LACW to take listeners to Scotland

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By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Community Winds will offer its audience something different at its upcoming concert, and it will not present this unique music alone.

The Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums will also make an appearance during the LACW’s “Music of Scotland” concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Baptist Church.

 The decision to present Scottish music was a personal one, Ted Vives, musical director of the winds, said.

He explained that his wife has Scottish roots. Plus, Vives was attracted to this music because of its unique qualities. The program includes “Ye Banks and Braes o‘ Bonnie Doon,” by Percy Grainger; “Four Scottish Dances. Op. 59,” by Malcolm Arnold; “Loch Ness, A Scottish Fantasy,” by Johan de Meij; “Ivanhoe, a Medieval Legend,” by Elliot del Borgo; “Three Scottish Vistas,” by William Owens; “Old Scottish Melody,” by Charles A. Wiley; “Invercargill March.” by Alex Lithgow; “Perthshire Majesty,” by Samuel R. Hazo; and “Mannin Veen” by Haydn Wood.

As for the Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums, the group will perform three-four tunes, David Machen, pipe major, said.

Machen said the group was eager to perform with the LACW because “it’s always interesting to be a part of a Western orchestra.”

“It’s different having a bagpipe in a regular orchestra,” he added, “It is always different and fun. It’s something that doesn’t hapen very often.”

Machen said the LACW “is a good group ... they do very well.”

Vives said having the group perform with the winds will add authenticity to the concert.

“I think from a authentic standpoint, it will put us in the Highlands,” he snaid. “It’s just a wonderful sound. Bagpipes can sound contemplative but also joyous.  That’s the quality we’ll be featuring in the concert.”

Additionally, having both groups perform in the same concert will allow them to reach audiences they would not otherwise reach, Vives said.

 This is the first concert of the year for the winds and its third concert for the 2008-2009 season. So far, the season is going well, Vives said.

Not only has the winds gotten large audiences during performances, he said, but the musicians are playing better than ever.

They are enjoying the music and playing with enthusiasm and with a relaxed attitude.

“That’s the thing I’ve noticed the most this year,” Vives said.

The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.

Next up for the winds is the concert, “Legends of the Rings,” which will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 at White Rock Baptist Church. During this concert, there will be the New Mexico premiere of Symphony No. 1 of “The Lord of the Rings” by Dutch composer Johan deMeij.