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Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 3

on June 3, 2017 - 7:20am

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Daniel Hsu, one of the youngest competitors at age 19, studies at the Curtis Institute. Courtesy photo 
 

South Korean competitor Dasol Kim, 28, studies at the Hochshule fur Musik in Hanover, Germany. Courtesy photo 
 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The penultimate round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is finally under way. Twelve semi-finalists will each play a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Last night 19-year-old Daniel Hsu, one of the two Americans still

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 2

on June 2, 2017 - 6:34am

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin reports on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. Courtesy Photo
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Downtown Fort Worth is all gussied up for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Banners line the streets. The Cliburn logo is everywhere. Even the crosswalks in front of the Bass Concert Hall are painted to look like keyboards. For a city that is famous for its stockyards, these Texans sure take their music seriously!

We arrived here Thursday morning on an easy

Choral Creek Band Plays Ashley Pond 7 p.m. Today!

on June 2, 2017 - 6:15am
The Choral Creek Band performs at 7 p.m. today at  Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/Elliot Siff Photography
 
By RUSS GORDON
Concert promoter

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents the excellent Colorado Front Rage group, The Choral Creek Band today, June 2 at Ashley Pond Park. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. The weather calls for a clear and nice night. We’re calling for rock and roll!

The Choral Creek Band play high energy shows of bluegrass, newgrass, country-rock, blues, jazz, jamband and unique renditions of traditional and Americana classics. Check them out on

Candyman ‘Micro Store’ Opens In Los Alamos

on June 1, 2017 - 1:15pm
Nick Hudson, left, and owner Rand Cook offer all manner of musical goodies to customers at The Candyman’s micro store in the Portage Building on DP Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com 
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Candyman has been serving the Santa Fe music community for 48 years. Now Candyman has come to Los Alamos in the form of what Candyman’s owner Rand Cook calls a “micro store,” at 200 DP Road in the Portage Building. The store is open 3-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 1

on June 1, 2017 - 8:40am

Van Cliburn in 1959, the only classical musician to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York. Courtesy photo

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

It happens every four years. Competitors vie for medals as fans cheer. Paparazzi swarm about. It isn’t the Olympics. It’s the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! The competition is underway right now and I will be reporting to you from Fort Worth every day.

The story of the competition’s birth is legendary and begins in Moscow.  

In 1958, at the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union wanted to

Mary Badarak Conducts Final Concert

on May 31, 2017 - 5:13am

Mary Badarak, long-time conductor of the Los Alamos Choral Society, performed her final concert Sunday. She is retiring. Photo by Carl Newton/Courtesy

 

LOS ALAMOS CHORAL SOCIETY News: 

 

Sunday, a large crowd of music-lovers and well-wishers were in the United Church of Los Alamos when Mary Badarak, long-time conductor of the Los Alamos Choral Society, directed the Choral Society for the last time.

 

The concert—14 short songs featuring six that Badarak had arranged and three that she had composed—was a success that brought the crowd to its feet to join in a thundering rendition of

LAAC Offers Sweet Treat At Brown Bag Show June 7

on May 31, 2017 - 4:54am

Members of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quartet prepare for their upcoming Brown Bag Show. Courtesy Photo

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Viola musician and member of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quintet Brian Newnam describes chamber music as like dessert.

 

“Musicians love to play chamber music,” he said, explaining there is no conductor and musicians get the opportunity to play with friends. “Amateur musicians play chamber music for their enjoyment.”

 

The community will be able to enjoy the intimacy of chamber music themselves when the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String

Tuesdays At The Pond Series Returns For 2017 Season

on May 30, 2017 - 5:51pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The summer staple “Tuesdays at the Pond” will be returning to the Ashley Pond stage at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning June 6.

This year’s summer entertainment series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and there’s sure to be something for everyone! Performances will range all the way from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.

The following acts will be part of the excitement from June to August this year:

  • June 6: The Bus Tapes
  • June 13: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
  • June

Big Stars To Perform In Festival Chispa 2017

on May 30, 2017 - 3:13pm

Grammy award-winning artist Gaby Moreno will peform at the Festival Chispa 2017 at 8 p.m., June 24. Courtesy Photo 

 

Las Cafeterias will peform at the Festival Chispa 2017. Courtesy/lascafeteras.com

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The National Hispanic Cultural Center, in partnership with Avokado Artists, presents Festival Chispa 2017.

The event features Latin Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and her band, along with the incredibly fresh, multi-faceted Latin alternative and Chicano activist group Las Cafeteras at 8 p.m. June 24 in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

The event

Tribute To Russ Gordon Placed In Congressional Record

on May 28, 2017 - 7:45am
Russ Gordon with Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler after the reading of the ‘Tribute to Russ Gordon’ Friday at the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park, which U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich placed in the Congressional Record. Chandler read the Tribute and presented Gordon with an official copy of the transcript, which he is holding. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

U.S. Sen.

Scenes From Friday's Summer Concert

on May 28, 2017 - 6:35am
Dancers move to Deke Dickerson and his band Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Deke Dickerson sings a rock-a-billy tune. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Concert producer Russ Gordon chats with concert-goers. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Up a tree. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Walzing to the music. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Super Girl surveys the crowd. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Close to nature. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Heinrich To Highlight Community-Driven Economic Development, Meet With Veterans In Los Alamos

on May 26, 2017 - 6:47am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office Of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

  • Heinrich to discuss importance of national parks and small businesses, meet with local veteran groups

SANTA FE Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to Los Alamos and Española. During his visit, he will make a special announcement about the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and host a discussion on the economic impact of New Mexico’s growing craft beer and wine industries to highlight new ways to diversify the local economy.

Heinrich also will meet with local

Los Alamos Choral Society Concert May 28

on May 24, 2017 - 5:27pm
Mary Badarak
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Choral Society

When Mary Badarak steps up to lead the Los Alamos Choral Society's 2017 spring concert Sunday, she will be presenting a showcase of her work—not only as a director, but as a composer and arranger as well.

Badarak will be retiring from Choral Society after this concert, "Broadway to Beatles to Badarak and Beyond," which is scheduled at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at the United Church of Los Alamos. (Tickets, $15 for adults and free for students, are available now at CB FOX, and will be available at the door Sunday.)

This year,

HillStrummers Participate In Las Cruces UkeFest

on May 24, 2017 - 8:02am

The Organ Mountains are reflected in the window behind the BESC Hillstrummers Ukulele group photo. Back row from left, Dan Gerth, Sabine Shurter, Jan Littleton, Jowilla Forman, Holly Kenney and Ruth Lier. Front row from left, Doris Ford, Diane Little, Patricia Rathbone, Yvonne Trujillo, Elise Lee and Irene Powell. Attendees not present for photo, Janet Harris, Darlene Potter and retiring instructor Kathleen Galbraith of Chama. Photo by Doris Ford

COMMUNITY News:

Fourteen members of the Betty Ehardt Senior Center Hillstrummers Ukulele group and their instructor participated in the three day

On The Job In Los Alamos: Aaron Anderson At LAMA

on May 23, 2017 - 8:55am

On the job in Los Alamos is Aaron Anderson, co-owner of Los Alamos Music Academy LLC (LAMA) in his studio Friday at 200 DP Road. Anderson and his partner Cia Khakaura got together as the result of a discussion on Facebook about the demand for high quality, yet affordable, music lessons in Los Alamos. He was looking to grow his studio without a huge increase in time commitment, while she was looking for a way to decrease her travel to her students. They began exchanging messages, met face-to-face in June 2016. After a few months of lots of work, LAMA was born. Read more here. Photo by Carol A.

Pub Crawl Through Downtown Los Alamos June 1

on May 23, 2017 - 7:41am

HILL STOMPERS News:

The Hill Stompers Band will lead a family-friendly pub crawl through downtown Los Alamos Thursday, June 1. Jeff Favorite, leader of the Hill Stompers, says that this is, as far as he knows, the first-ever Los Alamos pub crawl to be led by a live band.

“People ask me, ‘What, you’re going to both bars?,’” Favorite said. “But there are actually seven or eight bars downtown now.”

The Hill Stompers Band is known for crazy antics, fun performances, and exciting music in Los Alamos and Santa Fe (as well as Durango and Telluride, Colo.). The band has led a Mardi Gras Pub

Domingos En Arte At NHCC In June

on May 23, 2017 - 6:38am

The award-winning New Mexico-based band Baracutanga explores and mixes the many danceable rhythms of South America. The eight-piece group, representing four countries, performs June 4 in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NHCC

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Domingos en Arte, a summer music and dance series presented by Melaza Music, AMP Concerts, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the NHCC's Fountain Courtyard, enters its second season beginning in June.

Spend Sunday evenings 6-10 p.m.

Sun & Suds Draw Crowd To Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash

on May 21, 2017 - 4:45pm
George Hrbek enjoys a craft beer at the Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash Saturday at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. The event was co-sponsored by the Brewpub and Bathtub Row Brewing Coop. More than 36 craft beers were available at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Hot dogs and burgers were the fare at Saturday's Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A happy face during the Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Zoltan and the Fortunetellers entertain the crowd.

Crowd Packs First Summer Concert Of 2017

on May 21, 2017 - 7:48am

The audience filled the ground floor of Fuller Lodge and the rafters to hear jazz music Friday at the first show of the 2017 Los Alamos County Summer Concert series. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Fuller Lodge was packed to the rafters Friday night with community members checking out the Los Alamos Middle School Big Jazz Band.

The show kicked off this year's Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The concert, which was originally scheduled for Overlook Park in White Rock, was moved indoors due to the weather.

The middle school jazz band's performance was followed

Griggs: Dateline – 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest

on May 20, 2017 - 8:39am
The ‘Cream of the Crop’ features three little girls singing the chorus on songs for J. Monque’D and his band in the Blues tent. Photo by David Griggs
 
Amedee Frederick VI, 5, plays guitar next to his father, Amedee V at the 2017 Jazz Fest in New Orleans. This is another strong Louisiana musical family. His sister Victoria is the girl on the left in ‘Cream of the Crop’, and their grandfather, Amedee IV, was in the audience. Photo by David Griggs
 
By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
An estimated 425,000 fans packed the fairgrounds for another memorable Jazz Fest

Los Alamos Choral Society Reaches End Of Era As Director Mary Badarak Retires

on May 19, 2017 - 5:11pm
Los Alamos Choral Society Director Mary Badarak. Courtesy photo
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Choral Society

Los Alamos Choral Society will reach the end of an era on Memorial Day Weekend: Mary Badarak, director of Choral Society for more than a decade, is retiring.

Her last concert with Choral Society, “Popular Favorites from Broadway to Beatles to Badarak and Beyond,” is 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, in Los Alamos.

Tickets to the Los Alamos concert, available at the door, are $15 for adults. Students may attend for free.

There will be a reception

Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash At Brewpub Saturday

on May 19, 2017 - 4:51pm

Los Alamos Summer Concert Moved To Fuller Lodge Tonight

on May 19, 2017 - 2:05pm
Chuchito Valdes. Courtesy photo
 

MUSIC News:

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show at 7 p.m. tonight has been moved to Fuller Lodge. Promoter Russ Gordon wishes to give a special thanks to Dianne Marquez at the County's Park and Recreation Department.  Still a free show starring Cuba's piano jazz maetro, Chuchito Valdes.

This week's concert performer is Afro-Cuban  piano maestro, Chuchito Valdes. The band is a trio and they’re world renowned as masters of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. They play Cuban dance music and jazz.

Valdes grew up in

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Coro de Cámera Presents ‘Rhapsody’ This Weekend

on May 19, 2017 - 5:48am
A string quartet and a pianist will be joining Coro de Cámara in concert this weekend, From left Brian Newnam, pianist Nathan Salazar, Dana Winograd, Kay Newnam, and Ari Le. Courtesy photo
 

By KELLY DOLEJSI
Los Alamos

This weekend, Los Alamos and Santa Fe audiences will have a chance to experience the music of Antonín Leopold Dvořák performed in Czech.

Coro de Cámara’s “Rhapsody,” a concert featuring works by Dvořák, Brahms, and Fauré, will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart Chapel in Santa Fe, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos, and at 3 p.m.

AMP Concerts Launches New Mexico Culture Squared

on May 14, 2017 - 5:46am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Culture Squared (NMC2) is a multi-year NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) project to build and manage partnerships between DCA institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the impact, effectiveness, attendance, and visitor experience of exhibitions and programs of DCA entities.
 
Under the management of AMP Concerts, NMC2 will create programs in collaboration with State Historic Sites, DCA Museums, and various cultural organizations with the goal of increasing public programs statewide and promoting New Mexico as a destination for arts

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