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The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the next Brown Bag Performance Series, noon at March 5 at Fuller Lodge.
The Quintet nicknamed “The Trout” will be performing works of Franz Schubert — a piano quintet in A major, D.667: Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo, Tema, Finale.
“The Trout” is called that because the fourth movement has variations sung by mezzo soprano Pauline Schneider. The unusual instrumentation for the quintet is Mary Helen Klare on violin, Kathy Gursky on viola, Rebecca Caron on cello and Patrick Neher on double bass and Juanita Madland on piano.
This is the third Los Alamos “Schubertiade” since October 2012. These concerts are a good will offering to Los Alamos.
Schneider moved to New Mexico in 1999 and she has been the executive director for Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization since 2001. She also works for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses as a Hospice Music Therapist. She sings every Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe in the chancel choir.
Klare taught orchestra in the Los Alamos Public Schools until her retirement in 2001, while maintaining a private teaching studio in her home. Though retired from public school teaching, she continues to be invited as string adjudicator for music festivals in the state. As a violinist she is a former concertmaster of the Los Alamos Sinfonietta (now the Los Alamos Symphony) and has played in the El Paso Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony and the San Juan Symphony in the Four Corners Area. Currently she is a member of the Roswell Symphony and the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra.
Gursky is a native of Los Alamos. She started out on violin, studying with Pat Gambell, then switched to viola in her junior year in high school. Along the way, she played in Klare’s junior high orchestra. She has played in the Los Alamos Sinfonietta/Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, University of Chicago Symphony, and is currently co-principal of the viola section of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra. She also plays in various chamber groups, including performing chamber works with Concordia Santa Fe.
Caron, co-artistic director of Soundscapes, began her musical career in Seattle, Wash. She served as cellist for the Caron Quartet, Oncydium Chamber Baroque, Moveable Music, Music from Angel Fire, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. She currently performs with the San Juan Symphony and maintains a private teaching studio in Santa Fe.
Neher is a Los Alamos native, a double bass performer and professor. He received his Master of Music Degree with Honors from the Juilliard School of Music in 1981. He is a former member of the San Diego Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the American Philharmonic, the New Orleans Symphony, the New 20th Century Players and for 10 years he was principal bassist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Madland’s favorite sound is Chamber music. She was Professional Music Teachers of NM 2002 Teacher of the Year. She has played in Europe a dozen times and won a Ted Mack National competition. She taught K-12 for 27 years and at UNM-LA for 15 years.