New Horizons Symphony Orchestra

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.