Experience the magic of the holidays through music

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By Kirsten Laskey

Dance Arts Los Alamos just wrapped up its performances of “The Nutcracker,” but this magical Christmas tale can still be experienced in Los Alamos.

The Los Alamos Community Winds will perform P.I. Tchaikovsky’s suite from “The Nutcracker,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The suite will feature seven to eight separate movements from the “The Nutcracker.” These movements include the “Chinese Dance” and the “Arabian Dance.”

Ted Vives, musical director, explained he chose this particular suite because of its theme, how it explores the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes. He explained children have such fascination and wonderment toward the holiday that sometimes gets lost as they grow up. However, attending the concert is a way to see the magic of the holiday season again.

Vives added, “‘The Nutcracker’ is interesting. It’s probably Tchaikovsky’s best known work, but it is also the one he least liked.”

Sometimes, he said, composers aren’t the best judges of their own work.

The Community Winds began preparing for this concert right after the Oct. 18 concert. Vives encourages the locals to see what the ensemble has accomplished during that time.

“I think we perform things very well for a community group,” he said.

Plus, the concert will feature a special guest.

Sometimes people can get a little tired of holiday music but unlike carols being played in a department store, Vives said a live concert “makes it more special. It makes it more personal. It’s a good family activity.”

“(We) just hope the community turns out for us and enjoys the music we perform,” he said.

Looking back on the year, Vives said it is been a good one so far for LACW. He added the Community Winds are looking forward to next year with two “very exciting concerts planned.”

The first one, which will be held Feb. 21, will feature Scottish music while the second concert will feature the New Mexico premiere of Johan de Meij’s “Lord of the Rings,” played in its entirety.

“We’ve got a good season ahead of us here,” Vives said.

The upcoming concert is free but there is a suggested donation of $5.