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NMSU Philharmonia to perform free concert tonight

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The NMSU Philharmonia is embarking on several firsts this year, says conductor Simon Gollo, who also teaches violin at NMSU and plays with La Catrina Quartet. The student orchestra is preparing for its first tour – to Houston and San Antonio – in February. It will have its first concerto competition in the spring. And it is now, for the first time, a full ensemble, rather than the smaller string ensemble it was last year. Tonight, the ensemble will play Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (the “Jupiter”), the “Romeo and Juliet Overture,” by Tchaikovsky, and “Romanze for Viola and Orchestra,” by Max Bruch in a concert at the Atkinson Recital Hall. La Catrina Quartet violist Jorge Martinez-Rios will be the soloist. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

“My goal is to have a very competitive orchestra in this area,” Gollo told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin at the KRWG studios. “I want to have the best orchestra around.” Gollo brought cellist Kendra Kimball-Gutierrez, a junior at NMSU, to the interview, who agreed. “I would like to see us keep progressing in the level of musicianship and the level of difficulty of the pieces,” she said.

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