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.
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 accompaniment. A post-Valentine’s Day concert including art songs by Peter Cornelius and the “rom-com” (romantic/comedy) The Telephone by Menotti.
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Hilary Field, solo guitar
Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: The Brian Wharton Ensemble featuring Brittany Boulding and Ingrid Fredrickson, violins; Joyce Ramee and Mike Watson, violas; and Brian Wharton and Andrea Chandler, cellos perform a concert entitled “Romantic Brothers:” Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 12; 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.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Composers Showcase: featuring composers Janet Anderson, piano, Hilary Field, guitar, and Nicole Truesdell, piano; with Katie Hochman, soprano
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”
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
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 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.
For more information, please visit www.thomasleepianist.com
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.