Music’s in the air at Fuller Lodge

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Pedagogical Pianist: Juanita Madland will perform a benefit concert today

Love is in the air for those celebrating Valentine’s Day a bit early. But don’t fret, there’s music for couples and singles alike at Fuller Lodge.
Local pianist Juanita Madland will perform a concert at 7 p.m. to benefit the Los Alamos Arts Council. The proceeds will help with funding for the programs and events that the Arts Council brings to Los Alamos.
The program consists of “Italian Concerto, BWV 971,” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Waldstein Sonata, Op. 53, No. 21,” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Impromptu No. 3, D. 899,” by Franz Shubert; “Barcarolle, Op. 60,” by Frederic Chopin; “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest  (What the West Wind Saw),” by Claude Debussy and “Interlude of Indigo,” by Juanita Lash and David Madland.
Madland began playing piano when she was three years old. Her love for music continued to blossom throughout her childhood and she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree (with honors) and a master’s degree in piano performance and music education.
She taught grades kindergarten-12 grade for 27 years and at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos for 15 years. She has also received the New Mexico Professional Music Teacher of the Year award. She is a Permanent Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
Madland said she does at least one benefit concert, but not always for the Arts Council.
“I have done numerous benefit concerts since high school,” she said. Her benefit repertoire includes: One concert for the Cerro Grande Fire and one for the Las Conchas Fire; one for Bandelier restoration; she created and performed in the UNM-LA International Music Series, which helped purchase a piano for the campus and help get students scholarships; two for Amnesty International; two for the homeless shelter in Santa Fe; and concerts for various churches, schools and people who have been ill.
“This morning I played for Day Out at the Senior Center,” Madland said. Her benefit concerts are a combination of her love for music and her willingness to help others.
“I was given the ability and drive to help others, so I do,” she explained.
Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton said that Madland offered to do a benefit for the council a couple of years ago.
“She has a new program and we decided to do it as a benefit,” she said. “We started planning last fall but had trouble finding dates. This year we had to cancel the Valentine Coffee House, so we thought this program would be perfect entertainment for those who regularly attend the Coffee House performances. It is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!”
Madland said she most enjoys reading about the composers and preparing and playing the music to share her joy. She likes performing pieces by Beethoven the most “because you can play as fast as you can. Fast is fun!” Despite her interest in the compositions and performing, there is a downside.
“Getting a piano that is voiced and regulated, i.e., having all the keys go down equally so there’s no shrill or dead sounds,” she said of her least favorite aspect of playing concerts. “(Also) adjusting the pedal so there’s a small amount of free play before it responds to small foot pressure; moving and cleaning the piano and getting publicity out,” she continued.
Those who attends Madland’s concerts will get more than just a treat for the ears. “As Winnie the Pedagogical Pianist, I explain how music reflects life. I start with baroque (1600), then Viennese classical, romantic, impressionism and contemporary,” she said of her style.
“Our community is privileged to hear one of Juanita’s concerts,” Hamilton said. “We are particularly appreciative that Juanita is willing to support the Arts Council by giving a benefit performance. It is the perfect fundraiser for our organization.”
Tickets for the concert are $20 and available in advance at CB Fox or at the door.