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Hear favorite holiday tunes Saturday

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By Kirsten Laskey

Around the holidays, music seems to fill the air. Contributing to sounds that float through the airwaves will be a brass holiday concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Admission is free.

Brass musicians Dave and Deniece Korzekwa, Rex Hjelm, Larry Bronisz, Ted Vives, Pete Forman, Eli Berg and Jerry Morzinski will perform a mixture of sacred and secular Christmas music.

Morzinski said the songs should be familiar to everyone in the audience, but hearing these pieces from low brass instruments, which include tubas and euphoniums, gives them a special quality.

He admits that because he is more familiar with the sounds and arrangements for low brass, he is a little biased. However, ‘I think there is a long tradition of putting together tunes for brass musicians especially at this time of year … (it) just has a nice sound, I think.”

The brass Christmas concert has been held for eight years. Morzinski said the concert has not always been held at the Catholic Church, just during the past three years.

Other times, musicians have performed at the Mesa Public Library, Aspen Lodge and CB Fox.

Morzinski explained he got the idea for the concert after learning about similar shows in other areas. “I heard of other places where there is an event that puts together that voice of instruments (low brass instruments) ... I kind of liked that idea,” he said.

Deniece Korzekwa added, hosting a tuba Christmas is popular in many areas. She said she believes there is a large tuba Christmas concert in San Francisco. So it’s nice to bring this event to Los Alamos.

“It’s a little bit of a different tradition,” she said.

Morzinksi organized a group of brass players and started the concert in Los Alamos.

He said he has enjoyed offering this concert to the community. “I like the mellow sounds … low brass (has) a more mellow, softer sound. I just like that combination because you don’t hear it that often.”

Hjelm has performed in the concert five or six years and he said he also enjoys being a part of the show. “It’s Christmas time and I really do enjoy playing for people,” he said. “I love performing.

Deniece Korzekwa added she enjoys being a part of the show, “Because I think that Christmas music sounds really nice on low, mellow instruments.”

Morzinski encourages the community to come out to the concert. “On one level, it would be nice if we weren’t playing for an empty church,” he joked. “I think it’s music people enjoy … people may of heard some pieces of it in the 1950s and 1960s but there will be newer things as well. There will be something for everyone to enjoy,” Morzinski  said.

Hjelm added, “It’s part of the community, part of the season. It’s a good time for families to get together and neighbors and such.”