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February, 2011:

Classical Guitar, Celtic Music and Dance Coming to Alamosa March 19.

Aaron Larget-Caplan photographed by Kelly Davidson.

The weekend closest to St. Patrick’s Day brings a full keg of musical talent to the San Luis Valley with the help of the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA). Called “A riveting artist” by the Washington Post, Aaron Larget-Caplan rides the razor’s edge of classical guitar, and he is scheduled to play Sat., March 19, 6pm, at Adams State College’s Leon Memorial Hall, on Richardson Ave. near 2nd St. in Alamosa. Celtic band FEAST will present an exciting Irish show later that evening at 7:30 nearby at ASC’s Richardson Auditorium on Edgemont Ave. near Main St.  and between Richardson Ave. and Edgemont Ave, on the ASC campus. Tickets for Larget-Caplan’s earlier show are $10 for ALMA members, $12 for the general public.

With performances in Spain, Italy, and on both US coasts as a soloist and chamber musician, guitarist Larget-Caplan is a unique performer and communicator, juxtaposing new and traditional repertoire into exciting and thought provoking shows. Raised in Colo., Larget-Caplan made his debut at the Tabor Opera House at 17, and later graduated from the New England Conservatory where he studied with world-renowned guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, prize-winning guitarist David Leisner and flamenco master Juanito Pascual. He currently lives and teaches in Boston, Mass.

As a chamber musician, Larget-Caplan has performed many of the world’s great ensemble works, including pieces by Igor Stravinsky and Astor Piazzolla. His programs are educational, entertaining, and a great way to introduce classical music from Spain and Latin America.

Celtic band FEAST brings their Irish St. Patrick’s show, “Celtic Fire,” to Alamosa’s Richardson Hall, later that evening, Sat., March 19, at 7:30pm. The show features explosive, high-octane, toe tapping, Irish music and dance, featuring Ireland’s hottest new champion dance duo from Dublin. Tickets are available online at www.CelticFireTix.com, and at the Narrow Gauge Newsstand. Tickets start at $19 in advance and $22 at the door for adults, $9 for children 12 and under. All seats are reserved.

Buyers can receive a $5 discount on Celtic Fire tickets by showing their purchased Larget-Caplan tickets. The Colorado West School of Performing Arts and Celtic Fire have rescinded their offer and are no longer offering $5 off tickets to their show with purchased Aaron Larget-Caplan tickets.

Look here for upcoming information on Grammy-nominated young bluegrass phenoms the Infamous Stringdusters, playing in Alamosa on April 1, sponsored by ALMA.



Talented Local Musicians to Help ALMA Raise Funds to Ensure Sundays@Six

BISTRO RIALTO NEON SIGN

The Bistro Rialto's distinctive, historic neon sign.

TICKETS FOR TONIGHT’S SHOW AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR TONIGHT. NO ADVANCE TICKET SALES.

UPDATE 02/15: It looks like an urgent family matter means Sweet Radish will not be able to play. However we hope to have some other musical surprises in store, though.

Faced with a requirement to take a year off from receiving a vital grant from Colorado Creative Industries (formerly the Colorado Council on the Arts), the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) has received a foundation offer to help make up that shortfall and ensure a full season of Sundays@Six shows in Cole Park this summer. But ALMA only receives the funding if it raises enough money in new and upgraded memberships. To spotlight this effort and celebrate a wealth of local musical talent, ALMA presents ALMA and friends in concert, Wed., Feb. 16, 7pm, at the Bistro Rialto on Main St. in downtown Alamosa.

The line-up includes Latin classical music, Celtic tunes, local singer-songwriters, acoustic folk, bluegrass, jazz and more. Sweet Radish, Rhonda Mouser, Alison Kitchen, Tracy and James Doyle, Lucas and Rosa Salazar are confirmed performers, with more sure to come. Valley singer-songwriter ANTONIO LOPEZ now confirmed to play, too. Tickets are $10, and performers are donating their talents, so all proceeds will be used to support Sundays@Six.