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The Fuller Lodge hosts a series of Brown Bag Performance Series at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. The free shows present a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, that have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community. This next month will feature the Ad Hoc Brass Octet.
There are two brass quintets playing regularly in town: High Mesa and Brave New Brass. The two combined forces to play some large ensemble music, something which is hard to accomplish because of the difficulty of coordinating and getting 10 people to agree on a rehearsal and performance schedule. They ended up with four players from one quintet and three from the other, plus one agreeable sub, to give them a combination of eight players. There is a vast collection of Gabrieli double-choirs and other large-group pieces to choose from. The Gabrieli pieces represent the height of polyphonic music from the Renaissance era, and the pieces chosen to showcase that style. They include other Renaissance-era music by composers of that period, such as Bach, Susato and Boismortier. Ad Hoc Brass Octet consists of the following eight players.
• Bruce Warren moved to Los Alamos in 2000. After decades of not playing, he picked up the trombone again in 2008 and enjoys playing with the Los Alamos Community Winds and other musical groups in town.
• Jerry Morzinski performs regularly on tuba and trombone with various groups in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. He also directs the choir at IHM Catholic Church.
• Mandy Marksteiner has been playing the trumpet for more than 20 years, has a bachelor of arts degree in music from Lawrence University and teaches trumpet lessons.
• Bruce Letellier plays regularly with numerous ensembles in Los Alamos and Santa Fe.
• Deniece Korzekwa plays tuba with the Los Alamos Community Winds, string bass with the Los Alamos Big Band and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
• Dave Korzekwa plays trumpet regularly with the Los Alamos Community Winds and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
• Dean Decker has played trumpet in Community Symphonies and bands for 40 years. He currently plays with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and the Los Alamos Big Band.
• Larry Bronisz started musical studies in the Los Alamos schools long ago, including lessons from Jan McDonald. He enjoys classical and jazz genres, and has recently taken up cello again.