The 80-year-old played Saturday night before a crowd of more than 5,000, performing "Carmen Fantasy" with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. The piece was written especially for Severinsen by composer Frank Proto, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Sunday.
Severinsen was reportedly full of energy, even prancing up and down the aisles during "El Nino Perdido," a traditional mariachi routine.
Severinsen -- who led the orchestra on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- is not finished performing. He currently leads El Ritmo de la Vida, a group he recently formed with musicians in Mexico, the newspaper said.
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