Ladies Musical Club of Seattle http://lmcseattle.org Fostering classical music in the community through education, performance, and awards. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 107071988 SPU Faculty member Janene Nelson makes directorial debut with LMC Opera Jan 14 and 21 http://lmcseattle.org/spu-faculty-member-janene-nelson-makes-directorial-debut-lmc-opera-jan-14-21/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:44:30 +0000 http://lmcseattle.org/?p=1796 Janene Nelson, SPU vocal faculty and LMC performing member makes directorial debut with LMC opera this month with performances on January 14 at the West Seattle Library and January 21 at Mirabella in South Lake Union, Seattle. Ms. Nelson leads a cast of four singers and one pianist presenting a historical timeline tracing opera from […]

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Janene Nelson, SPU vocal faculty and LMC performing member makes directorial debut with LMC opera this month with performances on January 14 at the West Seattle Library and January 21 at Mirabella in South Lake Union, Seattle. Ms. Nelson leads a cast of four singers and one pianist presenting a historical timeline tracing opera from its genesis through the early classical era of Christoph Willibald Gluck. Other notable debut performances include Seattle Opera teaching artist Darrell J. Jordan, baritone and noted Baroque specialist, Lisa Cardwell Pontén of the St. James Cantorei. Biographies of all three artists are below.

 

Janene Nelson is a Seattle-area mezzo-soprano whose “gorgeously sung” performances range from opera and oratorio to early music. Her operatic roles include Dorabella, Third Lady, Prince Orlofsky, Miss Todd, and Nicklaus, and her recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Janene was a founding member of the early music ensemble Vox Resonat from 2011-2014 and sang with the Oregon Bach Festival for seven seasons as a member of the Berwick Chorus. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance and arts administration from the University of Oregon and is currently on the voice faculty at Seattle Pacific University.

In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, Darrell J. Jordan’s  recent solo concert engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Missouri Symphony, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony. Opera credits include Winter Opera Saint Louis, St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre. He will make his Puget Sound Concert Opera debut in the fall of 2017. Additionally, Mr. Jordan is on the Teaching Artist roster for the Seattle Opera. He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the album St. Lawrence Psalter. He is a member and co-founder of the nationally recognized professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova.

Lisa Cardwell Pontén has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, both as a soprano soloist and a professional choral singer. She has had solo appearances with ensembles such as Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Pro Musica, Northwest Chamber Chorus, Baroque Northwest, Opus 7 and The Tudor Choir. She is a regular member of Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, The Emerald Ensemble and the St. James Cathedral Cantorei. Lisa also records soundtracks for film and video games, maintains a private voice studio for teenagers and adults, and frequently adjudicates for contests and competitions. One of her very favorite summer activities is serving on the faculty of Midsummer Musical Retreat, a camp for amateur adult musicians on the Whitman College campus in beautiful Walla, Walla, WA. Lisa received her Masters of Music in Early Music Performance from Indiana University.

 

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2016-2017 Annual Financial Report and the Year in Review http://lmcseattle.org/2016-2017-annual-financial-report-year-review/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:24:02 +0000 http://lmcseattle.org/?p=1722 Dear Members and Friends of LMC, When I joined the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle in 1995, I was tasked with creating, for the first time, a digital version of the list of International Artists LMC sponsored in concert between 1900 and 1995. I was dazzled as I typed the names of such musical luminaries […]

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Dear Members and Friends of LMC,

When I joined the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle in 1995, I was tasked with creating, for the first time, a digital version of the list of International Artists LMC sponsored in concert between 1900 and 1995. I was dazzled as I typed the names of such musical luminaries as Rachmaninoff, Marian Anderson, Fritz Kreisler, and Marilyn Horne. The amazing history of our organization caught me completely off-guard! What was this group I had just joined, primarily to sing in their Public Concert Series? Who were these women—movers and shakers in the early arts history of Seattle—and what could I learn from them? What else was going on in this venerable organization?

LMC President Lynn Muehleisen with 2015 Frances Walton Competition winner Sophie Baird-Daniel.

Twenty years later I found myself in the position of President of LMC, launched into a whirlwind of activity as we prepared for our 125th anniversary. It was an honor and a privilege to participate with our hard-working board, committees, and members to celebrate this landmark anniversary. As we entered our 126th year, we found that our efforts during our 125th year yielded an increased awareness in our community about LMC’s impactful programs, an overall increase in audiences for our Public Concert Series, and increase in new member auditionees.

LMC is poised to continue its work on behalf of the community it has so diligently and faithfully served for more than a century. Along with the Public Concert Series, LMC reaches out to children through our Music in Schools Program, as well as to young musicians through our Frances Walton Competition. The work our organization accomplishes never ceases to amaze me!

I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have had with LMC as a performer, board member, President, and arts advocate, and I am proud to continue to serve our organization and our community as an active member of LMC.

Sincerely,
Lynn Muehleisen
President, Ladies Musical Club of Seattle

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Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of LMC’s Piano loan to Seattle Central Library http://lmcseattle.org/celebrating-2nd-anniversary-lmcs-piano-loan-seattle-central-library/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:19:57 +0000 http://lmcseattle.org/?p=1643 LMC celebrates partnership with the Seattle Public Library to Improve the Classical Music Experience for Audiences and Performers On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Ladies Musical Club and the Seattle Public Library will celebrate the second anniversary of our expanded partnership in fostering the love of classical music in our community. In 2016, the installation […]

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LMC celebrates partnership with the Seattle Public Library to Improve the Classical Music Experience for Audiences and Performers
2016 LMC President Lynn Muehleisen with Karen Spiel, Seattle Public Library Regional Manager

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Ladies Musical Club and the Seattle Public Library will celebrate the second anniversary of our expanded partnership in fostering the love of classical music in our community. In 2016, the installation of a Steinway B grand piano in the Central Branch Library on long term loan greatly improved the performance experience for both audience and performer. “It is our firm belief that a quality instrument heightens the musical experience for audience and performer” says concerts trustee, Regina Thomas, “so we consider improving the condition of pianos in our performance venues a service to both our membership and the community as whole.”

 

piano dedication to eleanor hale wilson

President Muehleisen with Eleanor Hale Wilson Trustee, Steve Erickson

The installation of the Steinway gave LMC an opportunity to honor long-time member and benefactor Eleanor Hale Wilson. In December of 2010, LMC received an unexpected and amazing gift from the Eleanor and Raymond Wilson Charitable Trust.  Music was the principal focus of Eleanor Hale Wilson’s life.  She was a cellist, a graduate of the University of Washington and an active member of Ladies Musical Club.  She served as national president of the music honorary society, Mu Phi Epsilon and taught piano to local youth into her 90’s.  She and her husband led a quiet life but generated the means for extraordinary generosity.  With their help, LMC and many other local programs will continue to enrich the culture of Seattle and Washington State. Trustee of the Eleanor Hale Wilson Estate, Steve Erickson was present at the dedication of the Steinway honoring her.

Risa Jun and Dr. Yelena Balabanova

January 10, 2018 Anniversary concert

The concert on January 10 will feature songs by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), Fernando Obradors (1897-1945), Enrique Granados (1867-1916), and Ruperto Chapí (1851-1909) sung by soprano, Clarice Warrick with Lucy Wenger on the piano. Risa Jun and special guest artist, Dr. Yelena Balabanova will conclude with program of piano duets to show off the beauty and richness of this fine instrument.

 

 

 

 

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LMC KICKS OFF 2018 WITH SEVEN FREE CONCERTS http://lmcseattle.org/lmc-kicks-off-2018-seven-free-concerts/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:48:37 +0000 http://lmcseattle.org/?p=1710 NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release LMC KICKS OFF 2018 WITH SEVEN FREE CONCERTS FEATURING MUSIC BY RACHMANINOFF, CHOPIN, BARBER, HANDEL, GLUCK, GRANADOS, RAVEL & MORE. LMC Competition Namesake Frances Walton to Perform  with 2015 Competition Winner Sophie Baird-Daniel at Music Center of the Northwest on January 20    Ladies Musical Club is one of the top 14 […]

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

LMC KICKS OFF 2018 WITH SEVEN FREE CONCERTS

FEATURING MUSIC BY RACHMANINOFF, CHOPIN, BARBER, HANDEL, GLUCK, GRANADOS, RAVEL & MORE.

LMC Competition Namesake Frances Walton to Perform  with 2015 Competition Winner Sophie Baird-Daniel at Music Center of the Northwest on January 20   

Ladies Musical Club is one of the top 14 best free events in Seattle.Lonely Planet

Seattle, WA – December 11, 2017  – Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) will kick off the month of January 2018 with seven free concerts that feature music by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Ravel, Granados, Barber, and opera selections by Handel and Gluck. All performances are free, and most are one-hour in length. LMC season venue addresses and January programs are listed below. A full, detailed repertoire may be found on the LMC website at www.lmcseattle.org.

Frances Walton, cello, and namesake of LMC’s annual Competition, will perform in a 90-minute program titled “The Music of Maurice Ravel,” that includes his Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet with 2015 Frances Walton Competition winner and guest artist Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp, on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Center of the Northwest. Sopranos Beth Ann Bonnecroy and Malya Muth will perform solo recitals respectively at Seattle Art Museum in the Plestcheeff Auditorium on Thursday, January 4 at 12:00 p.m. and at the Frye Art Museum on Saturday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24, arranged for Clarice Warrick, soprano and Lucy Wenger, plus a four-hands popular program by pianists Risa Jun and Yelena Balabanova (guest artist) will be presented Seattle Central Public Library on Wednesday, January 10 at 12:00 p.m. Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center will be treated to a program of Spanish music by pianist Karin McCullough and Diane Althaus, soprano, will pair up with guest guitarist Lucas Victor on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m.  Opera lovers will cherish LMC Opera presentations of Baroque to the Gluck Reform Opera on Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the West Seattle Library and repeated at South Lake Union’s Mirabella on Sunday, January 21 at 3:00 p.m.

About Ladies Musical Club of Seattle

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle was founded in 1891 by a group of 24 women musicians. Its original mission was to foster an appreciation of classical music in the cultural life of a city that was just starting to find its identity. For more than a century, the LMC members presented a stellar International Artist Series whose make up is literally a Who’s Who list of classical music artist luminaries of the 20th century such as: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Fritz Kreisler, Ascham Heifetz, Marian Anderson, Kirsten Flagstad, Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Marilyn Horne, Alicia de Larrocha, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Joshua Bell, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphony Orchestra, and the London Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. See the entire list. Although no longer presenting international artists, LMC continues to foster classical music in the community through education, performance and competition awards. MOHAI houses LMC’s historical archives.

–All programs, artists and dates subject to change–

Support for the 2017–2018 Season is provided by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture 2017–2018 Season Media Sponsor is Classical KING FM 98.1

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Media Contact (do not publish) Media requests for photos, interviews and other press items relating to Ladies Musical Club and performing artists are welcome. Mary Langholz, LMC communications consultant: vote4arts (at) outlook.com                     Release #1718-6 December 11, 2017

LMC 2017–2018 SEASON PUBLIC CONCERT VENUES AND ADDRESSES

Crossroads Community Center/Theater, 16000 N. E. 10th Street, Bellevue
Frye Art Museum/Frye Auditorium, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle
Mirabella/Emerald Hall, 116 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle
Music Center of the Northwest, 901 North 96th Street, Seattle
SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave South, SeaTac
Seattle Art Museum/Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 1st Avenue, Seattle
Seattle Public Library/Central/Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle
Seattle Public Library/West Seattle, 2306 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 105 State Street South, Kirkland
University House/Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way North, Seattle

JANUARY 2018 FREE PUBLIC CONCERT SERIES
All concerts are FREE and most are approximately one-hour long.
Current program details are available at www.lmcseattle.org (Public Concert Series)

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave, Seattle
January 4 at 12:00 p.m.
Music for soprano by Rorem, Chausson, Handel and Music for Oboe by Lombardo, Erwazen
Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano, and Asta Vaicekonis, pianoGail Perstein, oboe, and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave, Seattle
January 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Vocal music by Strauss and Rachmaninoff, and Piano Recital
Malya Muth, soprano, and Johanna Mastenbrook, pianoLucy Wenger, piano

Seattle Public Library/Central Branch
1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle
January 10 at 12:00 p.m.

Knoxville, Summer of 1915 and Duets for Piano 4 hands
Clarice Warrick, soprano, and Lucy Wenger, piano
Risa Jun, piano, and Yelena Balbanova (guest artist), piano

Crossroads Community Center/Theater
16000 N. E. 10th Street, Bellevue
January 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Spanish Music for Solo Piano, Guitar and Voice
Diane Althaus, soprano, and Lucas Victor (guest artist), guitar
Karin McCullough, piano

West Seattle Public Library
2306 42nd Ave SW, Seattle
January 14 at 3:00 p.m.
LMC Opera: Baroque to the Gluck Reform Opera
Darrell Jordan (guest artist), baritone
Denná Good-Mojab and Heather Mullin, sopranos
Katie Stevenson and Brittany Walker, mezzo-sopranos
Lucy Wenger ~ piano
Stage Direction and commentary ~ Janene Nelson

Music Center of the Northwest
901 North 96th Street, Seattle
January 20 at 7:30 p.m. (90-minute program with refreshments)
The Music of Maurice Ravel
Kathy Zufall and Anne Rackl, violins, Janice Gockel, viola, Frances Walton, cello
Sophie Baird-Daniel (guest artist), harp, Carol Wollenberg, flute, and Julie Buetow, clarinet
Joyce Gibb, piano
Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano, and Joan Lundquist, piano
Gail Perstein, oboe
Katie O’Rourke, piano
Tiina Ritalahti, soprano

Mirabella/Emerald Hall
116 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle
January 21 at 3:00 p.m.
LMC Opera: Baroque to the Gluck Reform Opera
Darrell Jordan (guest artist), baritone
Denná Good-Mojab and Heather Mullin, sopranos
Katie Stevenson and Brittany Walker, mezzo-sopranos
Lucy Wenger ~ piano
Stage Direction and commentary ~ Janene Nelson

 

Other LMC 2018 Special Events

Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Music of Spain and South AmericaMerrill Gardens, Auburn, 18 1st St SE, Auburn, WACo-Sponsored by the City of Auburn

Sunday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m.
LMC Opera presents “Famous Moms of Opera”
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA
Co-sponsored by the City of SeaTac

Saturday, June 2 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Frances Walton Competition Live Finals
Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue West
Enjoy a day full of “mini-recitals” as classical musicians ages 20-35 compete for cash awards.

Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Frances Walton Competition Winners’ Concert
Free Public Concert
Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue West

LMC Annual Spring Luncheon
Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Women’s University Club,
1105 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Program includes a luncheon at the historic Women’s University Club, hear highlights of LMC’s work in the community, a beautiful concert by past winners of the Frances Walton Competition and a keynote address by Linda Kitchen, an inspiring “Lady in the Arts!” Tickets: $60.  Reservations and Information: events@lmcseattle.org.

Keynote Address
Linda Kitchen, principal soprano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, who enjoyed a 25 year-long career as opera singer and actress in major European opera houses, followed by a successful career as a stage director.

Performance by Competition Winners:
Cameron O’Connor, guitar (2015)
Erik Stieghner, saxophone (2015)

LMC members also will host classical and world music artists in underserved Seattle Public Schools through its  Music in Schools program that collaborates with Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The A full season of activities may be found on the LMC website at www.lmcseattle.org.

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LMC premieres new works by Australian, British and American Composers on December 7 http://lmcseattle.org/lmc-premieres-new-works-australian-british-american-composers/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:26:32 +0000 http://lmcseattle.org/?p=1700 Thursday, December 7 at the Seattle Art Museum features premieres by cogan, marshall and anderson. Thursday, December 7 at noon Seattle Art Museum Plestcheff Auditorium 1300 First Ave, Seattle WA *All our Concerts are Free and open to the Public* ​LMC member Jill Carlsen and guest performers from the active Puget Sound recorder community will […]

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Thursday, December 7 at the Seattle Art Museum features premieres by cogan, marshall and anderson.

Thursday, December 7 at noon
Seattle Art Museum
Plestcheff Auditorium
1300 First Ave, Seattle WA
*All our Concerts are Free and open to the Public*

​LMC member Jill Carlsen and guest performers from the active Puget Sound recorder community will present a West Coast premiere of the recorder quartet Sughisti, written in 2014 by Racheal Cogan. This composition features an alto recorder with three types of bass recorder: standard bass in F (sometimes affectionately referred to as the “baby bass”), Great Bass in C, and Contrabass, an octave lower than the baby bass.

Ms. Cogan composed Sughisti as a gift for Geri Bollinger, who is the maker of the Küng bass recorders featured in her piece. She writes that he came across her website with a photo of her holding one of his bass recorders, heard her music, and sent her an email. This became the start of their friendship.

She goes on to describe that while they corresponded from their respective homes in Canada and Switzerland, they discovered a shared love for cooking and bottling tomato sauces from their summer harvests. (Or maybe a necessity in her case​? She adds, this was “All to ferret away for the long, insistently cold and icy Winter in Alberta.”)

Geri referred to his tomato sauce using the Italian word, “sugo.” Sughisti are the sauce makers. You can get a “taste of sugo” on YouTube. Ms. Cogan was born in Australia and has lived in various parts of the world. Her extensive time in Greece is reflected in many of her works, including Sughisti. She currently lives in Montreal.

 

The program is rounded out by two contemporary vocal works.

The US premiere of British composer, Nicholas Marshall’s song cycle The Birds, for soprano, recorder and piano.

And, rounding out the program is the winter themed song cycle composed by LMC’s own Janet Anderson, For Snow.

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