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.
Announcing the 2019/2020 Haller Lake Music Series:
January 25, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.: Play On! Presents: “Tipping Point”
With music, song and poetry, “Tipping Point” explores the struggles of the human condition and the strength of the human spirit – from the immigrant seeking a new life, the cry of a frightened child, the exploitation of a woman’s love, to the finality of a gunshot. These stories are told through the works of Schubert, Liszt, Puccini, Alfredo Casella, Leonard Bernstein, Woody Guthrie, Graham Nash and contemporary composer Kristof Iverson. In the context of real-life events, the message of “Tipping Point” is one of possibility, transformation and hope.
Play On! Members:
Mary Jo DuGaw, soprano
Martha Garrett, violin
Kristof Iverson, piano
Nick Iverson, trumpet, percussion, guitar
Mary Kantor, clarinet
David Ketter, actor
RoseMarie Tamburri, piano
The repertoire presented in “Tipping Point” spans the musical spectrum:
The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)
Rockin’ the Boat excerpt (“Guys and Dolls”) by Frank Loesser (1910-1969)
America (“West Side Story”) by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) by Kristof Iverson (1951- )
America is a Gun by Brian Bilston
A Revolver by Iverson
Pages of War – Four Musical “Films”, Opus 25 by Alfredo Casella (1883-1947)
- In Belgium; procession of heavy German artillery
- In France; in front of the ruins of the Cathedral at Reims
- In Russia; Cossack cavalry charge
- In Alsace; wooden crosses . . .
The Times They Aren’t a-Changin’ by Gershon Wolf
Scene from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
From “An Inconvenient Truth”
Snow Plow by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Words of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg
In This Weather (No. 5 from “Songs on the Death of Children”) by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Words of Nelson Mandela
The Erl King by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Litany for the Feast of All Souls by Schubert
Words of survivors of the Parkland school shooting
Continue by Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Something’s Coming (“West Side Story”) by Bernstein
All musical selections (except “Snow Plow”) composed or arranged by Kristof Iverson © 2019, 2020
Whenever the members of ‘Play On!’ meet to rehearse, the conversation invariably gravitates toward whichever hot button topics dominate the current news cycle. There always is something “big” to talk about that makes us feel like we are standing on the edge of an abyss. Each reading and musical selection in “Tipping Point” has been specifically chosen to in some way shed light on these important issues.
Emma Lazarus wrote “The New Colossus” in 1883 to sell at an auction to raise money toward funding the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The poem only became famous after Lazarus’ death when one of her friends led a campaign to properly memorialize Lazarus and her poem. Since 1903 it has been enshrined on a plaque in the Liberty Island Museum.
Frank Loesser was a Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning composer best known for the musicals “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
“West Side Story” (music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) is one of the landmarks of American musical theater. It premiered on Broadway in 1957, was turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 1961 and continues to connect with audiences today.
Woody Guthrie’s (1912-1967) “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)” was originally set to music by California schoolteacher Martin Hoffman in 1958. The version heard in this concert is a new musical treatment inspired by Hoffman’s melody.
Poet Brian Bilston is something of a mirage. (Apparently) a resident of Oxford, England, he writes under a pseudonym and carefully protects his online identity “not for any sordid or particularly interesting reason – other than the real me would just prefer to remain in the background.”
“A Revolver” is set to an unpublished poem of the same name that has been attributed to Carl Sandburg. In 2013 it was discovered among undocumented archival Sandburg materials at the University of Illinois. Little is known about when “A Revolver” was written or what inspired its creation, but what is clear is that it could easily be ripped from today’s headlines.
“The Times They Aren’t a-Changin’” and other works by Gershon Wolf may be found online at poetrysoup.com.
Alfredo Casella was an Italian pianist, composer and conductor who had a long and successful career. He studied composition under Gabriel Fauré at the Paris Conservatory, where fellow students included George Enescu and Maurice Ravel. He was well acquainted with Debussy, Stravinsky and de Falla. In the 1920s he immediately preceded Arthur Fiedler as conductor of the Boston Pops. His “Pages of War” was written in 1915 in response to viewing newsreel footage from World War I. This led to his description of the work as four “films” for piano duet.
Puccini’s opera “Tosca” was first performed in 1900. It is set in Rome in 1800, during the time of the Napoleonic wars. The central character Tosca is a famous singer who is in love with a painter named Mario. Mario has been jailed for allegedly aiding the escape of a political prisoner. The chief of police Scarpia plots against Mario with the underlying motive of claiming Tosca for himself. The scene presented in this concert is a “distillation” of music and dialogue between Tosca and Scarpia that culminates in the aria “Vissi d’arte.”
Vissi d’arte I lived for art
Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore, I lived for art, I lived for love,
non feci mai male ad anima viva. I never did harm to a living soul.
Con man furtiva With a furtive hand
quante miserie conobbi alutai. so many troubles I encountered I soothed.
Sempre con fè sincera Always with sincere faith
la mia preghiera my prayer
ai santi tabernacoli salì. rose to the holy tabernacles.
Sempre con fè sincera Always with sincere faith
Diedi flori agl’altar. I gave flowers to the altars.
Nell’ora del dolore In my hour of sorrow
perché, perché, Signore, why, why, Lord,
perché me ne rimuneri così? why do you repay me so?
Diedi gioielli della Madonna al manto, I gave jewels to the Madonna’s mantle
e diedi il canto agli astri, al ciel, and I gave my singing to the stars in heaven
che ne ridean più belli. which then shined more beautifully.
Nell’ora del dolor In my hour of sorrow
perché, perché, Signor, why, why, Lord,
ah, perché me ne rimuneri cosi? oh, why do you repay me so?
Franz Liszt’s “Chasse-neige” (difficult to translate but most often referred to as “snow plow”) is the last of his twelve “Transcendental Etudes” which were published in 1852. Despite the evocative title Liszt provided no specific program for this piece. One can imagine a steadily increasing snowfall. At first it is benign and beautiful, enticing beguiled onlookers to venture outside for a casual stroll. As the snow and wind become more and more intense the unsuspecting walkers begin to fear for their safety. Their hopes are buoyed by the appearance of a snow plow. Alas the whirling device proves to be no match for the overwhelming power of the storm.
Gustav Mahler’s “Songs on the Death of Children” is an orchestral cycle of five songs based on poems by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866). The song cycle was composed from 1901 to 1904 and premiered in Vienna in 1905 with Mahler conducting. At the time his wife Alma was upset that her husband should be working on such morbid songs so soon after the birth of their second daughter Anna. In her words she found it “incomprehensible and feared Mahler was tempting Providence.” Sadly her premonition presaged harsh reality when their elder daughter Maria died of scarlet fever and diphtheria in 1907 at the age of four.
“The Erl King” is set to a famous poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). Many composers have written versions of “Erl King” but Schubert’s, first written at age 18 in 1815, is by far the best known. He revised the song several times, the final version dating from 1821. The arrangement played by Play On! incorporates ideas from a piano transcription of the song by Franz Liszt.
“Litany for the Feast of All Souls” was composed by Schubert in 1816. Its text is by the poet Johann Georg Jacobi (1740-1814). This song was also transcribed for piano by Liszt. As with “Erl King” some of Liszt’s transcription has been borrowed for the version performed by Play On!
Maya Angelou was a renowned poet, memoirist, singer, actor, director, producer, teacher and civil rights activist. She first achieved major recognition with the publication of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in 1969. That was the first of her seven autobiographical books, the last of which appeared in 2013. She was a prolific writer of poetry and received many honors during her lifetime, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Bios for Play On! Members
MARY JO DuGAW, soprano, attended Cornish College and received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Portland. She studied voice with Marni Nixon, Marianne Weltmann and Carol Webber. She has appeared as Guest Artist with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, NW Sinfonietta, Everett Chorale, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony, Seattle Choral Company, Master Chorus Eastside and Portland’s Choral Arts Ensemble. A versatile performer, Mary Jo is well-known to Northwest theatre audiences for her leading roles with Village Theatre (most recently, as the evil Miss Andrew in MARY POPPINS and Mrs. Eynesford-Hill in MY FAIR LADY), 5th Avenue Theatre (most recently, as Maude Dunlop in the MUSIC MAN and Mrs. Winthrop in SECRET GARDEN), ACT and Civic Light Opera. Mary Jo is a recipient of the Seattle Times Footlight Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Kate/Lilli in Village Theatre’s KISS ME, KATE. She has appeared in commercials and films, including ABC’s presentation of the Stephen King miniseries, Rose Red. www.maryjodugaw.com
MARTHA GARRETT, violinist, received her BA in performing Arts from Western Washington University with additional studies at the NW German Music Academy in Detmold, Germany. She performs with the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony Orchestra and is an active free-lance musician in the orchestral and chamber music scene in Seattle. Ms. Garrett currently runs the Garrett Violin Studio and participates on the board of directors for the Seattle Music Teachers Association (SMTA) as past president and membership chair. Ms. Garrett also serves on the board of the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra. She is a nationally certified teacher of music (NCTM) through Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and has professional affiliations with the Suzuki Teachers Association (SAA) and American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
KRISTOF IVERSON, Pianist and Composer, holds a degree in composition and piano from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. The Thalia Symphony in Seattle premiered his Violin Sonata, which was a prize-winning entry in the Northwest Composers Symposium competition. Mr. Iverson’s accompanist credits include the Northwest Boy Choir and the Opera Workshop at the University of Washington. In 1997, Mr. Iverson produced, directed and performed in Schubertiad ’97, a series of five concerts commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Franz Schubert. Mr. Iverson was a founding member of the Connecticut ensemble “Quattro Pianisti,” and accompanied violinist Lenore Vardi as part of the Candlelight Music Series in Port Townsend, Washington. Mr. Iverson is a founding member of Play On!
NICK IVERSON, trumpet, percussion, guitar, began his trumpet studies at age 9 with David Bays in Seattle. During his family’s relocation to Connecticut (2001-2009), Nick continued his trumpet studies with Richard Green, and played in middle and high school marching bands, jazz ensembles and pit orchestras. He began percussion studies with John Gage at age twelve and became the co-principal percussionist for the New Haven Youth Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. After his return to Seattle in 2009, Nick studied composition with Wayne Horvitz at Cornish College of the Arts, and began a course of self-study in electronic music (EM) and sound production. Under his EM brand as “Chick Iverson,” Nick has created and released music tracks on a variety of labels and has DJ’d for house music venues in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Oregon and Finland. Nick currently teaches trumpet, percussion, guitar and ukulele at Ted Brown Music Company where he works as an associate. This is Nick’s first performance with Play On! as a guest artist.
MARY KANTOR, Clarinetist, received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington and graduated from the Academy of Music in Vienna with Honors in clarinet performance. She was principal clarinetist with the Bellevue Philharmonic for 12 years. Currently, Mary is principal with the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, and President of their Board. As an active free-lance musician, she regularly performs in orchestral, chamber, and klezmer music settings, and can be heard on movie soundtracks as well as classical recordings. As an educator, in addition to maintaining a private clarinet studio, she is Professor of clarinet at Seattle Pacific University and coaches the Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade Youth Symphony, and Bellevue Youth Symphony clarinet sections.
DAVID E KETTER, Actor, has performed leading roles in over 50 productions, directed, and taught theatre arts. He has lived and worked locally since 1977, appearing that year as Milo in SLEUTH and in more recent years as Drummond in INHERIT THE WIND, Frank in EDUCATING RITA and Davies in THE CARETAKER. David’s Seattle appearances have ranged from musical, as the Captain in SOUND OF MUSIC; to classical, as Toby Belch in TWELFTH NIGHT; to modern, as Henry in Sam Shepard’s SEDUCED. David’s Shakespearean credits also include Hamlet, Brutus, Antony, Mercutio, Malvolio and Benedick; principal roles in masked Greek tragedy include Prometheus and Jason.
ROSEMARIE TAMBURRI, Pianist, holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. A native of New York City, Ms. Tamburri was a student of Edith Oppens, Elizabeth Wright and Peter Yanuzz and attended the Davis Center for the Performing Arts within the City College of New York. She has performed in concerts at Cornish College of the Arts, Schubertiad ’97 and other Northwest venues. Ms. Tamburri performed with the Connecticut ensemble “Quattro Pianisti,” and along with her husband, pianist and composer Kristof Iverson, is a founding member of “Play On!” Ms. Tamburri maintains a private piano-instruction studio, and is an active member of the Seattle Music Teachers Association.
February 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.: Isaac Van Hoecke, pianist, presents a solo piano recital. The program will include
Bach-Busoni – Prelude and Triple Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552, “St. Anne”
Brahms – Intermezzo in E-flat, Op. 117 No. 1
Szymanowski – Etude in E-flat minor, Op. 4, No. 1
Scriabin – Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp, Op. 30
Brahms – Intermezzo in e-flat minor, Op. 118 No. 6
Szymanowski – Etude in B-flat minor, Op. 4, No. 3
Brahms – Intermezzo in A, Op. 118 No. 2
Wagner-Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod, from Tristan and Isolde
Isaac Van Hoecke was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and has always had a passion for both math and music. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he moved to Seattle, where he works as an actuarial analyst for Milliman. He is a frequent piano performer in Seattle, and enjoys finding and championing lesser-known composers as well as underplayed works by the famous ones. In addition to making music and pricing risk, he enjoys consuming all manner of films and novels, playing Chess and Catan, and has slowly started getting back into badminton again.
March 27, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.: Harumi Piano Trio, featuring Pamela Liu/violin, Erika Pierson/cello, and Harumi Makiyama/piano.
April 25, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.: Laure Struber, pianist, presents a solo piano recital which will include Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.
French-born pianist Laure Struber has been playing the piano since the age of three. She came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar in 2010 to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Master Degree in Piano Performance. She moved to Seattle in 2014, and was the lead Teaching Assistant for the University of Washington School of Music Secondary Piano Program for three years, before earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance. Her thesis focused on a modern examination of the works of Marie Jaell, a 19th century scientist-musician who spent decades studying neurology, hand physiology, and how these studies interacted with musical and artistic development.
Since the age of fifteen, Laure has performed widely throughout Europe and in the US as a soloist and chamber musician, on the piano, harpsichord and fortepiano. She has performed for prestigious ensembles such as the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Harry Partch Ensemble, Inverted Space Ensemble, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and String Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Orchestra. She has received numerous awards, including a France-Fulbright Alumni Distinction, a Marina Grin Award, and a Soroptimist Prize. Most recently, she won the UW Concerto Competition, performing the Chopin e minor Concerto.
Laure is a deeply committed and active musical educator. She has given multiple presentations on pedagogy in France and in the US and has taught students of all skills levels for more than a decade in both countries. Determined to bring music to everyone, she also created workshops for children with learning difficulties and disadvantaged social backgrounds. She currently teaches a studio of 25 students in the Seattle area.
Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 7:30pm:
Pianist Mr. Zeze Xue & violinist Alicia Rando perform a piano/violin duo program. Both musicians are graduates from Manhattan School of Music. The program includes: Sonata K.301 by Mozart, Sonata for Violin and Piano by Franck, and Five Melodies and the Second Sonata by Prokofiev.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Brian Chin, trumpet
Chérie Hughes, Soprano
Dainius Vaicekonis, Piano
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Brittany Boulding, violin
Tanya Stambuk, piano
Saturday February 28, 2015
Jonathan Levin, piano
Rose McIntosh, violin
Andrew Sumitani, violin
Tricia Wu, viola
Mary Riles, cello
Saturday April 18, 2015
Friday May 29, 2015
David Brooks, piano
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Chris Arpin, piano
Roberta Downey, cello
Brittany Boulding, violin
Sunday, October 11, 2015
“A Musical Journey Through Song”
MALYA MUTH, soprano
JOHANNA MASTENBROOK, piano
“Impressions of Italy”
BRITTANY BOULDING and MICHAEL LIM – violin
JOYCE RAMEE and EILEEN SWANSON – viola
BRIAN WHARTON – cello
OLGA RUVINOV – cello
“J.S. Bach’s Complete Viola da Gamba Sonatas”
Bach in the Subways Day founder DALE HENDERSON, cellist,
WILLIAM CHAPMAN NYAHO, pianist
“Musical Excursions: Chamber Music by Händel, Fauré, and Schumann”
CHARLES ENLOW – piano
CECILIA ARCHULETA – violin
NATASHA BAZHANOV – violin
EILEEN SWANSON – viola
MIRIAM SHAMES – cello
performing major chamber works by Handel, Fauré, and Schumann
April 2016: Lucy Wenger Trio
Partita No. 1 in Bb major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantilène by Louis Cahuzac
Ansias by Estéban Eitler
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Four Hungarian Dances by Rezső Kókai
Trio in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Milonga del Ángel by Ástor Piazzolla
“Listening to Mozart”
by W.A. Mozart
interspersed with readings by poet Esther Altshul Helfgott from her latest book, Listening to Mozart
KARIN MCCULLOUGH, NICOLE TRUESDELL, and LUCY WENGER, pianists
ROBERT WINGERT, clarinetist
JONATHAN GRABER, violist
HILARY FIELD and WILLIAM JENKS – guitarists
Classical solos and duets from the 19th through the 21st centuries, including music by Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, Piazzolla, and Hilary Field
with ADRIANNA HULSCHER – violin
Featuring compositions by four composers whose voices the Third Reich tried to silence: Erwin Schulhoff, Alfred Tokayer, Erich Korngold and Kurt Weill
Play On! Chamber Ensemble
A concert of instrumental and vocal music of Bach, Lehar, Bozza, Josef Strauss, and Apparitions, a song cycle by one of the Northwest’s finest composers, John Muehleisen. Also Kris Iverson’s arrangement of Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude.
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
Sunday November 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.
Geisa Dutra performs an Ibero-Latin American program, with Spanish, Brazilian and Argentinian composers.
FREDERIC MOMPOU (1893-1987) Scenes d’Enfants (Scenes from Childhood)
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)
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849) Etude Op.25 no 9 in Gb Major Etude Op.25 no 12 in Eb Major
French horn player Joshua Paulus with pianist Jamie Namkung
French Hornist Joshua Paulus performs in concert 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:
Nielsen’s Canto Serioso
Sunday January 8, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
Spiritus Winds with pianist Maria Khavin
Spiritus Winds quartet
Pianist Maria Khavin joins Spiritus Winds for Mozart’s Quintet K. 452 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).
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.
Rudolf Haken, violist
RUDOLF HAKEN, 5-STRING VIOLA POMPOSA
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
Dana Jackson (bassoonist), Sophie Baird-Daniel (harpist), and Christina Siemens (pianist)
On the program:
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
Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Volta Piano Trio
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
Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Jamie Namkung, 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
Seattle Music Teacher Association Teacher Performance Showcase:
Seattle Music Teachers Association (SMTA) is delighted to present a Teacher Performance Showcase on the Haller Lake Music Series. The Showcase will highlight the wide range of musical genres and talents in the SMTA community of professional music educators. This program will feature four SMTA members and guest artists. You will be treated to a program of solo and chamber music repertoire from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary literature:
Jason Kuo, pianist, with soprano Shih-Yi Kuan, and violist Brian Lew perform works by Schubert and Strauss
Sandra Layman, violinist, accompanied by pianist Lucy Wenger, performs short pieces by Romanian composers, entitled: “Romanian Miniatures”
Christine Lee, pianist, performs pieces by Chopin and Bach
Kirsten Carlson, flutist, accompanied by pianist Kris Iverson, performs contemporary music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, León Zuckert, and Kristof Iverson.
All concert proceeds will benefit SMTA’s many Student Enrichment programs.
Gems of the 19th C. – Music by Berlioz, Bruch and Beethoven
On the program:
Les nuits d’été Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)
- Le spectre de la rose
- Sur les lagunes: Lamento
- Au cimetière: Clair de lune
- L’île inconnue
Malya Muth, soprano, Nola Allen piano
Malya Muth – soprano
Nocturne, op. 83, 6 & 8 Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (1838– 1920)
Trio for Clarinet, Piano and ‘Cello, op. 38 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
(Nola Allen, piano; Robert Wingert, clarinet; Dave Beck, cello)
“From Beethoven to Broadway, Music for Horn and Piano”
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. Program:
Sonata in F Major…..…………………………………………..Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Aria from “Die Zauberflöte” K. 620………………..……..…….W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata for Horn and Piano Op 17…………………Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonate No. 1…………………………………………………….Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
Lied ohne Wort Op. 109…………………………………..Felix Mendelsohn (1809- 1847)
Nocturno Op. 7…………………………………………………..Franz Strauss (1822-1905)
Romance………………………………………………….Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Allerseelen Op. 10 No. 8……………………………….……Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Le Cygne………………………………………………….Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Four Easy Pieces…………………………………………………..Alec Wilder (1907-1980)
Two Outdoor Scenes……………………………………….Leroy Ostransky (1918-1993)
Promises, Promises…………………………………………..….Burt Bacharach (1928- )
I’ll Never Love Again…………………………………………………………Burt Bacharach
Man of La Mancha……………………………………………………..Mitch Leigh (1928- )
To Dream the Impossible Dream…………………………………………….…Mitch Leigh
To Life from Fiddler on the Roof……………………………..Jerry Herman (1924-2001)
The Pink Panther……………………………………………….Henry Mancini (1924-1994)
Beverly Reese Dorcy, a Minnesota native, is an active freelance timpanist and percussionist in both the Seattle and San Francisco Bay areas. She has performed with the Marin Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, San Francisco Pocket Opera, West Edge Opera, and San Francisco Golden Gate Park Band, among others, and toured Brazil performing with the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic. Ms. Dorcy has worked in the Seattle area as principal percussionist with the Bellevue Philharmonic and principal timpanist with the Tacoma Opera and has recording credits in the film and music industries. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Percussion Performance from California State University, Fresno, as a student of Steven Schick.
Bruce Dorcy- French horn was Assistant Principal/Third horn of the National Ballet of Canada and Canadian Opera Orchestras from 1968-92 and Principal horn of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto for 11 years and Principal horn of the Bellevue Philharmonic and Federal Way Philharmonic for 9 years. Presently he is Principal horn of the Monterey County Pops Orchestra and Monterey Opera Orchestra. Bruce has performed with many of the leading arts organizations in North America including: the Toronto Symphony, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Buffalo Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Las Vegas Philharmonic and San Diego Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. He is also in demand as a studio musician and has performed on over 500 commercial recordings in New York, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco.
Sharyn Peterson and Mayumi Tayake: A program of violin/piano duets:
Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)
- Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (stick dance)
- Brâul (Sash dance)
- Topogó / Pe loc (in one spot)
- Bucsumi tánc Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
- Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
- Aprózó / Măruntel (Fast dance)
Violin Sonata No.3, Op.108 by Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
- Un poco presto e con sentimento
- Presto agitato
Légende by Henryk Wieniawski (1835 – 1880)
Polonaise in D major by Wieniawski
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op.28 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835- 1921), arranged for Violin and Piano by George Bizet
Emily Hu & Thomas Lee
In a mostly Russian program anchored by two masterpieces of the twentieth century: Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, in addition to shorter works by a Russian arrangement of Haydn’s Divertimento, and by Prokofiev. Program:
Divertimento in D Major Franz Joseph Haydn – arr. Gregor Piatigorsky
Adagio (1732-1809) – (1903-1976)
Allegro di molto
From the ballet, Cinderella, Op. 87 Sergei Prokofiev
Adagio: Cinderella and the Prince (arr. S. Prokofiev, Op. 97bis) (1891-1953)
Waltz—Coda (arr. Mstislav Rostropovich)
Suite Italienne Igor Stravinsky
Minuetto e Finale
~ INTERMISSION ~
Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lento – Allegro moderato (1873-1943)
~ ABOUT THE PERFORMERS ~
Cellist Emily Hu is a native of Seattle and is thrilled to call the city home again. Emily enjoys a busy orchestral career, frequently performing with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Prior to her return to Seattle, she held a one-year position in the cello section of the Oregon Symphony, with whom she regularly returns to perform. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has collaborated in recent recital performances with Lynn Harrell, Alban Gerhardt, and members of the Vermeer String Quartet. Emily began her cello studies in Seattle at the age of fourteen under the tutelage of Mara Finkelstein, going on to pursue undergraduate studies with Norman Fischer at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and graduate studies in the renowned studio of Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Following the completion of her studies, she served as principal cellist in several orchestras in the Chicago metropolitan area and as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she worked closely with Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma.
Pianist Thomas Lee enjoys a diverse career as performer and teacher of his instrument. As both a solo and collaborative pianist, he has performed extensively around the region and on KingFM radio, as well as throughout the country and abroad. Notable engagements include solo performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as concerto performances with the UW Symphony Orchestra and the Kostroma Symphony in Kostroma, Russia. Thomas has claimed top prizes at the NFMC Biennial National Young Artist Competition, Buono & Bradshaw International Piano Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Piano Competition, and the Frances Walton Competition. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the Seattle area, Thomas received his pre-college training from Tatiana Lanford before pursuing undergraduate studies with Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University, and graduate studies at Indiana University on full scholarship under the tutelage of Andre Watts. Thomas returned to the Seattle area to pursue doctoral studies under the guidance of Craig Sheppard at the UW, where he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
The Musical Partnership
Emily and Tom met in the seventh grade as fellow Wolverines at Redmond Junior High School, before Emily had even started playing the cello. They first began playing together shortly after Emily took up the cello, sight-reading repertoire in her mom’s living room. After graduating together from Redmond High School, with each appearing on the other‘s senior recitals, both went on to pursue their undergraduate studies at Rice University. After being purposely separated and assigned to different partners in freshman-year collaborative piano class for knowing each other too well, Tom and Emily re-aligned, this time recruiting several friends to form a close-knit chamber ensemble, with whom they performed a significant portion of the piano quartet and quintet repertoire over the course of several years. Their graduate work took them in different directions, but they both eventually found their way back to the Pacific Northwest, and are now committed as a duo to exploring the rich and diverse repertoire for cello and piano. Their now nearly two-decade-old musical partnership is rooted not only in common artistic purpose, but also grounded upon friendship and a shared passion for cats, lifting heavy things, aggravated political punditry, cats, naps, and well…cats.
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Soprano Malya Muth and pianist Johanna Mastenbrook perform songs by Strauss and Rachmaninoff; solo pianist Lucy Wenger performs music of Smetana, JS Bach & Brahms; soprano Regina Thomas and pianist Johanna Mastenbrook perform songs by Schumann. Program:
Liederkreis Op. 39 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
In der Fremde (In foreign parts)
Waldesgespräch (Conversation in the forest)
Die Stille (The quiet woman)
Mondnacht (Moonlit night)
Schöne Fremde (Beautiful foreign land)
Auf einer Burg (In a castle)
In der Fremde (In foreign parts)
Im Walde (In the woods)
Frühlingsnacht (Spring night)
Regina Thomas, soprano Johanna Mastenbrook, piano
Polka in g minor opus 8 no,. 2 by Bedřich Smetana
Polka in E major opus 7 no,. 3 by Bedřich Smetana
Fantasia on Czech Folksongs by Bedřich Smetana
Lucy Wenger, piano
Prelude and Fugue VI in d minor W.T.C. Bk.2 by J.S. Bach
Hungarian Dance no. 7 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Capriccio in b minor opus 76 no. 2 by Johannes Brahms
Lucy Wenger, piano
Songs by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
“Epheu” (Ivy) from Mädchenblumen(Maiden in bloom), Op. 22, No. 3
Heimliche Aufforderung (Secret Invitation), Op. 27, No. 3
Freundliche Vision (A pleasant vision), Op. 48, No.1
Songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
В молчаньи ночи тайной (In the Silence of the Secret Night), Op. 4 No. 3
Не верь мне, друг! (Believe me not, friend), Op. 14, No.7
Сон (The Dream), Op. 8, No. 5
Вокализ (Vocalise), Op. 34, No. 14 S
Malya Muth, soprano and Johanna Mastenbrook, piano
Johanna Mastenbrook holds a B.A. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Washington, graduating in 1950. She studied with the eminent Berthe Poncy Jacobson, with continued study in her master class for many years. She specializes in chamber music and accompanying, working with countless singers, instrumentalists and choruses for over 70 years. Her chamber music concerts included series at the Seattle Concert Theatre, the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Symphony from 1974 through the 80’s. She joined Ladies Musical Club in 1948 and has performed at many of their recitals throughout her long career.
Malya Muth, soprano, has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington and studied post college with Lois Hartzell. A familiar figure on Pacific Northwest musical stages, Malya has been called “first-rate” and “strikingly dramatic” by Gavin Borchert of the Seattle Weekly, a polished singer by P-I critic Joe Adcock and “very talented” by the Seattle Gay News. Over the years she has appeared with regional opera and musical theater companies such as the Seattle Comic Opera, Kitsap Peninsula Opera, Renton Civic Theater, and Music of Remembrance. In addition, Malya is active singing concerts, dinner theater, church and other special musical events around the Puget Sound. She teaches singing and performance skills from her studio in Edmonds, WA.
An outstanding member of the Northwest Musical community for over 20 years, Regina Thomas has performed with a variety of companies including Kitsap Opera, Willamette Concert Opera, Bellevue Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Seattle Opera and the Seattle Opera Guild. Currently, LMC’s trustee of concerts and Artistic Director of Puget Sound Concert Opera, Regina has served as Seattle Opera Guild’s VP of Education and is a past President of LMC. Favorite operatic roles include Adriana Lecouvreur, Suor Angelica, Tosca and Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle). Concert work includes Schumann’s Frauenleibe und-leben, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, soprano solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Fauré Requiem and Berio’s Folk Songs for voice and chamber ensemble.
Lucy Wenger is a native of Tucson, Arizona. She received her BA from Mills College and her MA from University of Oregon. Her teachers include Bernhard Abramowitsch and Frank Mannheim, assistant to Tobias Matthay. Lucy has taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska and Canterbury University in New Zealand. She has performed as soloist, accompanist, and chamber player in England, France, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. She has recorded for the Innova recording Company, premiering pieces by Paul Schoenfeld and Bill Rea. Her performances have been heard on NPR. Lucy lives in Seattle where she teaches privately and performs frequently.
Brittany Boulding Ensemble:
Featuring Seattle Symphony Orchestra members Brittany Boulding and Mae Lin (violins), Sayaka Kokubo (viola) and Eric Han (cello).
On the program: Beethoven and Haydn string quartets.
String Quartet No. 12 “Quartettsatz” in C Minor D. 703 – Franz Schubert
I. Allegro assai
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74 No. 3 – Franz Joseph Haydn
II. Largo assai
III. Menuet – Allegretto & Trio
IV. Finale – Allegro con brio
String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4 – Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
III. Menuetto – Allegretto
About the artists:
Violinist Brittany Boulding, a member of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera Orchestra, has appeared most recently as a soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Olympia, Auburn, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bainbridge, Thalia, Cascade, Spoleto, New Haven Symphony Orchestras as well as the Orquesta de Camara Concerto Sur (Cuba). Her major music festival appearances include Tanglewood, Spoleto, Aspen, Vail, Banff and Bellingham. A passionate chamber musician, she is a member of the Finisterra Trio and can be seen performing at chamber festivals across the county and abroad. Ms. Boulding earned her Bachelor of Music from Rice University and Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory with Robert Lipsett. A Pacific Northwest native, Ms. Boulding grew up performing and recording with her family, the internationally acclaimed Magical Strings.
Korean-born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. Following his debut, he had many engagements with Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Chamber Players and Boston’s Symphony by the Sea. As a guest artist and Artist in Residence, Han has participated at various festivals including the Moritzburg Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo and Sarasota Music Festival, among others. Han studied with David Hetherington at the Glenn Gould School, Ronald Leonard at Colburn School of Music (BM), Peter Wiley and Carter Brey at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sayaka Kokubo has earned honors, prizes, and awards from many competitions and foundations including the Primrose International Competition, Pasadena Instrumental Competition, Carmel Music Society Competition, Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, Ohmagari Music Competition, Maestro Foundation, Colburn Foundation and Leni Febland Foundation. Her radio appearances include KUSC, K-Mozart, and KCBX. The Peninsula Review praised Ms. Kokubo’s playing “The real tour de force…mature polished playing that was truly artistic and simply the best viola playing.” The America Viola Society Magazine described her Paganini as “… just dazzling!” Ms. Kokubo joined Seattle Symphony in 2007. She was a soloist for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra as it opens its 28th Concert Season 2010-2011.
Mae Lin joined the Seattle Symphony in 2008 as a member of the second violin section. In 2014, she joined the first violin section. Having grown up in Bellevue, she was very excited to return home to join her hometown symphony. She previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville with the Eykamp String Quartet. Ms. Lin received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Naoko Tanaka, and was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship.
Dolores Holt, dramatic soprano
Stephen Daniels, violin
Tamara Friedman, “Grafendorfer” grand fortepiano
Sonata in C major for violin and piano, K. 303 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91)
Frühlingsglaube (Ludwig Uhland) by Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Ganymed (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) by Schubert
Der Doppelgänger (Heinrich Heine)
Am Flusse (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) by Schubert
Mondnacht (Joseph von Eichendorff) by Robert Schumann (1809–56)
Sixteen Waltzes and Ländler by Schubert
Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, op. posth. 159, D. 934 by Schubert
Ständchen, from Schwanengesang, D. 957 (Ludwig Rellstab) by Schubert
The Viennese grand fortepiano was built of Rodney Regier (Freeport, ME) and is based on original instruments by Conrad Graf and Ignaz Bösendorfer, ca. 1830. The dedicated piano technician for this fortepiano is Todd Loomis, Stanwood, WA.
Piano Moving provided by Pro Piano Move.
Specials Thanks to George Bozarth for Artistic and Technical Support.
Meet the Performers:
The voice of acclaimed dramatic soprano Dolores Holt has graced opera houses and concert stages through Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Singing leading roles in operas by Mozart (Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro), Offenbach (Tales of Hoffmann), Gounod (Faust), Boito (Mephisto), Verdi (Falstaff, La Forza del Destino), Puccini (Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut), and Richard Strauss (Der Rosenkavalier), she has performed with the Berlin, Seattle, New York City, Miami, Columbus (OH), and Sarajevo Operas. Dolores has appeared as guest soloist with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rochester, Phoenix, Ottowa, Mexico City Symphonies in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem, and Bernstein’s Kaddish.
Stephen Daniels is a distinguished concert artist, and has a vast repertoire ranging from solo Bach sonatas to the light salon pieces of Fritz Kreisler. During his seven years in Vienna, where he held a post with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, he premiered works by noted contemporary Austrian composers for Austrian radio. A consensus of his many European and American concerts was written by critic Ann Trout Blinks: “It was amazing that one person and one instrument could produce such a wide range of sounds at one time . . . to create an uncanny orchestral effect that held the audience spellbound.”
Steve holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Washington, where he studied with Emmanuel Zetlin and Denes Zsigmondy. His other teachers have included Helen Pagels, Eduard Melkus, and Wolfgang Schneiderhahn at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Ruggiero Ricci in Italy, and Camilla Wicks in Seattle.
A winner of numerous awards, including the Battelle Competition, the Thalia Competition, and the Marylhurst Concerto Competition, Steve has many solo orchestral appearances to his credit. Recent performances of the Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Beethoven violin concertos have received critical acclaim.
A special interest in chamber music has led Steve to become leader of the highly acclaimed Johann Strauss Trio, which specializes in light Viennese repertoire. Season after season, the trio has drawn ovations from both critics and audiences.
Pianist Tamara Friedman, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances (Seattle Times), attended the Oberlin Conservatory and received her master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music (NYC). She has collaborated with such artists as Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schröder, and Max van Egmond, and appears with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock as Duo Amadeus. In the Pacific Northwest she has performed on the Musique du Jour Presents!, Seattle Camerata, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, Belle Arte, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and Mostly Nordic series and for the Governor’s Chamber Music Festival. She has been the featured performer in early piano workshops for Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and the Western Early Keyboard Association, and maintains a private studio in Seattle, where she teaches modern piano and fortepiano on her collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, which is on display at the Seattle Early Keyboard Collection. Her summers are spent in Bath, Maine, where she also has a group of historic pianos and performs on the Kennebec Early Music Festival.
The Girsky Quartet:
Featuring Natasha Bazhanov, second violinist for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera; Artur Girsky, second violinist for Seattle Symphony; Sayaka Kokubo, violist for Seattle Symphony; and Rowena Hammill, principal associate cellist for Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.
Schubert: String trio in B flat major
Mozart: Sonata in G major K 301 for violin and piano
Schostakovich: 5 pieces for 2 violins and piano
Beethoven: String quartet op 95 in F minor Serioso
Russian-born and Moscow Conservatory-trained pianist Valentina Rodov performed a solo piano recital:
Both Lisa Lanza and Gwen Franz have enjoyed long careers making music of various forms, their favorite context being the intimacy of chamber music in venues such as Haller Lake. They are delighted to present a concert of both duos for viola and piano, as well as solos for their respective instruments. The program:
Rondo, Op. 94 for Viola and Piano (arr. K. Kashkashian) Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)
Prelude and Fugue in G Sharp Minor, BWV 887 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20 Franz J. Haydn (1732-1809)
Andante con moto
Noctuelles (Night Moths) from “Miroirs” Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Suite for Cello Solo No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra (piano reduction by D. Luwig) Keith Jarrett (1945)
Sonatensatz (“FAE Sonata”) in C minor, Op. posthumus Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Scherzo, Viola transcription
Gwen Franz, viola Lisa Lanza, piano
As a performer, recording artist, teacher, and scholar, Gwen Franz is a diverse violist of multiple musical traditions. In 2017, she was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Washington in classical viola performance, studying with Melia Watras. Her degree also included studies within the jazz and ethnomusicology departments. Dr. Franz has been featured as a concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the Pacific Northwest, has toured throughout the United States, and Chile, South America. In 2013 she released two albums, Airoso, with classical guitarist Hilary Field, and Douce Ambiance, with jazz violinist Michael Gray and cellist James Hinkley. Her many years of professional orchestra experience include performing with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Evansville Philharmonic. She recently moved to Port Townsend, WA with her husband, Ernie Franz.
Pianist Lisa Lanza has been performing as a solo artist and collaborator for over 20 years on the Olympic Peninsula and in the Seattle area. In 2017 she performed in France (Music at Albignac) and the UK (Hebden Bridge Piano Festival) and was voted “Best Musical Performer of Jefferson County”. She has studied with internationally renowned pianists Maria Joao Pires and Paul Roberts at The Guildhall School of Theater and Arts in London. She holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Accompanying from The University of Redlands. A Seattle native, Lisa has lived in Port Townsend since 1988, where, in addition to her day job, she accompanies the Rainshadow Chorale, PT Community Chorus and Grace Lutheran Church. For the last 10 years, she has organized a popular PT community concert to raise funds for the education of AIDS orphans in a remote region of Uganda.
Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: Naeim Rahmani, solo guitar
Cinq Préludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959
No.1 in E minor (Homage to the “Brazilian Country Dweller”)
No.2 in E major (Homage to the “capadócio carioca”, Carioca scoundrel)
No.3 in A minor (Homage to Bach)
No.4 in E minor (Homage to the “Brazilian Indian”)
No.5 in D major (Homage to Social Life; to the fresh young boys and girls who go to concerts and the Theater in Rio)
The Whirler of the Dance by Carlos Rafael Rivera (b. 1970)
Tres apuntes (Three Sketches) by Leo Brouwer (b.1939)
I. De el ‘Homenaje a Falla’
II. De un fragmento instrumental
III. Sobre un canto de Bulgaria
Sonata in D minor, L.366/K.1 (arrangement by Leo Brouwer) by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Suite Castellana by Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)
Fantasia Carioca by Sérgio Assad (b. 1952)
Naeim Rahmani was born in Isfahan, Iran and lived there until his teens when he immigrated to the US as a refugee. Bringing with him only his passion for the guitar, he began his formal study at the University of Washington and then continued to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he completed his Master’s degree under renowned Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo.
Naeim has performed throughout the US and internationally. He enjoys bringing his music to small community or arthouse spaces where he can interact with the audience. His performance venues have included everything from private homes and community churches, to a renovated industrial space in Oaxaca, Mexico, ancient churches along the Camino Santiago in Spain, and arthouses in Berlin. In all of these places Naeim brings his deeply personal style to create an intimate musical experience for the audience.
Outside of his performance career Naeim is the director of the Seattle-Isfahan Guitar Project. This collaborative endeavor was created as a way to forge connections between musicians in Seattle and in Naeim’s home town of Isfahan, Iran. You can read more about this project by visiting his website.
Naeim lives in Seattle. He teaches at Bellevue College and is a booking coordinator for Aranjuez Artists, Inc.
Naeim became a US citizen in 2008. He is eternally grateful for all that this country has offered him, and stands in solidarity with others who are fleeing repressive regimes around the world.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.:
Eliza Woodyard, soprano, Revere Taylor, baritone, Karin McCullough, piano accompanist. give a post-Valentine’s Day concert featuring duets by Peter Cornelius, songs by Schubert and Poldowski, selections from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Menotti’s “rom-com” (romantic/comedy) The Telephone.
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Hilary Field, solo guitar
Rumores de la Caleta (Malagueña) by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Suite Latina by Richard Charlton (b. 1955)
Donzella: Fantasia on a Sephardic Lullaby bu Hilary Field (2015)
Pasaje Abierto by Edín Solís (b. 1963)
Echoes del Sur* by Jorge Morel (b. 1931)
Fiesta by Virginia Yep (b. 1960)
Variations on “Sakura” by Yuquijiro Yocoh (b. 1925)
Oda a la Esperanza by Hilary Field (2017)
Parazula by Celso Machado (b. 1953)
*Composed for Hilary Field
International performing and recording artist, Hilary Field, has garnered praise for her dynamic virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship, and for the emotional depth she brings to the heart of classical guitar music. Hilary has held faculty positions as the head of the Guitar department at Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State. Hilary is a past winner of the Northwest Young Artist Series Competition and was the first guitarist to win the Frances Walton Soloist Competition. She has released several award winning CDs, including her debut recording, Music of Spain and Latin America, which was an award winner for Classical Album of the Year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Other CDs include Ballad Stories, Siente, Cantilena, Airoso – guitar and viola, and Premieres. Hilary was recently sponsored by the US Embassy to perform and tour in South America, and has been a featured performer in international guitar festivals such as Festival Entrecuerdas in Chile, Festival Internacional de Guitarra ICPNA in Perú, Série Grands Concerts in Québec, the Long Island Guitar Festival in New York, and the Guitar Masters Series in Orlando Florida. She has received grants for composing and performing new music by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. Soundboard, the official magazine of the Guitar Foundation of America notes “Field plays everything with a refined musicality, immaculate technique, and unfailingly lovely sound.” The Seattle Times exclaims that classical guitarist, “Hilary Field, is a dynamic player. She doesn’t just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace.”
Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: The Brian Wharton Ensemble
Emilie Choi and Ingrid Fredrickson violins
Joyce Ramee and Mike Watson violas
Brian Wharton and Andrea Chandler cellos
The Brian Wharton Ensemble will perform a concert entitled “Romantic Brothers” featuring Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 12; and Brahms’s String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18. Brahms and Mendelssohn are known for their soaring romantic melodies. Enjoy waves of magical phrases washing over you in a concert that celebrates life and beauty. Each work features an iconic movement. The Mendelssohn has the charming Canzonetta while the Brahms features a Hungarian theme and variations in the second movement.
“Duet with Two Obbligato Eyeglasses” for Viola and Cello WoO 32………….Ludwig van Beethoven
Joyce and Brian
String Quartet in E Flat Major Op. 12………………………………………………………………Felix Mendelssohn
Adagio non troppo; Allegro non tardante
Molto Allegro vivace
Emilie, Ingrid, Joyce, and Brian
String Sextet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas, and 2 Cellos in B Flat Major op.18……………..Johannes Brahms
Allegro, ma non tanto
Andante, ma moderato
Scherzo; Allegro molto
Rondo; Poco Allegretto e grazioso
Brian Wharton comes from a musical family in Idaho where both parents play cello and piano professionally. He pursued music in college receiving performance degrees from Western Washington University and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is passionate about teaching and passing on the tradition of excellence in cello playing. His students have won the Washington State solo competition and many have been principal cello of the Tacoma Youth Symphony. He has taught at Pacific Lutheran University and currently maintains a large studio in Auburn, Washington teaching students from ages 7 to 80. He has played professionally with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and principal cello with the Auburn Symphony. His passion for chamber music has led him to create the Auburn Symphony chamber series. He produces a wide variety of chamber programs throughout the year at different venues around Auburn including “Sunsets at Mary Olson Farm”. Brian enjoys fishing with his kids, hiking, and touring national parks. He currently resides in Auburn with his wife Melinda and their two children, Hailey and Connor.
Ingrid Fredrickson received her degrees in music and education from the University of Washington where she studied violin with Emanuel Zetlin and Denes Zsigmondy. She has also studied with Camilla Wicks and Charmian Gadd. After graduation she travelled to Norway where she played as a member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Returning to Seattle, she joined the Northwest Chamber Orchestra where she played principal second violin for many years. Currently, Ingrid plays principal second violin with the Auburn Symphony, and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. She has also performed with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Ingrid is an avid chamber musician, having performed on many series in the Pacific Northwest. A highlight of her career was performing as a member of a string quartet playing in China and Europe. She enjoys her work as a coach and violin teacher.
Joyce Ramee is assistant principal violist in the Auburn Symphony and an active performer on ASO’s Chamber Music Series. She received her degree in viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, where she studied with Max Aronoff and Joseph dePasquale. While studying under a full fellowship at Tanglewood, she performed under conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. Since 1987, Joyce has served on the faculty at the University of Puget Sound, teaching viola, string techniques and community music violin. She co-founded the Max Aronoff Viola Institute, a nationally recognized educational program, and directed it throughout its 28-year organizational life. Joyce has premiered numerous chamber and solo works by Northwest composers including Dell Wade, Lawrence Ebert and Daniel Ott and has performed as concerto soloist with several local orchestras. She is a founding member of both the Auburn Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Outside of music, Joyce is a 30+year member of St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir and enjoys wine, food and Italian language learning for recreation. She lives in Seattle with her husband, French hornist Rodger Burnett, and their many cats.
Mike Watson began studying the violin at age 8 and received his degree in viola performance from the University of Washington, where his teachers were Donald McInnes and Yizhak Schotten. Mike is active throughout the greater Seattle area as a teacher, string coach and freelance musician. He performs regularly at the Paramount and 5th Avenue Theaters in Seattle, the Village Theater in Issaquah and in ensembles and recordings with a variety of artists. He has also performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. A 21-year member of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Mike has appeared on the ASO Chamber Music Series at Mary Olson Farm.
Andrea Chandler has been a member of the Pacific NW Ballet Orchestra for 17 years and a member of the ASO since its inception. She studied cello at the University of Washington and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Prior to returning to Seattle she played for four years with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal, also performing chamber music concerts in Portugal and France as a member of the Gulbenkian Soloists and then with the Vermont Symphony in Burlington, VT. Since her family moved to Salem, OR last year, she teaches privately and coaches in the schools and Youth Symphony program there, while enjoying the time when she’s working in Seattle with her music friends. She serves on the faculty of several summer camps including Icicle Creek in Leavenworth, Cougar Strings in Pullman, and Summer Strings in Salem. In the summer she also plays chamber music in the Silver Bay String Quartet at Lake George, New York and is happy to once again be playing in an ASO chamber series concert.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: Unique Voices – Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Composers Showcase:
Featuring new works by Ladies Musical Club composers Hilary Field, Janet Anderson and Nicole Truesdell
Performances by Hilary Field, guitar, Jill Carlsen, recorders and spoken word, Janet Anderson, piano, Katie Hochman, soprano, Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano, Matthew James-Briggs, percussion, Joan Lundquist, piano, Candice Chin, violin, and Nicole Truesdell, piano
Come on a soulful journey with these three composers’ works, giving voice to rarely heard individuals while speaking to the universal human condition. Hilary Field’s settings of poems from Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna’s book, Killing Marías, remember forgotten women with brave poignancy and yet have a delicacy that makes you feel as if you can hold each song in the palm of your hand. Janet Anderson’s London Songs expertly sets romantic era poetry to take us on a wistful harmonic trek through the foggy streets of old London. Nicole Truesdell’s Memories of You sets poems by contemporary poet Alina Rios. This narratively driven song cycle follows a young woman’s voyage into a mystical love relationship as she discovers her personal power.
Think of Santos Poem by Claudia Castro Luna, Music by Hilary Field
Eight Poems from “Killing Marías” Poetry by Claudia Castro Luna, Music by Hilary Field
María Agustina Mystical Rose
María Christina Hanging Chrysalis
María de los Angeles Boundless Love
María Queen of Lullabies
María Estela Cause of Our Joy
María Luisa y Sus Tres Niños Fiercest of Mothers
Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope) Poem by Pablo Neruda, Music by Hilary Field
Hilary Field, guitar Jill Carlsen, reader
Another Hand Poetry by Marie Sanders Cates, Music by Janet Anderson
Katie Hochman, soprano Janet Anderson, piano
Sunlight on Frost Music by Janet Anderson
Janet Anderson, piano
London Songs Poetry as noted, Music by Janet Anderson
A March Day in London (words by Amy Levy)
Straw in the Street (Amy Levy)
London Poets (Amy Levy)
Fog (words by John Davidson)
London’s Summer Morning (words by Mary Robinson)
Katie Hochman, soprano Janet Anderson, piano
Paris Sonatina Music by Nicole Truesdell
- Montmartre Walking Tour
III. The Matador Places a Lock on the Pont de l’Archevéché
Candice Chin, violin Nicole Truesdell, piano
Memories of You Poetry by Alina Rios, Music by Nicole Truesdell
- Go Ahead and Howl
III. Now Here
- Life in Clover
Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano Jill Carlsen, recorder Matthew James-Briggs, percussion Joan Lundquist, piano
About the artists:
Hilary Field is a past winner of the Northwest Young Artist Series Competition and was the first guitarist to win the Ladies Musical Club (Frances Walton) Competition. She has held faculty positions as the head of the Guitar department at Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University. Hilary was recently sponsored by the US Embassy to perform and tour in South America, and has been a featured performer in international guitar festivals in Perú, Chile, Québec, and New York. Her latest CD, “Premieres,” features new works for guitar that were composed and dedicated to her.www.hilaryfield.com
Janet Anderson grew up in Kent, Ohio, and studied music and philosophy at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Since moving to Seattle in 1992, she has been active as both a pianist and composer. Her compositions have been featured locally on the Ladies Musical Club series and on Classical KING FM. Janet is the music director at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, and teaches piano students of all ages at her home here in Haller Lake, where she lives with her husband, the painter Jeffrey Simmons, and their daughter Mary. Please visit her website, www.janetandersonpiano.com
Nicole Truesdell is a pianist and composer living in Seattle, Washington. She chairs the Ladies Musical Club Composers’ Group and enjoys cultivating community and creating performance opportunities composers’ works. She has scored for film, dance and video games as well as for small ensembles. Most recently her compositions have been performed at the Seattle International Butoh Festival, Seattle Public Library, Frye Art Museum as well as other venues in the Seattle area. Nicole graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2007 with an emphasis in music composition. She currently studies composition privately with composer John Muehleisen.www.nicoletruesdell.com
Oct. 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.: Cernabella: Amber Archibald-Sešek, an Afro-Latin classical violist, her husband Ervin Luka Sešek, violinist, in a concert featuring music by Mozart, Sibelius, Handel, Fuchs, Bartok and Martinu. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkWlle3Vadkwww.instagram.com/cernabelladuowww.cernabella.com
November 17, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.: Une Soirée Parisienne: A Concert of French Art Songs performed by soprano Liz Frazer and pianist/composer Steven Luksan. They shared some of their favorite French mélodies, or art songs, at this concert of intimate chamber music. The program featured works by Fauré, Berlioz, Chausson, Debussy, Amy Beach, and compositions by Steven Luksan.
The program: Selections by Ernest Chausson
-Le Charme (Charm)
-Le Colibri (The Hummingbird)
-Les Papillons (The Butterflies)
Selections by Gabriel Fauré
-Les Berceaux (The Cradles)
-Fleur jetée (The Discarded Flower)
-Après un rêve (After a Dream)
“Suite Parisienne” (for solo piano) by Steven Luksan
I. Notre-Dame de Paris: Dawn in the Cathedral
II. La Sainte-Chapelle: Morning Light through Stained Glass
III. La Seine: Wind and Rain over the River
IV. Basilique du Sacré-Cœur: At Dusk
V. L’avenue des Champs-Élysées: Promenade at Night
“Nuit Blanche” (Three songs inspired by French Poetry) by Steven Luksan
-The house should be full of roses
-Dance the jig
Selections for solo piano by Claude Debussy
“La mort d’Ophelie” by Hector Berlioz
Selections by Amy Beach
-Le Secret (The Secret)
-Je demande à l’oiseau (I ask of the bird)
-Elle et moi (She and I)