This is my final post to this web site as your Executive Director. It has been a wild year consisting of many accomplishments and a few disappointments. Generally, your Arts Council is in pretty good shape, but I would like to remind the public that we always need your help in volunteering and contributing. The arts have a special place in Los Alamos, but in the current climate, it may not be sustainable unless true leaders step up to lead the charge!
One of those true artistic leaders in the community is Ken Nebel, who has tirelessly and magnanimously dedicated his life to helping the arts thrive in Los Alamos. He has a great staff of teachers, assistants, and volunteers. I hope you all will support him and the Fuller Lodge Art Center in becoming a non-profit, and continuing the great community-connecting and community-building services and programs.
The Arts Council has created a few new programs. One that I am personally dedicated to is the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture on Music. The first ever lecture in the series will feature Bill McGlaughlin, who is famously promoting all music on his international syndicated program Exploring Music (broadcast on NPR and many other affiliates). The September 22, muli-media lecture (7:30pm, free to the public, at Fuller Lodge), is titled Remembering Lenny, in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary of his birth.
As a sort of “teaser event” before the Sept 22 lecture, Kay Newnam and Jacquelyn Helin will perform the music of Stravinsky and Pergolesi, and Patrick Neher will connect the composer’s music in a mini-lecture. This event, August 26 at 3:30pm (free, Fuller Lodge), will serve as promotion for lecture-recitals in general, and the Sept. 22nd event in particular. Both events will inspire you to look into music more deeply, creating a greater appreciation for musicians and for the musical arts.
To All of YOU, I thank you for the opportunity to lead the Arts Council into some new, exciting directions, and to help establish a greater awareness of the Arts Council and all that it does. I will stay connected with the Arts Council as it has a prominent place in my heart. ~ Patrick Neher (6/2018)
June 6th: The sound of wildly popular bagpipes will fill the halls of Fuller Lodge in a festive Brown Bag Performance of the Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums, with Scottish dancers too! That’s Wednesday, June 6th at 12:00 noon, Fuller Lodge, free.
June 14: The Arts Council Annual Meeting (and party!) will take place at 5:30pm until 7:30pm (plus or minus), at Fuller Lodge. Good music along with good refreshments an d company will accompany announcements about programs and Board members. Everyone is invited, no RSVP required. Please join us if you would like to be more involved with the Arts Council. Telephone to get on the slate of Board of Directors (505-663-0477)
June 20: On Wednesday, June 20th the Taos Opera Institute will present their young and talented vocal quartet, Cantos de Taos, in a program of romantic opera classics for voice. This free recital is sure to delight the opera lover in you! That’s: Fuller Lodge, 7:00pm, Wed. June 20th. Free (but, please make a donation, which will be met with big smiles and thank yous!) 🙂
July 23 to July 28: LAAC sponsored Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency, production of Peter and Wendy, at Crossroads Bible Church. For children in 1-12 grades. Audition day is 7.23.18 at 10:00am. Public performance date is 7.28.18 at 7:00pm. Workshop admission charge: tba. Performance ticket admission: tba
Wednesday, September 5th, Fuller Lodge, Brown Bag Performance featuring Dan Marks, piano, and his arrangements of the music of Vince Guaraldi
Sept. 22, 7:30pm, Fuller Lodge, Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture on Music. Featuring Bill McGlaughlin, inaugural lecturer, in a multi-media program titled: “Remembering Lenny” celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Free. Seating is limited to 100.
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, Brown Bag Performance, Fuller Lodge, Free. Featuring a local string quartet.
Friday, Oct. 12th, the Second Annual Evening of Arts and Culture, Arts District, Los Alamos, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. A program involving at least 10 venues and more than 25 presentations, representing the depth of the arts in Los Alamos. Free