Brown Bag Performance Series Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quintet Today

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Always free, always entertaining, take a lunch break at the Brown Bag Performance series in Fuller Lodge. 
Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, these concerts have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community. Performances are noon, usually on the first Wednesday of each month but dates may vary. Brown Bag is funded in part by the County of Los Alamos.
For the June 7 Brown Bag, LAAC presents Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quintet. The Quintet will perform works by W.A. Mozart and Max Bruch.
Jessica Smucker, violinist, started playing violin using the Suzuki method at age 4 and continued her violin studies through her undergraduate years at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. Although she pursued a career in science following college, music has always been her true passion. Since moving to Santa Fe from Indianapolis seven years ago, Jessica has performed with the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, the Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and various chamber groups. Ms. Smucker plays a violin made in 1906 by Valentino de Zorzi in Florence, Italy.
Ari Le, violinist, began playing the violin and viola while growing up in New York. During his college years in Boston, he continued to play in orchestras and chamber ensembles. His violin mentors were Lucy Corwin, Hisako Resnick, Charles Sherba, and Rictor Noren. After earning his PhD in physics at MIT, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the UCSD in San Diego, during which time he performed with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra. Ari is currently a postdoctoral fellow in plasma physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory and is the concertmaster with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. Dr. Le plays a violin made in 1926 by Giuseppe Giacchetti in Rome. 
Eve Kaye, violist, began playing piano at an early age, added violin in grade school, and viola many years later as an adult. She attended UCSB and UCLA earning degrees in economics and education while playing music on the side and has worked for the Chancellor’s Office of the University of California, the RAND Corporation doing data analysis and program evaluation, and after moving to Santa Fe, at the Santa Fe Institute as Personal and Research Assistant to Murray Gell-Mann. She played in the UCSB orchestra, taking occasional lessons with Heiichiro Ohyama, studied with Yukiko Kamei at UCLA, and currently plays violin/viola in the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, Turquoise Trail Baroque, and many smaller ensembles. Ms. Kaye plays a violin made in 1978 by Sergio Peresson in Philadelphia.
Brian Newnam, violist, began playing the violin at age 5. While a graduate student of physics at the University of Southern California he studied violin with William Kurasch, a principal violinist of the Los Angeles recording studios. Moving to Los Alamos in 1972, Dr. Newnam was employed for 30 years as an optical and laser physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As a New Mexican, he has performed as violinist and violist with the Orchestra of Santa Fe, the San Juan Symphony, and the community orchestras of Los Alamos and Santa Fe. He is a member of a number of chamber music groups that appear each concert season. Dr. Newnam plays a viola made in 1950 by Genuzio Carletti in Pieve di Cento, Italy. 
Jim Knudson, cellist, has been for the past 27 years a physicist and engineer at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center. Prior to moving to Los Alamos in 1986, he performed as cellist with several orchestras in Bloomington, Indiana, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. In northern New Mexico, Jim has performed with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Symphony. Dr. Knudson plays a cello made in 2004 by Georg Albeck in Santa Fe.
Future LAAC Events:
  • June 15, LAAC Annual MeetingFuller Lodge Pajarito Room, 7 p.m.
  • July 15, Sec Sandooval Chalk Walk at Ashley Pond 10 to 1 p.m.
  • August 7 to 12, Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency, Crossroads Bible Church, Performance 7 p.m., August 12
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