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UNM-LA presents Third Annual Music Marathon

on February 8, 2013 - 11:13am
The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. CME is one of the featured acts at this year's UNM-LA Music Marathon. Courtesy photo by Greg Kendall
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Enjoy an entire day of local music at the third annual UNM-LA Music Marathon. The Marathon is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10 in the UNM-LA Student Center.

The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will benefit UNM-Los Alamos student scholarships.

The day will include everything from Renaissance music for viols to modern jazz with the Craig Martin Experience.

In previous years, more than 300

Public Invited to 'Co-opROCKS!' Feb. 16

on February 6, 2013 - 9:31am

LACM News: 

The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS! 11 a.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday Feb. 16. at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Co-opROCKS! is a music and art based annual event that brings cooperative values to light through community involvement, cooperative partnerships and creating opportunities for education while promoting local talent.

Attendance for teens and adults is free. For more information and event schedules, visit the Co-opROCKS! Facebook page

This year, Co-opROCKS! presents local DJs,

Los Alamos Students Perform Well in Sonata Contest

on February 4, 2013 - 7:10am

Some of the Los Alamos students who were winners at the Sonata Contest and their teachers. Front row from left, Jennifer Wang,  was the winner of the Level VII Division; Sruthi Garimella, won Second in the Level VI Division; and  Sonyia Williams won first place in the Level VI Division. Back row from left, teachers Madeline Williamson and Ronald Grinage.


The Santa Fe Music Teachers Association held their annual statewide Sonata Contest Saturday, Feb. 2.

Los Alamos residents did very well in the competition,

Prize winners from Los Alamos were as follows:

Level II:  Lenny

Paradox Plays Jazz Tonight

on February 1, 2013 - 10:10am

CHC News:

The jazz trio Paradox, with Carl Greef, Jim Ziomek, Jim Gattiker, will be playing at the Coffee House Cafe (723 Central,, 662-CAFE) 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 1.

The Paradox Trio of piano, guitar, and saxophone, performs acoustic jazz standards and classic tunes.


Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band Resumes Saturday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:44am

The Squash Mountain Boys. Courtesy photo

Staff report:

The popular Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band is back! The next event will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be offered by the Santa Fe Brewing Company and from 3-5 p.m., the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque will provide the music.

Atomic City Transit is providing a new bus service to Pajarito Mountain with the last bus going down Saturday at 5:20 p.m. so people can enjoy the show and get a ride home.

Beginning as a garage rock band, the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque

Free Piano Recital by Beau Gerard Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:35am


This is the final in a series of Beau Gerard's Piano Recitals and Compositions hosted by Los Alamos Friends. Gerard is back from the first round of eliminations for America's Got Talent and is expected to make it to round II. 

Gerard will play his compositions on his Yamaha Grand Conservatory Piano in his living room at 3711 Trinity Ave. in Los Alamos, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. The event is free.

Light refreshments and wine will be served at 3 p.m. The piano recital will commence at 3:30 p.m. 

Drop-ins are okay until 3:30 p.m., after which there will be no

Brown Bag Concert Features Lads of Enchantment; Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet

on January 30, 2013 - 6:37am

The Lads of Enchantment perform a Christmas Concert in Espanola. Courtesy photo

By Maxine Schmidt

The Los Alamos Arts Council will present The Lads of Enchantment Chorus and The Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet at the February Brown Bag concert.

The concert will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. The Brown Bag Series is free and open to the public.

The Hot Flashes. Courtesy photo

The Lads of Enchantment Chorus is the Los Alamos Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). The Los Alamos Area Chapter was granted a charter in 1993.

The founding

Tom Rheam Trio Jazzes Up Blue Window Bistro

on January 28, 2013 - 1:39pm

The Tom Rheam Trio plays Jazz Night Saturday at the Blue Window Restaurant. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Jazz Night came back to the Blue Window Bistro Saturday night when a full house enjoyed the Tom Rheam Trio from Santa Fe.

The Blue Window is a great place to hear jazz. The lights are low, the space is intimate and the conversations are muted during the music.

In addition, the food is great. There’s even room to dance. There is always a special menu for Jazz Night.

Handel's Messiah Brings Local Audience to its Feet

on January 28, 2013 - 12:53pm

Los Alamos audience members stand for the traditional Hallelujah chorus at the presentation of Handel's Messiah by the Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mary Badarak Sunday night at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by TK Thompson/ 

'Music on Barcelona' 5:30 p.m. Today in Santa Fe

on January 25, 2013 - 10:46am

Brian Newnam with the microphone, Cindy at the Piano, and Shanalyn Kemme with her cello. Courtesy/Carl Newton

Music on Barcelona:

The Los Alamos piano trio of Brian Newman, violin; Shanalyn Kemme, cello; and Cindy Little, piano is returning to Music on Barcelona at 5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 25.

Music on Barcelona is the last Friday of the month musicale at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, 107 West Barcelona Road.

The Newman-Kemme-Little Trio appeared there last February, performing a Shostakovich trio. Today they will perform Joaquin Turina’s Piano Trio No. 1.


Atomic City Children's Theater Brings Home Gold!

on January 25, 2013 - 9:51am

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students, staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., last weekend and brought home the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award. Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

Seventeen Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students and nine staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to attend the 2013 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) and brought home the gold.

The young actors received the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award.

In addition to winning this award, two Los Alamos students were selected for the


on January 22, 2013 - 8:07am

TCC News:

SING OUT! The Taos Community Chorus, with Conductor Tina Sandoval, invites you to join us in singing this season in an exciting program of SPIRITUALS, arranged by Moses Hogan, William L. Dawson, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, and many other outstanding arrangers and composers.

These stirring choral arrangements will move your soul!

Rehearsals begin Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 6:30-9 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte.

The chorus rehearses every Monday evening at this same time. Concert performances are May 4, 5, 11 and 12.

For more information

Column: Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful

on January 8, 2013 - 8:33am
Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful
Column by Richard Hanneman
When I was a kid growing up in Los Alamos in the 50's and 60's I listened to KRSN.
KRSN programming back then was a musical potpourri – the play-list included Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, the Kingston Trio, all of the top recording artists of the day played in no particular order.
Within any given hour during the day you would hear rock, country, folk, blues, jazz.

Taos School of Music Holds Auditions for 2013

on January 8, 2013 - 6:14am

TSM News:

Taos School of Music Executive Director Kathleen Anderson Knox announced auditions for Young Artist positions in the prestigious summer chamber music program.

Approximately 125 of the most accomplished young classically trained musicians will audition for the coveted 19 slots.

Robert McDonald will conduct piano interviews in person only in New York City Jan. 19-20; Borromeo String Quartet hears string auditions in New York City Jan. 21-22 and Boston Jan. 24.

This year’s season will run June 16-Aug. 4 and showcase the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle.

Guest Artists

Renowned Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Locally Jan. 12

on January 4, 2013 - 7:57am

Pianist Jeremy Denk

LACA News:

New Mexico native Jeremy Denk will be the featured artist as the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season Jan. 12. 

Pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire.

He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London.

He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and around the

Los Alamos Choral Society Presents Messiah

on January 1, 2013 - 5:54am

Members of the Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra perform during a January 2011 concert. Photo by Bill Goodwin

 LACS News:

 The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present Messiah by George Frederick Handel from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr.

 Tickets are $15 for adults and are available at CB FOX or at the door. Student admission is free.

 Dr. Mary Badarak will direct the performance.

T'was a Great Concert at IHM!

on December 25, 2012 - 8:29am
Christmas Tubas in concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos last Saturday night. Photo by TK Thompson/
Kip Bishofberger was the Guest Percussionist on the Little Drummer Boy piece. Photo by TK Thompson/
Concertmaster Jerry Morzinsky announces the high school students in the ensemble. Starting at the left and standing, Sally Grindstaff; Louisa Singleton; and to her left and partially standing, Sean Dunham. Photo by TK Thompson/
A tuba by itself is a work of art and/or a plumber's nightmare! Photo by TK

Column: A World of Music

on December 23, 2012 - 6:06am
By Richard Hannamann
A World of Music
To recap (and slightly expand): sound is vibration traveling through a medium and music can be described as sound in a combinatory variety of frequency and rhythm produced by intent as an expression of sentient experience.
It's kind of a nifty definition because it is non-anthropomorphic – it applies just as well to Klingon opera as to Mozart. But it may be, as all definitions are, somewhat limited.
We speak of "songbirds" and "the songs of birds", or the "music of the stream", and other similar references to "music" which don't quite fit the

Big Band to Honor Memory of Cathy LeClaire

on December 17, 2012 - 7:50am

LABB News:

The Los Alamos Big Band (LABB) will be presenting their annual Christmas Dance 7:30–10:30 p.m., Dec. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet "The Mountainaires."

Cathy, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall sang for many years with LABB in the style of the famous Glenn Miller quartet "The Modernaires."

Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - What is Music?

on December 16, 2012 - 9:44am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
What is Music?
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
First off is the problem of "sound." Then there is the problem of "organized." And there is the problem of "meaningful."
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything - air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
While it could be said that music is a multiplicity of sounds at

Christmas Tubas Perform Dec. 22 at IHMC

on December 15, 2012 - 10:05am

The Christmas Tubas are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at IHMC. Players from a 2006 performance include from left, Christopher Alme, Ricky Korzekwa, Laurel Webb, Steve Coggeshall, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Cox, Deniece Korekwa and Pete Forman. Courtesy photo


The sound of a choir performing Christmas Carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists – tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas.)

The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry

Celtic Christmas Showdown Features Dueling Dulcimers

on December 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Wendy Songe, Jonathan Dowell and Tessa Dowell perform at the Celtic Christmas Showdown concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recently in Tulsa Oklahoma. Songe and Dowell are playing Irish drums called Bodhrans. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Dulcimer champions Wendy Songe and Jonathan Dowell will face off in a Celtic Christmas Showdown in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.

It’s all in fun of course. Songe and Dowell play together as “Dually Noted” and are good friends.

Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of The

Mike Lippiatt Promotes Celtic Concert for United Way

on December 13, 2012 - 8:45am

Rotarian Mike Lippiatt has been on the road promoting local musicians in the Celtic Christmas Showdown. He spoke to the Los Alamos Rotary Club Tuesday inviting members to attend the upcoming performance at 7 p.m., Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Proceeds from the event benefit United Way of Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local Production of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' Premiere's This Weekend

on December 13, 2012 - 6:09am

Front row from left, Nayeli Marquez, Neha Sadasivan and Rebekah Lockhart. Back row from left, Kezia Tripp (Flounder), Carley Sorenen, Marcie Lee, Joseph Sarrao (Sebastian), Hannah Clegg, Katie Hermmann and Tayra Eidenbnz. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) invites the community to its premiere performance of Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr."

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.