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Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Different Styles Mark Cliburn Competitors

on June 6, 2013 - 8:04am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong closes the semifinals of the Cliburn Competition. The judges are scheduled to announce the finalists at 11:30 p.m., well past our bedtime, but for this we will stay wide awake.

That all of these pianists have formidable technical skills is a given. Pyrotechnics abound. But I have decided that the competitors fall into two broad categories.


Warren Hood Band Kicks Off Chamberfest Weekend

on June 6, 2013 - 7:51am
The Warren Hood Band. Courtesy photo


A busy weekend is coming up for the Summer Concert Series,  starting with the Warren Hood Band playing at the corner of Central and Main St., Friday, June 7.

The stage will be in from of  the Post Office for CB Fox, Dixie Girl and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Night.

Warren Hood Band,  out of Austin, Tex. plays a fantastic fusion of rock, country, bluegrass, swing, jazz, classical and acoustic American roots music. Count on lots of good dancin’ and romancin’ if you treat your partner right.

Warren Hood is the original fiddler/violinist and

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Behind the Scenes at the Semifinals

on June 4, 2013 - 10:53am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has been called the Piano Olympics. There are similarities.

Both are quadrennial. Both attract competitors from around the globe. Both generate constant rumblings about biased judges, which suggests that playing the piano has more in common with gymnastics or figure skating than with, say, running marathons.

Emily Silks Presents Senior Recital Wednesday

on June 4, 2013 - 6:50am

Emily Silks. Courtesy photo


Emily Silks will present her Senior Music Recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday June 5 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Silks will perform on marimba, piano, drum set, cajon, djembe and other assorted percussion instruments. The program will include music ranging from Bach to the Beatles.

She will perform alongside her teachers Joe Cox and Steve Iliff as well as friends Nate Hall and Kile Uhlenbrock. Her brother Andrew will join her on acoustic and electric guitar and her mother Valerie will play a piano duet with her. Silks

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Getting Underway

on June 3, 2013 - 9:13am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Every four years, Fort Worth throws a big party called the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They do it Texas-style. The center of town is awash in the Cliburn logo. I’ve seen it on banners, t-shirts, cupcakes, pashmina shawls, notepads, and mugs.
The polished ladies of the Fort Worth Junior League are everywhere transporting official guests from the airport, welcoming them to the Bass Concert Hall and making sure that everyone gets a big Texas smile.
Fort Worth decks itself out for

Scenic Roots Plays Los Alamos June 10

on June 2, 2013 - 7:54am
Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. These sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian, and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle and clawhammer banjo.

Scenic Roots will be in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, for a concert at Morning Glory Bakery. This show is part of the sister duo’s nine-state spring 2013 concert tour. Both sisters have degrees in commercial music from the renowned bluegrass program at South Plains College.

Amber’s musical journey began when she started playing fiddle when

Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Introduction

on June 1, 2013 - 10:07am
Posts Live from Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
By ANN McLaughlin
On a spring day in 1958, a gangling young man perched atop the back seat of an open Chrysler Imperial as it rolled down 5th Avenue in New York.  Confetti and ticker tape swirled down. People packed the sidewalks and strained to catch a glimpse of him. He was not a visiting head of state, or a military hero, or a sports luminary. He was an American, he was a pianist and he had just won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

The Tchaikovsky Competition was conceived as a demonstration

Richard Hannemann's Music To Benefit Posse Lodge

on May 31, 2013 - 8:19am

Staff Report

There was a time when Richard Hannemann was billed as "The Rocky Mountain Balladeer.”

He’ll be returning to those roots when he plays 7-11 a.m., Sunday at the Posse Lodge Cowboy Pancake Breakfast. 

“There will be music and a money jar. Everything that goes in it, I will be donating to the Posse to help with their unexpected expenses,” Hannemann said. I'm hoping we fill it.”

The Sheriff’s Posse is facing expensive repairs to the septic system and the kitchen at the Posse Lodge. 

The program, “The Frontier,” will include several songs and instrumentals Hannemann has written

Mambo to Los Pinguos Friday at the Pond

on May 30, 2013 - 8:55am

Los Pinguos play Ashley Pond Friday. Courtesy photo


Los Pinguos play Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. Friday for the 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

The band is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and they play a mix of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba, tango, flamenco and rock. The music is very energetic, fun, sexy, fiery and passionate. All right! It’s the third Friday night party of the Series!

I looked up Los Pinguos in the Spanish-English dictionary. Nada. On the computer, I only found an outstanding band from Buenos Aires.


Preview Santa Fe Opera 2013 Season at UNM-LA!

on May 29, 2013 - 2:55pm

Taos School of Music Concerts Are Family Affordable

on May 25, 2013 - 6:25am

Staff Report:

The Borremeo String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, and the Shanghai Quartet – all internationally-sought artists commanding the world’s top venues – are guest artists on the 2013 summer schedule at Taos School of Music.

In addition, renowned pianists Robert McDonald and Thomas Sauer, as well as violist Michael Tree, founding member of the Guarnari String Quartet, also will perform during the June 16 - Aug. 4 season.

Best of all, tickets to these superb concerts are affordable, at $20 per adult and $10 for children under 16, so the entire family can enjoy a memorable


Hannemann's Music Corner: What About Music? (Part 1)

on May 24, 2013 - 6:16am
Hannemann's Music Corner: What About Music? (Part 1)
I've been attending the final concerts of the school bands and orchestras and it has been a real treat.
We grow some very talented kids here. More importantly, we encourage kids to develop their own talents. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding and the musical pudding our kids have been cooking up is very sweet indeed.
Somewhere along the line, one wonders, "gee, if I knew then what I know now, what would I change?" For me, the answer is simple – I would put as much time into my clarinet as I put into

Inspirational Concert Fills IHM Church

on May 23, 2013 - 12:19pm

Community members begin to find seats for Sunday's concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church, which raised funds for the Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Performing 'Memorare' are from left, David Moore, John Machuzak, Randy Erickson, Rene LeClaire, Julie Habiger, Viera Moore, Adrienne Borrego, Claudine Kasunic, Laura Erickson, Cathy Morzinski and Ruth Doyle. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Mezzo Soprano Julie Habiger performs 'Blessings' as her husband Kerry, left, and son Andrew listen during Sunday's benefit concert

The Red Elvises Bring the Party to Los Alamos

on May 22, 2013 - 1:34pm

The Red Elvises during their 2012 World Tour. Courtesy photo


Igor and the Red Elvises, “your favorite band,” will perform in the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Ashley Pond.

You don’t get this “favorite bandthing? I had a hard time with it when they told me they were my favorite band, after hearing only one song. That was about eight years ago. “You’re not my favorite band!,” I said. The Rolling Stones, the White Stripes and any band with Ray Wylie Hubbard or Delbert McClinton or Levon Helm in it were my favorites at that time.


Bazan Plays Local Living Room Concert May 26

on May 21, 2013 - 8:13am
David Bazan plays the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

David Bazan, an indie singer-songwriter from Seattle, is touring around the country playing in individuals’ living rooms. Bazan will give one of these intimate concerts at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26 in Los Alamos.

Bazan will play for about an hour and a half, stopping between songs for questions. This is a great opportunity to talk to the artist directly about his music. Tickets can be purchased at the following link:

Once tickets

Los Alamos Choral Society Spring Concert May 26

on May 20, 2013 - 6:54am

Los Alamos Choral Society in rehearsal at United Church. Photo by TK Thompson/

LACS News:

To conclude its 70th anniversary season, the Los Alamos Choral Society is presenting its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May at the United Church of Los Alamos.

The concert entitled “Encore!  Favorites Through The Years” will include music from past performances; from the 1970s through the past decade.

Included in this program are:

  • “How Can I Keep From Singing”, an American folk hymn arranged by Ronald Staheli,
  • Frostiana”, poems by Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thomson,

Hundreds Attend Season's First Summer Concert

on May 18, 2013 - 8:58am

John Hughes with Bear, his 5-year-old Pomeranian at the first Gordons' Summer Concert of the Season Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. Several hundred people turned out to hear Indie rockers 'What Made Milwaukee Famous" from Austin, Texas, kick off the 24th year of the concert series. Look for a gallery of photos from the concert later this weekend in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local photographer Skip Wecksung finds a unique vantage point between two roadies to photograph Indie rockers 'What Made Milwaukee Famous' at Gordons' Concert Friday evening

Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund Concert 4 p.m. Sunday at IHM

on May 17, 2013 - 10:49am

IHM News:

The public is invited to attend an upcoming musical concert hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church of Los Alamos -- the third in its series of free concerts to raise money for the Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at IHM, and will showcase the talents of a number of fine musicians from IHM and other churches and musical groups from around northern New Mexico.

Among the featured groups will be an accapella group of twelve voices “Memorare” (meaning ‘To Remember’) formed from experienced singers who were

Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Tonight!

on May 17, 2013 - 7:39am

The Austin Indie band 'What Made Milwaukee Famous' opens the Summer Concert Series Friday. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series opens at 7 p.m. Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock with Indie rockers "What Made Milwaukee Famous" from Austin, Texas.

The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is coordinated and managed by Russ Gordon of Gordons' Concerts. This series of Friday evening concerts-in-the-park spans the summer from late May into early September and is held at various locations around Los Alamos County.

Grease is the Word at 7 p.m. May 20!

on May 15, 2013 - 9:09am

Grease is the word! Since the start of year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of ballroom dance and will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the Dwayne Smith Auditorium. LAHS teacher Natasha Barkhudarova teaches her students the fundamentals of dance and performance and in this case, the dances were inspired by the musical Grease. The students dance everything from the convivial quickstep to the passionate rumba. There will be singing and dancing and everything in between during the show. Anyone who hasn't seen Grease will find not only

Hannemann's Music Corner: A Little Light Summer Reading List

on May 15, 2013 - 6:50am
Hannemann's Music Corner: A little light Summer Reading List
Over the many years various books on music have found their way into my library. Often I've found these at a used bookstore, or a thrift store, sometimes they have been a gift, sometimes they were recommended.
They usually show up when I need them. I keep prowling for more and some I've found at Friends of the Bookstore.
Here are all the books I currently have in my music library.

Stones in His Pockets: Final Weekend!

on May 14, 2013 - 7:25am

'So Hard' - Movie star Caroline Giovanni (Christina Martos) comforts a reluctant Jake Quinn (John Cullinan) after tragedy strikes. Courtesy photo
LALT News:
The Los Alamos Little Theatre's May production, Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones, will run for two more performances at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.
A deceptively serene rural Irish town is suddenly overrun with Hollywood moviemakers out to make the next great Irish blockbuster film.

Letter to the Editor: I'm 'Noisy; Unpleasant Child's' Parent

on May 13, 2013 - 9:23am
Trumpet player and parent of two
Los Alamos
I'm coming clean. I am the parent of the "noisy and unpleasant child" at the performance of Beethoven's Ninth. Shame on me for not keeping her under control!
I would have liked to remove her from the audience, but my husband and I were both playing in the band. We spend a lot of time rehearsing, and our kids wanted to hear us play. We want to teach them about music and give them opportunities to hear live music.
But they were noisy. I heard it, too.
Unfortunately, it was a situation where there was nothing I could

Fly High at Los Alamos Kite Festival

on May 12, 2013 - 10:02am

Musicians entertain the crowd at the 2012 Los Alamos Kite Festival. Courtesy/LAAC

LAAC News:

Looking back at your childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with your friends? Gazing at the sky making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?

For the 16th year, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Los Alamos Kite Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 17-19 at the Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to come and join the festivities.