Department of Music Concerts April 17 and 19
Las Vegas, N.M. – The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present instrumental concerts April 17 and April 19 in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.
The April 17 Original Music Concert at 7 p.m. showcases students in the university’s new Music Technology Program performing their own compositions.
“We launched the Music Technology Program fall semester 2012 and it focuses on songwriting, recording and producing,” said Edward Harrington, a Highlands music professor and band director who oversees the program. “The program is growing and flourishing, and the students are showing great promise. This first concert gives them the opportunity to perform live and get experience mixing live concert sound.”
The featured music technology students include Quintin Leger on keyboard, Dennis Montaño on guitar, Daniel Sam on drums, Michael Redhorse, a rapper vocalist, and Rock Ulibarri, a singer songwriter.
In addition, Daniel Torres, a guitar and vocal performance student, will perform.
Music education and vocal performance students will also contribute to the program, along with several community members. The music technology students will operate the university’s new wireless remote sound system for the concert.
Harrington will also direct the April 19 Latin Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. The concert features the Latin music subcategories of Afro Cuban, Mambo, Bossa Nova, and Salsa.
Some of the musical selections include A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie, Desafinado by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Afro Blue by Mongo Santamaría.
Music students featured in the concert include Sabrina Romero, Luis Martínez, Matt Martínez, and Dennis Montaño on trumpet; Justin Killian, Nicholas Montoya-Valdez, and Marcos Sedillo on trombone; Quintin Leger and Rock Ulibarri on guitar; Jared Mintz and Daniel Sam on percussion; and Amor Romero on saxophone.
During the concert, the students will also improvise jazz solos.
The tickets for each instrumental music concerts are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.
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