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Local guitarist to take the stage for Guitars and Gateaux concert

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By The Staff

For the first time in its history, a local guitarist will take the stage during the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Guitars and Gateaux show.Richard Hannemann, singer/songwriter, guitarist/composer will perform Jan. 24 at Fuller Lodge.Desserts will be served at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.“I’m looking forward to this,” Hannemann said. “After all, I grew up in Los Alamos, and this will be my first major concert here.”The program will be a sampling of Hannemann’s original works in a blended variety of styles. “I find it a bit difficult to just focus on one and only one genre of music. Pop music, art music, the various subdivisions of each – it really doesn’t matter, since music is music and it all sort of wants to blend together,” Hannemann said. “Part of that is simply the fact that there are more than 479 million combinations of the 12 tones. Then there is the matter of the guitar itself, which Segovia once described as being a small orchestra in the hand. Both tend to push one beyond any single aspect of music.”He continued, “I’ll be doing lyric songs and guitar solos. Some of it will have a folk feel, some of it a bit of light jazz, some of it a classical/Spanish feel. Some of it will be stuff I wrote years ago; some of it will be new stuff I haven’t performed anywhere else.”Greg Schneider, organizer for the series, said Hannemann not only grew up in Los Alamos but he is also an educator. “Hannemann’s guitar instruction and methods are quite sound and good,” he said. “He’s interested in the guitar being taken seriously both as a teacher and as a performer.”Schneider added by featuring a local performer who sings as well as plays the guitar, the series is broadened. “I am just trying to broaden it any way I can,” he said. “I am delighted to get anybody local to perform.”Schneider said Hannemann was well received when he performed at the Betty Ehart Senior Center last year. He added Hannemann has been interested in performing in the Guitars and Gateaux series, but this is the first opportunity they have had to include Hannemann in the show.“I hope we get a good crowd to support our local performer. I hope everyone will have a good time,” Schneider said.Hannemann grew up in Los Alamos, graduating from Los Alamos High in 1969. He has been performing extensively since then; he played throughout the 1970s and early 1980s based in New Mexico, and for the past 20 years, based in California. Hannemann has published a CD album, “The Musician,” a music/songbook of the same title, and the first volume in his guitar series “Music and Guitar,” which evolved from a column he wrote in the early 1990s. Following the closure of Los Alamos Music, he has opened a new music retail business in Los Alamos, Hannemann Music.Regarding the upcoming concert, Hannemann said, “It will be me, the guitar, the music and good folks in a casually comfortable setting. Best kind of gig there is.”Tickets for the show are $10 for Los Alamos Arts Council members, and $15 for non-members.