Choral Music Fit for Kings Fills the House at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday Night

Review by Bonnie Gordon

The King's Singers drew a full house at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night. Patrons lined up in the lobby to purchase the ensamble's latest CD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The world-famous ensemble, The King’s Singers, enchanted a full house at the Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night in a concert that was both sophisticated and fun.

The six man ensemble charmed the audience from the start with their engaging “Brit wit” and went on to enthrall them with an evening of incredible choral music.

The special night began with compositions by modern choral composer Bob Chilcott who set to music four poems linked by the themes of time, youth, age and death.

The poetry, by Philip Larkin, James Joyce, E. E. Cummings and Sir Walter Raleigh was rendered even more heartbreakingly beautiful by the silken harmonies of The King’s Singers.

This was followed by lively (and funny) renditions of French folk songs. And so it went.

The King’s Singers moved effortlessly through a repertoire that ranged from modern choral compositions through madrigals, Renaissance compositions, folk songs and Beatles tunes.

Their rich voices make each of the six performers a star.

Executive Director Linda Deck of the Bradbury Science Museum and her husband Ralph Chapman visit with friends prior to the concert at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night where nearly 900 people listened to The King's Singers' world class voices. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The perfectly blended voices and crystal clear enunciation combined with perfect delivery brought The King’s Singers a standing ovation from a delighted audience.

The King’s Singers might be exquisitely refined, but they were never ever stuffy.

Many thanks to the Los Alamos Concert Association for bringing us yet another world-class concert.

Join the Concert Association for the final concert of the season, The St. Lawrence String Quartet, at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

Visit the Los Alamos Concert Association at their website www.losalamosconcert.org.

LANL Director Charlie McMillan, second from left, and his wife Janet McMillan, far right, chat with friends in the lobby of Duane Smith Auditorium while waiting for The King's Singers Concert to begin Saturday night. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Concert Association Board Member Katy Korkos, left, and Board President Carolyn Mangeng work behind the ticket counter at Duane Smith Auditorium. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Concert patrons chat before The King's Singers Concert Saturday night at Duane Smith Auditorium. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Patrons select The King's Singers CDs to take home after Saturday night's enormously successful concert. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Second Strange Being Sighted in Los Alamos!

A Second Strange Being Sighted in Los Alamos  The second weird creature has been sighted in Los Alamos in as many weeks. "It" was sighted lurking around the Los Alamos Little Theater and attempting to enter through a side door. “It” appeared to be a “Lovable Creature” but seemed to find English difficult. It appears to be a carrodactyl flying-carrot-type radiculose from the planet Radicule by the name of Ramseed. People are being to question whether Los Alamos is being invaded. Contact the Los Alamos Daily Post if you observe any unusual creatures roaming through town. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

The second weird creature has been sighted in Los Alamos in as many weeks. "It" was sighted lurking around the Los Alamos Little Theater attempting to enter through a side door. “It” appeared to be a “Lovable Creature” but seemed to find English difficult. "It" appears to be a carrodactyl flying-carrot-type radiculose from the planet Radicule by the name of Ramseed. People are beginning to question whether Los Alamos is being invaded. Contact the Los Alamos Daily Post if you observe any unusual creatures roaming about town. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Local Hoop Shooting Robot Now Locked in Bag

Steve Aumack and Nate Phillips work on the robot operator control panel as the team gets ready for the competition in Salt Lake City March 15. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

A team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up the project Feb 21.

The group is competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition involves short games played by robots. The students build and program their robots, which are remotely controlled during the competition.

Each team receives a kit of parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. Designing and programming the robot is up to the students.

This year’s competition is Rebound Rumble. The object is to manipulate the robot to score as many baskets as possible during a two-minute and 15 second match.

The competition also includes a balancing component in which the robots are required to balance on a bridge.

The group is heading to Salt Lake City March 15 to compete in the regional round of the competition.

Ben Schilling works on the robot's pit stop enclosure for the upcoming competition in Salt Lake City. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos robot now lives in a locked bag. The robot was placed in the bag at midnight Feb. 21 when all work had to be completed. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

 

Beautiful Bowls Available at the March 17 Empty Bowl Event

KRSN 1490 News:

The annual Empty Bowls event draws volunteers from across the community who create colorful bowls for sale to raise money for Self Help, Inc. Courtesy/KRSN

The 18th annual Empty Bowl event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

For a donation of $10 or more, community members can choose a hand painted bowl and enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch with live entertainment. 

All of the money raised during the Empty Bowl event goes directly to support the work of Self Help, Inc.

Self Help, Inc. assists Northern New Mexico families in need of immediate emergency aid, and encourages the growth of small businesses with seed money grants.

Purpose and Mission: Self Help, Inc. is committed to enhancing life skills and empowering individuals by providing programs and services that focus on developing self-reliance.

Winner of the prestigious Piñon Award, Self Help, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. Since 1969, Self Help, Inc. has provided consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties.

Each year, through grants and private and public contributions, our organization is able to support those who need help most, during emergencies or in the quest to become economically self-sufficient. Self Help is a member of United Way of Northern New Mexico Serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.

Self Help, Inc. is committed to enhancing life skills and empowering individuals by providing programs and services that focus on developing self-reliance.

Winner of the prestigious Piñon Award, Self Help, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. Since 1969, Self Help, Inc. has provided consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties.

Each year, through grants and private and public contributions, our organization is able to support those who need help most, during emergencies or in the quest to become economically self-sufficient. Self Help is a member of United Way of Northern New Mexico Serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.

Arts in Public Places to Discuss Art for White Rock Visitor Center

County News:

A meeting of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is set for 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

Members will discuss potential art for the White Rock Visitor Center.

Among other items on the agenda is an update of information regarding the re-location of “Strange Trio,” a brief update on the “Call for Artists” for the Animal Shelter and a discussion of the remaining work needed to develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

The mission of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is to encourage the integration of art into the architecture of municipal structures, increase the general public awareness of art, to visually enhance the community, to capture a part of local history for future generations, to promote the establishment of a collection of art, with the works of artists who live or work, or who have lived or worked in Los Alamos County having a high priority.

 

LANL Schedules Three Community Forums

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting three Northern New Mexico community forums about the Lab’s voluntary workforce separation program now under way.

The public is invited to ask questions and get answers about Lab workforce action starting Monday, March 12.

Employees, spouses and the general public are welcome to attend.

Lab officials will be on hand to answer questions:

  • March 12 in Pojoaque, 6-7:30 p.m., Cities of Gold Conference Center
  • March 13 in Española, 6-7:30 p.m., Nick L. Salazar Center for the Arts, Northern New Mexico College
  • March 14 in Los Alamos, 6-7:30 p.m., Duane Smith Auditorium

On March 1, LANL announced it received government approval to reduce its workforce by between 400 and 800 employees through a voluntary separation program.

A Sneak Peak @ PEEC’s Upcoming Events

PEEC News:

Planet Jupiter

Planetary Alignment Viewing

March 12, 7:30 p.m. @ PEEC. A rare close conjunction of two very bright planets, Jupiter and Venus, is occuring. Chick Keller and Steve Becker will have telescopes at PEEC to view the planets and discuss what is happening. Public is invited, admission is free.

 

 

Infrared House

YOUR Sustainable Home, Sustainable Los Alamos Series

March 14, 7 p.m. @ PEEC. so you’ve heard from the experts about how to make your home more sustainable. Now we want to hear from you! Join us for a fun, world-cafe style evening of learning and sharing ideas/actions we do to live more sustainably. Bring your favorite tips, tools, and ideas to help us gather fun and easy things we can all do today to create a sustainable future. Come to share your ideas or pick up some great tips from your neighbors! This FREE event is brought to you by PEEC and the Los Alamos Co-op Market. No registration required. Door prizes!

 

 

Jane's Journey

Jane’s Journey, a film at the Reel Deal

March 22, 7 p.m. @ Reel Deal. Almost 25 years ago famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall gave up her career in order to devote her entire time and energy to the mission of saving our planet. As this charismatic woman tells us about her life, she is shown among her beloved chimpanzees in Africa, as well as on her travels around the globe to spread her message that there is still hope for future generations. This documentary offers an intimate portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon, possibly the most fascinating woman of our time, whose scientific breakthroughs are considered to be among the most important of the past 100 years. Purchase tickets at the door. $10 adults, $5 kids.

 

 

 

Starlab

Starlab Planetarium Shows

March 23, 7 p.m. and March 25, 2 pm @ PEEC. Avoid the outdoor cold and view the stars inside a warm planetarium dome. In addition to pointing prominent constellations and stars, Pajarito Astronomers President Steve Becker will demonstrate how the sky looks at the north pole, equator and near the south pole. Get ready for the 2012 Los Alamos Dark Nights by learning major constellations. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Specially priced at $5 for individuals and $15 for families. Register in advance at www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php

Coming up (details on PEEC Calendar at www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php)

April 1 – 30 Children’s Earth Day Art at Mesa Public Library
April 2 – 30 Earth Day Art show at the Betty Ehart Senior Center
April 10 History and the Ever-Changing Enchanted Land: Then and Now
April 13 & 14 Petra and the Jay – Tickets on sale now
April 18 Wonder of Nature, Rachel Carson
April 21 Earth Day Festival at www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/earthday/earthday2012.php
April 22 Party for PEEC – Tickets on sale now
May 6 Liquid Gold: Hands-on Beekeeping Workshop