Public Concerts

Free Public Concert Series

LMC’s most visible face is its Public Concert Series that offers over 50 free classical music concerts from October through May by LMC member-musicians and guests. The classical music series is presented at a variety of venues throughout the Seattle metro area, including Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Public Library, Central and West Seattle Branches, University House Wallingford, Mirabella, Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center Theater and the Music Center of the Northwest in North Seattle.

These intimate, one-hour, music programs are free and open to the public. No advance tickets are required. On the day of the performance at the Frye Museum, attendees are asked to obtain a free ticket at the front desk to monitor auditorium seating.

Jan
3
Thu
Art of the Piano @ Seattle Art Museum
Jan 3 @ 12:00 pm

LMC’s annual event will bring a host of stellar “party” pieces played by our talented member pianists and an informative mini-lecture by LMC’s Trustee of Public Concerts, Regina Thomas discussing the connections between the visual and performing arts.

“Song of the Indian Guest” from Sadko, (transcribed for solo piano) by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Preludes Op. 11 by Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)
No. 1 in C Major (Ondeggiante Carezzando)
No. 2 in a minor (Allegretto)
No. 4 in e minor (Lento)
Etude in C sharp minor (Andante), Op. 2, No. 1 (1887) by Scriabin

Karin McCullough, piano

Meditation for the Left Hand Alone – Leopold Godowsky (1870 – 1938)
Prelude in B minor, Op 32. No. 10 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Stephanie Shadbolt, piano

Histoires by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

  1. La meneuse de tortues d’or (The Girl Leading the Golden Turtles)
  2. Le petit âne blanc (The Little White Donkey)
  3. A Giddy Girl
  4. La cage de cristal ( The Crystal Cage)
  5. Le cortège de Balkis (The Procession of the Balkis)

Nicole Truesdell and Karin McCullough, piano

Jan
5
Sat
Music for oboe by Widerkehr and Lombardo, Vocal music by Faure, Debussy, Bach & Handel @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 5 @ 2:00 pm

Duo for Oboe and Piano Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr (1759-1823)
Allegro
Menuetto
Adagio sans lenteur
Allegro

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Jesus soll mein erstes Wort  (Jesus should be my first word) from Kantate 171 by J.S. Bach
Automne  by Gabriel Faure
Il pleure dans mon coeur (It rains in my heart) by Claude Debussy
Il Neige (The snow)  by Herman Bemberg
Paysage sentimental (Sentimental journey) by Claude Debussy

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano,  and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Rhapsody for Oboe and Piano Mario Lombardo (1831-2012)

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Three Irish Country Songs arr. by Rebecca Clarke
“I know my love”
“I know where I’m goin’”
“As I was goin’ to Ballynure”
Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise (Soul, sing praises to God) by G.F. Handel

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano,  and Asta Vaicekonis, piano
Ingrid Fredrickson (guest artist), violin

Jan
9
Wed
LMC Opera: France in the 19th Century @ Seattle Public Library-Central Branch
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm

“A l’hotel Translyvanie” from Manon by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Pousette
Regina Thomas, soprano as Javotte
Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Rosette

“Je suis encour tout etourdie” from Manon by Jules Massenet

Molly Tomlinson,soprano as Manon

“Va! laisse couler mes larmes” from Werther by Jules Massenet

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Charlotte

“Salut, splendeur du jour” (Brunehild’s awakening) from Sigurd by Ernest Reyer (1823-1909)

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano as Brunehild

“D’amour l’ardente flame” from La Damnation de Faust by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

Diane Althaus, mezzo-soprano as Marguerite

“Je veux vivre” from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Juliette

“Ah! Quell diner” (grisette) from La Perichole by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Perichole

“j’en prendrai un, deux, trois” from Pomme d’api by Jacques Offenbach

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Catherine (Pomme d’api)

“Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour” (Barcarolle) from Les Contes d’Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach

Diane Althaus, soprano as Giulietta
Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano as Nicklausse

Abigail Habegger, piano
Regina Thomas, Stage Direction and Commentary

Jan
10
Thu
Music by JS Bach for solo violin and keyboard @ Crossroads Community Center
Jan 10 @ 1:00 pm

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bach Partitia in E Major for Solo Violin BWV 1006

  1. Preludio
  2. Loure
  3. Gavotte en Rondeau
  4. Menuet I
  5. Menuet II
  6. Bouree
  7. Gigue

Violin/Keyboard Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016 by JS Bach (1720-1723)
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio ma non tanto
IV. Allegro

Italian Piano Concerto in F Major, BWV 971 (1735)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

Adriana Hulscher, violin
Karin McCullough, piano

Jan
13
Sun
La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc @ West Seattle Library
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm

La voix humaine (The Human Voice) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

a forty-minute, one-act opera
Arranged for soprano and piano

Synopsis: a woman’s last conversation with the lover who has left her for another.

Emily Riesser, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Jan
20
Sun
Sea Pictures by E. Elgar, trios for two oboes and English horn @ Mirabella
Jan 20 @ 3:30 pm

Sea Pictures, Op. 37 by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

“Sea Slumber Song,” poem by Roden Noel
“In Haven (Capri), ” poem by Caroline Alice Elgar, the composer’s wife
“Sabbath Morning at Sea,” poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Where Corals Lie,” poem by Richard Garnett
“The Swimmer,” poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Kathryn Vinson, mezzo-soprano
Katie O’Rourke, piano

Variations and Fugue on St. Antoni Chorale for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais by Graham Powning (b. 1949 in Sydney, Australia)
Theme – andante
Var. I – l’istesso tempo
Var. II – presto
Var. III – lento
Var. IV – tempo di valse
Var. V – andante
Var. VI – vivo
Var VII – siciliana
Var. VIII – andante
Var. IX – allegro
Var. X – andante
Fugue – andante
Coda – presto

Mini-Trio for 2 Oboes and Cor Anglais Allan Stephenson (b. 1949 near Liverpool, England, since 1973 living in Cape Town, South Africa)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Poco lento
III. Scherzo and Trio

Sharon Jung, oboe
Bernard Shapiro (guest performer), oboe
Gail Perstein, English horn

Jan
26
Sat
Clara Schumann: Virtuoso, Composer and Inspiration @ Music Center of the Northwest
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm

Clara Schumann: Virtuoso, Composer and Inspiration

Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)

A brilliant concert pianist and talented composer in her own right, Clara also inspired such master composers as Robert Schuman, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt. Explore the life and works of Clara Schumann as well the work of her contemporaries influenced by her teaching, editing and opinions. Various artists with a mini-lecture and reception to follow.

3 Romances, Op.22 (transcribed for clarinet and piano) by Clara Schumann

Robert Wingert (guest artist), clarinet
Valentina Rodov, piano

Abegg Variations, Op. 1 by Robert Schumann

Jennifer Li, piano

Liebst Du um Schönheit (If you love for beauty) by Clara Schumann
Sie liebten sich beide (They once loved each other)
Das Veilchen (The violet)
Was weinst du, Blümlein (Why do you weep, dear blossom)

Christine Menschner, soprano
Jennifer Li, piano

Clara and Robert Schumann

“Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton” ( To perform fantastically and passionately; In legend sound from fantasy) from Fantasie in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann

Nicole Kim, piano

Lorelei by Clara Schumann
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (He came in storm and rain)
Mein Stern (My star)
Ihr Bildnes (Her portrait)

Amber Rose Johnson, soprano
Abigail Habegger, piano

 

Andante Espressivo from Sonata No. 3 in F-minor, Op. 5, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms

This movement begins with a poem by Otto Inkermann under the pseudonym C.O. Sternau
Der Abend dämmert, das Mondlicht scheint (Through evening’s shade, the pale moon gleams)
Da sind zwei Herzen in Liebe vereint (while rapt in love’s ecstatic dreams)
Und halten sich selig umfangen Sternau (Two hearts are fondly beating)

Valentina Rodov, piano

“Mondnacht” (Moonlit night) from Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
“Schöne Fremde”(Beauteous foreign land) from Liederkreis, Op. 39

Regina Thomas, soprano and Jennifer Li, piano

Piano Trio in G minor, Op.17, selections by Clara Schumann

Angie Kam, violin
Erika Pierson, cello
Abigail Habegger, piano

 

Feb
2
Sat
Clara Schumann: Virtuoso, Composer and Inspiration @ Frye Art Museum
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm

Clara Schumann: Virtuoso, Composer and Inspiration

Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)

A brilliant concert pianist and talented composer in her own right, Clara also inspired such master composers as Robert Schuman, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt. Explore the life and works of Clara Schumann as well the work of her contemporaries influenced by her teaching, editing and opinions. Various artists with a mini-lecture.

Liebst Du um Schönheit (If you love for beauty) by Clara Schumann
Sie liebten sich beide (They once loved each other)
Das Veilchen (The violet)
Was weinst du, Blümlein (Why do you weep, dear blossom)

Christine Menschner, soprano
Jennifer Li, piano

Abegg Variations, Op. 1 by Robert Schumann

Jennifer Li, piano

Andante Espressivo from Sonata No. 3 in F-minor, Op. 5, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms

This movement begins with a poem by Otto Inkermann under the pseudonym C.O. Sternau
Der Abend dämmert, das Mondlicht scheint (Through evening’s shade, the pale moon gleams)
Da sind zwei Herzen in Liebe vereint (while rapt in love’s ecstatic dreams)
Und halten sich selig umfangen Sternau (Two hearts are fondly beating)

Valentina Rodov, piano

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (He came in storm and rain) by Clara Schumann
Mein Stern (My star)
Ihr Bildnes (Her portrait)

Clara and Robert Schumann

Amber Rose Johnson, soprano
Abigail Habegger, piano

Feb
7
Thu
Piano solos by Debussy and Rachmaninoff, Songs of Love and Romance @ Seattle Art Museum
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm

“Clair de Lune” from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, Opus 36 (1931 version) by  Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
I. Allegro agitato – meno mosso
II. Non allegro – lento – piu mosso
III. Allegro molto – poco meno mosso – presto

Joyce Gibb, piano

Songs of Love and Romance

Amber Rose Johnson, soprano

Feb
10
Sun
LMC Opera: Mozart Masterpieces @ West Seattle Library
Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by W.A. Mozart, select scenes

No. 1 Zu Hilfe! zu Hilfe! sonst bin ich verloren (Help, Help or I am lost!)
No. 2 Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (The birdcatcher I am indeed)
No. 3 “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön”  (This likeness is enchantingly lovely)
No. 7 Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen (In men, who feel love)

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, select scenes

“Voi che sapete” (You who know)
“Venite inginochchiatevi” (Come kneel down)

Così fan tutte (Women are like that), select scenes

From Act I
No. 2 “Al fato dan legge quegli occhi” (To fate he leaves in those eyes)
No. 4 “Ah, guarda sorella” (Ah, look sister)
No. 11 “Ah, scostati…Smanie implacabili” (Ah, leave me….Implacable restlessness)
No. 12 “In uomini, in soldati sperar fedeltà?” (In men, in soldiers you hope for fidelity?)
No. 14 “Temerari…Come scoglio” (Audacious ones…Like a rock)
No. 16 “Un aura amorosa” (A breath of love)
From Act II
No. 19 “Una donna a quindici anni” (Any girl of 15 years)
No. 23 “Il core vi dono” (My heart I give you)
No. 26. “Donne mie la fate a tanti” (Women who would do that to me)
Finale

Meg Daly, Ya-Li Lee and Emily Riesser, sopranos
Jesse Nordstrom (guest artist), tenor
Darrell J. Jordan (guest artist), baritone
Joan Lundquist, piano
Regina Thomas, stage direction and commentary