Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of LMC’s Piano loan to Seattle Central Library

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 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.

 

 

 

 

Geisa Dutra, piano, named a 2017 4Culture Grant Recipient and Touring Artist

LMC member pianist Geísa Dutra is the recipient of a 2017 4CULTURE Grant Award and the 2013 Artist Trust GAP Award in Seattle. A foremost performer of Ibero-Latin American art music, her recordings include: Brazilian and Spanish Piano Works; Chopin – Preludes; El Ultimo Tango – Six Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and The Spanish Piano. She has recorded for NPR and music radio stations in the United States and television in Brazil. Her debut in Europe was described as “A brilliant evening” (Wolluwe News, Brussels) and England’s Nottingham Evening Post reported, “It was a privilege and a treat to hear pianist Geísa Dutra… a gorgeous range of expression.” WWW.GEISADUTRA.COM

https://www.4culture.org/touring_arts/geisa-dutra/

Despite her busy professional schedule, Geisa generously gives some time  to her community as well. LMC is proud to present her as a featured performer in October and November of 2017!

Wednesday, October 11 at the Seattle Public Library, noon

November 2 at the Seattle Art Museum, noon