Monthly music concerts start at First Presbyterian

Patterned on 'brown bag concerts,' the series features a variety of popular and classical works

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 10/2/19

A new music series titled "First Friday Noon at First Presbyterian" is debuting Friday (Oct. 4) at noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This is …

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Monthly music concerts start at First Presbyterian

Patterned on 'brown bag concerts,' the series features a variety of popular and classical works

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A new music series titled "First Friday Noon at First Presbyterian" is debuting Friday (Oct. 4) at noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

This is described as an ongoing monthly series modeled after the so-called brown bag concerts that have proved popular across the nation. They will be ongoing each month for the next year. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 to $20 will be appreciated.

The event is organized by Claire Detels and Mark Jackson. The first concert is titled, "Love in Many Languages," featuring Jackson singing a Spanish song, French and Italian opera arias, German art songs and American musical theater numbers. Detels will accompany on piano, plus perform as a soloist for a medley of selections from the musical "West Side Story."

Among works to be performed are "Besame Mucho," "Votre Toast" from Bizet's "Carmen," Brahms' "Magelone Lieder," "La Traviata" "father aria," "West Side Story" medley, "Somewhere" from "West Side Story," "Bring Him Home" from "Les Misérables" and "Music of the Night" from the "Phantom of the Opera."

In November, the series continues with a cello and piano program by Detels and Rebecca Caron. Program will include the Brahms "Cello Sonata" movement No. 1, among other works. In December, there will be a holiday concert featuring musical artists from the community performing a variety of seasonal holiday music.

In 2020, January through July will include performances by Detels, Mark Jackson, a program by the Turquoise Trail Baroque Band, an hour of Appalachian and banjo music, a vocal recital recital, and some songs sung and performed by several young people in the music community. "We will be soliciting performers from the community as the season progresses," a press release states.

Detels, who is a collaborative pianist and assistant director, is a musicologist, pianist, harpsichordist, violinist and jazz vocalist who moved to Taos in 2014 after a career of teaching at the University of Arkansas' department of music in Fayetteville (1982-2008).

She has performed as keyboardist with the Kansas City Early Music Ensemble, the Duo Courante, and Ensemble Courante, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Ozark Festival Orchestra. Her research specialties and publications are in 19th-century Italian opera and feminist aesthetics, and her performance specialties are in French Baroque harpsichord music, African American piano music of the Delta region and women piano composers.

Since moving to Taos in 2014, Detels has appeared in performances with the Taos Community Chorus, the Taos Opera Institute, the Taos Contra Dance Band and is a founding member and current president of the Taos Soundscapes chamber music players.

Jackson is an opera singer, director, impresario and teacher. He has degree in music from Colorado University and The Boston Conservatory. He has sung with many opera companies in the United States, where his career has taken him to several places in the world and given many concerts and opera performances.

He is going on 15 years singing with Taos Community Chorus and is also the director of the The Troubadours, a holiday season chorus that is a community outreach of the Taos Community Chorus. He has performed with the Taos Chamber Music Group, and given many recitals at the Harwood Museum.

Jackson sang in Andrea Clearfield and Ariana Kramer's "Transformed by Fire" sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Recently, he has been a performer and became a board member of Taos Soundscapes. He teaches at the Taos Youth Music School and privately out of his Taos Institute of Vocal Arts studio. He is the music director at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos.

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