Brown Bag Performance Series

Always free, always entertaining! Take a lunch break at the very popular 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.  You will love the variety this series presents! Brown Bag Performances help to connect the community.  Performances are held at 12 pm on the first Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted).

Los Alamos Art Council follows the current health directives and recommendations. Due to concerns regarding social distancing and health risks, performances might be cancelled or moved to a virtual format with short notice. We thank you for your patience, and continued patronage of the Brown Bag Performance Series. For questions or concerns you may contact us (505) 662-1635.

Los Alamos Arts Council’s
Brown Bag Performance Series LIVE at Fuller Lodge!

We are once again able to have performances in Fuller Lodge. Mask are required indoors at all times.

September 1, 2021: Peter Pesic

The Los Alamos Arts Council’s free Brown Bag Performance Series presents an in-person concert featuring pianist Peter Pesic. The live concert takes place at noon on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. MASKS ARE REQUIRED IN FULLER LODGE.

Peter Pesic is Musician-in-Residence at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. His six books, seven editions, and sixty papers consider questions in the history and philosophy of science, music, and ideas. He was educated at Harvard and Stanford, where he received a doctorate in physics and then attended the Aspen Music School. Over the years, he has given many concerts at Los Alamos, including a cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas.

Director of St. John’s Science Institute (which offers week-long intensive seminars on important texts in science and mathematics), he is also an Associate of the Department of Physics at Harvard University.

October 6, 2021: SaxAtomix

Members: Bryan Fearey, Joyce Guzik, Wendy Keffeler, Paul Lewis, Adolfo Meana, Jr

Saxophone and a music sheet
Photo by EAVONE Jazzman on Unsplash

The SaxAtomix began in 2017 as a quartet consisting of players drawn from the
Los Alamos Community Winds. Initially meting up just for the fun of jamming through jazz charts
together. Over time, the group’s composition and goals shifted. The quartet became a quintet, and decided to challenge themselves with more difficult pieces for multiple external performances

November 3, 2021: Kathleen Ryan

Kathleen Ryan has an AB in music and anthropology at Duke University and an MA in music at the Claremont Graduate University. Her piano teachers included Alice Shapiro, Ivan Waldbauer, and Barbara Lister-Sink. Kathleen was the 2008 Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Commissioned Composer, for which she composed Verbs, a set of 24 preludes for piano left hand alone. Verbs was released on CD in 2014, recorded by Santa Fe pianist Keith Porter-Snell.

Kathleen has recorded five albums of her original piano solos. She is currently at work on a sixth, Meditations of My Heart, which will feature arrangements of devotional songs and hymns as well as originals.

Kathleen’s music demonstrates a contemporary impressionist style which borrows techniques and forms from classical, folk, blues, and Broadway music. In a varied career, she has played snare drum in a marching band, composed a folk rock opera, improvised music for dancers, delivered singing telegrams, and composed and directed music for theater productions. She lives in the wilds of New Mexico with her husband, two magnificent cats, and a nearly tame squirrel.


December 1, 2021: Jan Mac Donald -Black Mesa Brass

Los Alamos Arts Council Donations
Donate to the LAAC at Brown Bag Performances

The 2021-2021 Brown Bag Performance Series is sponsored in part by the County of Los Alamos.

We encourage a variety of performances during this popular and well-attended performance venue. If you would like to perform on our Brown Bag Performance series, please contact the Arts Council directly, at 505-663-0477.

Please email your request and materials to us at  We encourage poets, dancers, musicians, & scholars of the performing arts to present a one hour program, free to the public. Please inquire.