William Leland

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.

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.