The 2012 John Donald Robb Concert features a lineup of New Mexico musicians in a celebration of the state's centennial. The concert, free and open to the public, is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
The concert, presented by the John Donald Robb Musical Trust at the University of New Mexico in collaboration with the NHCC, honors the contributions of Robb, former dean of the College of Fine Arts and a recognized music pioneer through his own compositions and preservation of northern New Mexico Hispanic folk music.
At the concert, Hispanic folk songs will be performed in much the same way they were collected in the 1940s and 1950s by Robb in northern New Mexican villages on a Wollensak wire recorder attached to his car battery.
New Mexico favorites Frank McCulloch y sus Amigos perform Hispanic folk songs from the Robb Archives in the UNM Libraries Center for Southwest Research. Regina Carlow's UNM Dolce Suono Chorus sings Robb's "Song for New Mexico," and Lili del Castillo, nationally renowned flamenco dancer and choreographer, presents her interpretation of music performed on guitar by her husband, Luis Campos. He is also a member of McCulloch's Amigos, along with violinist Melody Mock.
Mezzo-soprano Lina Ramos sings settings of Hispanic folk music as interpreted by Robb. She is joined by Kevin Vigneau on oboe and James Bratcher on piano. For the finale, the audience and performers sing the New Mexico state song, Elizabeth Garrett's "O Fair New Mexico."
Free tickets may be picked up beginning at 2 p.m. before the concert at the NHCC box-office. The NHCC museum is open prior to the concert. Visit the Robb Trust or call (505) 277-8967.
Story by and media contact: Nancy Harbert, (505) 277-8967