Taking center stage

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By Kirsten Laskey

At the upcoming Los Alamos Community Winds concert, two seasoned performers will be featured as soloists – and they haven’t even graduated from high school.

Adam Nekimken, trombonist, and Kathy Lin, pianist, will each perform a solo piece during the concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Baptist Church.

Nekimken, a junior at Los Alamos High School, will perform the first movement of “Prlude et Divertissement” by Robert Clerisse. Nekimken said he has played with LACW since 2003. He explained his music instructor, Ted Vives, is also the director of the community winds and invited Nekimken to join. “And I’ve enjoyed it ever since,” Nekimken said. “(I) just enjoy playing music and having a lot of fun. It’s a really high caliber group, especially for a community (ensemble).”

The experience has taught him to play better in other large ensembles and exposed him to high caliber music, Nekimken said.

In addition to the LACW concert, Nekimken will display his musical abilities on another stage: May 25, he will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Nekimken will represent Los Alamos in the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble. The conductor will be H. Robert Reynolds.

To get into the ensemble, Nekimken submitted in the fall a CD of his music. He learned he was accepted in November. “I was really excited about it,” he said.

Vives introduced Nekimken to the collegiate wind ensemble, which another student of Vives had performed in the previously ensemble.

Nekimken said he is “excited to be exposed to music at such a high level and be a part of it.”

He credits continually practicing his music for getting this achievement. Plus, “Ted Vives, my instructor, is a great musician; he’s really taught me a lot.”

Performing with LACW will be a new experience for Lin. “It’s sort of exciting because I’ve never played with an ensemble before,” she said. “So it seems like a good experience.”

Lin, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major.”

She said she has played the piano for 10 years. “I enjoy playing the piano,” Lin said. “It has a wider range than a lot of other instruments ee I enjoy playing classical music because it’s pleasing to the ear. It sort of gives me a chance to create something.”

To get this soloist position, Lin credits, “practice and experience. It gets easier every time you do it.”

Lin and Nekimken competed in the 2008 Los Alamos Community Winds Student Solo Competition for the chance to be featured in the upcoming concert.

The wind’s concert is free but there is a suggested $5 donation.