LASO concert promises balance

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The May 10 Spring Concert presented by the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will feature the works of several well known composers from the mid-romantic period.
Director Don Gerheart, has chosen works which “have audience appeal and utilize all of the sections of the orchestra as much as possible, while still having a balanced program,” Gerheart said.
Procession of the Nobles opens the concert. Russian composer, Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov, was a master of orchestration and wrote this piece as part of his opera Mlada. It begins with the brilliant fanfares of the brass along with percussion, then proceeds to processional music, a majestic tune in the strings and concludes with an energetic march.
The other three works have the common theme of using incorporated folk tunes — from Russia, Germany and Czechoslovakia. The Caucasian Sketches #2, “Iveria,” by a pupil of Rimsky Korsakov, Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, is a suite of four movements based on Russian folk music.
The Hungarian Dance Number 5 of Johannes Brahms was originally composed for piano, four hands, but has been arranged for full orchestra. Its lively melodies, familiar to many, are based on folk tunes of the Roma people.
Gerheart is not new to the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra or to Los Alamos. He came to this town in 1966 as the band director for Pueblo Junior High School and the elementary schools. He played bassoon in, what was then the Los Alamos Sinfonietta, and was a frequent conductor for the pit orchestra in Los Alamos Light Opera productions. Since his retirement from the schools, and later from the lab, he has been the executive director of the New Mexico Music Educators Association.
The Friday night concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the Crossroads Bible Church open at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for tickets for this concert, but donations will be accepted.