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, Congregational Church on Mercer Island, and the Music Center of the Northwest in North Seattle.

These intimate, one-half-hour to one-hour, music programs are free and open to the public. Many of these are now available online through our Facebook page and YouTube channel. 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.

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Event Calendar

[IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL] Piano Sonatas and Musical Theater Favorites @ University House Wallingford
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Piano Sonatas by Clementi and Schubert

Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 5 by Muzio Clementi (1752–1832)
1. Allegro con espressione
2. Lento e patetico
3. Presto

Drei Klavierstücke (3 Piano Pieces), D. 946 by Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
• No. 1 in E♭ minor
• No. 2 in E♭ major

Diana Gao, piano

The Dueling Divas Sing Musical Theater Favorites

“All the Things You Are” from Very Warm for May by Jerome Kern (1885–1945)
“They Can’t Take That Away from Me” from Shall We Dance? by George Gershwin (1898–1937)
“Someone to Watch Over Me” from Oh, Kay! by George Gershwin
“My Romance” from Jumbo by Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Lorenz Hart (1895–1943)
“Bewitched” from Pal Joey by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
“No Other Love Have I” from Me and Juliet by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960)
“I Have Dreamed” from The King and I by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
“The Tale of the Oyster” from Fifty Million Frenchmen by Cole Porter (1891–1964)
“Friendship” from Anything Goes by Cole Porter
“Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees by Richard Adler (1921–2012) and Jerry Ross (1926–1955)
“Won’t You Play a Simple Melody” from Watch Your Step by Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
“God Bless America” by Irving Berlin

Regina Thomas and Katie Hochman, sopranos
John Burkhardt (guest artist), piano

Artist bios
Program PDF

This concert will be presented in person at 7:00 p.m. on October 10, at University House Wallingford.
It will also premiere on our YouTube channel at noon on Thursday, October 13.

2022 Fall Gathering for LMC Members @ Congregational Church on Mercer Island
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

2022 Fall Gathering Invite


LMC Members, let’s gather for our first in-person Membership event in over two seasons!

Come enjoy light food and drinks and good company, followed by a talk by Dr. Larry Starr, Professor Emeritus of Music History at University of Washington, with musical highlights and a performance by new LMC member Diana Gao on piano. Q & A wraps up the event.

We’re so excited to get music lovers together that we invite you to bring a friend!

RSVPs required so we have an idea of attendees for seating and food/drink options. Kindly RSVP by Thursday, October 20th.

RSVP here:

About the Presenters

Dr. Larry Starr
Photo: Steve Korn / UW School of Music

Larry Starr holds the title Professor Emeritus of American Music Studies at the University of Washington School of Music, where he taught for more than four decades. He retired from university teaching in 2018, but he continues to speak on music at the Seattle Symphony (pre-concert talks), the Women’s University Club (Seattle), and now the Ladies’ Musical Club. He has written books on Charles Ives’s music, Aaron Copland’s songs, George Gershwin’s Broadway musicals, and most recently Listening to Bob Dylan, and is the coauthor of a textbook on American popular music. Larry’s advisees have gone on to distinguished careers in teaching, research, and arts administration—a noteworthy recent example being Whitney Henderson, LMC’s own Executive Director.

Diana Gao began studying the piano at age 4. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Broadcasting Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment from top universities in China. Then she moved to the US in 2013 and earned her MBA degree at the University of Washington (UW). She’s now a Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Although she has pursued a career outside of music, the piano has remained aDiana Gao significant mainstay in her life. For years, she has consistently cultivated her passion through regular lessons and performances. She is currently studying with Dr. Robin McCabe from the UW, and she’s a prizewinner in many competitions, including Gold Medalist of the Seattle International Piano Competition, and First Prize in the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition, which earned her a solo performance at the Carnegie Hall. She has also performed at the prestigious Piano Texas International Festival. Since 2020, she has presented annual fundraising recitals through the Microsoft Give campaign, raising thousands of dollars in support of local non-profit organizations. Those events reinforced her belief that music has the power to inspire change and make the world a better place.

View the Program: 2022 Fall Gathering Program



[IN PERSON] Piano Solos by Scarlatti & Beethoven | Violin Solos @ Congregational Church on Mercer Island
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sonata in E Major, K. 380 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1787)

Sonata in A Major, K. 209 by Domenico Scarlatti

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 (“Moonlight” Sonata) by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Diana Gao, piano


Caitlin Kelley, violin
Minju Kim, piano


[IN PERSON] Arias from Mozart Operas | Piano Works by Scarlatti & Tchaikovsky @ Crossroads Community Center
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, arr. for oboe duet by Gunther Joppig
Non piu andrai
Voi, che sapete

From Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, arr. for oboe duet by Gunther Joppig
Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen

Gail Perstein and Bernard Shapiro, oboes

Shepherds of Provence by Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)
1. Pastorale Provençale
2. Call at Dawn
3. Beneath the Stars
4. Fete Villageoise

Gail Perstein, English horn and Bernard Shapiro, oboe

Sonata in C Major K.132 by Scarlatti
Sonata in A major K.209 by Scarlatti
Sonata in D Major K.492 by Scarlatti
Sonata in E Major, K.380 by Scarlatti
Dumka, Op.59 by Tchaikovsky

Diana Gao, piano