The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) will perform two Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 17 at Immanuel Presbyterian and Tuesday, Dec. 18 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The APO is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community orchestra. More than half of the orchestra members have strong ties to the University of New Mexico as alumni, staff parents and faculty including director David Felberg. During the two upcoming performances, UNM Associate Professor of Music David Schepps, will play the Elgar cello concerto.

Schepps, a cellist, has become prominent in the region's rich musical life since joining the University of New Mexico faculty in 1999. He has played in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, as concerto soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and UNM Symphony, recitalist and chamber musician with prominent southwest musicians in concert series throughout the state and at UNM, and is a member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

He has been a university professor since 1985, and his student cellists and ensembles have won professional positions, competitions, and scholarships throughout the world. He has sponsored and organized many cello festivals; hosting international soloists and involving hundreds of cellists of all ages and levels. Started recently with the help of cellists throughout New Mexico, Schepps directs ¡CelloNewMexico!, a cello club devoted to educational and performance events.

Schepps has also been on the national stage as a soloist and chamber musician for National public Radio's (NPR) "performance Today" show, Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium (NY), the Phillips Collection Series (Washington, DC), concerts in Taiwan, Switzerland, germany, England, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and radio stations throughout the US. He has won competitions and was soloist with regional, university, community and youth orchestras in the US, Mexico and Canada.

Immanuel Presbyterian is located at 114 Carlisle SE, while St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is located at 5301 Ponderosa Ave., NE.

For more information visit www.nmapo.org or call (505) 433-7445.