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.
Sonetto No. 123 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
- Modéré – très franc
- Assez lent – avec une expression intense
- Assez animé
- Presque lent – dans un sentiment intime
- Moins vif
- Épilogue: lent
Joyce Gibb, piano
Susan Strick, soprano and Nola Allen, piano
Think of Santos , Poem by Claudia Castro Luna, Music by Hilary Field
Eight Poems from “Killing Marías,” Poem by Claudia Castro Luna, Music by Hilary Field
María Agustina Mystical Rose
María Cristina Hanging Chrysallis
María de los Angeles Boundless Love
María Queen of Lullabies
María Estela Cause of Our Joy
María Luisa y Sus Tres Ninhos Fiercest of Mothers
Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), Poem by Pablo Neruda, Music by Hilary Field
Hilary Field, guitar
Jill Carlsen, reader
- He’s sadness
- Today I wheel him to the window
- More and more
- His face is my grandfather’s
- Today as I walked into his room
- He’s better today
- Tonight at dinner
- He’s bedridden
- He’s weak and tired
- How long?
- Goodbye. Again.
- Go Ahead and Howl
- Now Here
- Life in Clover
Joan Lundquist, piano
Jill Carlsen, recorder
German song TBA
Christine Menschner, soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano
- Very slowly. Introduction of the characters, one by one, in a suffused light.
- Fast/Allegro. Sudden burst of unison strings in A major arpeggios starts the action. A sentiment both elated and religious gives the keynote to this scene.
- Moderate/Moderato. Duo for the Bride and her Intended – scene of tenderness and passion.
- Quite fast. The Revivalist and his flock. Folksy feeling – suggestions of square dances and country fiddlers.
- Still faster/Subito Allegro. Solo dance of the Bride – presentiment of motherhood. Extremes of joy and fear and wonder.
- Very slowly (as at first). Transition scene to music reminiscent of the introduction.
- Calm and flowing/Doppio Movimento. Scenes of daily activity for the Bride and her Farmer husband. There are five variations on a Shaker theme. The theme, sung by a solo clarinet, was taken from a collection of Shaker melodies compiled by Edward D. Andrews, and published under the title “The Gift to Be Simple.” The melody borrowed and used almost literally is called “Simple Gifts.”
- Moderate. Coda/Moderato – Coda. The Bride takes her place among her neighbors. At the end the couple are left “quiet and strong in their new house.” Muted strings intone a hushed prayerlike chorale passage. The close is reminiscent of the opening music.
Karin McCullough, piano