2016/2017 SEASON


All performances take place in the chapel at Haller Lake United Methodist Church, located at 13055 1st Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, USA. No need to dress up! There’s plenty of off-street, free parking! Admission is by freewill donation at the door ($20 suggested; $5 for students and children). Audience members get a chance to speak with the musicians at a post-concert reception in Fellowship Hall across from the chapel, where there are free refreshments.

Friday, July 7, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.


The Northwest Kodály Educators in association with the Kodály Levels of Seattle and Haller Lake Music Series presents a Commemorative Concert marking the 135th Anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s birth and the 50th Anniversary of his death, with a piano recital given by Gilbert de Greeve.

Belgian pianist Gilbert De Greeve, Director Emeritus of the State Music Academy of Antwerp and Professor Emeritus of the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, presents works of Zoltán Kodály, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Piano works will include Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy, Seven Pieces Opus 11 and Marosszéki Táncok by Zoltán Kodály; Impromptu Opus 90 no. 1, Impromptu Opus 90 no. 3 and Impromptu Opus 142 no. 3 by Franz Schubert and the Scenes from Childhood Opus 15 by Robert Schumann.

Proceeds benefit the Northwest Kodály Educators Scholarship Fund.


Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Pianist Chris Arpin and Roberta Downey, cellist with Seattle Symphony. Program: Chopin’s cello sonata and Rebecca Clarke’s cello sonata.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Seattle Music Teacher Association teacher showcase. Program TBA.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Nola Allen’s trio (Dave Beck on cello, Nola Allen on piano, Robert Wingert on clarinet).  Program includes: Beethoven Trio  for Piano, op 38. (all seven movements) and a song cycle by Berlioz sung by soprano Malya Muth.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

“From Beethoven to Broadway, Music for Horn and Piano”


“From Beethoven to Broadway, music for Horn and Piano”, featuring selections from famous composers of the past: Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Glazounov, Saint-Saens, Cherubini, Rachmaninoff and 20th century American composers like Leroy Ostransky, Burt Bacharach, Elmer Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rogers and Henry Mancini. This is a light-hearted look at some of Bruce Dorcy and Beverly Reese Dorcy’s most requested pieces from over 20 years of horn-piano concerts; there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Trio Seattle: Sharyn Peterson (violin), Mannfried Funk (cello), and Mayumi Tayake (piano)

Friday, February 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas Lee, pianist, & Emily Hu, cellist

Thomas Lee, pianist

Thomas Lee

For more information, please visit  www.thomasleepianist.com

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Soprano Malya Muth sings songs by Strauss and Rachmaninoff with Johanna Mastenbrook at the piano; Lucy Wenger plays solo piano pieces by Smetana; Regina Thomas sings songs by Liszt with Johanna Mastenbrook accompanying on piano.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Brittany Boulding Ensemble. Program: viola quintets (Mendelssohn and Mozart); piano trios (Dvorak and Brahms) and a Beethoven violin and piano sonata.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:X0 p.m.

Tamara Friedman, forte pianist, and Steve Daniels, violinist, perform a program of duets: a sonata by Grieg, a sonata by Beethoven, and the Schubert Fantasy, plus a special guest star who will sing “Set Mir Gegrusst,” the Schubert song that shares the same melodic theme as the Fantasy’s variation movement.


Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 7:X0 p.m.

Girsky Quartet (with Natasha Bazhanov)



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brian Chin, trumpet
Chérie Hughes, Soprano
Dainius Vaicekonis, Piano

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Brittany Boulding, violin
Tanya Stambuk, piano

Jonathan-BCSaturday February 28, 2015
Jonathan Levin, piano

Saturday March 21, 2015

Rose McIntosh, violin
Andrew Sumitani, violin
Tricia Wu, viola
Mary Riles, cello

img_9156-edit-edit-2-zf-0190-19575-1-001Saturday April 18, 2015
Trio Pardalote

Friday May 29, 2015
David Brooks, piano

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Trio Caldera

Sunday, July 12, 2015

 Chris Arpin, piano
Roberta Downey, cello
Brittany Boulding, violin

Sunday, October 11, 2015
“A Musical Journey Through Song”
MALYA MUTH, soprano

Malya and Johanna

Saturday, November 21, 2015

“Impressions of Italy”

Dale Henderson BitSNYAHOPR2aaSaturday, December 19, 2015

“J.S. Bach’s Complete Viola da Gamba Sonatas”

Bach in the Subways Day founder DALE HENDERSON,  cellist, accompanied by

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

“Musical Excursions: Chamber Music by Händel, Fauré, and Schumann”

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performing major chamber works by Handel, Fauré, and Schumann


April 2016


Partita No. 1 in Bb major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Lucy Wenger, piano

Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach

II.  Allemande
Dave Beck, cello

Cantilène by Louis Cahuzac
Joseph Limacher, clarinet
Lucy Wenger, piano

Ansias by Estéban Eitler
Joseph Limacher, clarinet

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Dave Beck, cello
Lucy Wenger, piano

Four Hungarian Dances  by Rezső Kókai
I.  Recruiting Dance
Joseph Limacher, clarinet
Lucy Wenger, piano

Trio in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
I.  Allegro
II.  Adagio
III.  Andantino grazioso
IV.  Allegro
Joseph Limacher, clarinet
Dave Beck, cello
Lucy Wenger, piano

Milonga del Ángel by Ástor Piazzolla
Lucy Wenger, piano

 March 2016

“Listening to Mozart”
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Favorite compositions

by W.A. Mozart

interspersed with readings by poet Esther Altshul Helfgott from her latest book, Listening to Mozart


ROBERT WINGERT, clarinetist

Saturday, April  23, 2016, at  7:30 p.m.

“Two Guitars”


Classical solos and duets from the 19th through the 21st centuries, including music by Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, Piazzolla, and Hilary Field


Friday, May 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

“Voix Étouffées”



Featuring compositions by four composers whose voices the Third Reich tried to silence: Erwin Schulhoff, Alfred Tokayer, Erich Korngold and Kurt Weill

Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.

“Play On!”

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Play On! Chamber Ensemble
Mary Jo DuGaw, Soprano
David Ketter, Actor
Mary Kantor, Clarinet
Martha Garrett, Violin
Kris Iverson, Piano
RoseMarie Tamburri, Piano

Play On! Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert of instrumental and vocal music of Bach, Lehar, Bozza, Josef Strauss, and will feature Apparitions, a song cycle by one of the Northwest’s finest composers, John Muehleisen. This is a premiere of a new arrangement of settings of six Walt Whitman poems. They will also premiere Kris Iverson’s arrangement of Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude. Originally a piano piece, Kris has arranged this piece for Play On!for soprano, clarinet, violin, and piano four-hands. The Lamertine poem that was included when the original piano piece was published provides the text. Related poetry will be presented throughout the concert.
free refreshments. The church has ample free off-street parking and is handicap-accessible.

Saturday October 1, 2016
Ann Cummings, pianist

Saturday October 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
“INSIDE the MUSIC, Who Says Love Isn’t Dangerous.
Featuring the works of Franz Liszt
(Ann Cummings, pianist)”


Ann Cummings, pianist

Local pianist Ann Cummings of INSIDE the MUSIC performs in the opening concert in the 2016/2017 season of the Haller Lake Music Series – “Who Says Love Isn’t Dangerous” – featuring selected works by Franz Liszt, a composer from the 19th century known for his virtuosic abilities as a pianist and for his dramatic compositions from the Romantic era of classical music. Cummings celebrates his abilities as a composer by programming works for a performance that recreates the experience of transcendence. Adding to the drama, Cummings will wear different masks for each musical selection accompanied with brief commentary for each piece. On the program: MAZEPPA (Etudes d’execution transcendente); VIVO (Grandes Etudes de Paganini); ANDANTE LAGRIMOSO (Harmonies Poetiques); MISERERE (Harmonies Poetiques); PENSEE DES MORTS (Harmonies Poetiques); CZARDAS MACABRE; WIEGENLIED; and BALLAD II.

Please visit Ms. Cummings’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AnnCummingsInsideTheMusic/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel) and her website: http://www.insidethemusic.com/Concerts/ITMLisztConcert.htm

Sunday November 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.
Geisa Dutra Geisa Dutra, pianistperforms an Ibero-Latin American program, with Spanish, Brazilian and Argentinian composers.


FREDERIC MOMPOU (1893-1987) Scenes d’Enfants (Scenes from Childhood)

Cris dans la rue (Cries on the Street)
Jeux sur la Plage (Games at the Beach)
Jeu (Game)
Jeu (Game)
Jeunnes filles au jardin (Young Ladies at the Garden)

TOM JOBIN (1927-1994)  Olha Maria (Amparo) 

HEITOR ALIMONDA (1922-2002) Desafio (Challenge)

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) (Arranged by Geisa Dutra) Two Tangos: Amelitango and Violentango

ENRIQUE GRANADOS (1867-1916) Goyescas (Los Majos Enamorados)

I. Los Requiebros

IV. Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor

VI. Epilogo: Serenata del Espectro

FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849) Two Etudes

Etude Op.25 no 9 in Gb Major Etude Op.25 no 12 in Eb Major 

Hailed as “one of the greatest talents of the new generation” – (Jornal do Comércio, Rio de Janeiro) – Brazilian-born pianist Geisa Dutra is the recipient of the 2016 Best of Seattle Award (Seattle Business Award Program), the 2015 and 2016 Thumbtack Pro Best of The Year Award, and the 2013 Artist Trust GAP Award. In 2015 she was a subject of a documentary filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, featuring her career. Geísa Dutra’s recordings include Brazilian and Spanish Piano Works; Chopin Preludes; El Ultimo Tango – Six Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and The Spanish Piano. They have earned her an international reputation as an expert on Ibero-Latin classical piano music. “Dutra’s splendid performance completely captured the spirit of Villa-Lobos’ music,” wrote a reviewer at Journal American, Washington. She has also recorded for NPR and classical music radio stations in the United States and television in Brazil 

As a recitalist and concerto soloist, she has performed in England, Belgium, Germany, Canada, the United States and Brazil. Her debut in Belgium was described as “a brilliant evening” (Wolluwe News, Brussels), and England’s Nottingham Evening Post reported, “It was a privilege and a treat to hear pianist Geísa Dutra… a gorgeous range of expression.”

She began her musical education with her mother Isabel Dutra and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as a student of Heitor and Janete Alimonda. She continued her studies in Canada and the U.S. where she was the recipient of the 1983 Johannesen International School of the Arts Award and the University of Washington’s 1985-87 Milnor Roberts and 1988 Foster and Houts Awards. As a piano student of Bèla Siki, she graduated with her Master of Music in Piano Performance as a full scholarship recipient at the University of Washington.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Broadway Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Brazil’s Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional, Orquestra Sinfonica da Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, Philharmonia Northwest, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony and Vancouver Symphony. Next January 2017, she will be the soloist of the Thalia Symphony in Seattle, performing Bachianas Brasileiras No.3 for piano and orchestra. For more details on upcoming performances: www.geisadutra.com

Friday December 9, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. 

French horn player Joshua Paulus with pianist Jamie Namkung
Joshua Paulus, french hornist

French Hornist Joshua Paulus performs in concert as part of the Haller Lake Music Series, accompanied by pianist Jamie Namkung. Mr. Paulus’ program explores different works for horn from various Nordic composers and will end with some holiday favorites. His program will include:
Salonen’s Etude
Agustsson’s Andante
Nielsen’s Canto Serioso
Korling’s Pastorale
Madsen’s Sonata
Larsson’s Concerto

Joshua Paulus currently splits his time as a professional french horn player between the sunny Los Angeles area as the newly appointed Assistant Principal and Third Horn of the Pacific Symphony and the idyllic Pacific Northwest area as a top call Seattle-area freelancer. Equally at home on the recital stage or in the concert hall he has performed all over the United States and Europe over the course of the last decade. Mr. Paulus is an active orchestral musician and in addition to the aforementioned Pacific Symphony he has held or still holds positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. In conjunction, he is also an in-demand freelance musician which has offered him the opportunity to play with many other orchestras across the country such as the Seattle Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and the New World Symphony to name a few. Along with his busy schedule for orchestral work, Mr. Paulus also served as Instructor of Horn at Loyola University of New Orleans while in residence there and actively maintained a private teaching studio. He has always been an enthusiastic soloist, clinician, and chamber musician and has participated in festivals and competitions on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr. Paulus received his M.M. from Northwestern University where he studied with Gail Williams and Bill Barnewitz and his B.M. from the University of Dayton where he studied with Dr. Richard Chenoweth. Following his studies with Dr. Chenoweth, Mr. Paulus was a featured presenter at the 2009 International Horn Symposium and his thesis work was subsequently published as a full-length article in the October 2009 issue of the Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society.

Please visit Mr. Paulus’s website: http://joshuapaulus.com/index.html

Sunday January 8, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. 
Spiritus Winds with pianist Maria Khavin

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Pianist Maria Khavin joins Spiritus Winds for Mozart’s Quintet K. 452 (which Mozart described as “the best thing I have written in my life”) and performs music for solo piano by Liszt and Chopin. Spiritus Winds opens the concert with Jean Françaix’s delightful Wind Quartet, brimming with Parisian witticism, followed by a suite from Darius Milhaud’s score for a film set in Provence during the Middle Ages and a quintet from Endre Szervánszky inspired by Hungarian folk music.

Spiritus Winds is composed of Danijela McElwee (flute), Yu-Pey Lin (oboe), Jenny Ziefel (clarinet), Paulette Altman (horn) and Jeff Eldridge (bassoon).

Pianist Maria Khavin began her musical journey in St. Petersburg, graduating from the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov State College of Music with degrees in performance, accompanying and pedagogy. Moving to the United States in 1992, she attended the University of Washington, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance under the guidance of Craig Sheppard. Ms. Khavin has been in high demand as an accompanist, teacher and recitalist, working with Northwest Opera in Schools, the Sacred Music Foundation, KING-FM 98.1, Columbia Choirs and the Northwest Mahler Festival, among many other organizations. A performing member of Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, she has been featured in numerous recitals as a soloist and collaborative pianist. In June 2014 she made her orchestral debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 453 with the Fort Worth Symphony.

The wind quintet Spiritus Winds, whose name comes from the Latin word spiritus, meaning “breath” or “breathing,” made its debut in January 2016. Its repertoire ranges from the Classical-era beginnings of the wind quintet to 21st-century works by David Maslanka and Giya Kancheli. Flutist Danijela McElwee studied music in Serbia, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in flute performance from the University of Novi Sad Academy of Arts. After moving to the United States in 2001, she earned a Master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Washington. Oboist Yuh-Pey Lin, born and raised in Taiwan, earned her Bachelor of Music in oboe performance with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, a Master’s degree from Rice University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in oboe performance from the University of Washington. Clarinetist Jenny Ziefel is a classically trained clarinet and saxophone player with wide-ranging musical interests. She is involved in many different styles of music including orchestral playing, chamber music, jazz, free improvisation, new music and musical theater, and has taught in the Seattle area since 1998. French hornist Paulette Altman, a Pennsylvania native, has coached and taught private lessons in the Seattle area for the past 25 years. A longtime member of the Pacific Brass Quintet, she holds music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Bassoonist Jeff Eldridge, a member of Orchestra Seattle since 1995, has played bassoon and contrabassoon with ensembles throughout the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of the University of Washington, where he studied bassoon with Arthur Grossman, he teaches mathematics at Edmonds Community College.

More information: http://www.spirituswinds.comhttp://www.khavin.com  and the Spiritus Winds Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/spirituswinds/).

Saturday January 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Bach in the Subways Fundraiser Concert

with founder & cellist Dale Henderson, accompanied by local musicans

Local musicians Lori Williams (soprano), Karin McCullough (piano); Lucy Wenger (piano) and Maureen Stone (oboe) join Dale Henderson, cellist and founder of the international musicians’ movement Bach in the Subways.

Dale Henderson will perform selections from his favorite solo cello suites by J.S. Bach. Soprano Lori Williams will sing Quia Respexit from the Magnificat by JS Bach, accompanied by Mr. Henderson on cello, Maureen Stone on oboe, and Karin McCullough on piano; Ms. Williams will also sing an arrangement of the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, accompanied by Mr. Henderson on cello and Lucy Wenger on piano; and Mr. Henderson will also perform Bruch’s cello/piano arrangement of Kol Nidrei.

Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. 

Rudolf Haken, violist

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Works of Bach, Haken, and Paganini, arranged for five-string viola pomposa by Rudolf Haken

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH’s Partita II, BWV 1004 (Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, Ciaccona)

RUDOLF HAKEN’s Suite for solo viola (1981) (Preludio, Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Menuetto I & II, Giga I & II)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH’s Sixth Solo Cello Suite (arr. Haken)

NICCOLÓ PAGANINI’s Two Caprices, Op. 1, Nos. 9&17

Rudolf Haken, violist and composer, performed on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Prof. Haken plays a five-string viola pomposa built by Portland, Oregon, resident David Rivinus.

Friday March 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Dana Jackson (bassoonist), Sophie Baird-Daniel (harpist), and Christina Siemens (pianist)

On the program:

Vaughan Williams’ Six Studies for Harp and Bassoon
Bochsa’s Nocturne Op. 69 No. 1 for Harp and Bassoon
Britten’s Suite for Solo Harp
Saint Saens’ Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
Mignone’s Three Waltzes for Solo Bassoon
Dubois’ Sonatine-Tango for Bassoon and Piano

Saturday April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 

Valentina Rodov, pianist


Russian-born and Moscow Conservatory-trained pianist Valentina Rodov performs an all-Chopin concert.

Polonaise in E-flat minor, op.26, no.2
Mazurka in B-minor, op.33, no.4
Ballade no.3 in A-flat major, op.47
Ballade no.4 in F-minor, op.52
Nocturne in F-sharp major, op.15, no.2
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, op.27, no.1
Nocturne in D-flat major, op.27, no.2
Sonata no.2 in B-flat minor (“Funeral March”), op. 35

Valentina Rodov was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and received her music education as a concert pianist from the famous Moscow Conservatory. She performed solo and in chamber groups prior to emigrating to the United States. Once in the USA Valentina decided to become a lawyer, which she successfully accomplished upon graduating from law school in Los Angeles and passing the California Bar. Valentina practiced law as a business litigator in Southern California for over twenty years until she and her husband moved to Seattle. With great support and encouragement from the Seattle music community, Valentina came back to piano playing, and soon became a frequent and critically acclaimed recitalist and chamber music performer at various venues in the Seattle area. In 2015 Valentina was invited to perform an inaugural Mozart, Schubert and Chopin recital at the newly opened Steinway Gallery in Seattle and recorded an all-Chopin CD.
“The volcanic simmer of Valentina,…her unique and commanding voicing…No one makes a piano sing the way she does…” – Frances Walton, conductor and founder of Thalia Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Northwest

Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Volta Piano Trio

SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017, at 7:30 P.M.
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Volta Piano Trio (f/k/a Icicle Creek Piano Trio) featuring:
Jennifer Caine (violin)
Sally Singer Tuttle (cello)
Oksana Ezhokina (piano)


Clara Schumann – Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17

Johannes Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
Please visit http://www.voltapianotrio.com

Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Jamie Namkung, pianist


Jamie Namkung

Oberlin-trained pianist Jamie Namkung performs a solo piano recital featuring:

Sonata in A major, K.322 / L.483 and Sonata in b minor, K.27 / L.449 by Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 46 by Franz Joseph Haydn

Ballade No.3 in A-flat Major, Op.47 by Frédéric Chopin

Evocación from Iberia, Book I by Isaac Albéniz

Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op.20 by Robert Schumann

Ms. Namkung completed her dissertation on “The Rise of Spanish Music in the Late 19th Century – An Examination of Isaac Albania’s Iberia” at Northwest University’s Bienen School of Music, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance.