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Max Gomez Returns To Los Alamos Saturday

on April 7, 2017 - 7:19am
Singer/songwriter Max Gomez will be in concert Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

A Los Alamos favorite and Taos native Max Gomez returns Saturday, April 8 to play Fuller Lodge.

Gomez is fresh off a European tour and comes ready to share tunes of his forthcoming album, due out this spring. The album is his second and has been long anticipated by his fans. Gomez’s debut album, Rule the World, was released in 2013.

An artist in the tradition of Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson, Gomez has a sweet smoky vocal style and his heart-felt lyrics have brought him acclaim

2017 Santa Fe Opera Season Preview April 11

on April 2, 2017 - 6:09am

Juanita Madland Presents Piano Concert April 5

on April 1, 2017 - 6:10am
Local piano virtuoso Juanita Lash Madland will present a piano concert for the Arts Council Brown Bag series at noon April 5 in Fuller Lodge. Included will be compositions by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Ginastera, and an original piece by the pianist. This concert also will be presented in May in Minneapolis. This spring Madland will play her 5th harpsichord concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Opera Supports NEA

on March 27, 2017 - 8:39am
By CHARLES MACKAY
General Director
Santa Fe Opera
 
Now that we know for certain that the Trump Administration’s budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a consistently bipartisan supported arts and culture agency, please join me in supporting a budget of $155 million for the NEA in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.
 
Support from the NEA is absolutely vital to

Los Alamos Middle School Pianist Julia Chen Selected For Artist Master Class With Artist Yi-Heng Yang

on March 23, 2017 - 7:51am
Los Alamos pianist Julia Chen. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Julia Chen, a 12-year-old pianist from Los Alamos—having appeared in last week’s news as the Mountain Club 2017 State Swim Champion—trades in her swim cap this weekend for the keyboard of a 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand.
 
Chen, who although having studied piano only four years, has shown a “great dedication to the piano along with a developing command of advanced repertoire,” according to her teacher, Dr. Madeline Williamson of Los Alamos Piano Studio.
 
Chen’s teacher nominated her for the honor of being one of four

2017 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series

on March 20, 2017 - 6:37am
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Local concert producer Russ Gordon has announced details of his upcoming Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series:
  • May 19: Chuchito Valdes - Afro-Cuban jazz from Havana, Cuba & Cancun, Mx. Master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco.
  • May 26: Deke Dickerson - Alt-Indie Rock, Retro Swing, Rockabilly Revival, Roots-Rock,Hillbilly, Surf, Jump Blues & instrumental rock. The King of the Geek Guitar! From Los Angeles
  • June 2: The Coral Creek Band - Americana/Country Rock, bluegrass, Cajun, Folk & Island rock from Colorado
  • June 9: Western Centuries -

Eight Los Alamos Pianists Sweep Dennis Alexander Piano Competition

on March 18, 2017 - 8:28am
Composer Dennis Alexander and piano instructor Madeline Williamson pose with Sruthi Garimella, center, winner of a Trifecta of awards at the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition. Courtesy photo
 
Pianists Betty and John Kang with their awards at the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition. Courtesy photo

Music News:

Eight young Los Alamos pianists, ages 8 through 14, competed Saturday, March 11 in the prestigious Dennis Alexander Piano Competition, held annually in Albuquerque at the New Mexico School of Music.

Elementary Student Orchestra Performs At School Board In Honor of Music In Our Schools Month

on March 17, 2017 - 7:48am
LAPS Orchestra Teacher Michelle Rosette conducts the Enchanted Forest Ensemble, made up of students from all of the Los Alamos elementary schools as well as home schooled students. The group performs during Tuesday's School Board Meeting in honor of Music In Our Schools Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Zandree Stidham Benefit Concert At UNM-LA April 21

on March 12, 2017 - 7:45am

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COMMUNITY News:

Area musicians are very excited to share their music with the community to help support Dr. Zandree Stidham, a UNM-LA professor battling cancer.

Dr. Stidhman’s Benefit Concert is scheduled for 5-8 p.m., April 21 at UNM-LA. The musicians hope to see a large part of the community attend this important event. There will be a silent auction running with the auction.

To donate to the auction or volunteer for the concert, contact Kaylen Pocaterra at kpocaterra1@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

Local Trumpet Recital By Miriam Wallstrom Sunday

on March 11, 2017 - 6:45am

MUSIC News: 

Miriam Wallstrom, a high school junior, will present her first trumpet recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at Fuller Lodge. Playing pieces on both a b flat trumpet and a piccolo trumpet, Wallstrom will perform works by Haydn, Albinoni, Sasche and a Dixieland jazz piece.

Jan McDonald is her music teacher and will accompany her on trumpet for several of her recital pieces. Cindy Little, well-known piano player, also will accompany her on the piano, and her friend Jenny Paige will play duets with her on the euphonium.

Wallstrom has studied the trumpet for almost six years, played

Santa Fe Opera Announces Opening Night

on March 5, 2017 - 7:06am
Fledermaus mask. Courtesy photo
 
SFO News:
 
Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus returns to The Santa Fe Opera and the fun will begin at the Opening Night Party sponsored by the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
 
Drinks, a buffet dinner, and a talk about the opera, presented by Joe Illick, will make the evening memorable.

Scenes From LAMTA Piano Recital At UNM-LA

on March 4, 2017 - 7:37am
Student pianists range in age from 6-14. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association, the professional organization for independent music teachers, held a “musicale recital”  Feb. 26 at UNM-Los Alamos.
 
Family members, friends, and community members enjoyed an afternoon of music performed by students of Dr. Madeline Williamson, Dr. Aejin Chang, Wendy Ge, Ellen Scudder, and Janna Warren.
 
Sonya Akhadov, age 12, performs Busy Mill, Op. 117, No. 3, by Cornelius Gurlitt. Courtesy photo
 
Audience members taking photos and interacting after the recital.

Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Perla Batalla Performs At NHCC March 11

on March 1, 2017 - 10:38am
Perla Batalla. Courtesy photo
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As part of the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Festival Chispa and signature Latin Diva Series, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla will perform at 7:30 p.m., March 11 at the Center in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.
 
Tickets are $12, $17, and $22, with a $2 discount for students, seniors, and NHCC members, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at 505.724.4771, or at www.nhccnm.org.
 
Formerly a Leonard Cohen back-up singer, the Los Angeles-born vocalist launched her solo career with Cohen's

New Date For Dr. Zee Benefit Concert April 21

on February 27, 2017 - 10:22am

Zandree (Zee) Stidham

COMMUNITY News:

Dr. Zee’s Benefit Concert has been rescheduled for 5-8 p.m., April 21 at UNM-LA, Building 2.

Zandree (Zee) Stidham, 35, is a local assistant professor battling a form of bone marrow cancer. She and husband Tony have four children.

The concert is a fundraiser to help with her medical costs and other costs for her family during her treatment. For more information on the concert, click here.

To donate before the event, click here and donate with #teamzee.

Brave New Brass Brown Bag Recital March 1

on February 24, 2017 - 3:32pm
Brave New Brass 2013. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa.
 
The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations, and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos since 2012.
 
Members of the group are all local Los Alamos musicians, with Elizabeth Hunke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), and Bruce Warren (trombone).
 
As an

Cabin Fever Festival In Jemez Springs Saturday

on February 24, 2017 - 7:48am

An artist carves an eagle out of a block of wood at the Cabin Fever Festival in Jemez Springs. Courtesy photo

EVENT News:

Jemez Springs will provide a much needed reprieve from the lull of winter with the family friendly Cabin Fever Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

A portion of all proceeds will benefit Jemez Valley Animal Amigos – a no kill rescue group. In addition, the Jemez Springs Community Library will be selling more than a dozen books by late author Tony Hillerman – some which are signed – as part of their book sale, and as donated by Hillerman’s daughter.

Cabin Fever

LACA Presents Baltimore Consort March 5

on February 23, 2017 - 4:41pm
Baltimore Consort. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

One of America’s favorite early music ensembles, the Baltimore Consort, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5 in the Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the Consort will explore instrumental music of the 16th and 17th centuries in a program they call “Gut, Wind, and Wire.”  

In addition to early music staples like viols, lutes and recorders, the program will introduce less familiar instruments including the gemshorn, crumhorn, Renaissance bagpipe, rebec and cittern.

Founded in 1980, the Baltimore

Community Winds Present ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’

on February 23, 2017 - 4:38pm

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present the first of its two spring concerts, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ at 7 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church (80 State Road 4). The concert is free ($10 donation suggested). A large ensemble of 55 musicians will perform.

The centerpiece of the concert is Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. A posthumous exhibition of drawings and water-colors by the architect Victor Hartmann, intimate friend of Moussorgsky, was held in 1874. Moussorgsky, as a tribute to his friend, wrote

Los Alamos Piano Students Perform At UNM-LA Sunday

on February 23, 2017 - 4:37pm
Performers Yunseo Kim and Julia Chen. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
In keeping with their ongoing mission of Community Outreach and Service, the UNM-LA Campus will host the first of two planned Spring Piano Recitals at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26. 
 
The campus Student Services Building is accessible either by stairs on the Diamond Drive entrance, or is easily wheelchair accessible by parking in the parking lot behind the building. The recital is FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA).
 
Students from the age of 6 through 14 will be

LAHS Band Director Attends Midwest Clinic: International Band & Orchestra Conference

on February 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
Zane Meeks directs a class of students in the newly remodeled Los Alamos High School music wing. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Director Zane Meek was awarded a Professional Development Grant by Los Alamos Public Schools to attend the Midwest Band & Orchestra Festival and Conference in Chicago, IL.
 
This annual conference provides many opportunities for professional development, including sessions about advocacy, recruiting and retention, teaching techniques, instrumental music techniques for specific instruments, music technology in the classroom, student assessments, and so much more.

Fancy Fiddles Auction Raises Thousands For Los Alamos Public Schools Orchestra Program

on February 19, 2017 - 8:08am
Forty-five musical instruments destined for the landfill found new life as art and raised thousands for Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program Saturday at the Fancy Fiddle Auction in Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Ann McLaughlin, the artistic director of the Los Alamos Concert Association holds up a decorative violin for sale during Saturday's live auction, while Auctioneer/Emcee Jeff Favorite urges on the crowd to bid higher. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Bidders check out the fiddles up for bid. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Fundraiser For Belisama Irish Dance School Feb. 25

on February 19, 2017 - 7:41am

Belisama Irish Dance with Director Adrienne Bellis, 2nd from right and Assistant Director Celia Bassett, 3rd from left. Courtesy photo

DANCE News:

Join the Belisama Irish Dance School for a  lively afternoon of ceili dancing (Irish social dance), live music, a short Irish dance demonstration and refreshments to help fund the Belisama Irish Dance Company’s future performances and new costumes. A Girl Scout Fun Patch will be offered for those Girl Scouts joining the fun!

The event is 2-4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage St.

Meet the dancers, then

City RockFest Tour Features Seventh Day Slumber

on February 17, 2017 - 8:40am
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MUSIC News:
 
City RockFest Tour is bringing Seventh Day Slumber back to Northern New Mexico next week, Thursday Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School. 
 
With them are Project 86 and Disciple headlining the show, with Random Hero and Scarlet White opening. Don't miss these five bands, 3.5 hours of great music, for a single ticket of only $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. VIP Tickets are still available for early entry at 5:30 p.m. and an opportunity to meet the bands. 
 
Check out this show at https://www.facebook.com/events/1774658079451130/ or tour page on,

Coro de Cámara: ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’

on February 17, 2017 - 6:50am
Coro de Cámara. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

“Do you Hear the People Sing?” Coro de Cámara, Northern New Mexico’s premiere chamber chorus, will perform an exciting program featuring some of the best of musical theater and Broadway. As the concert title promises, several selections from the world’s most popular musical, Les Misérables, are a highlight of the program, along with other favorites, such as “My New Philosophy” from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin, and “For Good” from Wicked.  

The chorus also offers a stirring tribute to Stephen Sondheim, who for

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #3

on February 15, 2017 - 6:51am

This instrument, titled Fiddler Crab, 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. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

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