Rosalie Heller was a major contributor to the arts in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Arts Council presents the second “Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture.” This event is to honor the many contributions of Heller to life and music in Los Alamos.
The speaker this year is writer, lecturer and curator James M Keller. He will present his talk, “Living Within Our Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. A light reception will follow the lecture.
Heller made major contributions to classical music in Los Alamos. She taught and inspired more than 300 pupils from age 5 to 95.
Heller was a gifted pianist and performed at more than 100 chamber music concerts in Northern New Mexico.
She gave a series of eight well attended evening lectures on classical music in Fuller Lodge, served as a radio host for more than 10 years and created a variety of programs. During her 17 years as Artistic Director of the Los Alamos Concert Association, many outstanding artists and programs were brought to Los Alamos.
Keller is in his 25th season with the New York Philharmonic, where he occupies an endowed chair as its Program Annotator. He is also the Program Annotator of the San Francisco Symphony, a position he has held since 2000. His book Chamber Music: A Listener’s Guide, was spotlighted as “book of the month” and a “five stars book choice” by BBC Music Magazine. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious ASCAP¬–Deems Taylor Award for his feature writing in Chamber Music magazine.
From 2010 to 2019, Keller was a staff writer and critic-at-large at Pasatiempo, the weekly arts and culture magazine of The Santa Fe New Mexican.
Admission is free to the lecture and it is open to anyone age 12 and older. 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, as well as Leon, Peter, and Tony Heller.
For more information, visit losalamosartscouncil.org or call 505.663.0477.