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Reminder of upcoming Haller Lake Music Series concert Sat. Nov. 17 at 7pm: Gwen Franz, violist, and Lisa Lanza, pianist

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 will include works by Bach, Haydn, and Dvorak, as well as an enchanting piece by Keith Jarrett.

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.

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Condolences to Prof. Haken

Some of you may remember fondly the concert Professor Rudolf Haken gave at Haller Lake Music Series on his viola pomposa. This year his lovely, talented young daughter died. At a memorial service held recently at the University of Illinois, Prof. Haken played Prelude and Gavotte en Rondeau from J.S. Bach’s Partita III, BWV 1006. You can view it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=Nl2uDJLmz-cVepwq&u=/watch%3Fv%3DKYVCxfbyFgk%26feature%3Dem-uploademail

For those of you unlucky enough to have missed that HLMS concert, you can listen to get an idea of how fine the music was that evening.

Karin McCullough, Program Director
Haller Lake Music Series

Haller Lake Music Series announces its 2018/2019 season

Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.: Valentina Rodov, solo piano. Russian-born and Moscow Conservatory-trained pianist Valentina Rodov performs a solo piano recital.
On the program: Mozart’s Sonata in C major K330; Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons (October & November); Chopin’s Scherzo no.2 in B flat minor op.31; Mozart’s Rondo in A Minor K511; Brahms’s Sonata no.3, op.5 (Andante); and Chopin’s Fantasie in F Minor op.49

Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.: Gwen Franz, viola, and Lisa Lanza, piano; solos and duets.

Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.: Naeim Rahmani, solo guitar

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;
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

As before, admission is by goodwill donation ($20 suggested for adults; $5 for children and students).

Haller Lake Music Series announces its 2017/2018 Season!

Haller Lake Music Series announces its 2017/2018 season:
All performances take place in the chapel at Haller Lake United Methodist Church, located at 13055 1st Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, USA. No need to dress up! There’s plenty of off-street, free parking. Admission is by freewill donation at the door ($20 suggested; $5 for students and children). Audience members get a chance to speak with the musicians at a post-concert reception in Fellowship Hall across from the chapel, where there are free refreshments.
Some of past years’ favorite artists are returning: namely, pianists Johanna Mastenbrook & Lucy Wenger, cellist Dave Beck, clarinetist Robert Wingert, soprano Malya Muth, and violinist Brittany Boulding. Many new musicians will come entertain us as well!
 
Sunday October 8 at 7pm Seattle Music Teachers Association presents a Teacher Performance Showcase highlighting the wide range of musical genres and talents in the SMTA community of professional music educators. This program will feature members and guest artists performing chamber music and solo piano repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary literature.  All proceeds benefit SMTA’s Student Enrichment Programs. Performers include: pianist Jason Kuo; violinist Sandra Layman accompanied by pianist Lucy Wenger perform a segment called “Romanian Miniatures.” 
 
Saturday November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm Nola Allen’s Cascadia Trio (including Dave Beck on cello, Nola Allen on piano, Robert Wingert on clarinet ).  Program includes a Beethoven Trio for Piano, op 38, and a song cycle, La Nuit D’ete’ by Berlioz sung by Malya Muth. 
 
Sunday December 3, 2017 at 3pm the husband/wife team Bruce and Beverly Reese Dorcy perform a crowd-pleasing “From Beethoven to Broadway, music for Horn and Piano”, featuring selections from famous composers of the past; Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Glazounov, Saint-Saens, Cherubini, Rachmaninoff and 20th century American composers like Leroy Ostransky, Burt Bacharach, Elmer Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rogers and Henry Mancini. This is a light-hearted look at some of their most requested pieces from over 20 years of horn-piano concerts.
 
Saturday January 6, 2018 at 7pm Sharyn Peterson and Mayumi Tayake perform violin/piano duets: Romanian Folk Dances by Bartok, a Brahms violin sonata, Legend by Wieniawski, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, and Fratres by Part.
 
Friday February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm Thomas Lee & Emily Hu perform piano/cello duets. 
 
Saturday March 10, 2018 at 7pm Malya Muth sings songs by Strauss and Rachmaninoff with Johanna Mastenbrook at the piano; Lucy Wenger plays solo piano pieces by Smetana; Regina Thomas sings songs by Liszt with Johanna Mastenbrook accompanying on piano.
 
Sunday April 22, 2018, at 7pm Brittany Boulding’s Ensemble performs a viola quintet program (by Mendelssohn and Mozart); a piano trio program (by Dvorak and Brahms) and a Beethoven violin and piano sonata program/
 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7pm Tamara Friedman and Steve Daniels perform a program of piano/violin duets: a sonata by Grieg, a sonata by Beethoven, and the Schubert Fantasy, plus “Set Mir Gegrusst,” the Schubert song that shares the same melodic theme as the Fantasy’s variation movement.
 
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 7:30pm the Girsky Quartet (featuring Natasha Bazhanov) 
 

Reminder of this Saturday’s All-Chopin Piano Recital

You won’t want to miss Valentina Rodov’s performance of an all-Chopin piano recital this Saturday at 7:30 at Haller Lake United Methodist Church. I heard her rehearsing two Nocturnes today and felt positively intoxicated!

For those of you who admired Rudolf Haken’s recent Haller Lake Music Series recital on the Viola Pomposa, you might enjoy reading this article on the instrument’s builder, David Rivinus:

http://stringsmagazine.com/luthier-david-rivinus-fights-injuries-with-unorthodox-instruments/?utm_source=Strings&utm_campaign=2456c830db-STN_Notes_09_09_169_6_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7811abf900-2456c830db-163108801&mc_cid=2456c830db&mc_eid=c1dd0d2fa3

Friday, July 7, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Proceeds benefit the Northwest Kodály Educators Scholarship Fund.

Friday, July 7, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.


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

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

Proceeds benefit the Northwest Kodály Educators Scholarship Fund.

Sneak preview: Dana Jackson, bassoonist on KING FM

Tune in to:
Classical King FM 98.1, NW Focus Live
Friday, March 24 at 8:00 PM

Listen to the Frances Walton Competition winners featured on Classical King FM 98.1

Dana Jackson, bassoon and Aaron Conitz, viola both past winners of the Frances Walton Competition will perform varied works for bassoon and viola on KING FM’s NW Focus Live (at 98.1 and http://www.KING.org).

Dana Jackson is one of the featured musicians in the Haller Lake Music Series March 31 concert at 7:30pm at Haller Lake United Methodist Church. She will be joined by fellow-Frances Walton Competition winner Sophie Baird-Daniel, harpist, and Christina Siemens will accompany them on piano.