Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Park Sept 17

Join us Saturday, September 17th at 4:30 pm!

Brass Band Northwest closes the 2016 Pioneer Days celebration at Job Carr Cabin Museum and starts up the 12th season of Classical Tuesdays in Old Town.

Tap your foot to boogie woogie and marches while enjoying the sounds of an all-brass band in our lovely Old Town Park!

Brass Band Northwest, in the tradition of the British brass band, is 30 professional and semi-professional musicians performing on cornets, flugelhorn, alto horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones and tubas, plus percussion.

Bring a blanket or beach chair and picnic makings, or purchase food and beverage from local eateries.

When & where:
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 4:30pm

Old Town Park
2350 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma

Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome

More information:
(253) 752-2135, Facebook event

2016-17 Season - Our 12th!

2016-17 Season Line-up

September 17              Brass Band Northwest in Old Town Park
 Saturday, 4:30 pm         Finale to Pioneer Days at Job Carr Cabin
October 11                   Loop 2.4.3 Percussion Ensemble
 Tuesday, 7:00 pm          Returning to Slavonian Hall from NYC!
November 1                 B’shnorkestra Ensemble in Slavonian Hall
 Tuesday, 7:00 pm          Soloists Thione Diop & Thomas Marriott
December 6                  Wine & Song Benefit at Connelly Law Offices
 Tuesday, 7:00 pm          $25 for an evening of song & Ginkgo Wines
January 10                    String Quartets in Slavonian Hall
 Tuesday, 7:00 pm          Brahms, Haydn and Barber
February 14                  Canonici, A Consort of Voices
 Tuesday, 7:00 pm          St. Valentine visits Slavonian Hall

All concerts are free (except for December’s Benefit) and open to the public; all ages welcome, handicap access from the alley.

Old Town Park, concert starts at 4:30 pm
  2350 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

Slavonian Hall, concerts start at 7:00 pm
  2306 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

Connelly Law Offices, event starts at 7:00 pm, $25 admission 
  2301 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

February 9 Classical Strings in Slav Hall at 7pm

For the closing event of our 11th season, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is very pleased to have violinists Maria Sampen and Tim Christie returning to Slavonian Hall. .
Maria Sampen, violinist

Maria and Tim will perform solo and duet numbers for violin or violin and viola by Haydn, Mozart, Berio and Alexi Igudesman.

And, we will be introduced to cellist Alistair MacRae, who has recently joined the music faculty at University of Puget Sound. Alistair will join Maria and Tim in a performance of Beethoven's Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1.
Tim Christie, violinist

Alistair MacRae, cellist

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event

Our Thanks! to our generous supporters:
Slavonian American Benevolent Society
Tacoma Arts Commission
John Connelly Law Offices
Dr. Nicole Ancich, DMD
Ted Brown Music Co.
Kathy Manke, The Spar
Gingko Forest Wine Tasting Room

4 Awesome Accordionists filled Slav Hall

Awesome accordions!
Our 4 guest accordionists wowed a jam-packed Slavonian Hall on Tuesday evening. Toby Hanson gave us a brief overall story of the accordion and played a great variety of styles. Murl Allen Sanders strolled the room, playing jazz and tango. Bonnie Birch serenaded us with her lovely classical touch, and Lyle Schaefer closed the evening with another array of accordion styles. Toby, Murl, Bonnie and Lyle finished with a foot-tapping beer polka. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to Joanne Iverson we have some fun photos of the evening to share.
Murl Sanders strolls the room

Pam and Toby address a full house
And for February's event we look forward to a return performance - back by popular demand - of violinists Maria Sampen & Tim Christie. A bonus is the addition of  new UPS faculty cellist Alistair MacRae; he'll join Maria & Tim in a Beethoven Trio.

The February 9 evening concludes this, our 11th year, in Old Town. And funding and plans are already lining up for our 12th season!

Join us as we celebrate our Classical Tuesdays community!

A huge Thanks! to Dr Nicole Ancich for paying for the printing of programs.
As always, our Thanks! to Slavonian American Society for the use of their great Hall.
And we could not present these free music events without the support of Tacoma Arts Commission, John Connelly Law Offices, Kathy Manke of The Spar, SAI Music Fraternity and Ted Brown Music Store.
Hugs to all!

TAC funds Classical Tuesdays for 12th year running!

Thank you! to Tacoma Arts Commission for supporting Classical Tuesdays in Old Town through their 2016 Arts Projects funding program. For twelve years TAC has helped fund our Classical Tuesdays series.

The Classical Tuesdays free musical events are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through February in Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park in Old Town Tacoma. The annual benefit Wine & Song is held at the John Connelly Law Offices, also in Old Town.

2016 Tacoma Arts Projects funding

TAC Facebook

Awesome Accordions in the New Year

On January 12, 2016, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town rings in the New Year by celebrating the accordion-  in a few of its many guises.

Four Northwest accordionists will play for us in Slavonian Hall, featuring several distinct styles of music the accordion excels at - in the right hands.

Bonnie Birch

Bonnie Birch is one of the Northwest’s finest accordionists performing a versatile repertoire of American, European Continental (French, Italian, etc), and classical music.

She performs as a soloist as well as working with a wide variety of local area musicians and singers.
Bonnie is president of the Northwest Accordion Society and chairman of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration.

Toby Hanson
Toby Hanson is a well-studied accordionist with experience in a wide range of styles.  A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, he has built a career playing both with various bands and as a solo artist. His breadth of experience encompasses various styles including French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Balkan, and American. Mr. Hanson is the musical director of the Valse CafĂ© Orchestra, founder and leader of the Smilin’ Scandinavians polka band, and a member of Cowgirl’s Dream, Alchymeia, Rouge, The Jangles, The Highball Boys, and various other ensembles.  In April 2015, Mr. Hanson was privileged to serve as music director for an off-Broadway production of “The Polish Diva From Milwaukee” in New York City.

Murl Allen Sanders, musician, composer, teacher and recording artist, has been active in the Seattle area
Murl Allen Sanders
music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Brazilian accordion virtuoso Chico Chagas, virtuoso accordionists Stas  Venglevski and Gary Blair, Leroy Bell, Peter Duchin, Alarm Will Sound, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Everett Philarmonic, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Warren Rand, Pearl Django, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others. Murl teaches piano and accordion privately and is adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and Shoreline Community College. He has received two grants from The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to compose “She Blows Hot and Cold” and a grant to compose his “Accordion Concerto #2” which premiered in 2007 with Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers. His “Accordion Concerto #1” premiered in 2003. Murl received a 2010 and 2009 ASCAP plus awards.  

Lyle Schaefer has been playing professionally for over 50 years, locally, as well as touring throughout the Midwest and overseas in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.  As a teenager, he won 1st place in his age division, competing in the 1962 Washington State Teachers Association accordion competition.  After serving in the Army, 82ndAirborne division and a tour in Viet Nam, he returned to pursue a career in the medical profession; at the same time becoming a popular musician, playing for all kinds of venues, organizations, and dance clubs.  From 1998 through 2000, along with his brother, placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in Canada’s largest Old-time Accordion Competition.   One of the highlights was playing a successful Polka Breakfast at the Swiss Inn.  Over the years, along with recording with other groups, has made three recordings, “Gentlemen Do Play Accordion” (1985), “Polka Style by Lyle” (1994), and “The Schaefer Brothers Live” (1996). 

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
More Information: (253) 752-2135, Facebook event

Classical Tuesdays' Wine & Song Succeeds All-Round

Tuesday was the Classical Tuesdays Wine & Song Benefit, held at the John Connelly Law Offices. Walking into the Office lobby we were greeted by seasonal greenery, poinsettias, a tinseled tree and the glow of festive lights reflected on the highly polished woodwork.

The highlight of the evening was the beautiful performance by soprano Cyndia Sieden and pianist Jennifer Bowman. They performed the beautiful Pie Jesu by Faure and songs of Musto, Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss. Of special interest were three songs based on poetry of Cal Kinnear composed by Tacoma composer Greg Youtz. Encores included arias from Rigoletto and Candide. The music sounded wonderful in the salon-setting of the Office space.

The reception table was beautifully set by Old Town neighbor Chris Reynolds displaying lovely cookies and quite an array of tasty finger foods contributed by Old Town neighbors and by Metropolitan Market. Some lovely wines were poured by Sonie of the Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room; another neighborly Old Town supporter.

A huge round of applause goes to these special supporters of this successful evening:

the generous reception table for Wine & Song