LAAC Offers Opportunities To Hear Traditional Music

Cantos de Taos will peform 7 p.m. June 20 in Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Executive Director
Los Alamos Arts Council

When friends mention they are going to a concert of “traditional music” you might think they mean a folk, or gospel concert. Certainly those genres are traditional music, but now so is jazz, opera, all forms of classical music, rock and pop, and of course, marches and dances.  

When a musician speaks of traditional music, it usually means that which was used for a specific purpose: marches, dances, processionals, socializing (background music), cultural expression, and story-telling (like folk songs) passed down by generations.

This month, the Arts Council kicks-off the summer with two wonderful opportunities to hear traditional music in concert performance.

Wednesday, the Arts Council presented its final Brown Bag Performance featuring the “Highland,” traditional marches and dances from Europe (primarily Scotland and Ireland). Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes & Drums presented about 20 fine examples of processionals, songs, dances, and marches performed on bagpipes and drums, and accompanied by dancers.  

From Fuller Lodge lawn, they began the program by entering the building en masse from the side doors.

This traditional processional will guide them to the front of the Pajarito Room where they will perform an hour of wonderful and raucous bagpipe music from Europe.

Then, on Wednesday June 20, we will present our final Evening Concert of the season with the traditional opera music of Europe, performed by Cantos de Taos (an ensemble of four singers and pianist from the Taos Opera Institute).  

These talented young singers, who undergo intense training all summer at the Taos Opera Institute, will present a lively program of traditional opera arias from popular operas.

The elite Cantos de Taos singers are alumni of TOI programs and are already professional opera singers.  If you are an opera fan, you won’t want to miss this spectacularly performed concert!

The concert will begin at 7 p.m.  Wednesday, June 20,  in Fuller Lodge. Amission is free; however, donations will be accepted.

The Arts Council presents a great diversity of programs throughout the year. Everything from children’s theatre, art fairs, kite festivals to pumpkin carving parties, from Brown Bag performances and Evening Concerts to annual music lectures, are all presented with artistic flair and community support.

Aaron Anderson

If you would like to be involved, on Thursday, June 14, we’ll be your hosts for an open reception, where you can hear all about our upcoming adventures, meet and greet our members and Board of Directors, hear some cool jazz (with Aaron Anderson on the piano!), and you can join us to help make our community even more artistically prosperous.

The reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 14 in Fuller Lodge. The entire public and all present or former members of the Arts Council are invited to this annual reception and meet-up.  Here’s to the commencement of a fabulous summer!