Brown Bag to feature music among friends

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By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag recitals are noted for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The next recital in the series, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, will be one of the most close-knit yet.

It’s a musical featuring friends. In fact, the title of the program is “Music with Friends.”

Donna Smith, piano; Alice Mutschlecner, violin; Marke-Talley, viola; Heather Vincent, cello; along with the members of the Black Mesa Quintet will perform at the noontime concert.

The Black Mesa Quintet includes Jan McDonald, trumpet; Bruce Letellier, trumpet; John Hargreaves, French horn; Larry Bronisz, trombone; Jerry Morzinski, tuba; and Len Stovall, percussion.

The music will include “Toccata in Eb Minor,” by Aram Khachaturian and “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 15,” by Gabriel Faure.

The quintet will perform “Janfare,” by local composer Francis Meier, “William Tell Overture,” by Gioachino Rossini and “The Earle of Oxford Marche,” by William Byrd.

In regard to the concert, Smith said, “basically the works by the major composers are wonderful and the interaction with other musicians is what I love also.”

All the musicians have collaborated with one another, whether it was through the Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra or other groups.

Even the music reflects the bonds the musicians share.

Smith said to honor Jan McDonald when he retired from his position in the music department at Los Alamos High School, Meier wrote “Janfare.”

Besides getting to play amongst friends, Smith said she is eager to take part in the Brown Bag because “I was trained in applied piano music and trained to be a performer. I’ve performed all my life. I would like to continue perform.”

The Brown Bag  recital is free and open to the public.