing dynamic control. Penda’s delicate high pianissimi are perfection, and her chesty lower notes are surprisingly resonant. It is difficult to imagine a more suitable voice for Leonore. Florestan doesn’t appear until later in the opera; however, tenor Paul Groves leaves a lasting impression on the audience. His voice is a superb match for Penda’s and his acting is effective without being overdone.

  • This Week on PAC 8, July 11-17

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 11, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 13, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Desert Chorale summer series starts today

    This summer, delight in music that celebrates the human experience. Exploration and curiosity. Mysticism and devotion. Romance and passion. Sacrifice and radiance.
     The Santa Fe Desert Chorale are offering one of Santa Fe’s concert series for the 2014 Summer Festival. Culminating in a delightful performance of Mozart’s final masterwork, the Requiem, along with a number of arias featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham, each and every concert on our classical series is a carefully curated pastiche of choral music.
     The Desert Chorale also welcomes back Voasis to Santa Fe for a program of pop and jazz favorites for the entire family. Voasis will also entertain at the 2014 Gala, “You Only Sing Twice!”
    Also, join the traditional Opening Night Dinner at La Terraza in La Fonda on Santa Fe’s historic plaza. 
    The summer programs from the Classical Series:
    “The New World: Music of the Americas.” Today, July 19, 25, 27 and Aug. 2.
    “A Romantic Evening with Brahms.” July 22, 26, 31 and Aug. 1.
    “Spanish Mystics.” Featuring Guitarist and Lutenist Richard Savino. July 17, 20, 24, 29 and Aug. 5.
    “Mozart Requiem.” Featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham. Aug. 7, 9 and 10.

  • A brutal story set to lovely music

    Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is an opera that even opera haters find enjoyable. It’s catchy without being simple, beautiful without being schmaltzy, and it has depth and meaning without being preachy. Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 production takes on the challenges “Carmen” presents and gives audiences a satisfying experience.
    “Carmen” is the saga of corporal Don José and Carmen, a factory worker. Despite the humor in the music and the dialogue, there is harshness in this story, which lends realism to the opera.
    The designers for this production have done a stellar job by changing the location and adding technology to the show to avoid staleness. The staging is phenomenal, and the updates, rather than being a distraction, feel comfortable and lend interest to an opera that many audience members may have already seen.
    The orchestra, under the direction of Rory MacDonald, is flawless. The areas where timing is critical are spot-on, and the sound and intensity are wonderful.
    When a company stages a commonly performed opera, it has to work harder to make its production stand out, and MacDonald and his orchestra certainly did their part.

  • Mayhem Festival promises mix of metal musical styles

    Summer is the time for the excitement of outdoor concerts. This year, the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque is host to several shows that will place all walks of life into the throes of a wild night of fun. There is Motley Crue’s final tour, Monumentour Tour and the 20th anniversary of Edgefest to name a few. On Saturday, the amphitheater is host to the seventh annual Mayhem Festival, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.
    A slew of heavy metal performers will converge upon the Isleta Amphitheater for a day’s full of rowdiness and um… “mayhem.” The fun begins 1 p.m. for an all day event.
    The Mayhem Festival is scheduled to have four stages that will have the audience consumed with the sounds of metal in many forms.
    The lineup consists of some of the biggest bands in the world of heavy metal, including headliners on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandra and Trivium.
    Performing on a second stage, sponsored by the Coldcock American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, will be Cannibal Corpse, as the headliner, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810.

  • Love story has flaws but still worth watching

    Vicky (Rebecca Hall) wants Doug (Chris Messina), her handsome fiancé.
    Cristina, fresh from a break-up, only knows what she doesn’t want. When the longtime friends happen upon the gruff-voiced Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) during a trip to Spain, even Vicky cannot resist a sexual adventure of the highest, PG-13 calling.
    Thus begins writer/director Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), a mighty interesting look at how conventions and desires overlap and drift apart. Mesa Public Library will show the film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” has flaws. The narrator waxes a bit too pseudo-sagaciously, the Woody-Allen-ness of the characters often threatens to overwhelm, and the characters don’t, ultimately, change as dramatically as I want them to. But the film succeeds, mostly because of Penélope Cruz.
    The film’s strongest scenes feature Cruz as Juan Antonio’s former wife, Maria Elena, who, despite being the stereotypical “crazy ex-wife,” redefines many words associated with love, including “partner” (with whom?) and “commitment” (to what?).

  • Opera season begins with dramatic love story

    The Santa Fe Opera 2014 season begins Friday with “Carmen.”
    The other operas included in this year’s program are “Don Pasquale,” “Fidelio,” the double bill of “The Impresario and Le Rossignol” and the hisotrical “Dr. Sun Yat-sen.”
    “Carmen” is an archetypal love story of irresistible dramatic sweep, a meditation on fate and freedom, and a portrait of the definitive femme fatale. But most of all, it is music: the highest expression of Bizet’s trove of melodies that capture all the sun and sensuality of Carmen herself.
    The international cast for this production of “Carmen” comes to Santa Fe from many countries. Argentinian Daniela Mack (June 27-July 18) and Ana María Martínez from Puerto Rico (July 28-Aug. 23) share the title role. Don José, Roberto De Biasio, has been the forefront of romantic tenors in only seven years since his debut in Bergamo, Italy. The swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by the bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas, praised in “The Guardian” as “utterly charismatic, physically and vocally” in this role. The young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald conducts. Stephen Lawless will direct.
    Note that Carmen is for mature audiences only due do its subject matter.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 27-July3

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, June 27, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 29, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV