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.

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


The Human Voice by Poulenc, Spanish songs for soprano, cello and piano @ Music Center of the Northwest
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine)

Opera in One Act, presented in English

Based on the play by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Music 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


“De los alamos vengo, madre” (I have been by the poplars, mother) by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Two Songs from the Canciones Amatorias (Love songs) Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
1. Mañanica era (Mañanica was)
2. Llorad, corazon (Weep, heart)
“Danza Española #5” by Enrique Granados
“Adela” by Joaquin Rodrigo
“Solo las flores” (Only the flowers) from Combat del Somni by Frederico Mompou (1893-1987)
“D’España vengo” (From Spain I come) from El Niño Judio by Pablo Luna (1879-1942)
“El cant dels ocells” (The song of the birds) traditional, arr. by Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)
“Cancion al arbol del olvido” (Song of the tree of oblivion) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
“Qué te importa que no vengo?” (What do you care that I do not come?) from Los Claveles by José Serrano

Diane Althaus, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano
Erika Pierson, cello

Bach Anniversary @ Music Center of the Northwest
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

Suscepit Israel (trio) from Magnificat
Piano solo
“Schlafe, mein Liebster” from Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen BWV 213
Solo violin sonata by J.S. Bach, selection TBA
“Was die Welt in sich halt” from Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget, BWV 64|
Italian Concerto
“Schafe können sicher weiden” from Was mir behagt, is nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208 “The Hunting Cantata”
Sonata for violin and piano, BWV 1016
“Christe eleison”(duet) from B minor mass

Molly Tomlinson, Jill Carlsen, Lin Chen, and Susan Strick, sopranos
Adriana Hulscher, violin
Jill Carlsen and Sabine Endrigkeit, recorders
Katie O’Rourke and Karin McCullough, piano

NW Composers Spotlight @ Music Center of the Northwest
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm

LMC members perform the music of NW local composers.

Program TBA featuring music by:

John Muehleisen
Jeff Moidel
Karen Thomas
Alex Shapiro
Garrett Fisher
Sarah Mattox
Matthew James-Briggs
Kam Morrill
Heidi Fivash