We hope you are doing well.
David has been busy composing new pieces for our marimba ensemble and Arlyn is busy trying to figure out how to navigate the earth plane better – getting to preschool on time, washing the dishes, mopping the snowmelt off the floor, and trying to get down to a reasonable amount of stuff in the house. A couple of resources that Arlyn has been finding useful: clutterbug.me, Marie Kondo’s work as well as Journal Me Organized by Rebecca Spooner.
A butterfly found its way into the drum room this week and we are breathing in it’s magic, even if it is a little too early for spring.
And this is a friendly reminder to reach out to those that you love and let them know how you feel.
Arlyn & David
* UPCOMING EVENTS *
— Youth Kendama Club Wednesdays Feb. 6th through March 27th-–
- Kendama Club with kendama coach, David Alderdice, at Hotchkiss K-8, Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00pm. February through March 2019 in Mr. Fixmer’s room. Kendamas are traditional wooden skill toys with origins from around the world. Offered as a gift. Sponsored by Arts 4 All. Open to students in grades 3rd through 8th. Students from throughout the county are welcome. No experience needed. 872-4238 or contact David Alderdice to sign up or for more info.
— Community & Parade Band at TLC Chinese New Year Dinner ––
- February 8th. Chinese New Year celebration and feast at Edesia Kitchen in Paonia, CO 5:30-7:30pm with music from the NFV Community & Parade Band. All funds from the dinner go to the 501(c)3 non-profit The Learning Council for their gift classes and outreach programs. info and reservations
— February Il Divo Colorado Concerts —
- February 8, 7:30pm, Paradise Theatre, Paonia, CO
- February 9, 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, Grand Junction, CO
- February 10, 3:00pm, Montrose Pavilion
“Songs of Villains and Heroes” Il Divo Colorado. Tickets Comprised of four award-
— Celebration of Life for Cory McClure —
- Saturday, January 16th at 1:00pm at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.
— Women’s Rhythm & Drumming Gathering —
- Women’s Rhythm and Drumming with Arlyn Alderdice. Saturday, February 23rd from 1:30pm-4pm at the Heideman’s dome just outside Hotchkiss, CO. Come as you are. We’ll spend time checking-in and coming into rhythm together and we’ll play. For new drummers as well as experienced musicians. Offered by donation. Please contact or call 872-4238 for more information. (we’ll also gather March 30th).
— March Marimba Class Series for Adults and Teens —
- Marimba & Rhythm Class Series with Arlyn Alderdice. Three Saturdays 10:00-11:30am, March 2, 9 & 16 at our teaching studio outside Hotchkiss, CO. A fun way to play music together with a group. For new players as well as experienced musicians. $35 for the three week series. Please RSVP by replying to this email so I can plan accordingly or contact or call 872-4238.
— NFV Community & Parade Band —
- Friday, March 1st, Java and Jazz (middle and high school jazz bands will also play) at the Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss, 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 2nd, Mardi Gras Party and Feast at the Edesia Warehouse in Paonia the band will play from 6:00-7:30 p.m. with a break in between. more info soon.
— Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble in Grand Junction, CO —
- Friday March 15th, 7:30pm at the KAFM Radio room. more info soon
— Valley Youth Orchestra Concert including a piece by David Alderdice —
- Celebrating the Tapestry of American Composers. Join VYO for their silent auction and concert on March 16th, 2019 at Delta High School, 1400 Pioneer Road. Email: VYOseat (at) gmail.com for reserved seating.
- 4:30 Silent Auction begins
- 5:30 Dinner
- 7:00 Concert
This concert is comprised of music by American composers. We have pieces inspired by folk music, music from Broadway shows, and four brand new pieces composed especially for the VYO by local musicians, including “Days 4 & 5” by David Alderdice with Dylan Fixmer and Arlyn Alderdice, and pieces by some of our own students. Buy Tickets
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
— by Rumi From The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks with John Moyne