New Horizons Symphony Orchestra

Leora Zeitlin

For a conductor and music teacher, it’s a special thrill to perform with a student long after he or she has set out on a career far from home. “I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me,” says Dr. Marianna Gabbi, conductor of the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra, who will conduct the orchestra and cellist Lawrence Stomberg in Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto on October 29. Stomberg grew up in Las Cruces, and participated in special summer string programs that Gabbi led. “We had master classes, concerts, it was fabulous. Not only was the music wonderful, but the camaraderie was just great.

Leora Zeitlin

Diana Carolina Sanchez was singing in a choir the first time she saw a violin. “I just saw the violin, and I fell in love – that’s it,” the Colombian violinist recounted in an interview at KRWG. She began studying at a conservatory in her home town in Colombia, and “the first year I was [studying violin], I knew that was what I wanted for my whole life.” This Sunday, Sanchez will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in a free concert with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dr. Marianna Gabbi.

Leora Zeitlin

Cora Patterson plays horn in the New Horizons Orchestra, a community orchestra made up of amateur, professional, and student musicians who rehearse weekly for the sheer love of making music. Their next concert is this Sunday, when they’ll perform music by Mozart and Sibelius under the direction of conductor Marianna Gabbi and guest conductor Kathleen Hill. The concert also reunites Gabbi and pianist William Leland, long-time friends and collaborators, who were colleagues at New Mexico State until their respective retirements, but who continue to perform together occasionally.

Two student musicians will showcase very different eras of music this weekend in the spring concert of the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Flutist Dominic Lowhar will play a movement from a Mozart Flute Concerto, and xylophonist Nathan Dossey will play from the Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra by 20th century Japanese composer Toshiro Mayuzumi, as the 2016 winners of the orchestra’s “Young Artist Competition.” Conductor Dr.

A musical collaboration at upcoming NHSO concert

Feb 18, 2016
Leora Zeitlin

Horn player L. William Kuyper says that an orchestral player who steps out in front to be a soloist has to “be a leader, and give forth his or her own interpretations,” instead of adapting to that of the conductor. “And we must honor his ideas,” says conductor Marianna  Gabbi, who will lead the New Horizons Orchestra in several works this weekend, including Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3, with Kuyper as soloist. Kuyper retired from his position as horn player in the New York Philharmonic several years ago, and has been making music in Las Cruces ever since.

Two old friends take to the stage with Beethoven

Oct 29, 2015
Leora Zeitlin

Long-time friends and colleagues, conductor Marianna Gabbi and pianist William Leland, will reunite on stage this weekend, when Leland – who taught piano at NMSU for decades and now lives in Oregon – returns to Las Cruces to perform with the New Horizons Orchestra. The program features the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, written when Beethoven was already growing quite deaf, which Gabbi describes as “an incredible concerto” whose great depth stems from Beethoven’s suffering.

Leora Zeitlin

The New Horizons Symphony Orchestra will feature NMSU freshman pianist Joseph Seth Zamora as the winner of its first Young Artist Competition at their March 15 concert, and the piece he’ll perform – the Piano Concerto in G Major by Maurice Ravel – was described in one word by conductor Marianna Gabbi and concertmaster Gordon Butler: “difficult!” Gabbi and Butler came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the competition, the concert program, and the rewards of performing with the community orchestra.

Pancho Romero: A Life in Music

Oct 30, 2013
Leora Zeitlin

Dr. Pancho Romero comes from a long tradition of music-making and music education in his extended family, going back at least three generations. As the trumpet professor at New Mexico State University, the lead trumpet player in the Las Cruces Symphony, and the director of the NMSU Jazz Ensembles, he devotes his life to playing and teaching all kinds of music.

Gabbi and Leland to perform Beethoven with NHSO

May 16, 2013
Leora Zeitlin

Conductor Marianna Gabbi and pianist William Leland met in 1975, when Gabbi first came to Las Cruces. Their friendship and musical kinship has not wavered, and this weekend, they perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto together, with Leland as soloist and Gabbi leading the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra. Gabbi reflects on music by Beethoven and Dvorak, as well as her long friendship with Leland, in this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin.