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 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.”
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.
The concert on January 10 will feature Samuel Barber’s song cycle Knoxville, Summer of 1915 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.