Public Concerts

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.

Dec
10
Mon
French and British songs, Trios for two oboes & English horn @ University House, Wallingford
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Automne (Autumn) by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Il pleure dans mon coeur (It’s raining in my heart) by Claude Debussy (1862-1968)
Il Neige (The snow) by Herman Bemberg (1859-1931)
Paysage sentimental (Sentimental Journey) by Claude Debussy
From Seven Elizabethan Songs, Opus 12 by Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
– Fair House of Joy
– The Faithless Shepherdess
– My Life’s Delight
Magnificat by Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
What Songs were Sung by John Ness Beck (1930-1987)
Go Tell it on the Mountain  traditional Spiritual, arr. Mark Hayes (b. 1953)

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Variations and Fugue on St. Antoni Chorale for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais by Graham Powning (b. 1949 in Sydney, Australia)
Theme – andante
Var. I – l’istesso tempo
Var. II – presto
Var. III – lento
Var. IV – tempo di valse
Var. V – andante
Var. VI – vivo
Var VII – siciliana
Var. VIII – andante
Var. IX – allegro
Var. X – andante
Fugue – andante
Coda – presto

Mini-Trio for 2 Oboes and Cor Anglais Allan Stephenson (b. 1949 near Liverpool, England, since 1973 living in Cape Town, South Africa)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Poco lento
III. Scherzo and Trio

Sharon Jung, oboe
Bernard Shapiro (guest performer), oboe
Gail Perstein, English horn

Dec
12
Wed
Christmas Through the Times: music for soprano, keyboard and guitar @ Seattle Public Library-Central Branch
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm

This special concert will be performed in the Library’s “Living room” on the 3rd floor of the Central Branch while the auditorium is under construction.

Ding Dong! Merrily on High, French Carol, Arr. Louis Harris
Excerpts from Messiah by G.F. Handel (1685-1759)

  • There were shepherds abiding in the fields
  • And lo, the angel of the Lord
  • And the angel said unto them
  • And suddenly there was with the angel
  • Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
  • Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
  • He shall feed his flock like a shepherd

Still, Still, Still, Salzburg melody c.1819
Joseph, Dearest, Joseph Mine, 14th Century German
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, 16th century German
Silent Night by Franz Gruber (1787-1863), Arr. Richard Walters
The Virgin’s Slumber Song by Max Reger (1873-1916)
Holy Infant Lullaby by Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008)
A Christmas Carol
In the Bleak Midwinter by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, 17th Century Provençal Carol, Arr. Richard Walters
Some Children See Him by Alfred Burt (1920-1954)

Coplillas de Belen by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Pastorcito Santo
Carol of the Birds by  John Jacob Niles (1892-1980)
I wonder as I wander
Cradle Song by Ned Rorem (b. 1923)
Come Sing and Dance by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

LMC’s 2016 Shakespeare at the Opera concert in the Mixing Chamber.

Julie Finch Robé, soprano
Carol Hartoon, piano
Rolf Robé (guest artist), classical guitar

Dec
16
Sun
Historic LMC Composers @ Mirabella
Dec 16 @ 3:30 pm

LMC Composers Concert, pre-1950
with historical notes FROM THE LMC ARCHIVES

Patriotic Pieces

America’s Rally Song by Kate Gilmore Black (1867/8 -1959)
I’m going to Vote, John by Mary Carr Moore (1873-1957)

Character Suites for Piano

Tales from Oz by Irene Rodgers (1891-1955)
Miniatures in Chinese Colors by Lillian Miller (1876-1935)

Songs of Love

“Tranquility” by Katherine A. Glen (1874-1938)
“My Love And I” by Katherine A. Glen
“Night of Romance” by Irene Rodgers
Selections from The Alaskan, an opera by Harry Girard (dates unknown)

Songs of Time and Season

“I Heard A Lark Sing” by Katherine A. Glen
“Summer Afternoon” by Amy Worth (1888-1967)
“Twilight” by Katherine A. Glen
“Winter” by Mary Carr Moore
“Rude Wind, Cruel Sea” by Katherine A. Glen

Holiday Pieces

A Christmas Lullaby by Irene Rodgers
Winds Through The Olive Trees by Irene Rodgers
That First, Best Christmas Night by Irene Rodgers

Christmas Sing-Along

A sing-along of traditional holiday songs led by the performers

Molly Tomlinson, soprano
Regina Thomas, soprano
Katie Stevenson, mezzo-soprano
Ryan O’Mealey (guest artist), baritone
Bryan Fiehler (guest artist), tenor
Chris Worswick (guest artist), cello
Jennifer Li, piano
Nicole Truesdell, piano
Whitney Henderson, archives
Katie Beisel Hollenbach, lecturer

Jan
3
Thu
Art of the Piano @ Seattle Art Museum
Jan 3 @ 12:00 pm

LMC’s annual event will bring a host of stellar “party” pieces played by our talented member pianists and an informative mini-lecture by LMC’s Trustee of Public Concerts, Regina Thomas discussing the connections between the visual and performing arts.

“Song of the Indian Guest” from Sadko, (transcribed for solo piano) by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Preludes Op. 11 by Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)
No. 1 in C Major (Ondeggiante Carezzando)
No. 2 in a minor (Allegretto)
No. 4 in e minor (Lento)
Etude in C sharp minor (Andante), Op. 2, No. 1 (1887) by Scriabin

Karin McCullough, piano

Meditation for the Left Hand Alone – Leopold Godowsky (1870 – 1938)
Prelude in B minor, Op 32. No. 10 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Stephanie Shadbolt, piano

Histoires by Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

  1. La meneuse de tortues d’or (The Girl Leading the Golden Turtles)
  2. Le petit âne blanc (The Little White Donkey)
  3. A Giddy Girl
  4. La cage de cristal ( The Crystal Cage)
  5. Le cortège de Balkis (The Procession of the Balkis)

Nicole Truesdell and Karin McCullough, piano

Jan
5
Sat
Music for oboe by Widerkehr and Lombardo, Vocal music by Faure, Debussy, Bach & Handel @ Frye Art Museum
Jan 5 @ 2:00 pm

Duo for Oboe and Piano Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr (1759-1823)
Allegro
Menuetto
Adagio sans lenteur
Allegro

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Jesus soll mein erstes Wort  (Jesus should be my first word) from Kantate 171 by J.S. Bach
Automne  by Gabriel Faure
Il pleure dans mon coeur (It rains in my heart) by Claude Debussy
Il Neige (The snow)  by Herman Bemberg
Paysage sentimental (Sentimental journey) by Claude Debussy

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano,  and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Rhapsody for Oboe and Piano Mario Lombardo (1831-2012)

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Three Irish Country Songs arr. by Rebecca Clarke
“I know my love”
“I know where I’m goin’”
“As I was goin’ to Ballynure”
Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise (Soul, sing praises to God) by G.F. Handel

Beth Ann Bonnecroy, soprano,  and Asta Vaicekonis, piano
Ingrid Fredrickson (guest artist), violin

Jan
9
Wed
LMC Opera: France in the 19th Century @ Seattle Public Library-Central Branch
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm

“A l’hotel Translyvanie” from Manon by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Pousette
Regina Thomas, soprano as Javotte
Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Rosette

“Je suis encour tout etourdie” from Manon by Jules Massenet

Molly Tomlinson,soprano as Manon

“Va! laisse couler mes larmes” from Werther by Jules Massenet

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Charlotte

“Salut, splendeur du jour” (Brunehild’s awakening) from Sigurd by Ernest Reyer (1823-1909)

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano as Brunehild

“D’amour l’ardente flame” from La Damnation de Faust by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

Diane Althaus, mezzo-soprano as Marguerite

“Je veux vivre” from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Juliette

“Ah! Quell diner” (grisette) from La Perichole by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Perichole

“j’en prendrai un, deux, trois” from Pomme d’api by Jacques Offenbach

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Catherine (Pomme d’api)

“Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour” (Barcarolle) from Les Contes d’Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach

Diane Althaus, soprano as Giulietta
Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano as Nicklausse

Abigail Habegger, piano
Regina Thomas, Stage Direction and Commentary

Jan
10
Thu
Music by JS Bach for solo violin and keyboard @ Crossroads Community Center
Jan 10 @ 1:00 pm

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bach Partitia in E Major for Solo Violin BWV 1006

  1. Preludio
  2. Loure
  3. Gavotte en Rondeau
  4. Menuet I
  5. Menuet II
  6. Bouree
  7. Gigue

Violin/Keyboard Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016 by JS Bach (1720-1723)
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio ma non tanto
IV. Allegro

Italian Piano Concerto in F Major, BWV 971 (1735)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

Adriana Hulscher, violin
Karin McCullough, piano

Jan
13
Sun
La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc @ West Seattle Library
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm

La voix humaine (The Human Voice) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

a forty-minute, one-act opera
Arranged for soprano and piano

Synopsis: a woman’s last conversation with the lover who has left her for another.

Emily Riesser, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Jan
20
Sun
Sea Pictures by E. Elgar, trios for two oboes and English horn @ Mirabella
Jan 20 @ 3:30 pm

Sea Pictures, Op. 37 by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

“Sea Slumber Song,” poem by Roden Noel
“In Haven (Capri), ” poem by Caroline Alice Elgar, the composer’s wife
“Sabbath Morning at Sea,” poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Where Corals Lie,” poem by Richard Garnett
“The Swimmer,” poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Kathryn Vinson, mezzo-soprano
Katie O’Rourke, piano

Variations and Fugue on St. Antoni Chorale for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais by Graham Powning (b. 1949 in Sydney, Australia)
Theme – andante
Var. I – l’istesso tempo
Var. II – presto
Var. III – lento
Var. IV – tempo di valse
Var. V – andante
Var. VI – vivo
Var VII – siciliana
Var. VIII – andante
Var. IX – allegro
Var. X – andante
Fugue – andante
Coda – presto

Mini-Trio for 2 Oboes and Cor Anglais Allan Stephenson (b. 1949 near Liverpool, England, since 1973 living in Cape Town, South Africa)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Poco lento
III. Scherzo and Trio

Sharon Jung, oboe
Bernard Shapiro (guest performer), oboe
Gail Perstein, English horn

Jan
26
Sat
Clara Schumann: Virtuoso, Composer and Inspiration @ Music Center of the Northwest
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm

Clara Schumann: Virtuoso, Composer and Inspiration

Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)

A brilliant concert pianist and talented composer in her own right, Clara also inspired such master composers as Robert Schuman, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt. Explore the life and works of Clara Schumann as well the work of her contemporaries influenced by her teaching, editing and opinions. Various artists with a mini-lecture and reception to follow.

3 Romances, Op.22 (transcribed for clarinet and piano) by Clara Schumann

Robert Wingert (guest artist), clarinet
Valentina Rodov, piano

Abegg Variations, Op. 1 by Robert Schumann

Jennifer Li, piano

Liebst Du um Schönheit (If you love for beauty) by Clara Schumann
Sie liebten sich beide (They once loved each other)
Das Veilchen (The violet)
Was weinst du, Blümlein (Why do you weep, dear blossom)

Christine Menschner, soprano
Jennifer Li, piano

Clara and Robert Schumann

“Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton” ( To perform fantastically and passionately; In legend sound from fantasy) from Fantasie in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann

Nicole Kim, piano

Lorelei by Clara Schumann
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (He came in storm and rain)
Mein Stern (My star)
Ihr Bildnes (Her portrait)

Amber Rose Johnson, soprano
Abigail Habegger, piano

 

Andante Espressivo from Sonata No. 3 in F-minor, Op. 5, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms

This movement begins with a poem by Otto Inkermann under the pseudonym C.O. Sternau
Der Abend dämmert, das Mondlicht scheint (Through evening’s shade, the pale moon gleams)
Da sind zwei Herzen in Liebe vereint (while rapt in love’s ecstatic dreams)
Und halten sich selig umfangen Sternau (Two hearts are fondly beating)

Valentina Rodov, piano

“Mondnacht” (Moonlit night) from Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
“Schöne Fremde”(Beauteous foreign land) from Liederkreis, Op. 39

Regina Thomas, soprano and Jennifer Li, piano

Piano Trio in G minor, Op.17, selections by Clara Schumann

Angie Kam, violin
Erika Pierson, cello
Abigail Habegger, piano