A history lesson told through music

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By Kirsten Laskey

Get ready for a history lesson in music. Guitarist Daniel Weston will take Los Alamos on an audio tour of the renaissance through the baroque period.

This venture in history’s music will occur during the Guitar and Gateaux show, which will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

While the program is varied, a few highlights include works by Spanish Impressionist composer Francisco Tarrega. Weston will also step out into contemporary times with a few of his own pieces.

Although Weston has been a professional guitarist since 1996, it will be his first time performing in the guitar series, which is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

He said he is excited about his debut in the series. “I am very much looking forward to the audience there,” Weston said. He added that he has heard local audiences are A very sophisticated group of listeners and knowledgeable about the guitar.

He is also eager to share a whole range of musical periods with the crowd.

“I enjoy that aspect of it – sharing the history as well as the wonderful, masterful music. It’s a pleasure to combine that,” Weston said.

He explained he loves to provide the history behind the music because “it is so enriching to know the background and to get a sense of the kind of lives that the (composers) were living and the cultures and societies they lived in. It fills in the picture when the music is played.”

“It’s a nice journey, really,” Weston added. Weston earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in guitar performance. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Weston was mentored by Hadley Heavin. While earning his master’s at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., he studied with Perry Graves of the DeFalla Trio. “These two guys really influence me the most,” Weston said.

He explained he became attracted to classical guitar because “for a solo performer it is the closest thing to an orchestra and creating an orchestra.”

Weston said classical guitar is similar to an orchestra “because the intricacies of the classical guitar in that you can create so many different sounds and textures and voices and multiplicity because of the guitar … you are able to create that orchestral effect.” In addition to music, desserts will be served before the concert begins. Tickets cost $10 for LAAC members and $15 for nonmembers.