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The idea for this month’s Brown Bag originally was a Valentines’ Day themed concert but the schedule pushed the concert to January. Despite the concert being earlier than the holiday dedicated to love, soprano Viera Moore, violinist David Moore and pianist Cindy Little are still focusing their music on romance.
The Brown Bag concert, titled “Meditation and Remembrance of Women’s Loves and Lives,” is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
One of the pieces featured in the concert, Schumann’s “Frauen Lieben und Leben,” is a cycle of poems by Adelbert von Chamisso that were set to music. The poems describe the course of a woman’s love for her man from courtship to marriage to death.
Additionally, the second piece that will be performed, Massenet’s opera “Meditation from Thais,” addresses a different type of love.
The opera is about a monk who attempts to convert Thais, a courtesan, to Christianity. Ultimately, Thais does convert and goes into isolation for three years. David will perform a solo that addresses what is going through Thais’ mind as she embraces religion.
Although this is the first time all three musicians have performed together, they have seen each other in action as singers in the choral society.
In their first recital, Viera said, “(We) have to bring something to it. It’s a nice gift. (I) grew up in this town, raised a family, got married … it’s comforting to go home and present this to the community in (my) hometown.”
She added Los Alamos has such a rich musical history and performing in the Brown Bag is an opportunity to add to that history.
David said he is focusing on a more basic thing for the concert – surviving. Although he has done vocal solos in the past, it is his first opportunity performing a violin solo.
Despite a few performing jitters, they are eager to be a part of the Brown Bag series.
“I love Fuller Lodge,” Viera said. “I think the history speaks for itself.”
David said, “The audience at the Brown Bag are very appreciative and knowledgeable (and) sophisticated. It’s a good audience for this type of adventure.
“We’ve gone to several Brown Bags (and) it’s just really nice, non-judgmental but knowledgeable.”
Viera added, “It’s a nice way to share music and entertain the community.”
She said it is quite a privilege to perform in the series and she hopes everyone will attend and enjoy the music.