Brown Bag Concert Feb. 5 Features Pianist Claire Detels And Baritone Mark Johnson



Franz Schubert was born on Jan. 31, 1797. In the grand tradition of “Schubertiade,” Claire Detels, Piano, and Mark Jackson, Baritone, will present several Schubert pieces on at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5.  This noontime performance will be in the Historic Fuller Loge. The “Schubertiade” tradition dates back to composer Franz Schubert’s lifetime in Vienna (1797-1828) when Schubert’s friends gathered for evening house parties dedicated to his and others’ music.  Since then, it has become a favorite way to gather Classical and Romantic music fans for a relaxed afternoon or evening of chamber music and refreshments. The lunchtime is a perfect time to join our artists for this lovely Brown Bag Performance!

Born in Seattle, with BA from Colorado College and MA and PHD from the University of Washington, Claire Detels is Professor Emerita from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she specialized in late 19th-c. opera, feminist aesthetics, Baroque performance practice, and African-American and women composers and genres.

Since her retirement and move to Taos in 2014, Detels has performed as pianist and harpsichordist in Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Alamosa, and Durango for Taos Soundscapes, Taos Artists-in-Schools, Turquoise Trail Baroque, Taos Community Chorus, Taos Opera Institute, and Pianotaos; and also as a violinist with the Turquoise Trail Baroque, and violist with the Rio Grande Strings and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO).  She is currently Music Director at El Pueblito United Methodist Church, and also serves on the Boards of LASO and Taos Soundscapes, and is co-director with Mark Jackson of the new First Friday Noon at First Presbyterian Concert Series in Taos.

Mark Jackson studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music and has sung leading roles with many opera companies in the U.S. and around the world, and has more recently performed with the Taos Chamber Music Group, Taos Community Chorus and Taos Soundscapes.   Recently Mark was the premiering soloist in Andrea Clearfield’s “Transformed by Fire,” supported by the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

We invite the community to come during grab a sandwich, soup, or salad from Ruby K’s Bagel Café, come over to Fuller Lodge, and enjoy a superb performance. Admission if free. 

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, a 501c3 non-profit corporation and public charity that has been supporting creative arts activities in Los Alamos for 50 years. For more information, visit or call (505) 663-0477.