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Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 9

on June 9, 2017 - 5:45pm
Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea and the Brentano String Quartet play as one. Courtesy photo
American Kenneth Broberg enjoys the final moment of his performance with the Brentano String Quartet. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

The “plays-well-with-others” round of the Cliburn Competition has begun.

First, Cliburn competitors are required to choose one of five piano quintets to play with the Brentano String Quartet.

Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew Honored

on June 8, 2017 - 3:22pm

Student leaders from the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew transition program were recently honored by former Los Alamos Scientist and Laboratory Fellow, Dr. Mudundi Raju and wife Devi, also of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical Trust. Pictured from left, LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez, Principal Mike Johnson, Logan Black, Dr. Mudundi Raju, Kevin Clarke, Dr. Mudundi Raju's wife Devi, Ignatius Kuropatwinski, Esperanza Chavarria, Bernadette Lauritzen, Evelyn Berninger, Gabriela Segundo-Canales and Dr. Mudundi Raju's neice. Dr.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 8

on June 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Los Alamos Concert Association Board member and friend Dorothy Amsden asked me what happens to the competitors in the Cliburn Competition who are eliminated at the end of each round. “Do they remain for the rest of the competition or do they return home, tail between the legs, poor things?” she wondered.

While there must certainly be some tremendous disappointment, these pianists are not neophytes.

Los Alamos/Japan Project Partners With Green Legacy Hiroshima To Safeguard Atomic Bomb Seeds

on June 7, 2017 - 4:36pm

Courtesy/LAHM

Los Alamos History Museum News:

The Los Alamos/Japan Project is proud to announce its newest partnership with Green Legacy Hiroshima, an organization dedicated to safeguard and to spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima's atomic bomb survivor trees. The Los Alamos History Museum is the grateful recipient of four varieties of second-generation, atomic bomb tree seeds-camphor, ginkgo, holly, and persimmon.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 7

on June 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Cliburn finalists, standing, from left, Americans Daniel Hsu and Kenneth Broberg, South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, Russian Yuri Favorin, and seated: Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia. Courtesy Photo 

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 
It was a long and busy last day in the Cliburn Competition semi-final round.
 

Kenneth Broberg of the U.S. shot up in my estimation after a magisterial performance of the Liszt B-minor sonata.  Italian Leonardo Pierdomenico sank just a little after a nice but not stellar recital.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 6

on June 6, 2017 - 10:01am

Russian competitor Georgy Tchaidze enjoys a standing ovation with Fort Worth Symphony conductor Nicholas McGegan. Courtesy Photo 

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, the only woman still in the Cliburn contention. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

At this point in the Cliburn Competition, the jury has heard more than 52 hours of music and there are many hours to go. Committing to serve on a Cliburn jury is a major commitment for people who already have busy performing and teaching schedules.

The 10-member jury headed by Chairman and

Sen. Heinrich To Question Former FBI Director Comey In Senate Intel Committee Hearing Thursday

on June 6, 2017 - 9:03am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will participate in a hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday entitled “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections”.

Sen. Heinrich is expected to question former FBI Director James Comey when he testifies before the Committee.

The hearing will stream live online.

Christian Science Annual Meeting 2017 Calls Forth Best In People Across Denominational And National Lines

on June 6, 2017 - 6:04am
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as The Mother Church, is in Boston, Mass. Courtesy photo

Christian Scientists sing at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. USA. Courtesy photo

 

CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST News:
 
BOSTON — In today’s culture of political divisions and religious strife, Christian Scientists spoke at their church’s annual meeting of “a new spirit” emerging, which is calling forth the best in people across denominational and national lines.
 
In an interview, the chair of the denomination’s board of directors, Allison Phinney, pointed to the

AG Balderas Joins 'We Are Still In' Coalition Of Governors, AG’s, Mayors, Business & University Leaders To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement

on June 5, 2017 - 2:09pm
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Balderas and 18 attorneys general have joined forces with governors, mayors, business leaders and universities across the country pledging to maintain their commitment to fighting climate change and abiding by the principles of the global agreement.
 
The 19 state attorneys general joining the coalition today include:
 
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General, Matt Denn,

Asteroids And Cosmic Origins At Planetarium

on June 5, 2017 - 2:07pm
 
PEEC News:
 
What are the chances that an asteroid will hit Earth? Friday, June 9, Dr. Galen Gisler will prelude the new film Incoming! with a discussion about the cosmic risks associated with asteroids. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending!
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 5

on June 5, 2017 - 10:34am

South Korean Yekwan Sunwoo impressed with a beautiful performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in the Cliburn semi-final round. Courtesy photo

Canadian Tony Yike Yang, 18, is the youngest Cliburn competitor. Courtesy photo

Italian competitor Leonardo Pierdomenico acknowledges a standing ovation after his performance with the Fort Worth Symphony under the direction of Nicholas McGehan. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

The audience during the Cliburn Competition has been admirably silent.

World Futures: SOCIETY – Integrity: It’s Now In Transformation, How Do We Maintain It?

on June 5, 2017 - 8:03am

World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Integrity is a property or state of being and can refer to both people and things. In respect to people, it describes a quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. When referring to things it describes a state of wholeness, correctness and unity.

While it is worthwhile to explore the intricacies and subtleties of integrity in detail, a more pointed, though general, consideration should be given to the changing environment of Earth and humanity.

As the clock of change moves forward at an ever

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 3

on June 3, 2017 - 7:20am

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Daniel Hsu, one of the youngest competitors at age 19, studies at the Curtis Institute. Courtesy photo 
 

South Korean competitor Dasol Kim, 28, studies at the Hochshule fur Musik in Hanover, Germany. Courtesy photo 
 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The penultimate round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is finally under way. Twelve semi-finalists will each play a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Last night 19-year-old Daniel Hsu, one of the two Americans still

Los Alamos Residents Dorota Listwan And Son Mark Become American Citizens Today

on June 2, 2017 - 4:14pm

Los Alamos residents Dorota Listwan of Poland and her son Mark Listwan with their Certificates of Naturalization. The mother and son became United States citizens this morning at a ceremony in Albuquerque. Dorota and her husband Pawel Listwan own Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Pawel became an American citizen in 2016. Courtesy photo

Rover Findings Indicate Stratified Lake On Ancient Mars

on June 2, 2017 - 10:31am

Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed (Shallow Part): This evenly layered rock imaged in 2014 by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit near where flowing water entered a lake. Shallow and deep parts of an ancient Martian lake left different clues in mudstone formed from lakebed deposits. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Water carried more oxygen at certain times, depths

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 2

on June 2, 2017 - 6:34am

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin reports on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. Courtesy Photo
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Downtown Fort Worth is all gussied up for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Banners line the streets. The Cliburn logo is everywhere. Even the crosswalks in front of the Bass Concert Hall are painted to look like keyboards. For a city that is famous for its stockyards, these Texans sure take their music seriously!

We arrived here Thursday morning on an easy

History On Tap: The Soviet Side Of The Cold War Tonight!

on June 1, 2017 - 8:44am

Los Alamos History Museum News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

How did the other side live during the Cold War? This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 1

on June 1, 2017 - 8:40am

Van Cliburn in 1959, the only classical musician to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York. Courtesy photo

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

It happens every four years. Competitors vie for medals as fans cheer. Paparazzi swarm about. It isn’t the Olympics. It’s the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! The competition is underway right now and I will be reporting to you from Fort Worth every day.

The story of the competition’s birth is legendary and begins in Moscow.  

In 1958, at the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union wanted to

Los Alamos Native Offers Aid, Assistance To Refugees

on June 1, 2017 - 7:15am

Los Alamos Native Ariana Rowberry volunteers at two refugee camps in Greece. Courtesy Photo

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY 

Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Ariana Rowberry, a Los Alamos native, was working in the Middle East Directorate in Washington, D.C., when she decided to take some time off before going to law school this fall. Motivated to gain firsthand exposure to some of the policy issues that her directorate worked on, she decided to volunteer at refugee camps in Greece.

Rowberry spent February through April volunteering at two camps: Ritsona, a camp north of Athens primarily comprised of

Griggs: Dateline Oaxaca ... A More Leisurely Visit

on June 1, 2017 - 7:11am
Two rappers gesticulating and insulting each other to music in El Llano Park. After a particularly good zinger, the crowd would laugh and applaud. After each round, the crowd would vote for their favorite rapper. Photo by David Griggs

A roaring lion at the entrance to Parque Juarez (El Llano) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by David Griggs

 

By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three days in Oaxaca was not enough, so this year I stretched my visit to two weeks. Hostel Don Nino at 804 Pino Suarez was once again my base of operations.

Study Shows Humans Have Polluted European Air For 2000 Years

on May 31, 2017 - 10:22am

The Colle Gnifetti Glacier on the Swiss-Italian border where the ice core used in the study was taken. In the bottom right corner, the coring stie can be seen. Photo by Nicole Spaulding

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, DC — A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.

The new study, accepted for publication in GeoHealth, a

World Wedding Traditions To Bring Good Fortune

on May 31, 2017 - 7:56am

Courtesy image

COMMUNITY News:

Everyone loves a wedding. Spirits are high, drinks are flowing, the best man is shaving the groom, the mother-in-law is throwing ducks at the bride …

Weddings are different for every culture around the world and a new infographic from 888Poker reveals a collection of the most interesting and colourful – though it’s certainly optional whether to include them in one's own special day.

A Different Type of Wedding Bell

Some of the rituals might be more familiar – like throwing the bouquet or breaking a glass – but others won’t be.

LANL: ‘Halos’ Discovered On Mars Widen Time Frame For Potential Life

on May 30, 2017 - 7:04pm

A mosaic of images from the navigation cameras on the NASA Curiosity rover shows ‘halos’ of lighter-toned bedrock around fractures. These halos comprise high concentrations of silica and indicate that liquid groundwater flowed through the rocks in Gale crater longer than previously believed. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

LANL News:

Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica—called “halos”—has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed.

Los Alamos Freshman Lillian Petersen Wins Third Place At Intel International Science And Engineering Fair

on May 28, 2017 - 6:41am

Lillian Petersen places third in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14-19  in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Topper Academy freshman Lillian Petersen competed May 14-19 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, Calif. Petersen received a third place award for her project in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category. The title of Petersen’s award winning project is, America's Farming Future: The Impact of Climate Change on Crop Yields. Petersen was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Intel.

Also competing at the

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