The UNM Alumni Association’s next Lobo Living Room will introduce a University professor whose passion for one sound has resonated with crowds while performing on the world’s most profound classical music stages, Professor Richard White.

Lobo Living Room: “R.A.W. Tuba”: The Power of Overcoming, Resilience & Determination will be held in Keller Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Individuals can also attend the event via Zoom.

White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. As a child, he says he slept wherever he could, sometimes in abandoned rowhomes where rats nibbled on him during the night. But despite enormous challenges, White went on to become the first African American in the world to receive a doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance from Indiana University, one of the most prestigious music programs. He is now not only a tenured professor at UNM, but he’s also the principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony.

White will share his story and put on a brief performance. After the program, the UNM Bookstore will also have White's book, “I’m Possible” available for sale and he sign copies. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided from 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Individuals attending the event should park in "A lot," located on the corner of Stanford and Redondo.

All attendees must wear a mask indoors in accordance with UNM policy. Individuals are required to show proof of vaccination with an ID or a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours, per Music Department Policy.

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