Sunday’s 5th Annual Music Marathon Raises Record Amount For UNM-LA Scholarship Fund

Performances flowed for eight hours at Sunday’s fifth annual Music Marathon at UNM-LA. Photo by Rick Wallace

Sopahn Kellogg, right, has performed every year since the onset of UNM-LA’s Music Marathon and this year she invited her long time friend Astrid Hengartner to join her. With guitar and ukelele in hand, they delighted the crowd while performing Rip Tide. Photo by Rick Wallace


Co-chairs Of Fifth Annual Music Marathon

The UNM-LA great room was The place to be Sunday afternoon. For eight hours, 47 performers entertained a generous audience that contributed $1,264 to the UNM-LA Scholarship fund, the most ever in the fifth Annual Music Marathon. This also was the first one to which local businesses contributed door prizes.

We would like the community’s help in thanking Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, Casa Mesita (which supports a dozen local charities), Chile Works, Del Norte Credit Union, Khalsa Acupuncture, Northroad Inn, Pam Reass, Professional Skin Care Choices, Radio Shack (now selling musical instruments), and Village Arts for their door prizes, valued at more than $500. Shop locally, folks!

Thanks to performers, without whom all of this is impossible: Cathy Turner, Ruth Williamson, Sonja Ebey, Troy Makela, William Dale, Karin Ebey, Katie Brown, Sonja Ebey, Troy Makela, Joseph Dale, Kathleen Brodnax. Other piano soloists were The Little Piano Group playing Edvard Grieg: Rheta Moazzami, Robin Gurule, Claudia Hilko, Judy Hutson, Bonnie Kiang, Phyllis Slattery, Susan Mendel, Joyce Guzik and Juanita Madland.

Donna and John O’Donnel delighted the audience with their baroque recorders. Kathleen Brodnax also played violin, accompanied by Madland; Nancy Ullmann played violin accompanied by Robin Gurule. (Gurule also brought dinner for everyone.)

Ruth Skoug and Juanita Madland played a rousing piano duet. Professional Shakespearean actress, Joyce Lynn, read from the Sonnets, accompanied by Madland.

Stephanie Sydoriak, Living Treasurer and award-winning author, read from her book, An Ocean Between: 100% American 100% Ukrainian. Rebecca Caron, from Taos, played beautiful music on her lovely cello made by her husband at David Caron String Instruments; she was accompanied by Madland on piano.

Next was a trio with David Hanson, on the Viol da Gamba, a 15th century stringed instrument, Rebecca Caron, cello and Juanita Madland, keyboard using a harpsichord stop. Sopahn Kellogg and Astrid Hengartener played Ukulele and Guitar, a performance from Topper Review. They were followed by the Bluegrass Band: Strung Out!

The Craig Martin Experience, a local Jazz band, is a favorite of the Festival, not only because of their tight playing and delightful repertoire but because they actually formed as the result of taking a jazz theory class at UNM-LA and have been a staple of the Festival for three years; they livened the audience.

The evening ended with rousing Bluegrass instrumentals and heavenly harmonies from Higher Ground.