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Venue Change For Olions Spring Musical: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!’

on February 21, 2018 - 6:03am

OLIONS News:

Can you spell M-U-S-I-C-A-L? The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Society proudly presents, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!”

The community is invited to watch (and perhaps join the spellers with an audience participation opportunity) as the contestants try to spell their way to victory and learn a little bit about their wacky lives with some E-X-T-R-A-O-R-D-I-N-A-R-Y songs.

Note Venue change: Performances will be in the LAHS Blackbox at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays March 14-18, 22-23 and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

LAMTA/UNM-LA Spring Piano Recital Sunday

on February 20, 2018 - 3:35pm

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney, right, with LAMTA pianists and their teachers in October 2017. Courtesy photo

LAMTA News:

In keeping with their ongoing mission of Community Outreach and Service, the UNM-LA Campus will host the first of two Spring Piano Recitals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

The recital is FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA). LAMTA’s Sunday Musicales are regular public presentations for the public’s enjoyment and appreciation of the city’s musically talented youth.

Fifteen students from the age of 8 through 14 will be

Pianist To Perform First Santa Fe Concert March 11

on February 20, 2018 - 5:56am

Moldovan-American pianist Alexander Paley

COMMUNITY News:

A rare opportunity to hear Alexander Paley, the phenomenal Moldovan-American pianist, who will make his first appearance in Santa Fe at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe.

Paley defected from Russia to the United States in 1988 and later moved to Paris.

More than 20 years ago he founded two music festivals, in Richmond, Va., and Moulin d’Ande in France. His career is a busy mix of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music and he performs unusual four-hand piano works with his wife, Pei-wen Chen.

Hear Two Flying Fiddles Saturday At Planetarium

on February 20, 2018 - 5:56am
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan are House of Hamill and perform Saturday night in the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Join two master fiddlers for a unique concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 24 “under the stars” in the Planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

House of Hamill is an acoustic duo from Philadelphia, consisting of Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan, both accomplished fiddlers and violinists.

‘Guys and Dolls’ Back On Track To Open March 22

on February 19, 2018 - 2:50pm
LALO News:

The gamblers of “Guys and Dolls” beat the odds and found a venue and a schedule that can accommodate the principal actors!

Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Guys and Dolls” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 22, 23, and 24, at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the church.

Los Alamos Community Winds Presents ‘Joyride!’

on February 19, 2018 - 1:09pm
Los Alamos Community Winds Artistic Director Ted Vives conducts a recent rehearsal. Courtesy photo
 
By HEIDI MORNING and TED VIVES 
Los Alamos Community Winds

The Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW) would like to invite you to, “Joyride! A Journey in Music” at 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 24 at Crossroads Bible Church.

The Winds will perform selections from several renowned composers including Leonard Bernstein, Percy Grainger, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, John Philip Sousa, Robert W. Smith, Franz von Suppé and Michael Markowski.

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centenary, LACW will continue

Hungrytown Comes To Los Alamos

on February 18, 2018 - 10:13am

Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson make up the celebrated acoustic duo Hungrytown. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

The Los Alamos County Library System presents the celebrated acoustic duo Hungrytown, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

This is a free concert sponsored by the Los Alamos County Library System and the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

Last July, Hungrytown returned from a successful six-and-a-half-month tour of the US, UK and New Zealand, covering over 16,000 miles in the US alone.

Los Alamos Choral Society Meet & Greet Tuesday!

on February 17, 2018 - 8:45am
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
For Los Alamos Choral Society

Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) will hold a brief "meet and greet" party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the social area of the United Church of Los Alamos to welcome the choir's new director, Steve Paxton.

Paxton holds a bachelor's degree in music (with an emphasis in composition) from the University of North Texas, a master's degree in music (composition and voice) from North Texas, and a doctorate in fine arts from Texas Tech University.

He was on the faculty of the School of Music at Texas Tech from 1981 to 2003, and he was department

Los Alamos Big Band Valentine’s Dance At Fuller Lodge Tonight

on February 17, 2018 - 7:57am
 
MUSIC News:
 
The Los Alamos Big Band is presenting a Valentine’s Dance 7-9 p.m. tonight at Fuller Lodge.
 
Admission is $15/couple, $10/single, and $5/student. Admission is free for middle-school children and younger with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the door. Come dance to a variety of Big Band favorites, including romantic Valentine’s Day tunes, or just relax and listen!
 
The Los Alamos Big Band is a 16-instrument 1940s Glenn Miller-style swing band that plays for public events, weddings, conventions, fund raisers, and more. The band has been playing at dances

In And Around Town: Feb. 20

on February 15, 2018 - 12:59am
 
In and Around Town:
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to Kirsten@ladailypost.com.​​​​​​​
 
TUESDAY Feb. 20
 
Lunch with a Leader
This month’s Lunch with a Leader, an event for the community hosted by the League of Women Voters is 11:45 a.m. at Mesa Public Library. The speaker is Andrew Harnden who has been working as the County's Housing & Special Projects manager since July 2016. To order a $10 lunch from the Co+op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.231.8286 or email her at

Canceled: Lady Luck Runs Out On ‘Guys And Dolls’

on February 14, 2018 - 11:55am

LALO News:

The remodeling of the Duane Smith Auditorium will not be complete in time for the opening of Los Alamos Light Opera’s production of “Guys and Dolls” scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23.

“In keeping with the gambling theme of ‘Guys and Dolls’, LA Light Opera continued to create sets, costume the cast, and rehearse the orchestra, hoping the auditorium would be open in time, as the “beep-beep” of construction hoists continued in the background … but luck ran out on the guys and the dolls,” said Laurie Tomlinson, LALO president and “Guys and Dolls” director.

Los Alamos Light Opera is

USAF Academy Band Falconaires Plays Los Alamos

on February 14, 2018 - 7:34am

USAF News

The United States Air Force Academy Band - The Falconaires jazz ensemble from Colorado Springs will perform a free concert at 3 p.m., Feb. 25 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

The concert evening will feature an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary jazz repertoire that celebrates our national heritage.

The concert is free and open to the public. Ticket distribution begins today at Smith’s Marketplace customer service desk.

In the event that Duane Smith Auditorium’s new renovations are not completed in time for the performance, the Los Alamos Middle School’s Gymnasium will be

Los Alamos Big Band Hosts Valentine’s Dance

on February 13, 2018 - 3:30pm

Los Alamos Big Band presents a Valentine's Dance Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

 

COMMUNITY News:

 

The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Valentine’s Dance 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Fuller Lodge.

 

Admission is $15 for couple, $10 for individuals and $5 for students. Admission is free for middle-school children and younger with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the door. Come dance to a variety of Big Band favorites, including romantic Valentine’s Day tunes, or just relax and listen!

 

The Los Alamos Big Band is a 16-instrument 1940s Glenn Miller-style swing band

LAAC Announces Upcoming Events

on February 10, 2018 - 7:15am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) announces its upcoming events. LAAC is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that for 50 years has supported creative arts activities in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.

For more information, visit LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org or call 505.663.0477.

FEBRUARY:

Monday Feb. 12

  • Arts Forum at noon in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge

MARCH:

Thursday March 1

  • Deadline to receive proposals for the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture in Music. The inaugural lecture is Saturday, Sept. 22.

Wednesday March 7

  • Brown Bag Performance noon to 1 p.m.

LAAC Offers Chamber Music To Connect Community

on February 9, 2018 - 5:23pm
The Apple Hill String Quartet will hold a master class and concert March 22 in Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring the event. Courtesy photo
 
By PATRICK NEHER
Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director

What is the Great Connector of people in Los Alamos (beside science)? Music! Yes, especially classical chamber music!

Back in the 70’s, there was a gathering of string players in my mother’s living room, enthusiastically sawing away at the music of Haydn (a string quartet, if my memory serves well) and, while the melodies were clear and bright from the violins and cello,

‘Carmina Burana’ In LAMS Gym 7 P.M. Saturday

on February 8, 2018 - 8:41am
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
For Los Alamos Choral Society

At times in the last couple of weeks, the Los Alamos production of Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” has seemed like a traveling show—but it has now found a home.

“Carmina” was originally scheduled to be presented in the Duane Smith Auditorium, but as the show day approached, it became apparent that construction on the lobby of the auditorium would not be completed in time to allow for last-week rehearsals or the performance itself.

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and his staff found an unusual but practical

LACA Concert An Experience To Remember

on January 29, 2018 - 12:49pm
István Várdai. Courtesy photo
 
By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

Bringing back István Várdai for the Jan. 21 Los Alamos Concert Association's  cello concert with pianist Shai Wosner provided the audience with a thrilling afternoon. Their choice of works gave us the opportunity to hear wonderful compostitions that are rarely heard. Works by Eastern European composers, Kodály’s Sonatina and Janácek’s Pohadka, are pieces that we have probably not heard before.

My earliest memory of an outstanding cellist in performance is Antonio Janigro with the band that he created in Zagreb, I Solisti di

This Week At Pajarito Mountain

on January 29, 2018 - 9:24am
PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:
 
Pajarito Mountain has Mushroom, Zero Road East and the Beginner’s area open. The NEW Magic Carpet and the Beginner Lift are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations.
 
Lift ticket prices are $24 for all ages. For the snow report and ticket info, click here.
 
Upcoming Events (click here for our calendar):
 
The Feb. 3, USASA Southwest Freeride Series slalom and giant slalom competition has been moved to Sipapu. Find out more at SouthwestFreerideSeries.com or here.
 
Feb. 10 features Pajarito’s ongoing Beer & Band series.

LAPS Foundation Sends LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn To World’s Largest Music Conference

on January 27, 2018 - 6:55am

LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn with his students. Courtesy/LAPS Foundation

LAPS FOUNDATION News:

Last fall, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded nearly $11,000 for LAPS educators to pursue professional development opportunities in their fields. One of the recipients, Los Alamos Middle School Band Director Ryan Finn, recently attended the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

The renowned conference hosts thousands of music educators from around the country who work together attending workshops, clinics, and other professional

Cooperation Provides Venue For ‘Carmina Burana’

on January 26, 2018 - 6:19am

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
For Los Alamos Choral Society

Notice to Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) supporters:

“Carmina Burana” is moving to a new location. It will not be performed at the Duane Smith Auditorium on Feb. 10, but it will be presented on that same day, at 7 p.m., at the Los Alamos Middle School Gymnasium.

The local production of Carl Orff's massive choral and orchestral interpretation of a collection of medieval songs was scheduled to be the first production in the newly renovated Smith Auditorium.

Slaid Cleaves Plays Los Alamos Feb. 16

on January 19, 2018 - 7:34am

Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves

MUSIC News:

Raised in Maine, Slaid Cleaves will visit Los Alamos in February by way of Austin, Texas where he is a respected part of the Americana music scene that thrives there. Cleaves will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Fuller Lodge

With songwriting reminiscent of that of John Prine and Steve Earle, Cleaves has spent nearly 30 years introducing his listeners to characters often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily life and stardom obsessed America.

EVOG Presents ‘Posole Mio’ At The Delta Sunday

on January 17, 2018 - 8:32am

EVOG News:

It's a new year but you know old friends are the best, so come and catch up with long-time friends ... that's right ... the Espanola Valley Opera Guild has been bringing opera to the community for 50 years at The DELTA.

“Posole Mio” is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at The Delta at 224 N. Paseo de Ornate in Espanola. The community is invited to gather together to eat fabulous posole and celebrate arts and music -- including Spanish music, Broadway tunes, and a youth performance.

Charles MacKay, the outgoing general director of The Santa Fe Opera, will be joining the event.

Tell

Española Humane Celebrates Animal Lovers With Los Lobos Concert Feb. 9

on January 16, 2018 - 5:42am
Los Lobos. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
Come dance and celebrate the month of love with the legendary music of Los Angeles-based band Los Lobos.
 
This benefit concert for Española Humane kicks off the 2018 concert season 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. 201 Marcy St., Santa Fe. Tickets are $35 in advance and on sale now at https://tickets.holdmyticket.com or by calling 505.886.1251. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show. VIP meet-and-greet tickets are $149. For 21 and over: Beer and wine is available with valid ID. Limited seating and

Classical Music World: It’s A Strad!

on January 14, 2018 - 6:26am
István Várdai and his Stradivarius cello. Courtesy/LACA

Classical Music World
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

Every so often, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents an instrument that has more name recognition than the musician playing it.

István Várdai, who is scheduled to perform here Jan. 21, is not a household name in this country (he’s Hungarian and a big deal there) but his cello is named for three famous people. 

The first famous name is Antonio Stradivari who is so universally known as a maker of fine string instruments that just saying “It’s a Strad” is enough to convey that

NMSA Orchestra And Choir Featured As Honors Ensembles At Music Educators Association Conference

on January 11, 2018 - 7:34am
NMMEA News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) orchestra and choir are being featured as the 2018 Honor Choir and Honor Orchestra at the New Mexico Music Educators Association annual conference. 
 
The students will perform at 3 p.m. Jan. 11, at Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico. The NMSA choir and orchestra will be performing for 1,500 music students and educators from around the state of New Mexico.  
 
Each year NMMEA accepts taped recordings of the groups competing for this prestigious recognition.

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