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Cora Patterson

Leora Zeitlin

As every performer and conductor knows, you have to be prepared for the unexpected: a slip of the memory, a violin string snapping, or a last-minute cancellation by a soloist. That’s what conductor Dr. Marianna Gabbi faced this week, when her long-time friend, acclaimed classical guitarist Javier Calderon, was suddenly hospitalized and had to cancel his concert this weekend with the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Leora Zeitlin

Just a few weeks before its spring concert, the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra lost one of its board members and musicians, horn player Larry Jonas, in a tragic motorcycle accident. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 17, and will be dedicated to the memory of Jonas, who died on April 30. Conductor Marianna Gabbi and fellow horn player Cora Patterson came to the KRWG studios to talk about the loss of their friend and colleague, and the music the orchestra will play, including Beethoven’s 8th symphony, an overture by  Carl Marian von Weber, and waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr.