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
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
23
Sat
Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine & Spanish songs @ Music Center of the Northwest
Feb 23 @ 7:00 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

INTERMISSION

“De los alamos vengo, madre” (I have been by the poplars, mother) by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Two Songs from the Canciones Amatorias (Love songs) Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
1. Mañanica era (Mañanica was)
2. Llorad, corazon (Weep, heart)
“Danza Española #5” by Enrique Granados
“Adela” by Joaquin Rodrigo
“Solo las flores” (Only the flowers) from Combat del Somni by Frederico Mompou (1893-1987)
“D’España vengo” (From Spain I come) from El Niño Judio by Pablo Luna (1879-1942)
“El cant dels ocells” (The song of the birds) traditional, arr. by Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)
“Cancion al arbol del olvido” (Song of the tree of oblivion) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
“Qué te importa que no vengo?” (What do you care that I do not come?) from Los Claveles by José Serrano

Diane Althaus, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano
Erika Pierson, cello

Mar
17
Sun
Bird songs for soprano, music for cello and piano @ Mirabella
Mar 17 @ 3:30 pm

Bird songs for soprano

La Flûte Invisible (Invisible flute) by Camille Saint-Saëns
“Rossignols amoureux” (Loving Nightingale)  Hippolyte et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Le rossignol  (Nightingale) by Leo Delibes
Sweet Bird by G.F. Handel

Ya-Li Lee, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Music for cello and piano

Erika Pierson, cello
Annie Center, piano