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.

In Perfect Harmony: Music for voices, violin and piano @ Mirabella
Nov 18 @ 3:30 pm

Elegie by Jules Massenet
“Meditation” from Thais by Jules Massenet

Violons dan le soir by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
“Berceuse” from Jocelyn by Benjamin Godard

Violin sonata No. 4 “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting” by Charles Ives (1874-1954)

“Sea Slumber Song” from Sea Pictures by Edward Elgar
“The Swimmer” from Sea Pictures

Two Eastern Pictures by Gustav Holst

Last invocation by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Love song of the birds by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Katie Hochman, soprano
Regina Thomas, soprano
Catherine Treadgold, mezzo-soprano
Candice Chin, violin
Joan Lundquist, piano

Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op 39, music for cello and piano, by Haydn, Bloch, Debussy & Chopin @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

Liederkreis Op. 39 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  1. In der Fremde (In foreign parts)Moonlit night
  2. Intermezzo (Intermezzo)
  3. Waldesgespräch (Conversation in the forest)
  4. Die Stille (The quiet woman)
  5. Mondnacht (Moonlit night)
  6. Schöne Fremde (Beautiful foreign land)
  7. Auf einer Burg (In a castle)
  8. In der Fremde (In foreign parts)
  9. Wehmut (Melancholy)
  10. Zwielicht (Twilight)
  11. Im Walde (In the woods)
  12. Frühlingsnacht (Spring night)

Regina Thomas, soprano and Johanna Mastenbrook, piano

Divertimento, transcribed by Gregor Piatigorsky, Adagio and Menuet by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Movement One, Cello Sonata by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prayer by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Erika Pierson, cello and Annie Center, piano

Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson, Late/Post Romantic piano music @ West Seattle Library
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm
Emily Dickinson (Born on December 10, 1830)

Poems by Emily Dickinson, Settings by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

1. Nature, the Gentlest Mother
3. Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?
4. The World Feels Dusty
5. Heart, We Will Forget Him
6. Dear March, Come In!
7. Sleep is Supposed to Be
8. When They Come Back
9. I Felt a Funeral in My Brain
10. I’ve Heard an Organ Talk Sometimes
11. Going to Heaven!
12. The chariot

Lin Chen, soprano
Lucy Wenger, piano

Prelude from Suite Bergamasque (1890-1905) by Claude Debussy
Reverie (1890) by Debussy

Preludes, Opus 11 (1888) by Alexander Scriabin
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

Piano Pieces, Op. 118 (1893) by Johannes Brahms
No. 1: Intermezzo (Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato)
No. 2: Intermezzo (Andante teneramente)
No. 5: Romance (Andante

Karin McCullough, piano

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 – vivio
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

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 “Mixing Chamber” on the 5th 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

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

LMC Composers Concert, pre-1950
with historical notes by Whitney Henderson, LMC Archivist

Patriotic Pieces

America’s Rally Song by Kate Gilmore Black (ca.1867/8 -1959)
Camp Lewis March by Kate Gilmore Black (ca.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 (ca.1891-1955)
Miniatures in Chinese Colors by Lillian Miller (1876-1935)
Blue Iris by Irene Rodgers (ca.1891-1955)

Songs of Love

Tranquility by Katherine A. Glen (1874-1938)
My Love And I by Katherine A. Glen (1874-1938)
Night of Romance by Irene Rodgers (ca.1891-1955)
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 (1874-1938)
Midsummer by Amy Worth (1888-1967)
Summer Afternoon by Amy Worth (1888-1967)
Twilight by Katherine A. Glen (1874-1938)
Winter by Mary Carr Moore (1873-1957)
Rude Wind, Cruel Sea by Katherine A. Glen (1874-1938)

Holiday Pieces

Lo, We Shall See the Veil Withdrawn by Mary Carr Moore (1873-1957)
Like Frosted Snow The Sheep Lay There by Amy Worth (1888-1967)
The Shepherd by Amy Worth (1888-1967)
A Christmas Lullaby by Irene Rodgers (ca.1891-1955)
Winds Through The Olive Trees by Irene Rodgers (ca.1891-1955)
That First, Best Christmas Night by Irene Rodgers (ca.1891-1955)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano
Katie Stevenson, mezzo-soprano
Ryan O’Mealey (guest artist), baritone
Bryan Fiehler (guest artist), tenor
Chris Worswick (guest artist), cello
Maria Khavin, piano
Whitney Henderson, lecturer

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

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

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

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

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

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, piano


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

Molly Tomlinson, Regina Thomas and Janene Nelson

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

Molly Tomlinson as Manon

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

Janene Nelson as Charlotte

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

Gwen Trussler as Brunehild

“D’amour l’ardente flame” from La Damnation de Faust by Hector Berlioz

Diane Althaus as Marguerite

“Je veux vivre” from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod

Molly Tomlinson as Juliette

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

Janene Nelson as Perichole

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

Molly Tomlinson as Catherine (Pomme d’api)

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

Diane Althaus as Giulietta and Gwen Trussler as Nicklausse

Abigail Habegger, piano

Regina Thomas, Stage Direction and Commentary

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
TBA, piano

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