The University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra will present a special performance Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus. The UNM Symphony orchestra features the top music students in New Mexico and is a part of the University’s celebrated Music and Fine Arts Department.

The orchestra will be led by UNM distinguished alumni U.S. Army Col. Jim Keene, who will be retiring from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service, most recently leading the Grammy Award winning U.S. Army Field Band.

The concert will feature UNM horn professor and virtuoso Michael Walker in a performance of composer Dana Wilson’s exciting Concerto for Horn. The orchestra will also feature the music of Indian-American composer Reena Esmail’s, titled Black Iris after Georgia O’Keefe’s famous painting and dedicated to representing and amplifying the voices of women highlighted by the #metoo movement.

The concert starts with the Carmen Suite (number 1) featuring themes from the world’s most famous opera by George Bizet. The concert ends in a performance of one of the greatest movie scores ever written, The Magnificent Seven, which serves as a perfect soundtrack to the American West.

The UNM Symphony Orchestra program has been in existence for more than 50 years. It constitutes one of the most important cultural student organizations on the campus of the University of New Mexico and is open to all students regardless of academic major.

Tickets at the box office or $15 general admission, $10 seniors and UNM employees, $5 students. This concert is included with the Student Concert Series Pass.