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.

Dec
15
Sun
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

Jan
19
Sun
Music for Mezzo-soprano with Strings @ Mirabella
Jan 19 @ 3:30 pm

Pieces for mezzo soprano and string quartet.

 

Pieces for voice and violin.

 

Katie Stevenson, mezzo-soprano
Candice Chin, violin

Selections from String Quartet op 59, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

 

 

The Weeknighters String Quartet (Candice Chin, Terry Cook, and guests Robert Redman and Ryan May)

 

 

Mar
15
Sun
20th century art song and music for solo piano @ Mirabella
Mar 15 @ 3:30 pm

Vocal Recital TBA

Kathryn Vinson, mezzo-soprano

Piano Recital TBA

Qiao Hexin, piano

Apr
26
Sun
Scenes & Arias by Verdi & Rossini, Trios for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano @ Mirabella
Apr 26 @ 3:30 pm

Arias and scenes by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) TBA

Arias and scenes by Giuseppe Verdi  (1813-1901) TBA

Diane Althaus, soprano
Mike Dodaro, baritone
Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Program of trios for oboe, bassoon and piano TBA

Gail Perstein, oboe
Eric Shankland, bassoon
Nobuko Hasegawa, piano

 

May
17
Sun
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Captive Brilliance @ Mirabella
May 17 @ 3:30 pm

The life and works of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)

Fanny Hensel in 1842
Oil on canvas painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800-1882) Currently on display at the Jewish Museum, NYC

Despite showing great promise as a performer and composer at a young age, Fanny Mendelssohn was discouraged from actively pursuing her passion by her family. Somehow, she managed to compose nearly 500 works anyway and some of these were published with the help of her brother, Felix (in his name).

Our program will feature a variety of singers and instrumentalists performing both her work and those she influenced while an LMC historian provides some insight into the life of this brilliant yet underappreciated composer who died at the tragically young age of 41.

“It must be a sign of talent that I do not give up, though I can get nobody to take an interest in my efforts.” Fanny Hensel

Felix Mendelssoh in 1847 Oil on canvas by Wilhelm Hensel (1794-1861) Collection: Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf

“From my knowledge of Fanny I should say that she has neither inclination nor vocation for authorship. She is too much all that a woman ought to be for this. She regulates her house, and neither thinks of the public nor of the musical world, nor even of music at all, until her first duties are fulfilled. Publishing would only disturb her in these, and I cannot say that I approve of it.”  Felix Mendelssohn(1809-1847).

Music will perhaps become his(Felix’s) profession, but for you it can and must only be an ornament, never the root of your being and doing.” Abraham Mendelssohn (1776-1835) to his 14-year-old daughter Fanny