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Dear Symphony Friends,

Welcome to our 2013–2014 season of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra at New Mexico State University — our 34th spectacular year!

Lonnie conducting The power of live symphonic music is much more than notes on a page. This season as we present a wide array of repertoire, our goal is to spark your imagination and lift your spirit. Please join me on this exciting musical adventure. Highlights of this season include the return of two past guest artists — Philippe Quint and Ilya Yakushev. We also welcome four new artists making their debut with the Orchestra.

Last year’s production of “Carousel” was an over whelming success and thus we are teaming up again with Mark Medoff, Debra Knapp, Bob Diven, Diane Schutz, and many other favorite local artists to present “Annie Get Your Gun.” Be sure to get your tickets soon, as all three performances sold-out quickly last season.

Of course, none of this is possible without our incredible musicians and the many supporters who make it happen financially. Please take a look at our sponsors, donors, and in-kind support. These people truly make it happen for the LCSO at NMSU.
Lonnie (signed)

Dear Symphony Patrons,

As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, it is my pleasure to promote the exciting 2013–2014 season of the Las Cruces Symphony at New Mexico State University. One benefit of being a resident of Las Cruces and working at New Mexico State is the opportunity to experience the wonderful performances of the Las Cruces Symphony at Lonnie conducting New Mexico State. Maestro Klein and the Orchestra consistently provide our community with performances on par with major symphony orchestras across the country.

This season may be among the most interesting and enjoyable to date. I know you will appreciate the diverse programming and I am personally looking forward to the All-American composers concert that will highlight the music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Victor Herbert. In addition, I’m elated to know that for the second year in a row the symphony will team with outstanding local and regional talent to present a full-scale musical. Everyone will delight in Irving Berlin’s lyrics and music in the ever-popular “Annie Get Your Gun.”

As many orchestras in the United States are struggling, the Las Cruces Symphony at New Mexico State consistently plays to sold-out audiences. This is not by luck. The Symphony Association, the Las Cruces community and New Mexico State University have worked closely together for many years to support this art form. The city leadership and university leadership obviously value the enhanced “quality of life” that the Las Cruces Symphony brings to our beautiful city. The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to be a part of that vision and we offer our continued support and best wishes.

Musically Yours,

Christa Slaton
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences