Las Cruces Symphony opens centennial season with commission

Posted on: September 28, 2012

In Thursday’s (9/27) Las Cruces Sun-News (New Mexico), S. Derrickson Moore writes, “The world premiere of composer and NPR’s ‘Performance Today’ host William McGlaughlin’s Brave New World kicks off the new season for the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra at NMSU. The specially commissioned celebration of New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood will debut at a pair of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. … LCSO conductor and music director Lonnie Klein called the new work ‘a powerful symphonic poem that captures the spirit and culture of our great state. Bill McGlaughlin really gets it.’ McGlaughlin said that he was ‘delighted to be invited to compose a piece for this significant milestone in New Mexico’s history. Brave New World includes musical references evocative of wide open spaces and ancient peoples, a Spanish waltz that was the hit tune of the 17th century, a desert lullaby, and a fiesta finale.’ … The concert also features ‘the spectacular Concerto for Violin and Orchestra violin concerto by American composer Lee Actor, written for British-born violinist Pip Clarke who is appearing with the LCSO for the first time,’ said Klein.”

Posted September 28, 2012