Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU

Maestro Lonnie Klein

The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, now in its 25th season, probably owes its existence to Oscar Butler who was an active cellist with the Orchestra until his retirement five years ago. He worked as a board member, a musician, a choral director, and a conductor over the years. His efforts have paid off -- the caliber of performances continues to expand and improve.

Although Oscar Butler's enthusiasm was the initial impetus behind the creation of the symphony, he was soon joined by another pioneer, Dr. John Glowacki, who arrived at NMSU in 1961 and reorganized the community orchestra as a part of the University so students could get class credit for their participation.

In 1975 Dr. Marianna Gabbi took the orchestra to the next level. As conductor, she created an active Board of Directors, and the first subscription series followed in 1980. Her tenure was followed by the arrival of our present conductor, Dr. Lonnie Klein.

Dr. Klein holds a Doctorate in Performance from the University of Illinois and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. From his inaugural concert in October 1999, Maestro Klein has led the orchestra to new levels of artistic excellence, with six consecutive seasons of sold-out concerts.

World renown guest soloists are featured in most concerts due to the generous support of local businesses. Included in the list of sponsors are Wells Fargo Bank, Matrix Capital Bank, Mountain View Hospital and others.

The orchestral season consists of six concerts with each one performed on Saturday evening at 8:00PM and again on Sunday afternoon at 3:00PM. The season runs from October to May with one concert each month except in January and March. Although the concerts are "sold-out," some tickets are available due to patrons being ill, out of town or otherwise engaged. For more information, please contact the Las Cruces Symphony Association by calling 575-646-3709 or writing to PO Box 1622, Las Cruces, NM 88004. The office hours are 9:00AM to noon and 1:00 to 5:00PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00AM to noon on Friday.