The Department of Music at New Mexico State University is pleased to announce the fifth annual concert series, “Autumn Overture”. The series includes 5 concerts, featuring the Music Department’s premier ensembles, beginning Tuesday, October 1st and ending October 11th.
The first week of concerts will feature the Wind Symphony on Tuesday, October 1 and the University Choirs on Friday, October 4th. The NMSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Michael Mapp, will present a program titled: “British Invasion: British Music of the 20th Century." Works include compositions by Edward Gregson, Judith Bingham, David Bedford, Gustav Holst, and Haydn Wood. Graduate conducting student, Melissa Sawyer, will be featured conducting Judith Bingham’s Bright Spirit.
The University Choirs concert, under the direction of Dr. Randi Bolding, will feature the University Chamber Singers, the Singing Statesmen, and the Women’s Chorale, under the direction of Chelsea Bolas. The concert titled “Sounds of Autumn” will include music from Monteverdi, traditional spirituals, American folk songs, Israeli dance songs, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The second week of concerts begins Tuesday, October 8th with a concert by the NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Simon Gollo. Their concert titled, “We Are El Paso”, is dedicated to the memory of the lives lost in the August 3rd shooting in El Paso, TX. The concert will feature guest artist, Maestro Eduardo Rojas, performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, E-flat major. The full orchestra will perform Finlandia and Valse Triste by Jean Sibelius and Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave in B-flat minor, Op.31.
Thursday, October 10th, will feature the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Steven Smyth and graduate conducting students Rod Pior and Byron Coulter. The concert will include Shostakovich’s Folk Dances, Grainger’s Ye Banks and Braes, O Bonnie Doonand Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances.
The final concert of the series on Friday, October 11th will feature The NMSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Pancho Romero. The concert is titled “Four Seasons” and selections will include Autumn Leaves, Summer Samba, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,and Winter, A New Beginning. Notable composers and arrangers include Mark Taylor, Tom Kubis, George Stone, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Sammy Nestico. The concert will feature numerous soloists from within the ensemble.
The Autumn Overture concert series serves as the 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.