Community Winds Presents Holiday Prism Concert

The Los Alamos Community Winds prepares for the upcoming Holiday Prism Concert at a recent rehearsal. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/


For the eighth year, Los Alamos Community Winds presents the Holiday Prism Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos.

Much as a prism breaks light into its component parts, this prism concert showcases the music and musicians of Los Alamos and White Rock in all their varied components. For a little more than an hour, you will be literally surrounded by the holiday music performed by members of the community.

The performance will allow you to see and hear, not only the ensemble as a whole, but also a wide variety of soloists and small ensembles. As the concert progresses, you will be treated to a seamless parade of musical colors all connected in the celebration of the Holiday Season.

The prism concert concept was introduced in this country at the Eastman School of Music in 1975. The development of Eastman’s inaugural prism concert is commonly attributed to Donald Hunsberger and Gustav Meier, conductors of the wind ensemble and orchestra, respectively.

The basic idea is that different styles of music performed by different types and sizes of ensembles are presented, uninterrupted by applause or staging adjustments, using the entire venue rather than just the stage.

Joining the Winds will be Coro de Camara, The Quemazon Brass, Los Alamos Flutes and many additional soloists and ensembles.

The concert will be conducted by the Winds’ Artistic Director Ted Vives.

Warm up from the Holiday Lights Parade festivities at this fun concert featuring a wide variety local musicians performing seasonal music.