Although they come from a variety of backgrounds and careers, the musicians who will perform in the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 have one thing in common — a love of and a dedication to performing good symphonic music.
These part time and full time musicians are also lab employees, county employes, teachers, medical personnel, business people, lawyers, post docs and students. Some are retirees. Some are parents. Some are grandparents.
Most live in Los Alamos, but some make the weekly trip for rehearsals from Santa Fe and the valley.
Together, this diverse group will present a program with music by Brahms, Beethoven, Sibelius and Gimenez.
Conductor Don Gerheart, in his second year as the LASO music director, is a retired band teacher and now spends his “retirement” as the executive director of the New Mexico Music Educators Association. To get the sound he wants, Gerheart depends on each player to learn his/her part so that rehearsals can concentrate on making musical sense out of the ensemble. He said, “This is a community orchestra and each player is important.” A sampling of these players includes: