SPU Faculty member Janene Nelson makes directorial debut with LMC Opera Jan 14 and 21

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.


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 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.







For Immediate Release



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


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


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

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.

LMC premieres new works by Australian, British and American Composers on December 7

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.

UPS Voice Chair, Dawn Padula makes LMC Debut

December 2 program at the Frye Art Museum to feature Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano and Hilary Field, guitar


University of Puget Sound Director of Vocal Studies, Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano makes her LMC debut on Saturday, December 2 at the Frye Art Museum.

Dr. Padula will perform Maurice Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles (Natural Histories) a song cycle of poems about various animals and will be accompanied by Joan Lundquist on piano. Dr. Padula’s detailed biography, recordings and upcoming performances can be found at dawnpadula.com

Hilary Field, guitar is a former Frances Walton Competition winner

The other half of the one-hour program will be international performing and recording artist Hilary Field, guitar, performing works of her own composition. Find out more about Hilary at hilaryfield.com.

*The five songs of Histoires Naturelles are:

  1. Le paon (The peacock) – The peacock is described as waiting in his finery for the peahen he is to marry. She does not appear, but his vanity makes him confident that she will come tomorrow.
  2. Le grillon (The cricket) – The cricket returns to his home at the end of the day and obsessively puts it in order, before burrowing deep into the earth.
  3. Le cygne (The swan) – The swan is distracted by reflections in the water, confusing the image of his own neck for a woman’s arm. Each time he plunges his beak into the water vainly fishing for reflections he brings out a worm, and so grows fat.
  4. Le martin-pêcheur (The kingfisher) – A fisherman is pleased and proud that a beautiful kingfisher has just perched on his fishing rod before eventually flying on.
  5. La pintade (The guinea fowl) – The guinea fowl is ugly and belligerent, attacking the hens and even the turkey in the farmyard. She occasionally gives them some respite when she leaves the yard to lay an egg out of sight, in the countryside.

*Song descriptions taken from Wikipedia.org.

For detailed program information see our web calendar.

All of our concerts are FREE and open to the public.