On November 11, the New Horizons Symphony will dedicate their fall concert to Dr. Marianna Gabbi, their beloved music director and conductor who passed away on September 11. The concert will be directed by Jorge Martinez-Rios, Associate Professor of Viola at NMSU. Martinez is also a member of the award-winning La Catrina String Quartet. The concert will be held in NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall at 1075 N. Horseshoe in Las Cruces and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Marianna Gabbi took the helm of New Horizons Symphony in 2012. She created challenging and exciting programs which broadened the audience base and the musical boundaries of the members. She is probably best known for leading the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra from 1975-1999, bringing some of the world’s finest musicians to the area as guest artists. She established Young Artist Competitions, Summer String Workshops, and a Youth Concert Series. She was the first American woman invited to conduct in China and the first woman to conduct the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Guest artist Javier Calderon, guitar professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will perform the Rodrigo guitar concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez. Calderon is lauded as one of the most expressive guitarists of our time and he tours extensively. Calderon was a dear friend of Dr. Gabbi who invited him to perform with the orchestra last February. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized a week before the performance. The concert will also include West Side Story (Selections for Orchestra) by Bernstein, Postludio by Heras, An Outdoor Overture by Copland, and the third movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5 performed by NMSU Associate Professor of Violin, Daniel Vega-Albela. New Horizons Symphony is a nonprofit organization and a member of the New Horizons International Music Association which provides opportunities for adults to either return to their musical roots or explore their musical side for the first time. The NHS gives free concerts three times a year and rehearses Thursday evenings in the NMSU Band Room. For more information about the concert call 575-521-8771. For information about joining the orchestra, email Gay Lenzo at email@example.com.