JANUARY 1, 2009
During 2009, the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust marks its 20th anniversary with a remarkable series of events and honors highlighting this 20th memorial year following Dean Robb’s death and also the 20th year of the active enhancement of his legacy by the UNM Robb Musical Trust.
This celebration year is replete with extraordinary performances and honors including Kelly Kowalski and Jason Skinner’s KNME-TV-5’s Emmy Award for the interactive website featuring the documentary, “The Adventures of John Donald Robb in New Mexico,” and with the repeated broadcasts of the St. Louis (HEC-TV) production “The John Donald Robb Story” reaching a potential metropolitan audience of 2 million viewers.
This year also inspired a number of concerts of Robb’s compositions including one entire All-Robb concert in Albuquerque and a full page in the current Santa Fe Opera Crescendo Magazine, informing more than 35,000 national and international music lovers about this remarkable story.
Topping off the celebration is the continuing annual Trust supported and widely acclaimed John Donald Robb UNM Composer’s Symposium involving composers from around the world (with UNM free campus concerts and sessions open to the public) and the John Donald Robb Composer’s Competition.
The Robb Concert at the Symposium featured the 3rd Biennial Composers’ Competition winning composition by Gary Smart: Song of the Holy Ground. The Competition attracts composers from the United States, is judged by an international panel of judges and includes a large cash prize. Dean Robb’s wondrous commitments to music are being continued largely through the Trust’s efforts which build upon his indelible legacy as well as through his students who, as composers, conductors, performers and educators are enriching our lives in New Mexico and nationally today.
In 2010, the Trust remains poised for collaboration with the University of New Mexico in embracing the mission to support the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb, to further his inspiring commitment to education, and to advance the understanding of music of the Southwest.
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