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Obituary: Rosalie Diane (Liebschultz) Heller

on February 11, 2017 - 7:35am
ROSALIE DIANE (LIEBSCHULTZ) HELLER
March 20, 1931-Dec. 2, 2016

Rosalie Diane (Liebschutz) Heller, was born March 20, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, the second child of Martin and Faye (Bernstein) Liebschutz. She learned to read at a very early age and was an avid reader, having once told her mother that she wanted to read “until her conscience broke”. Her mother became her first piano teacher when Rosalie was just four years old.

What happened at age five became a life changing experience, which she recently described in these words: ”I was just a small girl playing in my room when I heard my

Shomaker: The Story Of My Violin

on February 10, 2017 - 8:25am
Violin painted by Dianna Shomaker. Courtesy photo
 
By DIANNA SHOMAKER
Los Alamos

Violins, and the music they make, have been in my genes since youth. I struggled with learning to play and make it sound beautiful. My fingers ached from practice and in the end I decided I was more of an appreciater than a performer. And that continues today.

I deeply appreciate the feelings and memories from violin music and performers I have heard in my lifetime.

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #2

on February 9, 2017 - 7:37am

This instrument and 45 others will be on offer at the Fancy Fiddles Auction beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge. Silent bidding is underway now at Village Arts Framing on DP Road. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program. Click here for details. Courtesy photo

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #1

on February 8, 2017 - 10:23am

This instrument and 45 others will be on offer at the Fancy Fiddles Auction beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge. Silent bidding is underway now at Village Arts Framing on DP Road. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program. Visit http://www.villageartsframing.com/news/  for details. Courtesy photo

Garth Brooks World Tour Hits Las Cruces April 8

on February 8, 2017 - 7:34am

Garth Brooks is set to appear in concert April 8 in Las Cruces at the Pan American Center. Courtesy photo

CONCERT News:

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in 21 years, The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming to Las Cruces. The tour is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited. The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Pan American Center. This will be the only New Mexico appearance on the tour.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 17 with an eight ticket limit per purchase.

Fancy Fiddle Fundraiser For LAPS Orchestra Feb. 18

on February 4, 2017 - 4:17am
Fancy Fiddle Auction Feb. 18 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy image
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Dozens of fancifully decorated string instruments will be auctioned at a special event at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge.
 
The Fancy Fiddle Auction, a benefit for the orchestra program in the Los Alamos Public Schools, is the brainchild of a group of volunteers and artists who wanted to save the instruments from being destroyed. 
 
All the instruments were owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools and had been loaned or rented to students in decades past.

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio Feb. 12

on February 4, 2017 - 4:03am
MUSIC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio, together on stage at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12.

The California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into a phenomenal six-by-six-string ensemble. California Guitar Trio’s steel-stringed guitars blend beautifully with Montreal Guitar Trio’s nylon-stringed guitars as each trio chases the other through original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz, and classical music.
 
View a clip of the California

The Harmaleighs Play Los Alamos Feb. 19

on February 2, 2017 - 9:30am
The Harmaleighs. Courtesy/Facebook.com
 
MUSIC News:
 
The Harmaleighs will perform in Los Alamos Sunday, Feb. 19 at Fuller Lodge.  The Americana duo hails from Nashville, Tenn., and is hard at work on their much-anticipated second album. Their current single, “I Keep Ticking On” continues to garner more fans and has more than a million plays on Spotify. 
 
Doors open for The Harmaleighs at 6 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Light meals will be available 6-7 p.m., and beer and wine are available throughout the evening.
 
The Harmaleighs (the har-muh- lees) is composed of

The Lensic: Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves Feb. 26

on February 1, 2017 - 7:01am

Dianne Reeves. Courtesy photo
 
LPAC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents legendary jazz and R&B singer Dianne Reeves at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

Known for her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and an honorary doctorate of music from Julliard. Her magical, timeless voice, exceptional personality, and the sheer force of her performance mark her as a captivating world-class artist.

Classical Music World: Sell-out Strategies

on January 31, 2017 - 5:50am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

In the run up to Joshua Bell’s performance here Feb. 3, the Los Alamos Concert Association is contending with a host of issues related to managing a sold-out house. Getting 944 people settled comfortably in the hall is a little trickier than you might imagine.

The most obvious issue is the limited parking adjacent to the Smith Auditorium. Scores of people will be coming from off the hill and many won’t have a clue about alternatives to the Smith lot.

UNMLA: Benefit Concert For Dr. Stidham April 19

on January 30, 2017 - 10:29am
UNM-LA News:
 
Students Daniel Wierl and Kaylen Pocaterra are hosting a benefit concert in support of Dr. Zandree Stidham, diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia in 2010.
 
The concert is 4-7 p.m., in Building 2 at UNM-LA, April 19. In preparation for the concert, they are looking for musicians interested in playing. For more information, contact Kaylen at kpocaterra1@gmail.com.
 
The students also are starting a # for Dr. Zee, reference #teamzee to donate. To donate to Dr. Zee’s Crowd Rise page, visit here.

Scenes From LAHS's Topper Revue 2017

on January 29, 2017 - 6:40pm
Los Alamos High School students Melina Burnside and Wilbur Wang perform during Saturday's Topper Revue 2017. Photo by Patricia Burnside

LAHS's Jenny Lee, Jennifer Esquivel, Malorie Apgar and Lexi Timmermans performing in Saturday's Topper Revue 2017. Photo by Patricia Burnside
Opale Schappert, Daniel Sarrao and Tavo Rogers (emcees) perform Saturday in LAHS's Topper Revue 2017. Photo by Patricia Burnside

Brown Bag Performance: Charles Lieou Feb. 1

on January 28, 2017 - 8:06am
Charles Lieou. Courtesy photo
 
LAAC News:
 
Always free, always entertaining, take a lunch break at the Brown Bag Performance series in Fuller Lodge. 
 
Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, these concerts have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community. 
 
Performances are held at 12 p.m. usually on the first Wednesday of each month but dates may vary. Brown Bag is made possible in part by the County of Los Alamos.
 
The

SGR Joins Los Alamos Students At Roundhouse

on January 27, 2017 - 1:54pm

Wondrous Works By Renowned British Composers To Be Performed By New Mexico Symphonic Chorus

on January 27, 2017 - 7:55am
NMSC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus will present intricate and wondrous works by two of England’s most highly respected composers, Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.
 
The first half of the concert will feature Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor, which was composed in 1921 and is known as the first mass written in a distinctively British manner since the 16th century.

Joshua Bell Concert Sold Out - Patrons Urged To Carpool

on January 26, 2017 - 12:46pm
Joshua Bell. Courtesy/LACA
 
LACA News:
 

Parking is expected to be a major issue when violin super-star Joshua Bell performs at 8 p.m.  Feb. 3 in the Smith Auditorium.  The concert is completely sold out so over 940 people will need to park and get into the hall during chilly weather.

Because the parking lot adjacent to the Smith Auditorium is not large enough to handle a sold-out house, the Los Alamos Concert Association strongly urges patrons to carpool. 

Locals who don’t mind a little walk from Sullivan Field could also consider leaving spaces in the Smith lot for those who are less

Espanola Valley Opera Guild: 'Posole Mio' Jan. 28

on January 26, 2017 - 7:37am

CME Jazzes Up Blue Window Saturday Night

on January 24, 2017 - 8:45am

The Craig Martin Experience performed jazz music for a packed house Saturday night at the Blue Window Bistro. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

Topper Revue 2017 Jan. 26-28

on January 19, 2017 - 7:30am

TOPPER REVUE News:

Do you like singing, dancing and bad jokes? Then do we have the show for you.

Come to the Topper Revue experience of a lifetime. Watch as dozens of acts from all across the land perform Topper Revue 2017 at the Duane Smith Auditorium Jan. 26-18.

Performances begin with a preview at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, performances at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 27 and Saturday Jan. 28 and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday Jan. 28.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Student tickets for the matinee and all tickets for the preview are $5.

The Olions Thespian Club was created

Jazz With CME At Blue Window Saturday Night!

on January 18, 2017 - 4:08pm

Craig Martin Experience plays Blue Window Saturday night. Courtesy photo

ENTERTAINMENT News:

The Blue Window Bistro, at the restaurant’s new location in the heart of downtown Los Alamos, will host an evening of jazz with the Craig Martin Experience at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

“We’re pleased to have CME as the first musical performance at our new location,” owner Melissa Paternoster said. “The band was first music we hosted at our former location, too.”

CME will offer a set of traditional jazz favorites along with a mix of inventive original tunes composed by band members.

“We’re excited

Classical Music World: Return Of The Violin

on January 15, 2017 - 10:22am
The Return of the Violin poster. Courtesy image
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Since the announcement that violin super-star Joshua Bell will be performing here Feb. 3, I have been asked many times how we managed to entice him to come to Los Alamos. This is an artist who definitely does not need to land a gig in the Duane Smith Auditorium to make ends meet. He can play anywhere in the world he wants and does.

The idea to bring Bell here was planted about 3 years ago when I was bowled over by an Israeli documentary about his violin.

Community Invited To Tour High School Music Wing And Topper Freshman Academy Jan. 17-18

on January 13, 2017 - 4:05pm

One of seven new student practice rooms, carpeted and outfitted for optimum acoustics. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to tour the newly remodeled Los Alamos High School Music Wing and Topper Freshman Academy at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 or 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Tours will begin in the High School Lobby.

The music wing is used for high school and community choir, band, orchestra, dance and theater rehearsals. All interior spaces were renovated, including the addition of seven practice rooms and dedicated storage areas for instruments and music.

For the Topper

Community Flamenco Classes Start Saturday

on January 11, 2017 - 9:25am
Dance Alliance November 2014. Courtesy photo
 
DANCE News:
 
Join the local Flamenco Dance community in classes and performance this upcoming season.
 
Dates: Jan. 14, to May 6, (no classes Feb. 18, March 25 or April 15)
 
Location: January to February: Betty Ehart Senior Center
               February to May 6: White Rock Activity Center upon completion of renovations
 
Times: Beginning level: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
           Advanced Beginning/Intermediate level: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
 
Cost: $140 for 14 classes, drop in rate available, no registration fee
 
All ages 10 years to adult

Los Alamos Choral Society/Symphony Orchestra Concert Preview

on January 10, 2017 - 11:15am
LACS News:
 
The Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) are preparing an unusual experience for local music lovers.
 
At 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos, LACS and LASO, under the direction of Mary Badarak, will present "Classic to Neo-Classic: Bach to Mendelssohn to Stravinsky to Bach Again," as their winter concert.
 
(Tickets—$15 for adults—will be available at CB Fox and at the door. Student admission is free.)
 
The concert will provide an opportunity to compare the styles of three very different composers in

LACA To Screen ‘The Return Of The Violin’ Jan. 22

on January 8, 2017 - 11:13am

The Return of the Violin documentary poster. Courtesy/LACA

LACA News:

The Return of the Violin, a documentary about the legendary Stradivarius currently owned by violin super-star Joshua Bell, will be screened as part of the Los Alamos Concert Association’s season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Polish prodigy Bronisław Huberman at age 11. Courtesy/LACA

Now known as the Gibson x Huberman Stradivarius, the instrument was given in 1893 to 11-year-old Polish prodigy Bronisław Huberman by its owner Count Zamoyski who was astonished by the young boy’s talent.

Huberman

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