• S.F. Opera plans six productions for 2014

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera in northern New Mexico will feature six operas during its 2014 summer season, starting with a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen.”
    Opera General Director Charles MacKay announced next season’s productions and casts on Wednesday.
    The company will for the first time perform Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Mozart’s “The Impresario” and “Dr. Sun Yat-Sen” by Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born composer whose opera is making its American premiere.
    There also will be new productions of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” which was performed by the Santa Fe Opera in 1983, and Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol,” which was last done in 1973. The work by Stravinsky will be part of a double bill with Mozart’s comic opera.
    The opera’s current season opens June 28 with Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.”

  • Concert pays tribute to Cowans

     The Los Alamos Concert Association presents the Borromeo String Quartet in a concert dedicated to the memory of George and Helen “Satch” Cowan, local patrons of the arts whose service to the community of Northern New Mexico will long be remembered.
    “Satch” passed away in 2011 and George died last year.
    Beginning with George’s service on LACA’s Board of Directors in the early 1950s, he and his wife supported the association’s efforts to bring great music to Los Alamos for more than 60 years. LACA’s unique program offering free tickets to young people, master classes with its artists and other youth outreach events will continue into the future thanks to the Cowan’s generosity.
    Since their debut in 1989, the Borromeo String Quartet have become one of the most sought after strings quartets in the world, performing over 100 concerts of classical and contemporary music across three continents every season.
    Audiences and critics alike champion their ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often heard works from the classic repertoire while making even the most challenging new music approachable.
    As one of today’s most adventurous quartets, they continue to push musical, intellectual, and technical boundaries to a level achieved by only a very few.

  • Classical combinations

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Community Winds will join the Los Alamos High School Choirs to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 4 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. During Tuesday’s rehearsal the performers practiced the 4th movement of the symphony, conducted by Ted Vives.

  • LASO concert promises balance

    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.

  • ‘Spellbound’ reflects drama of spelling bees

    The kids in “Spellbound,” next up in Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, study for hours every day, ever driven to reach their goal of memorizing the spelling of every word in the English language — or if not every word, at least whichever ones they are asked to spell at the Scripps Howard national spelling bee in Washington D.C.
    Spelling isn’t all that interesting to most people and yet, watching these eight teens and pre-teens with their flashcards, dictionaries and indefatigable parents is completely absorbing.
    The 2002 Oscar-nominated documentary follows the eight through regional spelling bees right up through the national championship.
    Viewers see them not only with their massive word lists, but interacting with their families and friends in their homes and between rounds at the big bee.
    Part of the movie’s charm is that you end up rooting for everyone and biting your fingernails every time any kid, even one you don’t “know,” steps up to the microphone. It’s easy to get caught up in the action.
    Spelling might not initially sound riveting and yet, the final rounds feel just as tense and cutthroat as any other serious competition.
    What’s the final word?
    Can you spell it?

  • Rolling Stones Rock Surprise, Small LA Gig

    The Rolling Stones play a surprise gig in Los Angeles Saturday ahead of their '50 and Counting' anniversary tour.

  • ‘Little Women’ a heartfelt delight

    The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian club is presenting Little Women at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    The show ran Friday and Saturday and another showing is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.
    Ticket are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. An open dress rehearsal was held Thursday evening to the delight of all in attendance.
    Little Women is a heartfelt musical about a young woman, Jo March, played by senior Monica Poston, as she strives to become a published writer in the midst of the Civil War. It is coming of struggles and triumphs in her pursuit for success.
    Jo’s journey includes a stay in New York, where she lives at Mrs. Kirk’s, played by senior Alex L’Esperance, boarding house. Here she meets Professor Baer, played by senior Nate Hall, who provides lessons and companionship for Jo while she is away from home. Back home in Concord, her three sisters: Meg March, played by junior Elizabeth Haagenstad; Beth March, played by junior Haley Henson; and Amy March played by sophomore Rosemary Vigil; and her mother Marmee played by senior Simona Martin, await news of Jo’s return.
    Breathtaking sets and professional lightings create a realistic experience for the audience. The costumes, hair, and makeup take audience members back to the past and into the lives of a civil war family.  

  • This Week on PAC-8, April 26-May 2

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, April 26, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (4-16-13)
    01:00 PM The Power of NO/W
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Jack Aeby talks about his work at the Los Alamos Historical Museum
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “Bandelier Trails: Before and After”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Sunday, April 28, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Santa Fe Opera selects new chief conductor

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera has selected British conductor Harry Bicket to become its chief conductor.

    Opera General Director Charles MacKay said Wednesday that Bicket's appointment takes effect in October and he will conduct a performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio" in the summer of 2014.

    Bicket was born in England and educated at Oxford. He became artistic director of the English Concert in 2007, and will continue in that position.

    MacKay described Bicket as "one of the most important and sought-after conductors working today." Bicket currently is conducting performances at the Metropolitan Opera of Handel's "Giulio Cesare."

    The Santa Fe Opera's season runs from June until late August.

    Opera chief conductor Frederic Chaslin resigned last year to focus on composing and because of his concert and recording schedule.

  • Summer Concert Series schedule

    May 17 — Overlook Park: What Made Milwaukee Famous; Indie-rock from Austin, Texas.
    May 24 — Ashley Pond: Red Elvises; Siberian rock from Los Alamos
    May 31 — Ashley Pond: Los Pinguos; Argentina’s great traditional and folk-rock band
    June 7 — Central and Main: Warren Hood Band; alt-rock, alt-country and alt-blues from Austin, Texas
    June 8 — Central and Main: Eddy and the Nomads; ‘50s and ‘60s classic rock from Los Alamos
    June 14 — Ashley Pond: Lightnin‘ Malcolm; Piedmont Blues from Mississippi
    June 21 — Pajarito Mountain Ski Area: Homemade Jamz‘ Blues Band; Contemporary electric blues from Tupelo, MS
    June 28 — Ashley Pond: Simo; straight-ahead rock from Tennessee
    July 4 — Overlook Park: Eddy and the Nomads leads the music for the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club Fireworks. Music starts at 3 p.m. Fireworks start at dark.
    July 5 — L.A. Food Co-op: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band; Funk from Ashville, NC
    July 12 — Ashley Pond: West African Highlife Band; dance band
    July 19 — Rover Park, White Rock: Paula Nelson Band; Texas country-rock
    July 26 — Ashley Pond: Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys; Rockabilly and roots-rock