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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

Scientists to Surveil Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Eve

on December 22, 2012 - 10:49am

Santa Claus takes off on his annual global trek to spread joy to children everywhere. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Efforts will help ensure Magical Elf’s safe passage across the globe

Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken this year by Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer during the Jolly Elf’s annual mission to spread joy to all the children of the world.

Visit http://santa.lanl.gov beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see St. Nick’s whirlwind journey.

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Kate O’Donnell Transforms Home, Life Through Art

on December 22, 2012 - 7:48am

'Dancing Poppies' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

'Sitting Still' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kate O’Donnell, producer of the Reel Deal Theater preshow, has lived in a beautiful home on Bathtub Row for seven years. She and her husband Jim O’Donnell have restored that home to regain its historic integrity and be an inspiring place to live.

Their guiding principle for the remodel has been "Everything needs to touch you in some way."

Before World War II, the house was the arts and craft building for the Boy’s ranch.

Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday and Saturday

on December 20, 2012 - 10:45pm

 

Moon Over Mesas. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
Fall View From Los Alamos. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
Staff Report
 
The community is invited to attend the Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Dixie Girl Gallery & Restaurant in downtwn Los Alamos.
 
Chat with photographer Leslie Bucklin and browse her greeting cards, matted prints and gallery images. Goodies will be served!
 
Bucklin grew up in Los Alamos and after a few years in Colorado and California, she has returned to Los Alamos to raise her family in the community she

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

National Art Honor Society Inducts 34 LAHS Members

on December 16, 2012 - 8:26am

LAHS National Art Honor Society members Geoff Phillips, left, and Sam McIntyre use their artistic talents to draw on the paper tablecloths provided for that purpose. Courtesy photo

By Maire O'Neill

Jemez Valley artist Betsie Miller-Kusz was the guest speaker at an induction ceremony Dec. 7 for 34 new Los Alamos High School members of the National Art Honor Society.

Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos and lived and painted in San Francisco, Calif., for many years. She has exhibited internationally and painted many public murals.

The society is designed specifically for high school students

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

CHRISTMAS TUBAS News:

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

LAHS Hosts Visual and Performing Arts Events Monday

on December 15, 2012 - 9:26am

Dancers from Los Alamos High School's 2012 Winter Dance show. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School is the venue for two arts department events Monday, Dec. 17.

The closing reception for a collection of fall semester artwork by visual arts students is slated from 3:30 p.m. in the foyer area and at 7 p.m., the 2012 Winter Dance show begins.

"We are very excited about displaying the fall semester artwork during the winter concerts. We hope dancers and their parents will join us for this closing reception," said Mary Grace, visual arts instructor and

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