Guitarist Richard Hannemann Performs Sept. 6

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Guitarist Richard Hannemann will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and should be purchased in advance from Pet Pangea, CB FOX, or Hannemann Music 505.662.0380 (tickets will not be available at the door).

The program, “Musica Vitae” is a selection of original songs and guitar solos written between 1970 and 2006. The music presented is a variety of styles drawing from folk, Spanish, classical, light jazz and a touch of blues. 

The highlight of the evening will be the premier of “La Vida en Plaza” – a 20 minute solo guitar sonata in three movements. Other featured songs with a Los Alamos influence are “Seasons,” “The Lone Spanish Chapel” and “November on the Mesa.” 

“I lived in Los Alamos from 1952 to 1972, went to college at UNM, and lived in Albuquerque to 1984. You simply can’t live in a place like this for over 30 years and not have it influence you. Many of my works reflect this. ‘Morningstar’ was conceived at the commune by the same name near Questa; ‘High Valley Café’ was written at a truck stop of the same name in Moriarty; ‘Saga of the D&RG (the Denver and Rio Grande railroad), ‘Argonaut Tide’, and ‘Snake Oil’ are reflective of the history, which abounds in this state. Even ‘Move It On Down the Road’ originated here – the basic theme came to me on a bus trip from Denver to Albuquerque and the phrase ‘city lights and small town summer nights’ refer to Albuquerque and Los Alamos respectively. One of the reasons for moving back here was if I’m going to write Los Alamos and New Mexico, I probably ought to live close to the source,” Hannemann said.

Though he has done several short set performances here, this will be his first full concert for the Los Alamos community. 

“Hopefully, there will be more to come – I’d like to make this an annual event. In the meantime I continue to write music, write guitar books, and teach guitar here,” he said.

Hannemann’s cd album “The Musician” and books will be available for purchase in the lobby.