Julia Thom is a native of Western New York and has lived in the Farmington area since 1990. She and her husband, Mick Hesse, lived and performed in Norway, traveled extensively, and continue to enjoy music together.  Julia is retired from teaching at CCSD and San Juan College, and devotes time to knitting and accompanying at First Presbyterian Church in Farmington, NM.

Artistry of Bruce & Sharon Rhoten for trumpet and piano, with music by Kaminski, Francaix, Torelli and more, with the North German Radio Philharmonic

“Hope Not Hate” dedicated to Marcel TybergPart 3
Music by Ullmann, Löwenthal, Dauber, and Tyberg
Roving with the Arts presents “Local Favorite” 
Les Leach received his Bachelor '64 and Master in Music Education '71 degrees from The University of New Mexico and did advanced study in Orff Schulwerk at NAU.  He has taught Band, Choir and general music at the public schools and university levels in New Mexico and at NAU.  He has been honored by the New Mexico Music Educators Association having been inducted into the NM Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2002 and selected as the Emeritus Teacher in 2021.   Les retired in 2015 after 51 years in Music Education.
“Hope not Hate” features music by Viktor Ullman & Zikmund Schul who were killed in Auschwitz in 1944.  Ullman was born in 1898 and was very active in music composition and performance while living in Theresienstadt before being deported to Auschwitz on October 16 1944, and murdered the next day.
Daniel Fear received his Bachelor of Music Education from New Mexico State University and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration through Eastern New Mexico University. 
In 2016 Mr. Fear accepted the position of Coordinator of Fine Arts for Farmington Municipal Schools.  
Daniel is a member of Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation and an active tuba player in many local ensembles including SW Civic Winds, Celebration Brass and Kissmah Brass Band. Mr. Fear is an active clinician in New Mexico and Colorado.
Roving with the Arts presents “Music of Hope, not Hate”. I begin a 25 part series of music written by imprisoned, mostly Jewish, musicians during WW 2 in Nazi prison camps between 1933 and 1945. These ill-fated musicians and composers, ensnared in the Holocaust, prevailed by performing and composing music of profound importance and beauty. Many of them were murdered but their music will live forever.
Join me the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 9:00 AM, to discover their music.

“Local Favorite” Bruce Rhoten lives in Hannover, Germany. His connection with Farmington comes by way of the Trumpet Geezers with whom he presented two masterclasses. Bruce worked his way to the top of the profession via Eastman School of Music, The West Point Military Band, Cincinnati Symphony, Dusseldorf Opera and Ballet Orchestra and culminated as principal trumpet with the North German Radio philharmonic in Hannover, Germany.

Cellist Sandy Kiefer, our 7th “Local Favorite”, sets the standard of cello playing and teaching in the Four Corners. Her story takes us to Vienna, Singapore, Washington DC, Canada, and many US states. Her playing experience is unique and her love of teaching infectious. Sandy's story is fascinating, inspiring, and noteworthy as she shares her musical favorites with you.

“Local Favorite” Diana Hobbs is a sought after piano player from Farmington. Ms. Hobbs has been a favorite accompanist for many musicians in town as well as a church solo musician and choir/hymn accompanist. Diana was a steady pianist for the “Dead Composers” concert series and Showcase on Dustin. Listen to some of her favorites including Gershwin, Debussy, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff.

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