Diverse local musicians take part in LASO

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Orchestra > Various LA residents volunteer time to perform in fall concert

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:

David and Deniece Korzekwa. They have lived in Los Alamos for more than 30 years, and have raised three children. David is now retired from the lab’s MST6 group while Deniece is group leader of MST16. Both are active in a number of musical groups, including the Community Winds, Big Band, Los Alamos Light Opera, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and the Brave New Brass Quintet. David plays trumpet and Deniece plays whatever is needed most — tuba, viola, or string bass.

Percussionist Stuart Bloom. His love for music started at an early age by listening to recordings his mother had. He plays tympani for the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, but also plays with the Community Winds, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the Concordia Santa Fe Wind Ensemble, and the Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. Bloom works as a systems engineer at the laboratory.

LAHS students. Equally important as the adults are the students who have always added significantly to the orchestra. For this concert there are five: Nikola Draganic, Michelle Yang and Jamie Philip on violin, Samuel Sherrill on viola and Caitlin Dahl on cello.

The Friday night concert at the Crossroads Bible Church will start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge although donations will be appreciated.