A terrific concert -- against all odds

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

The Imani Winds have come and gone, arriving at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 23, playing a terrific concert at 8:10 in high heels and snow boots without a rehearsal, and leaving Los Alamos at 7 a.m. Sunday. The group had intended to arrive Friday evening, give a workshop and master class on Saturday morning, and perform in the evening, but the New York snow storm on Friday grounded air traffic and forced cancellation of the class. The good news was that their management found a flight to New Mexico early Saturday morning. The bad news was that it went first to Los Angeles, causing the Imani Winds’ late arrival at Duane Smith Auditorium.Thanks to everyone involved in getting the word out about what was happening and making the necessary changes: David Sutton at KRSN,Kelly Le Van at the Monitor, Julie Bremser of Community Winds, Lydia Armijo at UNM-LA, Brenda MacFarlane at Los Alamos Schools and Ross Mason, auditorium manager.Everyone involved with the workshop including the Los Alamos Concert Association, Community Winds, other wind players who signed up and especially the members of the Imani Winds felt awful that this terrific opportunity to learn from these master performers was lost to six inches of snow in the Big Apple.But the concert was a delight! A gentleman from Santa Fe told me that he had heard an Imani recording a few weeks ago, looked up the group’s website, and discovered they would be playing in Los Alamos Feb. 23. He couldn’t believe his good luck, came for the concert and left all smiles. So did everyone else who was there.Rosalie HellerArtistic DirectorLos Alamos Concert Association