By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
Classical guitar music is something that can be heard around the world and at 7 p.m. Thursday, the music will be played locally. Los Alamos native Mohit Dubey will present a free performance in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.
Dubey grew up in Los Alamos but studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio where he is pursuing both a guitar and a physics degree. He is working as a summer intern at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dubey actually hosted a previous free performance at Mesa Public Library last summer and decided to do it again.
He explained the program he will present Thursday is coming off the heals of his junior recital at school. Dubey said he will perform from every era of classical guitar- from Bach in the baroque musical period to contemporaries such as Venezuela’s Antonio Lauro and France’s Roland Dyens.
Dubey, 20, said he has been playing the guitar for half his life so far. “I started playing the guitar at age 10,” he said, “just taking lessons in Los Alamos from Tim Gallegos.”
He said he originally wanted to be a rock star but once he started classes at New Mexico School for the Arts “that’s where my classical guitar journey began.”
Dubey explained he picked up the guitar because the “first thing that attracts me … is its tone … and then on top of that there is a lot of amazing, beautiful music written around the world for this one instrument The guitar itself embodies this unity of world cultures through music.”
He is excited to provide a second free concert at the library. Dubey said at his previous concert he saw a lot of familiar faces in the audience. He hopes to see more familiar faces alongside new ones Thursday. The library is a great venue because it offers a laid-back, comfortable vibe and good acoustics. “In general it is just a good atmosphere,” Dubey said.
At a young age, Dubey already has built an impressive resume as a musician. He studies at Oberlin Conservatory and has performed in concerts around the world including Italy, Jordan and India. Plus, Dubey has been a semifinalist in the Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition for three consecutive years.
In looking at the possibility of a future career as classical guitarist, Dubey said he is at a crossroads. He said he definitely wants to pursue music but also realizes the need to pay bills and rent. It’s tough to make a living doing live performances when so many people get their music experiences through Youtube. Dubey said he wants to keep people aware of why it matters to see live music.
Dubey will also perform at 7 p.m. July 1 at the San Miguel Mission at 401 Old Santa Fe Trail. Tickets are $10 and children younger than age 12 will be admitted for free.