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NMSU Department of Music presents premiere ensembles in concert series

New Mexico State University’s third annual concert series “Autumn Overture” has been expanded to include four concerts over two weeks in October, featuring the Department of Music’s premier ensembles.


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New Mexico State University Jazz Band (Courtesy photo)
Men and women seated playing instruments
New Mexico State University Band (Courtesy photo)
Men and women seated, some playing instruments, others singing
New Mexico State University orchestra and NMSU Choir (Courtesy photo)

The first week of concerts will feature the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Atkinson Recital Hall. The NMSU Wind Symphony under the direction of Michael Mapp and the Symphonic Band under the direction of Steven Smyth will be the inaugural concert for both conductors. Mapp is the newly appointed director of bands at NMSU and Smyth is serving as the interim associate director of bands. The concert is titled “Journeys” and includes a diverse range of music by composers that includes Karel Husa, Martin Ellerby, Andrzej Markowski, Chen Yi, Dmitri Shostakovich, David Del Tredici, Silvestre Revueltas, Scott McAllister and Vincent Persichetti.

The NMSU University Choirs will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 under the direction of John Hamilton, interim director of choral studies. The concert titled “Passage of Time” will feature the University Singers, the Statesmen, the Women’s Chorale and the community chorus, MasterWorks. Graduate assistant Ida Holguin, will conduct the Women’s Chorale.

The second week of concerts will feature the music of Gordon Goodwin presented by the NMSU Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 under the direction of Frank “Pancho” Romero, NMSU professor of music. The concert is titled “Big Phat Band – The Music of Gordon Goodwin.” On Saturday, Oct. 21 the NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Simon Gollo will perform Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances for String Orchestra and W. A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C “Jupiter,” K. 551, in a program titled “A Musical Legacy.”

The Autumn Overture concert series serves as a kickoff for the NMSU music department’s annual “Partners for Musical Excellence” campaign. Funds raised by the campaign help to provide scholarships for outstanding and deserving NMSU students majoring in music.

All concerts of the Autumn Overture series begin at 7:30 p.m. in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. For further information please contact Lisa VanWinkle at 575-646-2523 or lvanwink@nmsu.edu.