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Dr. Marianna Gabbi

Leora Zeitlin

Three dozen Las Cruces students will make their concert debut this weekend as the newly-formed Las Cruces Youth Orchestra, fulfilling a dream of Simon Gollo, founder of the orchestra and violin professor at NMSU. “We need to have more kids making music,” Gollo told Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin in this interview. Gollo and several faculty members have been training the students for three hours every Saturday this fall. “[The Las Cruces Youth Orchestra] is a wonderful program.

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

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.