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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
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.

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


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.

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Jazz With CME At Blue Window Saturday Night!

on January 18, 2017 - 4:08pm

Craig Martin Experience plays Blue Window Saturday night. Courtesy photo


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
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.


City RockFest Tour Coming To Area Feb. 23

on January 1, 2017 - 8:40am
Random Hero performs Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School. Courtesy photo


Project 86 performs Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School. Courtesy photo

Scarlet White performs Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle Courtesy photo


Infinity Squared Music, working with many organizations across Northern New Mexico, is presenting a five band music event at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School, 1797 N.M. 502.
The City RockFest Tour features Disciple, Project 86, Seventh Day Slumber, Random

Classical Music World: Concert Hall Tours

on December 26, 2016 - 10:00am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I don’t really have a bucket list, but I’d like to hear as many of the world’s great orchestras in their home halls as I can before my expiration date rolls around. My husband Bill and I try to take in concerts when we travel and enjoy guided tours of the halls as well.

On two visits to Amsterdam in the last couple of years, we have attended performances in the storied Royal Concertgebouw, a hall famed for its fine acoustic qualities.

Nativity Play At Trinity On The Hill Saturday

on December 22, 2016 - 9:44am
TOTH Musical Scene. Courtesy photo
TOTH News:
Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church warmly invites the public to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service.
The service will include a Christmas musical by the youth of the church and carols by candlelight, sung by the congregation and the Youth Choir. It will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24 in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Dr.
Approximately 12 young people, ages 4 to 15, will take part in the musical, titled “Archangel Gabriel’s Awesome Adventure”. The presentation is a light-hearted dramatization of

Los Alamos Big Band Christmas Dance Dec. 28

on December 21, 2016 - 2:42pm
Mark your calendars! The annual Christmas Dance featuring the Los Alamos Big Band is 7:30-10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Come and dance the night away, or if dancing isn’t your thing, just sit and enjoy listening to the live sounds of the 40’s and 50’s with some Christmas tunes mixed in of course. All of the proceeds will benefit the IHM Youth Group who will be hosting the event with festive decorations and refreshments. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and $5 for children under 12.

In And Around Town: Dec. 21

on December 16, 2016 - 8:47am
In And Around Town News:
The Los Alamos Daily Post In and Around Town community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and the surrounding area. Send event announcements to
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Canyon Rim Train
Community is invited to the 1 p.m. ribbon cutting at the Canyon Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridge
Mountaineers Potpourri
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.

Girl Scouts Entertain Residents At Aspen Ridge

on December 13, 2016 - 6:50am
Daisy and Brownie Scouts sing Christmas Carols for residents at a recent gathering at Aspen Ridge. Photo by Kelly Dolejsi

Hillstrummers Ukulele Group Performs Holiday Songs In Smith's Marketplace Produce Section at 11 a.m. Today

on December 9, 2016 - 10:26am

Join the HILLSTRUMMERS Ukulele group in a Holiday singalong, this morning, beginning at 11 in the Smith's Marketplace Produce Lobby. It is rumored a certain important person form the North Pole will appear. Start your shopping with holiday joy! Courtesy photo

Join Los Alamos Christmas Tubas For Free Concert At TOTH Dec. 17

on December 9, 2016 - 9:33am
A free concert will be presented by the Los Alamos Christmas Tubas playing tubas of varying sizes at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos. If you think of tubas as just the oompah component of a band, you’re in for a surprise. These tubas play all the familiar Christmas tunes with a mellow, relaxing sound. Come join in the fun. Courtesy photo

Sangre de Cristo Chorale Performs Carols Of The Southwest At 4 p.m. Sunday At United Church

on December 9, 2016 - 8:49am


The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its winter concert Carols of the Southwest, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.

Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, is the centerpiece of this performance. This 10-movement work is a magical setting of folk songs from this culturally rich and very broad region.

Beautifully scored for chorus, harp, marimba and guitar, it will feature guest instrumentalists Angela Gabriel, Ross Hamlin and David Glen Ponder.