View highlights from the 2018 Frances Walton Competition’s Puget Sound Tour

The ensemble winner from the 2018 Frances Walton Competition was the Zēlos Quartet, with Julian Salazar on soprano saxophone, Johnny Selmer on alto saxophone, Robin Lacey on tenor saxophone, and David Cortez on baritone saxophone.

The Zēlos Quartet toured the Puget Sound, making stops in Kenmore, Bainbridge Island, and Seattle. And, they made a great video documenting the trip, with snippets of the performances and a more “behind-the-scenes” look at life on tour. Congratulations to the Zēlos Quartet and the other winners of the 2018 Frances Walton Competition!

LMC’s 2018 Frances Walton Competition Winners to Present Free Concerts

LADIES MUSICAL CLUB OF SEATTLE TO SPONSOR CLASSICAL MUSIC TOURS IN EASTERN AND WESTERN WASHINGTON COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS

LMC’s 2018 Frances Walton Competition Solo Winners to Present Free Concerts

August 23, 2018 — Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) will present FREE public concerts in Eastern and Western Washington to showcase the musical talents of the winners from its recent 2018 Frances Walton Competition that was held in Seattle. Competition winners, ages 20-35 from all over the world, include Xiao Chen, piano; Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; and Hannah Leffler, flute. The international artists will present six FREE classical music concerts plus school visits in communities that have limited access to live classical music. LMC has sponsored these popular, educational state tours since 1990.

EASTERN WASHINGTON TOUR

Steven Jay Lerman, guitar and Yibing Zhang, piano
2:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Englewood Christian Church, 511 N 44th Ave, Yakima, WA. Click for directions.
7:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Lake Chelan Lutheran Church, 216 W. Nixon Ave., Chelan, WA. Click for directions.
7:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 South Cedar, Omak, WA 98841. Click for directions.

WESTERN WASHINGTON TOUR

Artem Kuznetsov, piano; Soren Hamm, saxophone; and Asta Vaicekonis, collaborative pianist
2:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Raymond Theatre, 323 Third Street, Raymond, WA. Click for directions.
7:45 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Sekiu Center, 42 Rice St., Sekiu, WA. Click for directions.
7:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Rd., Everson, WA 98247. Click for directions.

PUGET SOUND TOUR

Zelos Saxophone Quartet
1:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, WA. Click for directions.
7:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Click for directions.
12:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at Seattle Central Library – Microsoft Auditorium. Click for directions.

ARTISTS ON CLASSICAL KING FM 98.1

The Zelos Saxophone Quartet, winner of the ensemble division of the 2018 Frances Walton Competition will perform live and be interviewed by Sean MacLean on Northwest Focus Live on Classical KING FM, September 14 at 8pm.

LMC’s mission is to foster classical music through education, performance and awards. For more information on Ladies Musical Club’s free community concerts, programs in schools and the Frances Walton Competition, visit LMC’s website at www.lmcseattle.org; “Like” Ladies Musical Club of Seattle on Facebook; and follow LMC on Instagram.

All programs, artists and dates subject to change

Support for the Ladies Musical Club is provided by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Media sponsorship is provided by Classical KING FM 98.1.

Announcing the 2018 Frances Walton Competition Winners

Below are the winners in the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle’s 2018 Frances Walton Competition. Judges for the competition were Kevin Krentz, cello (past award winner); Sean Osborn, clarinet; Patrick Roulet, marimba/percussion; and Robert Swan, piano. The annual event was held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Magnolia Lutheran Church in Seattle. The winners performed a fantastic free community concert at 7:30pm.

Classical music tours in eastern and western Washington communities and schools featuring the winners of the 2018 Frances Walton Competition were scheduled in September 2018. Solo winners of the 2018 Frances Walton Competition Artem Kuznetsov and Soren Hamm performed in the towns of Everson, Sekiu and Raymond as part of the west leg of statewide tour. Solo winners Steven Jay Lerman and Yibing Zhang performed in Omak, Chelan and Yakima as part of the east leg of statewide tour. The Zēlos Saxophone Quartet performed during the Puget Sound Tour of the Frances Walton Competition.

solo winners:

Soren Hamm, Saxophone

Artem Kuznetsov, Piano

Yibing Zhang, Piano

Steven Jay Lerman, Guitar

Ensemble winner:

Zēlos Saxophone Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate solo winners:
Justin Douté, Marimba
Tzu-Ting Wang, Clarinet

Alternate ensemble winner:
Trio Petrichor – Piano, Violin, Cello

LMC’s First ever bassoon competition winner featured on Classical King FM

Dana Jackson, a native of Seattle, Washington, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. She is a freelancer up and down the West Coast and performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony. Ms. Jackson holds a BA from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, a MM from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, a PSC from the Colburn School. Dana received the Honorable Mention prize in the Gillet-Fox bassoon competition at the International Double Reed Society convention. She is also an artistic director for the Archipelago Collective, a San Juan Island chamber music festival.

In 2016, Dana was a winner of the Frances Walton Competition, the first bassoonist in its history. She was a guest of NW Focus host, Sean McLean in May of 2017.

2014 Frances Walton Winner featured on Classical King FM 98.1

Aaron Conitz, violist, is a dynamic performer and thoughtful musician. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and the National Repertory Orchestra, and as a collaborative artist in the Archipelago Collective (San Jaun Island, WA), Aspen Art Museum Summer Series, Arts Renaissance Tremont, and Aspen Music Festival. Conitz has performed alongside acclaimed musicians such as Darrett Adkins, Elaine Douvas, Victoria Chiang, and Paul Kantor. Aaron is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Frances Walton Competition (Ladies Musical Club of Seattle), Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship (Aspen Contemporary Ensemble), and the prestigious New Horizons Fellowship. As an orchestral musician, Conitz has served as principal violist with the National Repertory Orchestra, appeared with the Hawai’i Symphony, Seattle Opera, Spoleto Festival Orchestra (USA), Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, the Canton Symphony, and in over twenty concerts with the Seattle Symphony.

Aaron began his musical instruction at the age of four and has studied with James Dunham, Robert Vernon, Lynne Ramsey, Jeffrey Irvine, Jean Sulem, and Edward Seferian. In addition, Conitz has participated in master classes with Antoine Tamestit, Masao Kawasaki, and Steven Tenenbom. He received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently a Candidate for the degree Doctor of Musical Arts at Rice University.

Aaron Conitz, viola  was a 2014 Frances Walton competition winner. He was featured on the Classical King FM 98.1 program NW Focus with host Sean MacLean in March of 2017