Month: September 2016

Announcement of 2016/2017 Season

Haller Lake Music Series Program Director Karin McCullough is delighted to announce the 2016/2017 season:

Sat., Oct. 1, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., local pianist GraceAnn Cummings of InsidetheMusic performs a special all-Liszt solo piano recital” “Who Says Love Isn’t Dangerous?” Franz Liszt, a composer from the 19th century, was known for his virtuosic abilities as a pianist and for his dramatic compositions from the Romantic era of classical music. Adding to the drama, Ms. Cummings will wear different masks for each musical selection accompanied with brief commentary for each piece.

Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Brazilian-born pianist Geísa Dutra performs a solo piano recital. Ms. Dutra is considered one of the world’s most outstanding interpreters of Latin American and Spanish art music. Please visit her website at

Fri., Dec. 9 (please note the change of date!), 2016, at 7:30 p.m., french horn player Joshua Paulus, accompanied by pianist Jamie Naming, explores Nordic works for horn (one from each of the 5 Nordic countries), and adds some Christmas music as a seasonal bonus! Mr. Paulus has just recently moved to the Seattle area. Please visit his website at

Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., the Spiritus Winds quartet (Danijela McElwee – flute, Yu-Pey Lin – oboe, Jenny Ziefel – clarinet, Paulette Altman – horn, and Jeff Eldridge – bassoon) performs Mozart’s Quintet in E flat major, K. 452 (with Russian-born pianist Maria Khavin) and music of Danzi, Françaix, Hindemith, Milhaud, Kancheli, Maslanka, Persichetti and Szervánszky; Ms. Khavin rounds out the program with some solo piano music. Please visit the quartet’s website at

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Rudolf Haken, violist and composer, performs a few of his own compositions as well as music by Bach, Stravinsky, and Davidson, on his five-string viola pomposa built by Portland, OR, resident David Rivinus. Prof. Haken teaches at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (my home town). I vividly recall his conducting of the symphony in a performance of his own composition when he was but a boy! Please visit Prof. Haken’s website at

Fri., Mar. 31, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Dana Jackson (bassoonist) and Sophie Baird-Daniel (harpist) – both recent winners of the Ladies Musical Club Competition – and Ms. Jackson’s husband, Metropolitan Opera tenor Ben Bliss, perform a mostly British program plus an arrangement of Donizetti’s famous aria, “Una Furtive Lagrima” from L’elixir d’amore.

Sat., April 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Russian-born and Moscow Conservatory-trained pianist Valentina Rodov performs an all-Chopin concert of Polonaises, Mazurkas, Ballades, Nocturnes, and the famous “Funeral March” Sonata. In 2011, Ms. Rodov advanced to the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.

Sun., May 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., the Volta Piano Trio (f/k/a Icicle Creek Piano Trio) featuring Jennifer Caine (violin), Sally Singer Tuttle (cello), and Oksana Ezhokina (piano) returns to the Haller Lake Music Series for a special Mother’s Day concert. Please visit the trio’s website at

Sat., June 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., pianist Jamie Namkung performs a solo piano recital featuring a piano sonata by Mozart or Haydn, selections from Iberia Book One by Albeniz, and Schumann’s Humoresque. Ms. Namkung completed her dissertation on “The Rise of Spanish Music in the Late 19th Century – An Examination of Isaac Albania’s Iberia” at Northwest University’s Bienen School of Music, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance.

This coming season you will hear some exciting new sounds at Haller Lake United Methodist Church! As always, admission is by free-will donation ($25 suggested; $5 for students and children). There is plenty of off-street parking; and the church is handicapped-accessible. Everyone is invited to a post-concert reception in Fellowship Hall for a chance to speak with the musicians.

Piano music of Liszt coming Oct. 1 to HLMS

Haller Lake Music Series’ opening concert features GraceAnn Cummings of Inside the Music performing solo piano music of Franz Liszt.

Ms. Cummings has had the privilege of being promoted by a number of people as she has traveled to other parts of our country to share her Inside the Music concerts. On October 1, 2016 Ms. Cummings will be back in Seattle presenting her theatrical version of Liszt, replete with masks, and costume!

From GraceAnn Cummings of Inside the Music: “Who Says Love isn’t dangerous?”

“Yes, I realize that the juxtaposition of love and danger is an odd association. However, when you deal with Liszt, you deal with the dark side of human consciousness.
Liszt dove into the world of fear, sin, trauma, hopelessness, and insanity. Liszt approached these areas of our human nature with curiosity and the desire to understand. Over his lifetime he researched this darkness both personally and academically. From his research he then composed music that can not only wrench our hearts, but also give us a profound understanding of the darkness. Having studied his music for the last 30 years, I would say that Liszt is a composer who has taught me how to disempower darkness without making it my enemy. The real danger associated with love is that it’s possible to not be able to recognize it. How did Liszt figure this out?”

Please come listen and discover this secret for yourself at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Haller Lake United Methodist Church.

For more information about this artist, please see:

GraceAnn Cummings, pianist, artist
Inside the Music
multi-media presentations of classical music

For even more info on Franz Liszt, please see Steinway & Sons’ article at: