Memorial concert earns new organ

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The public is invited to attend an upcoming musical concert hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church of Los Alamos — to dedicate the new organ recently installed at IHM in the memory of Catherine LeClaire. The concert will be 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at IHM and will showcase the talents of organist Maxine Thévenot.
Dr. Thévenot (maxinethevenot.com) hailed across North America and Europe for her skilful, musical playing and inventive programming.
Recognized for her excellence as a recording artist, Maxine Thévenot has released 12 CDs. Her recent solo release, recorded on the Hellmuth Wolff Organ of Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC, Canada, was praised by Jean-Yves Duperron of Classical Music Sentinel.
Currently, serving as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, Dr. Thévenot is designing a program of music especially appropriate to the dedication of this new organ in the name of LeClaire.
Donations to the Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be gratefully accepted. IHM Catholic Church is located at 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
For more information, visit the IHM website at ihmcc.org.
LeClaire was part of the fabric of our lives in Los Alamos and White Rock for more than 25 years.
She was a loving wife and mother, a woman of great faith and a very talented musician and artist. She loved sharing her gifts with the people around her, donating her artistic and musical talents to IHM and a number of organizations around the county.
Her valiant struggle against cancer was a grief felt by many. It is fitting that IHM’s new organ will bear her name as a testament to her love of music, dedication to the community and her Catholic faith.
The decision was made some time ago to lay the necessary groundwork leading to the purchase of a new organ for the next generation of worshipers and sacred music lovers at IHM.