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The 2015 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium will bring composers Chen Yi, Zhou Long and Christoph Maria Wagner to the University of New Mexico campus from March 22-25. Performances from Chatter, the UNM Wind Symphony, the UNM Children's Chorus and faculty from the UNM Department of Music will feature virtuosic transformations of folk song. The winning composition from the UNM John Donald Robb International Composers' Competition will be announced and performed during the symposium
Traditional songs of northern New Mexico were celebrated during an afternoon of discussion and music at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos on Oct. 26, 2014. Audrey Davis and Johnny Archuleta performed songs, some of which were recorded 70 years ago by John Donald Robb during excursions to communities across New Mexico, and now anchor the Robb Musical Archives at the University of New Mexico. Scholar Enrique Lamadrid examined how this traditional music was preserved in Robb's book, Hispanic Folk Music of New Mexico and the Southwest: A Self-Portrait of a People.
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Listen to nearly 3,000 folk songs and Native American chants collected by John Donald Robb during travels in the Southwest, Latin America and Nepal from 1941-1979.
Although I take an interest in Frank J. Oteri’s NewMusicBox reports from national and international conferences and festivals that goes beyond the strictly professional, I don’t often have occasion to attend such events myself: Most of my performances take place in Minneapolis, where I live, so my travel schedule is generally light. However, having just returned from the 40th annual Jo..
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