Be Surrounded by Sound at Holiday Prism Concert

Community Winds Musical and Artistic Director Ted Vives at Tuesday’s Holiday Prism Concert rehearsal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Winds saxaphone and bassoon players rehearse for the upcoming Holiday Prism Concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its third annual Holiday Prism Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at White Rock Baptist Church. The idea of a prism concert, presenting continuous music in the round, began at the Eastman School of Music about 40 years ago, Winds Musical and Artistic Director Ted Vives said.

“This is a unique way to showcase a lot of talent,” Vives said.

Like light through a prism is separated into different colors that shoot out everywhere, the audience will be surrounded by sound for about an hour as various soloists and ensembles are showcased. The connecting theme is the winter holidays. White Rock Baptist Church has been lavishly decorated for the holidays, including two huge Christmas trees, making the concert venue perfect for the music being presented.

The Winds will begin and end the concert with three medleys of holiday music, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “Christmas Festival” and “A Fireside Christmas” arranged by Sammy Nestico.

The music will move in a circle around the church as the next musicians take up where the previous ones left off. In addition to the Winds, the concert will include:

  • Juanita Madland, Piano
  • Peter McLachlan, Trumpet and Robin Gurule, Piano
  • String Theory: Rachel Hixson, Wendi Dreesen, Violins; Kathleen Neher, Viola; Heather Vincent, Cello
  • Quemazon Brass: Bruce Letellier, Peter McLachlan, Trumpets and Stan Brown, Phil Jones, Trombones
  • Clarinet Choir: Lori Dauelsberg, Bryan Fearey, Joyce Guzik, and Rob Pelak
  • Low Brass Choir: Phil Jones, Robert Frazer, Rex Hjelm, Deniece Korzekwa
  • Rene LeClaire, Tenor accompanied by Cindy Little, Piano

Since some of the musicians also play in the Winds, keeping the music going around the circle presented a bit of a logistical challenge, Vives said.  

The Winds are very pleased to be presenting this wide variety of local talent at this special season, Vives said. “I always look forward to this concert. You can’t have too much music this time of year.”

Mark your calendar for the Winds spring concert, “Musical Anniversaries.” On March 1, the group will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner and the 75th anniversary of the release of two all-time favorite films, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

Sleigh bells jingled during the Winds rehearsal Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/