LMC Celebrates National Poetry Month with original works by Member Composers

Join LMC with a concert celebrating National Poetry Month with LMC members performing original works this Wednesday, April 11 at 12:00 at the Seattle Public Library-Central Branch.

National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. Read more about National Poetry Month at the poets.org website.

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About the performers at this Wednesday’s concert:

Janet Anderson grew up in Kent, Ohio, and studied music and philosophy at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Since moving to Seattle in 1992, she has been active as both a pianist and composer, focusing on art song and chamber music. Her compositions have been featured locally on the Ladies Musical Club series, on Classical KING FM 98.1, and at various other venues in Washington State. She teaches piano students of all ages at her home in north Seattle.

Matthew Briggs (guest artist) received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Indiana University Jacobs School of music where he studied composition with Sven-David Sandström and percussion with Anthony Cirone. Matthew has performed original compositions at LMC concerts with his wife and LMC member Candice Chin. Matthew is currently studying composition with John Muehleisen.

Jill Carlsen, recorder, has performed with LMC as a soprano soloist, and for the past couple of years has been migrating back to her roots as an instrumentalist. She studies recorder with Vicki Boeckman and plays as a soloist and in ensembles such as the New Baroque Orchestra, Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound, and Trillium recorder trio. Jill received a degree in piano performance from UW Madison. For her day job, Jill has worked for many years in the software industry, currently as a technical writer and content strategist.

Hilary Field is a past winner of the Northwest Young Artist Series Competition and was the first guitarist to win the Ladies Musical Club (Frances Walton) Competition. She has held faculty positions as the head of the Guitar department atSeattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University. Hilary was recently sponsored by the US Embassy to performand tour in South America, and has been a featured performer in international guitar festivals in Perú, Chile, Québec, and New York. Her latest CD, “Premieres,” features new works for guitar that were composed and dedicated to her. www.hilaryfield.com

Joan Lundquist has served as a collaborative pianist for Seattle area musicians and organizations for 30 years. Since moving to the area from Humboldt State University in northern California, where she was staff accompanist, Joan has worked with the Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Choral Company, has taught at Seattle University and Northwest University, and has worked with several area private music teachers. Currently, Ms. Lundquist is the Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle and rehearsal accompanist for the Seattle Choral Company.

Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano, (http://dawnpadula.com) is a versatile performer of opera, oratorio, musical theatre, jazz and classical concert repertoire. Opera roles include Carmen, Azucena (Il Trovatore), Ruth (Pirates of Penzance), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Meg (Falstaff), The Third Lady (Magic Flute), the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Isabella (Italian Girl in Algiers), Erika (Vanessa), and the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas.) In the Pacific Northwest, she has performed with Tacoma Opera, Kitsap Opera, Concert Opera of Seattle, PLU’s Jazz Under the Stars, Puget Sound Concert Opera, the Tacoma Concert Band, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Seattle Bach Choir, the Second City Chamber Series, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma Concert Series, Lakewood Playhouse, and Opera Pacifica. With Seattle Opera, she is a Teaching Artist and a member of the Supplementary Chorus. In June 2017, she toured to Varna and Sofia, Bulgaria as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Pazardzhik Symphony. In August 2017, she released her debut classical solo album, Gracious Moonlight, featuring Dominick Argento’s Pulitzer Prize winning song cycle, From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. Dr. Padula is currently the Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Puget Sound School of Music.

Finnish born soprano, Tiina Ritalahti, has performed throughout Washington with Northwest Opera in Schools Etcetera, Puget Sound Opera, Ladies Musical Club and Puget Sound Concert Opera. She has sung such roles as the First Spirit and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Despina in Così fan tutte, Lisa in Bellini’s La sonnambula, Lucy in The Telephone, Monica in The Medium, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Ännchen in Der Freischütz by Weber, and Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring. Further, she played Belisa in local composer Kam Morrill’s Love’s Fool. Recently, Tiina sang Olympia in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman. Her passion for singing also extends to art song repertoire, which she performs regularly in recitals and festivals around western Washington.

Kathryn Zufall grew up in New Jersey playing string quartets with her sisters. She graduated from Barnard College in mathematics, and then received her MD from Harvard Medical School. After moving to the Northwest she studied violinwith Emanuel Zetlin and Martin Friedmann while still practicing internal medicine and raising 3 sons. She plays chamber music with friends in the Seattle area, and hosts chamber music weekends at her summer home near Snohomish. This season at Seattle Public Library, Central Branch: Wednesdays at noon May 9, 2018German song and Appalachian Spring for solo piano (C. Menschner and McCullough, piano) For the most current information on all our concerts and/or to sign up for the mailing list, go to our website: www.lmcseattle.org