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A familiar face will be the featured flute soloist in the Los Alamos Symphony’s concert on Oct. 29. Kay Dunn, formerly Kay Kollman, lived in Los Alamos from 1964-1982 and was active during those years in the local music scene – giving recitals, playing in the Sinfonietta (now Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra) and Light Opera and teaching piano and flute.
She returned to Los Alamos in 2007 and picked up her musical activities again.
Dunn’s musical life began at age four when she began playing violin.
At age 11, in a outburst, she declared, “I’m not going to play violin any more and you can’t make me!” Little did she know, her mother was listening. Her parents, both musicians, demanded, “Well, what do you want to take its place?” Caught off guard and without thinking, she blurted out, “flute!”
Her father brought home three flutes. When she blew into them, she only got an air sound out of two. The third one produced a squeak and she kept it.
Thus, Dunn’s love of the flute began and has continued throughout her life. She has studied with two teachers, Myron Russell, conductor of the Waterloo Symphony, and Barbara Stubbs of The University of New Mexico.
Dunn will perform “Poem For Flute and Orchestra” by Charles T. Griffes.
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