Holiday cheer to be featured at Brown Bag show

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By Kirsten Laskey

The holiday spirit is here and at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Fuller Lodge, the season’s music will ring through the air during the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag concert.

The Black Mesa Quintet will take the stage to perform selections from “Carmen” by Bizet and the “Second Suite in F” by Holst. Some Renaissance music will also be heard during the free concert.

Additionally, the musicians will play a few holiday pieces such as “He is Divine” and “O Holy Night.”

The Black Mesa Quintet is made up of Jan McDonald, trumpet; Bruce Letellier, trumpet; John Hargreaves, French horn; Larry Bronisz, trombone; and Jerry Morzinski, tuba.

While some of the faces have changed in the quintet, Black Mesa, which was founded by McDonald and Joel Holland, has performed for about 20 years.

“We just all like to play this type of music,” Morinski said. “It’s fun to play with the quintet.”

He added since it is the start of the holiday season, people “appreciate hearing some Christmas tunes. Fuller Lodge is a nice place to play – it’s intimate and close to the audience.”

One of the advantages of the Brown Bag, McDonald said, is performing this music for the audience.

“It’s all about the music,” he said, “(We) enjoy sharing it with everybody else.”

Another plus is performing next to his fellow musicians.

“They’re all highly trained musicians and they are all serious about music,” McDonald said.

Morinski said in a quintet, everyone has their own weight to carry and  from that stand point, he said, it is a fun experience.

The sound a quintet makes, McDonald said, is “a special sound.” It’s different from the music of woodwinds, strings and brass bands.

The Black Mesa Quintet has taken that sound to weddings, funerals and various concerts.

The upcoming Brown Bag concert will offer a “program is geared toward getting into the Christmas spirit,” McDonald said.