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The UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust announces the upcoming 45th Annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, which will be held Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1 in the University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts. Concerts take place Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Keller Hall, with a noontime concert Wednesday in the Atrium of the Art and Art History Building.

This year’s symposium will focus on the topic of "Indigenizing Art Music: Experiencing the sound of Native American influences in new music."

Featured composers include Native Americans Raven Chacon, Valerie Naranjo and Trevor Reed, whose work in this genre is based on the foundation laid by world renowned and performed Native American composer, Louis W. Ballard. Featured composers Curt Cacioppo and Christopher Shultis offer insights into a western interpretation of the Native American Influence. Featured artists are the Amernet Quartet and pianist, Emanuele Arciuli. UNM faculty, students and ensembles, as well as Albuquerque local favorite, Chatter, will complement the program with new works and performances.

As has been customary since 1999, the Symposium will feature one evening that includes compositions by John Donald Robb. This concert will round off the concert offerings Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception for all attendees.

All workshops and concerts are free and open to the public.

A comprehensive schedule and program can be found at