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Arts Council to host Brown Bag Lunch April 3

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Series presents pianists Kim Bakkum and Claire Detels, in recital at noon April 3 at Fuller Lodge.  

Bakkum and Detels will present a concert for four-hands piano titled “One Hundred Years of Great Four-Hand Music.”

Bakkum recently moved to Taos after 25 years of being in the musical arts in the Akron/Cleveland area. Bakkum has had the fortune of international residencies with Singers Companye, an Akron based Choir, as well as performances with Cleveland Opera on Tour, performances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and opera, lieder studies in both Graz and Vienna Austria and throughout Spain and Italy. Bakkum has been an active pianist and teacher both at the University of Akron and Kent State Universities, but her heart is truly in her independent, private students. 

Bakkum has enjoyed performing with Taos Chamber Music Group as well as being a Staff Pianist with Taos Opera Institute. 

Detels received her bachelor’s of arts degree from Colorado College and her master’s of arts degree and Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, including keyboard studies with Randolph Hokanson, Neil O’Doan, Carole Terry, Margaret Gries, and later with Alan Chow and jazz pianist Claudia Burson. She is now a retired Professor Emerita from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (1982-2008).  

Since her move to Taos, Detels has performed as pianist and harpsichordist with Taos Soundscapes, the Lee/Detels Duo, the Taos Community Chorus, the Taos Opera Institute, and PianoTaos; and as violinist with the Turquoise Trail Baroque Band, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and the Schwartzman/Detels duo. She is currently music director at El Pueblito Methodist Church in Taos and a board member of Taos Soundscapes.

The recital on April 3 will include works by Schubert, Faure, and Rachmaninoff. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.