48th Annual John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium

Music has long been thought of as a great uniter. Musical performances throughout history have shown us that people of different backgrounds can easily put aside differences while music is in the air. Classical music in particular has been a constant throughout the ages- before there was hip hop and rock & roll, people have gathered and enjoyed classical music composed with various brass, string, woodwind and percussion instruments.


This week, Albuquerque is proud to be the host of the John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium, which is celebrating its 48th year. The symposium runs from the 25th to the 31st and features multiple concerts on each day, all of which are free and open to the public. The 2019 Symposium will present works by more than 50 national and international composers including this year’s guest artists: Arditti Quartet, Sound Icon, Emanuele Arciuli, Ingela Onstad, Chatter, and the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble (NMCE).


This is an excellent opportunity to hear incredible compositions in multiple venues around the city, all for free! Experience the unity and wonder that live music can provide during the John Donald Robb Composer’s Symposium.



Free Events

Except where specified, all concerts will be held in Keller Hall in the Center for the Arts, University of New Mexico.

Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm
JD Robb Composers’ Symposium: A concert featuring a world premiere by Faldo Steinbach as well as a work by Josh Aguiar, the 2019 Wilkinson Student Composition Winner

Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00am
JD Robb Composers’ Symposium: Music Appreciation Concert with a work by Lauren Coons performed by NMCE, at 7:30 p.m. – the Arditti Quartet performs works by UNM composers

Wednesday, March 27 at 6:00pm
JD Robb Composers’ Symposium: The Arditti Quartet presents Music of the Americas

Thursday, March 28 at 9:30am
JD Robb Composers’ Symposium: Lecture Concert with New Music New Mexico (NMNM).


2019 SCI National Conference (Society of Composers, Inc.)

Thursday, March 28
SCI Conference – free concerts at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm

Friday, March 29
SCI Conference – free concerts at 1:00pm, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm (this concert is in the Outpost Performance Space and is free and open)

Saturday, March 30
SCI Conference – free concerts at 1:00pm (UNM Art Museum Gallery), 4:00pm, and 8:00pm (featuring Sound Icon)

Sunday, March 31
SCI Conference – ticketed concert at 10:30am with Chatter at Las Puertas, 4:00pm concert

Sunday, March 31 at 7:30pm
JD Robb Composers’ Symposium: Robb Concert including Robb Commission by Kyong Mee Choi, electronic pieces by JD Robb arranged by Micah Hood, and music by Steven Diaz, commissioned by Drs. Kim Fredenburgh and Kevin Vigneau that was just premiered by the artists in Granada. This concert is followed by a reception.


The full program can be found here

Guest artists:

Arditti Quartet
Sound Icon
Emanuele Arculi
Ingela Onstad

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