Los Alamos Arts Council presents the inaugural Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fuller Lodge. Admission is free to individuals age 12 and older.
This event is to honor the many contributions of Heller to life and music in Los Alamos. The inaugural speaker is Bill McGlaughlin. Many know him from his radio program on NPR “Exploring Music.” He also is a noted performer, conductor and composer in the music community. He will present his lecture “Remembering Lenny” a centenary celebration of the life and achievements of Leonard Bernstein.
Space is limited, and free tickets are available at CB FOX and the Los Alamos Arts Council Office. A light reception will follow the lecture.
About Rosalie Heller
Rosalie D. (Liebschutz) Heller was born March 20, 1931 in New York City. At age 4, her mother became her first piano teacher. Heller attended public schools in Brooklyn and entered Brooklyn College in 1948. There, Heller took 13 courses covering every aspect of music theory, composition, conducting and more. She obtained a bachelors of arts degree with honors in music in 1952. In 1956, Heller arrived in Los Alamos, along with husband Leon and their first child. After a while, her first of many pupils arrived. Heller gave a series of well attended evening lectures at Fuller Lodge, on topics in classical music. Imparting her love for this subject became a lifelong passion. She was a gifted pianist, and chamber music was her favorite genre. Heller’s top priority was her family. She had a big heart and was always available to help someone in need. She passed away Dec. 2, 2016 at home in Los Alamos, with family present.
About Bill McGlaughlin
While Bill McGlaughlin is most widely known for his work in broadcasting (host of Peabody Award-winning St. Paul Sunday and Exploring Music (both heard on WQXR) as well as programs from Wolf Trap and the Library of Congress, he is proud to have begun his professional life as an honest musician, playing trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition, he spent 25 years as an orchestral conductor with posts ranging from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to 12 seasons as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony. Over that period McGlaughlin received numerous awards for adventurous contemporary programming from ASCAP and has the symphony-board-inflicted scars to show for it.
About Los Alamos Arts Council
The Los Alamos Arts Council, a 501c3 non-profit corporation and public charity that, for 50 years, has been supporting creative arts activities in Los Alamos. The event is sponsored by the arts council as well as Leon and Peter Heller.
For more information, visit losalamosartscouncil.org or call 505.663.0477.