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Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 8

on June 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Los Alamos Concert Association Board member and friend Dorothy Amsden asked me what happens to the competitors in the Cliburn Competition who are eliminated at the end of each round. “Do they remain for the rest of the competition or do they return home, tail between the legs, poor things?” she wondered.

While there must certainly be some tremendous disappointment, these pianists are not neophytes.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 7

on June 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Cliburn finalists, standing, from left, Americans Daniel Hsu and Kenneth Broberg, South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, Russian Yuri Favorin, and seated: Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia. Courtesy Photo 


Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
It was a long and busy last day in the Cliburn Competition semi-final round.

Kenneth Broberg of the U.S. shot up in my estimation after a magisterial performance of the Liszt B-minor sonata.  Italian Leonardo Pierdomenico sank just a little after a nice but not stellar recital.

Brown Bag Performance Series Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quintet Today

on June 7, 2017 - 7:19am
LAAC News:
Always free, always entertaining, take a lunch break at the Brown Bag Performance series in Fuller Lodge. 
Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, these concerts have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community. Performances are noon, usually on the first Wednesday of each month but dates may vary. Brown Bag is funded in part by the County of Los Alamos.
For the June 7 Brown Bag, LAAC presents Los Alamos/Santa Fe

UNM-LA Offers Intro To Opera June 12-July 24

on June 6, 2017 - 5:09pm

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 6

on June 6, 2017 - 10:01am

Russian competitor Georgy Tchaidze enjoys a standing ovation with Fort Worth Symphony conductor Nicholas McGegan. Courtesy Photo 

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, the only woman still in the Cliburn contention. Courtesy photo


Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

At this point in the Cliburn Competition, the jury has heard more than 52 hours of music and there are many hours to go. Committing to serve on a Cliburn jury is a major commitment for people who already have busy performing and teaching schedules.

The 10-member jury headed by Chairman and

Fiesta At Chimayo Museum Sunday, June 11

on June 5, 2017 - 1:16pm
Celebrate culture, community, and SUMMER! Enjoy live acoustic Northern New Mexico roots music from 1-4 p.m., with Lone Piñon -- plus children's activities, a senior citizens' arts and crafts show, free snacks, and museum tours.
The Chimayó Museum is located behind Ortega’s Weaving Shop off Santa Fe County Road 98 (Juan Medina Road), near the intersection with Highway 76. Presented by Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association, chimayomuseum.com505.351.0945.
We reached out to a group of seniors from our local senior center -- most of whom didn't even know there

Tuesdays At The Pond Entertainment Series Begins June 6 With The Bus Tapes At 7 p.m. At Ashley Pond Park

on June 5, 2017 - 10:51am

Tuesdays at the Pond Entertainment Series kicks off the season Tuesday night with The Bus Tapes at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo


The Tuesdays at the Pond Entertainment Series kicks off the season Tuesday night with The Bus Tapes. Brought to you by the Los Alamos Creative District, the concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park stage.

Two time New Mexico Music Award winners, husband and wife duo Case and Heather Tanner, bring together a range of talented musicians for fun and interactive shows, taking audiences by the hand and leading them

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 5

on June 5, 2017 - 10:34am

South Korean Yekwan Sunwoo impressed with a beautiful performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in the Cliburn semi-final round. Courtesy photo

Canadian Tony Yike Yang, 18, is the youngest Cliburn competitor. Courtesy photo

Italian competitor Leonardo Pierdomenico acknowledges a standing ovation after his performance with the Fort Worth Symphony under the direction of Nicholas McGehan. Courtesy photo
LACA Artistic Director

The audience during the Cliburn Competition has been admirably silent.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo


Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Scenes From Friday's Summer Concert

on June 4, 2017 - 6:57am
The Coral Creek Band performs at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Young dancers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Houdini's serves up popcorn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Summer Concert crowd Friday evening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Young ladies follow a path in Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Lensic Presents 2017/2018 Season

on June 4, 2017 - 6:55am

Courtesy image 



SANTA FE—Lensic Executive Director Joel Aalberts has announced the lineup for the 2017/2018 season of the nonprofit performing arts center’s Lensic Presents original programming series.


The season kicks off Aug. 26 with a concert from bluegrass/country legend Ricky Skaggs and his longtime band, Kentucky Thunder, and continues through May 3, 2018, with a diverse and exciting lineup of music, theater, dance and family events.


“We have stars of Latin, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and classical music, plus live theater, two cutting-edge dance companies, and

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 3

on June 3, 2017 - 7:20am

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Daniel Hsu, one of the youngest competitors at age 19, studies at the Curtis Institute. Courtesy photo 

South Korean competitor Dasol Kim, 28, studies at the Hochshule fur Musik in Hanover, Germany. Courtesy photo 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The penultimate round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is finally under way. Twelve semi-finalists will each play a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Last night 19-year-old Daniel Hsu, one of the two Americans still

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 2

on June 2, 2017 - 6:34am

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin reports on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. Courtesy Photo
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Downtown Fort Worth is all gussied up for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Banners line the streets. The Cliburn logo is everywhere. Even the crosswalks in front of the Bass Concert Hall are painted to look like keyboards. For a city that is famous for its stockyards, these Texans sure take their music seriously!

We arrived here Thursday morning on an easy

Choral Creek Band Plays Ashley Pond 7 p.m. Today!

on June 2, 2017 - 6:15am
The Choral Creek Band performs at 7 p.m. today at  Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/Elliot Siff Photography
Concert promoter

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents the excellent Colorado Front Rage group, The Choral Creek Band today, June 2 at Ashley Pond Park. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. The weather calls for a clear and nice night. We’re calling for rock and roll!

The Choral Creek Band play high energy shows of bluegrass, newgrass, country-rock, blues, jazz, jamband and unique renditions of traditional and Americana classics. Check them out on

Candyman ‘Micro Store’ Opens In Los Alamos

on June 1, 2017 - 1:15pm
Nick Hudson, left, and owner Rand Cook offer all manner of musical goodies to customers at The Candyman’s micro store in the Portage Building on DP Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Candyman has been serving the Santa Fe music community for 48 years. Now Candyman has come to Los Alamos in the form of what Candyman’s owner Rand Cook calls a “micro store,” at 200 DP Road in the Portage Building. The store is open 3-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 1

on June 1, 2017 - 8:40am

Van Cliburn in 1959, the only classical musician to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York. Courtesy photo

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

It happens every four years. Competitors vie for medals as fans cheer. Paparazzi swarm about. It isn’t the Olympics. It’s the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! The competition is underway right now and I will be reporting to you from Fort Worth every day.

The story of the competition’s birth is legendary and begins in Moscow.  

In 1958, at the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union wanted to

Mary Badarak Conducts Final Concert

on May 31, 2017 - 5:13am

Mary Badarak, long-time conductor of the Los Alamos Choral Society, performed her final concert Sunday. She is retiring. Photo by Carl Newton/Courtesy




Sunday, a large crowd of music-lovers and well-wishers were in the United Church of Los Alamos when Mary Badarak, long-time conductor of the Los Alamos Choral Society, directed the Choral Society for the last time.


The concert—14 short songs featuring six that Badarak had arranged and three that she had composed—was a success that brought the crowd to its feet to join in a thundering rendition of

LAAC Offers Sweet Treat At Brown Bag Show June 7

on May 31, 2017 - 4:54am

Members of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quartet prepare for their upcoming Brown Bag Show. Courtesy Photo



Los Alamos Daily Post 


Viola musician and member of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quintet Brian Newnam describes chamber music as like dessert.


“Musicians love to play chamber music,” he said, explaining there is no conductor and musicians get the opportunity to play with friends. “Amateur musicians play chamber music for their enjoyment.”


The community will be able to enjoy the intimacy of chamber music themselves when the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String

Tuesdays At The Pond Series Returns For 2017 Season

on May 30, 2017 - 5:51pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The summer staple “Tuesdays at the Pond” will be returning to the Ashley Pond stage at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning June 6.

This year’s summer entertainment series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and there’s sure to be something for everyone! Performances will range all the way from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.

The following acts will be part of the excitement from June to August this year:

  • June 6: The Bus Tapes
  • June 13: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
  • June

Big Stars To Perform In Festival Chispa 2017

on May 30, 2017 - 3:13pm

Grammy award-winning artist Gaby Moreno will peform at the Festival Chispa 2017 at 8 p.m., June 24. Courtesy Photo 


Las Cafeterias will peform at the Festival Chispa 2017. Courtesy/

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The National Hispanic Cultural Center, in partnership with Avokado Artists, presents Festival Chispa 2017.

The event features Latin Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and her band, along with the incredibly fresh, multi-faceted Latin alternative and Chicano activist group Las Cafeteras at 8 p.m. June 24 in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

The event

Tribute To Russ Gordon Placed In Congressional Record

on May 28, 2017 - 7:45am
Russ Gordon with Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler after the reading of the ‘Tribute to Russ Gordon’ Friday at the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park, which U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich placed in the Congressional Record. Chandler read the Tribute and presented Gordon with an official copy of the transcript, which he is holding. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


U.S. Sen.

Scenes From Friday's Summer Concert

on May 28, 2017 - 6:35am
Dancers move to Deke Dickerson and his band Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Deke Dickerson sings a rock-a-billy tune. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Concert producer Russ Gordon chats with concert-goers. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Up a tree. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Walzing to the music. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Super Girl surveys the crowd. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Close to nature. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Heinrich To Highlight Community-Driven Economic Development, Meet With Veterans In Los Alamos

on May 26, 2017 - 6:47am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office Of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

  • Heinrich to discuss importance of national parks and small businesses, meet with local veteran groups

SANTA FE Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to Los Alamos and Española. During his visit, he will make a special announcement about the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and host a discussion on the economic impact of New Mexico’s growing craft beer and wine industries to highlight new ways to diversify the local economy.

Heinrich also will meet with local

Los Alamos Choral Society Concert May 28

on May 24, 2017 - 5:27pm
Mary Badarak
Los Alamos Choral Society

When Mary Badarak steps up to lead the Los Alamos Choral Society's 2017 spring concert Sunday, she will be presenting a showcase of her work—not only as a director, but as a composer and arranger as well.

Badarak will be retiring from Choral Society after this concert, "Broadway to Beatles to Badarak and Beyond," which is scheduled at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at the United Church of Los Alamos. (Tickets, $15 for adults and free for students, are available now at CB FOX, and will be available at the door Sunday.)

This year,

HillStrummers Participate In Las Cruces UkeFest

on May 24, 2017 - 8:02am

The Organ Mountains are reflected in the window behind the BESC Hillstrummers Ukulele group photo. Back row from left, Dan Gerth, Sabine Shurter, Jan Littleton, Jowilla Forman, Holly Kenney and Ruth Lier. Front row from left, Doris Ford, Diane Little, Patricia Rathbone, Yvonne Trujillo, Elise Lee and Irene Powell. Attendees not present for photo, Janet Harris, Darlene Potter and retiring instructor Kathleen Galbraith of Chama. Photo by Doris Ford


Fourteen members of the Betty Ehardt Senior Center Hillstrummers Ukulele group and their instructor participated in the three day