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.

Schubert’s Frauenliebe und -leben and oboe/English horn duets by Beethoven and Shapiro @ Mirabella
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm

Monologue 2 for oboe by Erland von Koch (1910 – 2009)

I. Andante sostenuto

II. Allegro molto vivace

Re:pair – duet for oboe and English horn by Alex Shapiro (b. 1962)

Sharon Jung, oboe and Gail Perstein, oboe and English horn

Robert Schumman (Photo Credit: Adolph von Menzel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Frauenliebe und -leben (Woman’s love and life) by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  1. Seit ich ihn gesehen
  2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen
  3. Ich kann’s nicht fassen
  4. Du Ring an meinem Finger
  5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
  6. Süsser Freund, du blickest
  7. An meinem Herzen
  8. Nun hast du mir der ersten Schmerz getan

Lin Chen, soprano and Nicole Truesdell, piano

Sonata for oboe and English horn by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Transcribed by Alan Hawkins

  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino con moto, theme and variations
  3. Allegro assai

Sharon Jung, oboe and Gail Perstein, English horn

Music for soprano by Rorem, Chausson, Handel and Music for oboe by Lombardo, Erwazen @ Seattle Art Museum
Jan 4 @ 12:00 pm

“Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo by G.F. Handel
“Oh, that I on wings could rise” from Theodora by G.F. Handel

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Hold Fast Your Dreams, Concerto No. 2 for Oboe and Wind Ensemble (piano reduction) by Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Les Papillons, Opus 2 no. 3 by Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Hébé, Opus 2, no. 6
Le Colibri, Opus 2, no. 7

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

For Poulenc by Ned Rorem
Early in the Morning

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra In One Movement (piano reduction) by Mario Lombardo (1931-2012)

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

The Music of Maurice Ravel @ Music Center of the Northwest
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Music of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Introduction and Allegro for Harp, String Quartet, Flute and Clarinet (1905)

Kathy Zufall and Anne Rackl, violins     Janice Gockel, viola     Fran Walton, cello
Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp (guest artist)
Carol Wollenberg, flute and Julie Buetow, clarinet

Le tombeau de Couperin, arranged for oboe and for piano, selections (1914–17)

Gail Perstein, oboe     Katie O’Rourke, piano

Prélude in a minor for piano (1913)
“Oiseaux tristes” (Sad birds) from Miroirs (1904-05)

Joyce Gibb, piano


Histoires Naturelles (Natural histories) (1906)

  1. Le paon (The peacock)
  2. Le grillon (The cricket)
  3. Le cygne (The swan)
  4. Le martin-pêcheur (The kingfisher)
  5. La pintade (The guinea‑fowl)

Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano and Joan Lundquist, piano

Sonatine for piano (1903-1905)

  1. Modéré
  2. Mouvement de menuet
  3. Anime

Katie O’Rourke, piano

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques,(five popular greek songs) for voice and piano (1904–06)

  1. Chanson de la mariée: Réveille-toi, perdrix mignonne
  2. Là-bas, vers l’église
  3. Quel galant m’est comparable
  4. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques: O joie de mon âme
  5. Tout gai!

Tiina Ritalahti, soprano    Katie O’Rourke, piano

Songs by Chausson & Wolf, Music for English horn, Trios for clarinet, oboe and bassoon @ Music Center of the Northwest
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

English horn program TBA

Gail Perstein, English horn

Songs by Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899)

  1. Le Charme (Charm)
  2. Sérénade (Serenade)
  3. Les Papillons (Butterflies)
  4. Le Colibri (Hummingbird)

Songs by Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1904)

  1. Um Mitternacht (At midnight)
  2. Nachtzauber (Night magic)
  3. Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag (A little lesson before day)
  4. In der Frühe (Early in the morning)
  5. Morgenstimmung (Morning mood)

Tiina Ritalahti, soprano     Elisabeth Moore, piano


Divertissement for Woodwind Trio by Roger Boutry (1932-)

  1. Jeux
  2. Dialogue
  3. Ronde

Suite Breve en Trio by Eugéne Bozza (1905-1991)

  1. Allegro Moderato
  2. Allegro Vivo
  3. Adagio Espressivo
  4. Finale

Julie Shankland, clarinet     Gail Perstein, oboe     Eric Shankland, bassoon

Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, vocal music by Kam Morrill @ West Seattle Library
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm

Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano

Gail Perstein, oboe
Eric Shankland, bassoon
Nobuko Hasegawa, piano

Idaho Songs by Kam Morrill

  1. Indifference
  2. Feisty
  3. My Mountains

I Wander  Dreaming

Housman Songs

  1. To an athlete dying young
  2. With Rue
  3. Now Hollow Fires

Madrigals for three sopranos (poetry by e.e. cummings)

  1. Thy fingers make early flowers
  2. I spoke to thee with a smile
  3. All in green went my love riding
  4. When god lets my body be

Katie Hochman, Regina Thomas and Tiina Ritalahti, sopranos
Nobuko Hasegawa, piano