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Bandelier and Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera Announce Next “Opera on the Rocks” is Sept. 21

on March 18, 2013 - 9:30am

Menotti was inspired by The Adoration of the Magi (Hieronymus Bosch, died 1516) to create Amahl and the Night Visitors. Courtesy/wikipedia


Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera will present “Opera on the Rocks” Saturday, Sept. 21 at Bandelier.

This second annual event will feature AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Giancarlo Menotti, an Opera Alta production.



Ross Click, soprano, is an incoming freshman at Los Alamos High School, plays bass in orchestra, dances with New Mexico Dance Theater, and in 2012 originated the role

Hannemann's Music Corner: The Hook

on March 15, 2013 - 9:19am
Hannemann's Music Corner: The Hook
A chord is any three or more different letter notes, either in a stack or in melodic sequence. This definition reflects modern usages and spellings.
Certainly Bach would not have been quite so liberal in his definition. In the Common Practice period – appx. 1700-1900, Bach to Wagner, a chord would have been specifically a triad with, or without, the addition of the 7th (and, later, the 9th and the 11th.)
Other than the 7th, any note which was not part of a triad would have been considered a non-chord tone.

Craig Martin Experience Jazzing Up Final Beer and Band Event

on March 15, 2013 - 9:07am
The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

Staff report

The final Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band event of this season will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be from Marble Brewery and the band will be the Craig Martin Experience.

The Craig Martin Experience (CME) came together in late 2010 as a loose assemblage of musicians interested in sharing ideas on jazz performance.

CME’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of about 60 tunes from the 1930s to the present.

“We like to play a mix of songs

Los Alamos Community Winds Announces Scholarship

on March 13, 2013 - 10:23am

LACW News:

The Los Alamos Community Winds is pleased to announce the 2013 Music-Filled Life Scholarship.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who is enrolled in the instrumental music program at Los Alamos High School as a wind, brass, or percussion student, or if home-schooled can provide evidence of substantial musical activity.

This may include, but is not limited to private lessons, or participation in community music ensembles.

In addition to a  formal application, a performance audition will be held from 2-6 p.m.


ACCT II Presents 'Disney The Jungle Book KIDS'

on March 13, 2013 - 7:43am
ACCT II students at the conclusion of the Battle scene (That's What Friends Are For.) Courtesy photo
ACCT II students in rehearsal for Disney The Jungle Book KIDS. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

The Jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for ACCT II's production of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS.

The talented cast is made up of 34 third and fourth grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

ACCT II will present two performances of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS in the Mountain Elementary School gym at

Belisama Irish Dance Company to Perform at The Lensic

on March 10, 2013 - 11:04am

Belisama Irish Dance Company will perform its annual “Rhythm of Fire” St. Patrick’s Day at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at The Lensic in Santa Fe. This year’s show will feature guest artist Michael Patrick Gallagher, a two-time World Champion and former lead of Riverdance, as well as traditional live music performed by Jono Manson (vocals/guitar), Mark Clark (percussion), Maria Jones (fiddle), and vocalist Adrienne Bellis (also Artistic Director of Belisama.) The Company includes 14 dancers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe, including a number of National, Regional and Open champions.

Hannemann's Music Corner: The Romance

on March 9, 2013 - 8:35am
Hannemann's Music Corner: The Romance
Los Alamos
There are a variety of difficult and challenging pieces for the guitar – Recuerdos de Alhambra, Malaguena, Concierto de Aranjuez all come to mind (oh, and one I wrote "La Vida en Plaza".)
But, oddly enough, one piece is much more challenging than you might expect: The Romance.
The Romance is not a particularly technically difficult piece. Nor is it particularly fast. But there are other reasons why it, and similar pieces, can be a real challenge.
First, the thing is ubiquitous.
Remember the movie "Blood and

Black Mesa Brass' Combined Musical Experience Exceeds 250 Years

on March 9, 2013 - 6:49am
The Black Mesa Brass played a Brown Bag Concert Wednesday, March 6 at Fuller Lodge. The free Brown Bag Concerts are presented  on the first Wednesday of the month at Fuller Lodge. The Brown Bag Concert Series is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council. The Quintet members (left to right) and their instruments: Bruce Letellier, trumpet; Larry Bronisz, trombone; Jerry Morzinsky, tuba;  John Hargreaves, french horn; and Jan McDonald, trumpet. All are well known in Los Alamos and have a combined musical experience exceeding 250 years. Photo by TK Thompson/
John Hargreaves gave

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: March 6

on March 7, 2013 - 9:00am

This week's preview sponsored by

Vegetable ABCs 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at PEEC
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening. Carlos Valdez to talk about “Vegetable ABCs.” This talk is free and open to the public. PEEC is at 3540 Orange St. behind the High School.

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open at CrossFit 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at CrossFit Los Alamos (278-A DP Road)
Welcome to week one: Constantly varied ... high intensity ... functional movement - CrossFit. The public is invited to attend the local competition.


Pajarito Brew Pub Hosted Bluesman Ryan McGarvey Saturday

on March 3, 2013 - 7:32am
It was standing-room only Saturday night at the Pajarito Brew Pub when Ryan McGarvey played an acoustic set following his gig at the Ski Hill for Skiesta. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
After performing with his band at Skiesta Saturday, Albuquerque bluesman Ryan McGarvey gave a solo acoustic performance at Pajarito Brew Pub Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Five Local Bands Play Wedding Expo

on March 2, 2013 - 10:17am

Andy Z out-frout with the Andy Zandrozny Jazz Ensemble. Photo by TK Thompson/
The Los Alamos Big Band at the Expo. Photo by TK Thompson/


The Los Alamos Big Band, Jeff Seay and the Pickup Artists, The Craig Martin Experience, The Andy Zandrozny Jazz Ensemble and Richard Hannemann performed in the Tewa Grand Ballroom at the Northern New Mexico Wedding Expo at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Feb. 23.

The Wedding Expo was organized so that brides can plan every part of their wedding, including music.

Paradox at Coffee House Tonight

on March 1, 2013 - 11:08am
Jazz News
The jazz trio Paradox, consisting of Carl Greef, Jim Ziomek and Jim Gattiker, will play 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Coffee House Cafe, 723 Central,, 662-CAFE.
The Paradox Trio of performs acoustic jazz and blues on piano, guitar and saxophone.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Feb. 28

on February 28, 2013 - 12:50pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Author Speak Series features Slim Randles 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mesa Public Library
Slim Randles is a veteran newspaperman and outdoorsman, and was a registered outfitter and guide until someone made the mountains steeper. Both his novels and non-fiction books are based on rural living, and he has also been an award-winning columnist for the largest daily newspapers in Alaska and New Mexico.

First Friday Forts 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 1
Come to PEEC and get building!

De Colores Hosts Benefit for Cindy Geoffrion

on February 28, 2013 - 11:50am

Open Mic at De Colores Kicks Off Friday

on February 28, 2013 - 10:16am

Jonathan Dowell with his dulcimer. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Blues & Brews Open Mic Night at De Colores kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Your host is Jonathan Dowell and his Magic Mountain Dulcimer.

All the regulars will be there and new musicians are always welcome to jam. Everyone is invited to join the fun and hear the music.

De Colores Restaurant is located at the entrance to Los Alamos on the Main Hill Road.

For more information, call De Colores at (505) 662-6855.

ACCT's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' Raised Nearly $1,000 for Student Actors

on February 28, 2013 - 10:12am

Chef Louis (Nic Gonzales) and his helpers prepare to cook Sebastian (Daniel Sarrao.) Courtesy photo
Sebastian (Daniel Sarrao) left, Ariel ( Kim McKinley) and Flounder (Jordan Bailey) contemplate 'human stuff.' Courtesy photo
ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater and Los Alamos Public Schools' Middle Schoolers presented "Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr." last  weekend.

The students had been working on this play since before Christmas. Many current 8th grade students have been participating in ACCT since 5th grade, so this was their "farewell performance" with ACCT.  


A Sweet Concert Fundraiser at Crossroads Bible Church

on February 28, 2013 - 8:28am

Hannemann's Music Corner: Baiting the Hook

on February 28, 2013 - 6:43am
Baiting the Hook
Los Alamos
There is an old gag: on a piece of paper write, "how do you drive someone bonkers all day (over)." On the other side you write, "how do you drive someone bonkers all day (over)."
There are wonderfully fun variations on this, e.g. "Pete and repete went fishing. Pete fell out of the boat. Who was left?"
When you get the answer, "repeat" you say, "Pete and repete went fishing ..." You get the drift. Shaggy dog stories are of similar nature.
People like to have finality. Closure. An ending. A sense of doneness.

Skiesta! is Saturday at Ski Hill Followed by Acoustic Set at Pajarito Brew Pub

on February 27, 2013 - 7:23am

Editor's note: Ryan McGarvey will play an acoustic set from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Pajarito Brew Pub, 614 Trinity Dr., Saturday after Skiesta!


Black Mesa Brass Quintet to Perform Brown Bag Concert

on February 27, 2013 - 7:16am
The Black Mesa Brass Quintet performing at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
LAAC News:

The Black Mesa Brass Quintet will perform as part of the Brown Bag Performance series at noon Wednesday, March 6 at Fuller Lodge.

Since 1973, Brown Bag Performances have entertained Los Alamos music lovers with a wide variety of music. Concerts are usually at noon on the first Wednesday of the month.

Brown Bag Performances are sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) and funded in part by the County of Los Alamos.

The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the

New York City Jazz Will Heat Up Fuller Lodge

on February 27, 2013 - 6:52am

Staff Report

Two NYC jazz musicians will perform on piano and trumpet at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Fuller Lodge.

Roy Dunlap (piano) and Marcus Parsley (trumpet) are world-class musicians and Saturday’s concert will be a real treat for jazz lovers.

Local jazz musicians will open the show. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at or at the door.

Roy Dunlap began playing professionally at age 14. He attained a Master’s in Piano at Queens College in New York City, studying with Sir Roland Hanna.

Dunlap has toured

Santa Fe Opera One of Three American Companies Nominated for International Award

on February 23, 2013 - 11:31am

2013 Santa Fe Opera productions. Courtesy/SFO

SFO News:

They are to be called “The Operas,” the new International Opera Awards established in London to celebrate the work of opera companies throughout the world. 

The brainchild of British businessman Harry Hyman, of Nexus Group, John Allison, editor of OPERA magazine, and the London Evening Standard, the first nominees have already been received, judges chosen, and the awards ceremony scheduled for April 22 in London.  

“The Operas” are ambitious in scope; nominations are invited from all over the globe.

Ryan McGarvey Band Plays Skiesta March 2

on February 22, 2013 - 9:23am

Ryan McGarvey


Come see what's in the air at Pajarito Mountain March 2 during the 65th annual winter celebration Skiesta!

The event includes snow games for all ages, local craft beer and live music featuring Ryan McGarvey.

In a relatively short amount of time, McGarvey has not only gained a national and international fan base, but also admiration from his personal idols.

McGarvey has shared the bill with such top name act's as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule, The Fabulous Thunderbirds among many others.

His debut CD release "Forward In

Southwest Winds Perform Sunday

on February 22, 2013 - 7:48am

Community Winds Concert to Light Up the Stage Saturday

on February 21, 2013 - 6:40pm
The Los Alamos Community Winds. Courtesy/LACW
Los Alamos Daily Post  

Los Alamos Community Winds will celebrate light, hope and renewal in their upcoming concert, “Finlandia! and Other Brilliant Lights.”

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is a benefit for the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association.

As always, Winds concerts are free of charge. A suggested donation of $10 will be appreciated and will benefit the work of the NM Alzheimer’s Association.

The Dixie Girl restaurant will have a special pre-concert