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Los Alamos Symphony kicks off Winterfest

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By Tris DeRoma

Those planning to attend the annual Holiday Pops Concert this Friday evening at the Crossroads Bible Church, better brush up on their conducting skills. There may be a test.

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The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will choose one person through a raffle to conduct the 60-member orchestra for one song during the concert.

The program will also feature a singalong.

Songs for this year’s concert will be:

“From the Realms of Glory,” “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “A Christmas Festival,” “Trepak,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Jingle Bells,” “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Christmas Sing-a-Long” and “Sleigh Ride.”

LASO Conductor David Chavez said choosing the songs was a collaborative effort with LASO President David Korzekwa.

“Overall, it was a collaborative effort between he and I, with songs that haven’t been done, with those that have been done traditionally in years past,” Chavez said.

This is one of the orchestra members’ favorite concerts. The concert will be a first for many in the orchestra.

Ralph Marquez has his drum kit ready to go. This is his second year with the orchestra, and he wouldn’t miss it for anything, he said.

“It’s always a blast helping this group,” he said.

From Las Vegas, this will be his second Holiday Pops Concert with the band. He said his first concert was quite an experience, and he’s sure this year’s audience will have a blast.

“It was very lively, very well attended,” he said.

This concert will be the first for Marquez’s colleague, George Price. He’s only been with the orchestra for a couple of months, but he’s up for the challenge.

“I love music,” he said. A class of ‘71 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Price, is looking forward to showing off his skills in the town he calls home.

“I grew up here and played percussion nearly my entire life,” he said.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are accepted. The concert begins at 7 p.m., and will be one of the first events that kick of Los Alamos’ Winterfest celebration this weekend. Crossroads Bible Church is located at 97 East Road.