Brave New Brass Opens Brown Bag Concert Series

Brave New Brass from left, Deniece Krozekwa, tuba; Dave Korzekwa, trumpet; Elizabeth Hunke, French horn; Mandy Marksteiner, trumpet; and Bruce Warren, trombone. Courtesy photo

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Join the Los Alamos Arts Council in opening the new season of its Brown Bag Performance Series at noon Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The LAAC’s Brown Bag concerts showcase local preforming artists and are free and open to the public Performances are generally the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble recently formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa. The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations, and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos for the past year and a half.

For this concert, Brave New Brass presents its Musical Grand Tour. The Grand Tour launches amid New York City’s traffic, with sound effects by Aaron Copland. We land in Spain, where Isaac Albéniz pays tribute to Argentina, birthplace of the tango. A French lullaby to Brother Jack and the green Picardy landscape frame our Russian excursion, hosted by civil engineer Victor Ewald, and the sounds of Baroque Italy sparkle in Tomaso Albinoni’s music for trumpet. Homeward bound, we relax a little on Bourbon Street in New Orleans before a joyful return to the West, courtesy of Eric Ewazen. 

Members of the group are all local Los Alamos musicians, with Elizabeth Hunke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), and Bruce Warren (trombone.)

As an applied mathematician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Elizabeth Hunke develops and maintains the Los Alamos Sea Ice Model, CICE, which is used in numerous climate modeling centers around the world. In her spare time she plays horn with several Los Alamos ensembles. She is active in the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots that provides scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community.

Dave Korzekwa is a retired metallurgical engineer. He plays regularly with the Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW) and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. Korzekwa has lived in Los Alamos for over 30 years and also enjoys repairing and customizing brass instruments.

Deniece Korzekwa is a materials engineer in the Nuclear Materials Science group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She plays tuba with the Los Alamos Community Winds, string bass with the Los Alamos Big Band and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. In her spare time she calls square dancing for Mountain Mixers square dance club.

Mandy Marksteiner has been playing the trumpet for more than 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Lawrence University and teaches trumpet lessons. She also has a full-service advertising business and is married with two children.

Bruce Warren moved to Los Alamos in 2000, after a career teaching photography. He spent much of his time in college playing in the jazz band, symphonic band, and various other groups at the University of Denver. After decades of not playing, he picked up the trombone again in 2008 and enjoys playing with the Los Alamos Community Winds and other musical groups in town.

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