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Hear Christmas tunes from around the world Sunday

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By Special to the Monitor

“Jingle Bells”, “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night” – these are all well-known Christmas carols that people sing in the United States (or at least that have been adopted). But what about other countries?At 2 p.m. Sunday in the Betty Ehart Senior Center, The Los Alamos Community Winds, under the direction of Ted Vives, will answer that question musically with a concert entitled “Christmas Around the World.”While there will be the traditional melodies that everyone knows and loves, the LACW will be performing medleys of German carols, English carols and even a set of Calypso inspired carols during this annual event.“When selecting the music for a Christmas concert, it is always difficult to avoid playing the exact same music year after year,” Vives said. “Although part of the appeal of such concerts is that familiarity, it is also nice to throw in some variety. We hope that this concert will have enough of the standard holiday repertoire to satisfy the audience, but also introduce them to some lesser known melodies.”After coming off a concert in its performance of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” back in October, a concert of familiar Christmas music is a nice respite from the rigors of a more serious concert.“Our Christmas concert is usually much more laid back and we can put it together in just three or four rehearsals,” Vives said. “This is especially important when one considers the number of other events occurring in our community during the holiday season. “So many of our members are involved in both the LASO and LACW, as well as DALA’s production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ that we have an obligation to accommodate all these important activities.”The Los Alamos Community Winds has two more concerts upcoming in the spring. On Feb. 22, the LACW will perform its biennial concert of music from film and television – this time entitled “Friday Night at the Movies.” On May 10, the LACW will present Modest Mussorgsky’s monumental work “Pictures at an Exhibition” along with a gallery of paintings by local artists. Additionally, the concert will feature the winner of the 2008 Student Solo Competition. Both concerts will be held at 7 p.m. pm at White Rock Baptist Church. Please watch the Monitor for further details.