Public Concerts and Events

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.

Soprano Song Recital, Piano Solos by Ravel & Rameau @ Seattle Central Library
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm

Jota by Manuel de Falla
El tra la la y el punteado by Enrique Granados
Con amores, la mi madre by Fernando Obradors
Tus ojillos negros by Manuel de Falla

Come Ready and See Me by Richard Hundley
A Prayer to Saint Catherine by Virgil Thompson

V’molchani nochi by Sergei Rachmaninov
Ne poy krasavitsa by Sergei Rachmaninov

Susan Strick, soprano
Karin McCullough, piano

Maurice Ravel

Sonatine by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

  1. Modéré (moderate)
  2. Mouvement de menuet (Minuet tempo)
  3. Animé (animated)

From Pieces de Clavecin by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

-L’Egyptienne ( The Egyptian)
-Le Rappel des Oiseaux (The gathering of the Birds)
-La Poule (The Hen)

Maria Khavin, piano

An American in Paris: Piano Solos & Vocal Music by Gershwin & French composers, Oboe Recital @ Crossroads Community Center
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm

Six Pastiches by Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951)

Romantic Song
Comic Song
Music Hall

Arioso for Oboe and Piano by Graham Waterhouse (b. 1992)

Pieces for oboe and piano by Rutland Boughton (1878-1960)

Sumerset Pastoral
The Passing of the Faery

American Folk Songs for English horn and piano by Arthur Frackenpohl (1924-2019)

He’s Gone Away
John Henry
Go ‘way from my Window
Mama Don’t ‘low

Gail Perstein, oboe and English horn; Nobuko Hasegawa, piano

An American in Paris—Gershwin and the French

Four songs by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin (1898-1937)
1. Love is here to stay (from Goldwyn Follies)
2. Slap that bass (from Shall We Dance)
3. I got rhythm (from Girl Crazy)
4. By Strauss (from The Show is on and in the 1951 movie An American in Paris)

An American in Paris
(Composed by George Gershwin, here in piano transcription by William Daly)

Pièce en Forme de Habanera by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
C’est ainsi que tu es (It is thus that you are) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Bess, You is my Woman (duet from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin (1898-1937)
With guest artist Mike Dodaro, baritone

Diane Althaus, soprano
Mike Dodaro (guest artist), baritone
Abigail Habegger, piano

Wolf’s Mörike Lieder, selections & Piano music by Rameau and Ravel @ Mirabella
Nov 17 @ 3:30 pm
Hugo Wolf

Mörike Lieder, selections by Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

6. Er ist’s! (It is Spring)
7. Das verlassene Mägdlein (The Forsaken Maiden)
8. Begegnung (Encounter)
9. Nimmersatte Liebe (Insatiable Love)

12. Verborgenheit (Solitude)
16. Elfenlied (Song of the Elves)
19. Um Mitternacht (At Midnight)

23. Auf ein altes Bild (To an old Painting)
25. Schlafendes Jesuskind (Sleeping baby Jesus)
28. Gebet (Prayer)
29. An den Schlaf (To Sleep)

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano
Asta Vaicekonis, piano


Sonatine by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

  1. Modéré (moderate)
  2. Mouvement de menuet (Minuet tempo)
  3. Animé (animated)

From Pieces de Clavecin by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

-L’Egyptienne ( The Egyptian)
-Le Rappel des Oiseaux (The gathering of the Birds)
-La Poule (The Hen)

Maria Khavin, piano

Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Piano music by Mozart & Debussy @ Seattle Art Museum
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm

“Allegro moderato” from Sonata K. 330, C Major by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

from Images, Book 1 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

-Reflets dans l’eau (“Reflections in the Water”)

-Hommage à Rameau (“Homage to Rameau”)

-Mouvement (“Movement”)

Emiko Hori, piano

Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 by Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Text based on a short prose piece by James Agee. It is a snapshot of life from the perspective of a small boy.
You can preview the piece and read the full text:

Clarice Alfonso, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Piano Music by Mozart & Debussy, violin music by Bach & Mozart @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm

Please note that seating is limited at the Frye Art Museum. It is still free but guests must have a ticket to enter. Patrons should plan to arrive 1/2 hour early.  See below for details on how to get tickets or click here to MAKE A RESERVATION.

Partita No. 1 in B minor BWV 1002, by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
II. Corrente – Double (Presto)

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219, by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
I. Allegro aperto – Adagio – Allegro aperto

Candice Chin, violin and Emiko Hori, piano

First movement, “Allegro moderato”  from Sonata K. 330, C Major by W.A. Mozart

from Images, Book 1 by Claude Debussy

-Reflets dans l’eau (“Reflections in the Water”)

-Hommage à Rameau (“Homage to Rameau”)

-Mouvement (“Movement”)

Emiko Hori, piano


Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

Frye Members receive advance notice of programs and performances—become a member today and get the benefit of early registration!


On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets may be picked up beginning one hour before the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.

LMC Opera: Operetta from Around the World @ West Seattle Library
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm

Britain – Gilbert and Sullivan

“I’m called little Buttercup” from HMS Pinafore
“If somebody there chanced to be” from Ruddigore
“The Moon and I” from The Mikado
“Were I thy bride from Yeoman of the Guard

America – Sigmund Romberg & Victor Herbert

“Will you Remember” from Maytime by Sigmund Romberg
“One Kiss” from New Moon
by Sigmund Romberg
“Art is Calling for Me”from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert

France – Jacques Offenbach

“Ah, quel diner “from La Perichole
“Belles Nuit” (Barcarolle)from Les Contes d’Hoffman

Vienna – Franz Lehar and Otto Nicolai

“Einer wird kommen” from Der Zarewitsch by Franz Lehar
“Dein ist mein ganzes herz” from Das Land des Lächelns by Franz Lehar
Opening duet from Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto Nicolai

Regina Thomas and Katie Hochman, sopranos
Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano


The Inspiring Words of Emily Dickinson @ University House, Wallingford
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Born in December of 1830, Emily Dickinson was an incredibly prolific and influential American poet.  She wrote close to 1800 poems and yet, fewer than a dozen were written in her lifetime and those were heavily edited in order to fit the current sensibilities of society.  The topics of many of her poems concerned death and immortality.

For more information about Emily Dickinson:
Wikipedia, Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson Poetry Foundation

Tonight’s Program

Settings by John Duke (1899-1984)

Good morning, Midnight
Heart! We will forget him!
Let down the bars, Oh Death
An awful tempest mashed the air
Nobody knows this little Rose
Bee! I’m expecting you!

Amber Rose Johnson, soprano and Lucy Wenger, piano

Settings by Craig Urquhart

It’s All I Have to Bring Today
On This Wondrous Sea

Settings by Lori Laitman

“The Butterfly upon” from One Bee and Revery
“Hope is a Strange Invention” from One Bee and Revery
“To Make A Prairie” from One Bee and Revery

Good Morning Midnight
Wider than the Sky

Clarice Alfonso, soprano and Lucy Wenger, piano

from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Why do they shut me out of heaven?
Heart, we will forget him
Dear March, come in!
When they come back
I felt a funeral in my brain
Going to heaven!
I’ve heard an organ talk sometimes

Lin Chen, soprano and Lucy Wenger, piano

Settings by Ricky Ian Gordan (b. 1956)

Too Few the Mornings Be
If All the Griefs I Am to Have
Bee! I’m Expecting You
I’m Nobody! Who are You?
Will There Really be a Morning?

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano and Lucy Wenger, piano

Heggie’s On the Road to Christmas, Trios for Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon @ Seattle Central Library
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm

On the Road to Christmas, song cycle by Jake Heggie

Prologue: The Night Is Freezing Fast
1. The Car Ride to Christmas
2. Good King Merrily on High
3. I Wonder as I Wander
4. The Road to Bethlehem
5. And Then the Setting Sun
6. Christmas Time of Year

“This Journey” from Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally


Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Three Dialogues For Clarinet and Bassoon by Oisten Sommerfeldt

I. Strolling Dialogue
II. Thoughtful Dialogue
III. Jovial Dialogue

Eric Shankland (guest artist), bassoon
Julie Shankland, clarinet

Century Dances by Cecilia McDowall

1. Allemande-German Dance
2. Minuet-Ghost Dance
3. Mazurka-Polish Dance
4.Tango-Argentine Dance
5. Last Dance

Gail Perstein, oboe
Eric Shankland (guest artist), bassoon
Julie Shankland, clarinet

Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano Duets by Brahms, Schumann & Mendelssohn, Scenes from Suor Angelica @ Mirabella
Dec 15 @ 3:30 pm

Scene for the Principessa and Suor Angelica from Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini

Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman, has been compelled by her family to take the veil, following the birth of her child out of wedlock, and for seven years has in vain been waiting to hear news from her friends and family. Finally, she receives a visit from her aunt, the dowager princess and the news is devastating.

Lori Williams, soprano as Suor Angelica
Dawn Padula, mezzo soprano as La zia Principessa
Joan Lundquist, piano

Duets by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Weg der Liebe, Erster Teil (Love’s way, first part)
Weg der Liebe, Zweiter Teil (Love’s way, second part)

Duets by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Herbstlied (Autumn Song)
An den Abendstern (To the Evening Star)
Ländliches Lied (Country Song)

Duets by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Grüß (Greetings)
Herbstlied (Autumn Song)
Ich wollt’, meine Lieb’ (I want, my dear)

Susan Strick, soprano
Kathryn Vinson, mezzo-soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Songs from the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Dreamscape oboe and piano suite @ Music Center of the Northwest
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

Dreamscape, Oboe and Piano version by Alyssa Morris (1984-)

-Falling Asleep and Chase
-Nightmare and Awakening

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, Piano


“From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: songs of love and more”

Latin American Love songs, arr. by Edward Kilenyi (b. 1914)
I.  El Galan Incognito
II. La Seña
III. Encantadore Maria
IV. La Calle De La Paloma
V. Os Tormentos
VI. Mi Sueño
Le Bestiaire, Frances Poulenc (poems by Apollinaire) (1918-1919)
I.   Le dromadaire
II.  La chèvre du Thibet
III. La sauterelle
IV. Le dauphin
V.  L’écrevisse
VI. La carpe


Animal songs, Flanders and Swann (1956-1967)
I.  The Gnu Song
II. The Hippopotamus Song
III. The Sloth
Malya Muth, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano