4th Annual Autumn Overture - Jazz Ensembles

The Department of Music at New Mexico State University is pleased to announce the fourth annual concert series, “Autumn Overture”. The series includes 5 concerts, featuring the music department’s premier ensembles, beginning Tuesday, September 25 and ending October 13th.  

The first week of concerts will feature the Symphonic Band on Tuesday, September 25 and the Wind Symphony on Thursday, September 27th.  The NMSU Wind Symphony is under the direction of Dr. Michael Mapp and the Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Steven Smyth. The Symphonic Band’s concert is entitled “Traditions: Folk Music from Around the World” and includes music by Schuman, Ticheli, Vaughn Williams, and Chance.   The Wind Symphony will present a program called “Shadow and Light” with music by Freund, Reed, Wagner, Chan, Perrine and Ticheli.

The second week of concerts will feature the NMSU University Choirs on Tuesday, October 9thunder the direction of Dr. Randi Bolding, newly appointed Director of Choral Studies. The concert titled “Season of Change” presents a wide variety of music featuring the University Singers, the Statesmen, and the Women’s Chorale. The Women’s Chorale is under the direction of Graduate Assistant, Ida Holguin.

The NMSU Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Pancho Romero, will present a concert titled “Time and Space” on Friday, October 12th.  The program will feature music by Count Basie, Bob Mintzer, Fred Sturm and others. 

On Saturday, October 13ththe NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Simón Gollo, will present a program titled “Capriccio a Quattro”.  A Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, will feature soloists Jose Nevarez, Jessie O’Hara, Ana Maria Quintero, and Amalia Zeitlin. Other works on the program include Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor, Barber’s Adagio for Stringsand Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

The Autumn Overture concert series serves as a kickoff for the 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 pm in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. 

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