Ming Luke

For many musicians, a piece first played in childhood or adolescence stays with them throughout their lives. That’s the case for clarinetist John Pleasant who first performed the Concertino for Clarinet by the 19th century composer Carl Maria von Weber as a high school student in 1968. Pleasant will perform the music again this Sunday, Nov. 7, when the New Horizons Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage under the baton of Jorge Martinez after almost two years.

Leora Zeitlin

When Ming Luke learned he would conduct the first concert of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra since the pandemic hit, he wanted to play music that evoked new beginnings. Next week, he’ll lead the orchestra in works that do just that: the “Reformation” Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn and “The Firebird Suite” by Igor Stravinsky.