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A physicist and pianist to play Brown Bag show

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By Kirsten Laskey

A little bit of old and new will be featured in Peter Pesic’s program for the upcoming Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. April 2 at Fuller Lodge.During the free concert, Pesic, a pianist, will not only perform Bach’s “Fifth Partita” and Schubert’s “Sonata in A Major,” he will also play a piece by one of his former students, David Macdonald, who is a composer in New York.Pesic described the Bach piece as one of his “liveliest pieces.” He added it should be interesting to pair the “Fifth Partita” with Macdonald’s work because it looks back to Bach but has a contemporary feel. “It a new take on an old form,” Pesic said.He selected the Schubert piece because it is a “big, unusual piece that is not often heard.”Pesic has performed several times in Los Alamos and is looking forward to returning to Fuller Lodge. He explained Fuller Lodge has a lot of history in its walls and he enjoys the audiences that come to his shows. “It a very interesting and intelligent audience,” Pesic said.As a physicist, Pesic said he feels he shares common interests with members of the audience.“It also a very curious audience that is interested in new and unusual pieces,” he said.In addition to the location and audience, Pesic said he also enjoys the concerts’ relaxed atmosphere. “I’ve been doing informal concerts in Santa Fe ee they are very much enjoyable. Informal concerts are more relaxed,” he said. “It’s a different and interesting way for people to have access to classical music.”He encourages the community to experience the concert themselves because “it’s an unusual group of works,” Pesic said. “It’s a chance to hear Schubert’s sonata ee it’s kind of an unusual opportunity to hear these works in a relaxed and informal setting.”Pesic studied at Harvard and Stanford, where he received a doctorate in physics and studied piano with Naomi Sparrow. He also attended Aspen Music School.Pesic is currently a tutor and musician-in-residence at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. He has performed in Ann Arbor, Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Seattle, Turin, Italy, Aston Magna and Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Mass.Pesic said, “I’ve been interested (in music) since I was a child.”He explained he learned to play the violin, but became interested in the piano in college. After completing his physics degree, Pesic decided he was more interested in music. This decision resulted in his becoming a pianist for 35 years. In addition to performing, Pesic has written several articles and four books on music and science, which include “Labyrinth: A Search for the Hidden Meaning of Science,” “Seeing Double: Physics, Philosophy and Literature,” “Abel’s Proof: An Essay on the Sources and Meaning of Mathematical Unsolvability” and “Sky in a Bottle.”The Los Alamos Arts Council sponsors the Brown Bag series.