Community Winds Presents 100th Concert

The Los Alamos Community Winds  will present its 100th concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible  Church.

“It’s really gratifying to be 16 years down the road with one fourth of the original members still with us,” Winds Musical and Artistic Director Ted Vivas said. “A special sense of community develops when people oplay music together.”

This concert features pianist Julian Chen, performing Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.

“It’s going to be outstanding,” Vivas said.
Julian is a scientist who is also a wonderful musician, and I wanted an opportunity to feature him”

Chen is a Staff Scientist in the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National  He joined the LACW in 2015.

Rhapsody in Blue, by the 24-year-old Gershwin was conceived as a “jazz concerto.” The piece received its premiere in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano. Rhapsody in Blue, established Gershwin’s reputation as serious composer and is one of the most performed American concert works.

Also on the program are Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams, National Fencibles  by John Philip Souza, España Cani by Pascual Marquina, For the Fair and the Brave  by Ted Vivas,  The Cowboys by John Williams, Highlights from “Camelot” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe,  Chant and Jubilo by W. Francis McBeth and Glasgow Fair by Col. James Howe.