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Coffeehouse music ... coming right up

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By Kirsten Laskey

The Coffeehouse at Fuller Lodge served up slices of cake and helpings of Chamber music for years before shutting down. Now, the music coffeehouse is back open for business and will open its doors to the public at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Fuller Lodge.  The event, which the Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring, will kick off the music at 8:15 p.m.  The program will feature compositions for solos, duos and trios. Violinist and violist Kay Newnam, violinist Martha Caplin, flutist Nancy Andrew and harpist Rosalind Simpson will perform the musical pieces by Bartok, Debussy, Persichetti, Mozart, Massenet and Puccini.  Simpson said the centerpiece of the program is Debussy’s sonata for flute, harp and viola.  “It’s one of the most important chamber music pieces for harp ever written,” Simpson said. “It’s a milestone for harp composition and literature.”  Andrew said while the whole program features strong works, Debussy’s sonata is special. “I’m looking forward to the whole program,” she said. “It’s always a pleasure to perform the Debussy trio. It’s an exquisitely beautiful piece that is artfully written for this particular ensemble (flute, viola and harp) and it’s a special delight to be playing this piece.”  Andrew said, “I’m also looking forward two solo works for flute — ‘Syrinx’ by Debussy and a piece called ‘Kokopeli’ by Katherine Hoover. I’ve performed ‘Kokopeli’ in other parts of the country, but playing it in the homeland of the Anasazi is special.”   “Kokopeli,” Andrew said, plays a special role in surrounding pueblos’ cultures and his image is in petroglyphs, right in the Los Alamos community.  It’s not only about bringing Kokopeli back home — the concert is a homecoming for Andrew, too.  “I grew up in Los Alamos, graduated from Los Alamos High School and have played here occasionally over the years, but not in the past decade,” she said. “Audiences in Los Alamos are special — intelligent, educated, appreciative — and I always enjoy playing in Fuller Lodge.”  Simpson said the concert is important for her as well. “Los Alamos community is special to me,” she said. “Over the years I’ve lived in New Mexico, I’ve performed in numerous capacities in Los Alamos, but not for seven or eight years. Fuller Lodge is also a beautiful place to play. It’s a unique concert environment and the concert is unique. It’s uplifting (and) it’s a lot of fun,” Simpson said.   Simpson and Andrew encourage the public to experience the café for themselves.  “This concert is a rare and special event,” Simpson said. “As Los Alamos concert-goers know, the Coffeehouse concerts have always been special — quality music-making with interesting programming. This concert brings together a particular combination of instruments with the violin, viola, flute and harp. It is the perfect summer evening concert and it’s going to be beautiful summer music.”  Tickets cost $25, which includes a dessert and beverage, and are available at CB Fox Department Store.