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.

An American in Paris: Piano Solos & Vocal Music by Gershwin & French composers, Oboe Recital @ Crossroads Community Center
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm

Six Pastiches by Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951)

Romantic Song
Comic Song
Music Hall

Arioso for Oboe and Piano by Graham Waterhouse (b. 1992)

Pieces for oboe and piano by Rutland Boughton (1878-1960)

Sumerset Pastoral
The Passing of the Faery

American Folk Songs for English horn and piano by Arthur Frackenpohl (1924-2019)

He’s Gone Away
John Henry
Go ‘way from my Window
Mama Don’t ‘low

Gail Perstein, oboe and English horn; Nobuko Hasegawa, piano

An American in Paris—Gershwin and the French

Four songs by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin (1898-1937)
1. Love is here to stay (from Goldwyn Follies)
2. Slap that bass (from Shall We Dance)
3. I got rhythm (from Girl Crazy)
4. By Strauss (from The Show is on and in the 1951 movie An American in Paris)

An American in Paris
(Composed by George Gershwin, here in piano transcription by William Daly)

Pièce en Forme de Habanera by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
C’est ainsi que tu es (It is thus that you are) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Bess, You is my Woman (duet from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin (1898-1937)
With guest artist Mike Dodaro, baritone

Diane Althaus, soprano
Mike Dodaro (guest artist), baritone
Abigail Habegger, piano

Heggie’s On the Road to Christmas, Trios for Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon @ Seattle Central Library
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm

On the Road to Christmas, song cycle by Jake Heggie

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano

Trios for oboe, bassoon and clarinet. Program TBA

Gail Perstein, oboe
Eric Shankland (guest artist), bassoon
Julie Shankland, clarinet

Songs from the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Oboe Recital @ Music Center of the Northwest
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

Dreamscape, Oboe and Piano version by Alyssa Morris (1984-)
-Falling Asleep and Chase
-Nightmare and Awakening

Gail Perstein, oboe and Asta Vaicekonis, Piano

Song recital: “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous”

5 Mexican Love Songs, arr. by Edward Kilenyi (1884-1968)

Le Bestiaire by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

  1. Le Dromadaire
  2. La Chèvre du Thibet
  3. La Sauterelle
  4. Le Dauphin
  5. L’Ecrevisse
  6. La Carpe

Songs from “Miss Manners on Music” by Dominick Argento (1927-2019)

  1. Prologue
  2. Manners at a Concert
  3. Manners at the ballet
  4. Manners for Contemporary Music
  5. Manners at the opera
  6. Envoi

Malya Muth, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

Songs by Karen P. Thomas & Ricky Ian Gordon, Oboe Solos by Kalliwoda & Dring @ West Seattle Library
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm

Divertissment for oboe and orchestra, Op 58 by Johann Kalliwoda
3 piece suite for oboe and piano by Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)

Sharon Jung, oboe
Abigail Habegger, piano

Song of Myself, 3 movement cycle on texts by Walt Whitman by Karen P. Thomas (b. 1957)

1.These are really the thoughts of all
2. Smile O voluptuous cool-breath’d earth
3. Song of Myself

Songs by Ricky Ian Gordan TBA

Regina Thomas, soprano and John Burkhardt (guest artist), piano


Celtic folk Songs With Harp, Wind trios by Hadyn & Telemann @ Crossroads Community Center
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm

Celtic folk song with harp

Program TBA

Claudia Kester, mezzo-soprano

Trio Sonata by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)

London trio by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Madeline Beery, flute
Rosemary Bell, oboe
Peter Klein (guest artist), bassoon

JS Bach Anniversary: Secular Cantatas @ Music Center of the Northwest
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm

A celebration of the Birth month of JS Bach featuring arias, ensembles and instrumental selections from his most beloved sacred cantatas. To be performed with voices and chamber ensemble.

Including work from The Wedding Cantata, The Hunting Cantata and The Coffee Cantata. Exact program and performers TBA

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


Nymphs and Gods: Songs by Respighi & Debussy, Music for Oboe @ Horizon House
May 6 @ 7:30 pm

Recital for oboe or English horn, program TBA

Gail Perstein, oboe/English horn


Deità Silvane (Woodland Deities) by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
I. I Fauni (The fauns)
II. Musica in horto (Garden music)
III. Egle (Aegle*)
IV. Acqua (Water)
V. Crepuscolo (Twilight)
*From Greek mythology: Daughter of the Sun
Trois chansons de Bilitis (Three songs of Bilitis) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
I. La flûte de Pan (Pan’s flute)
II. La Chevelure (Hair)
III. Le Tombeau des naïades (The tomb of the Water Nymphs)

Lesley Chapin Wyckoff, soprano and Carol Hartoon, piano