BY MAIRE O’NEILL
It’s time to get your tickets and head out on Saturday evening to Crossroads Bible Church for what promises to be one of the wonderful music events of this year in Los Alamos. Tickets are $40 and include a delicious dinner and the opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction.
The event is to raise funds to help some 30 LAHS choir students take an educational trip to New York City, which their performance in Carnegie Hall under the direction of nationally-recognized conductor Pearl Shangkhuan. The entire trip will cost about $2,500 per student, including air fare and a four-night stay at a Times Square Hotel. What an experience for the students, some of whom have been singing together for many years.
The LAHS Choir Boosters ran a Fall Pumpkin Patch that is partially helping the students with their trip. Donations have also been received from parents and other supporters.
To date, the Boosters with the help of the choir students and families have raised funds through the Fall Pumpkin Patch which partially helps New York City bound choir students. In addition, some donations from parents and supporters have helped the New York Choir trip travelers reach their goal.
The Boosters have been able to offer two partial scholarships. The proceeds from Choir Winter Gala will help immensely and go directly to each student traveler to help defray their costs. Each student still needs to pay approximately 50% of the total cost.
The choir students are volunteering to work at the gala and some will be singing during the event.
LAHS students Samantha Brown and Olivia Long, both part of the Young Voices of Santa Fe Opera program will perform solos, Marina Archuleta will sing a duet with her mother, Christina Martos, Danae Zimmermann will perform a piece from the upcoming musical ‘Pippin’ and Peter Finch will perform a solo as well.
There is a unique list of items in the gala’s silent auction, including: Landscape Photography, Giclee on canvas (by Los Alamos’ renowned photographer Kristine Rutledge), two-night stay at the Abiquiu Inn including a New Mexican Cuisine dinner, signed prints from the late Secundino Sandoval (a renowned Los Alamos watercolorist), a two-night stay at a vacation cabin in Durango’s mountains, gift cards for facial and other treatments at Windgate Healing in Los Alamos.
Tickets may be purchased in-person at the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Gallery Shop, 2132 Central Avenue. Cash and checks preferred.
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