Get your tickets today! Wine & Song Benefit 2020 to support Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma

For Classical Tuesdays in Old Town's annual Wine & Song benefit, join us for a Festival of Lights celebration on Tuesday December 8, 2020!  We'll stock you up with treats, then gather at 7:00pm on Zoom.

Srivani Jade and friends return to Old Town Tacoma to perform music for Diwali, the Festival of Lights celebrating the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

Your $30 Contribution buys you a Musical Event on Zoom and a Gift of savories, cookies, and a coupon toward wine and small plates-to-go from Old Town Wine Skins.

Buy tickets, or if you can't make it this year simply donate, at Brown Paper Tickets:



4:00-6:00pm: Pick up your Wine & Song treats and a same-day wine coupon*from 4 to 6pm at our table at Old Town Wine Skins, 2208 N 30th, Old Town Tacoma

7:00pm: Join us at a Zoom link (address given at time of ticket purchase)

 *Coupon toward wine, cider, beer, and small plates-to-go at Old Town Wine Skins (Open till 9pm, but we recommend you use your coupon before you join us on Zoom!)

Support our talented Puget Sound artists! Buying a pair of tickets to this benefit event helps assure we can continue employing these remarkable musicians.

Tickets are $30 and all proceeds from this event will support the series Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma.

Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or contact

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Join Classical Tuesdays Nov 10 for a violin recital by Maria Sampen on YouTube

Watch for this on Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma's links, starting 7pm November 10 and available from then on at:

Maria Sampen, Professor of Violin at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, enjoys a vibrant musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, recording artist and teacher.  She performs both standard repertoire and new experimental works; her engagements include concertos, concerts and masterclasses in Europe, Asia, Canada and all over the United States. Dr. Sampen has been featured as soloist on KING FM in Seattle and other public radio stations throughout the country. She has released recordings on AMP Records, Block M Records and Perspectives in New Music/Open Space. She is currently preparing recordings of Georges Enesco’s Sonata No. Béla Bartók’s Sonata No. 2, and Marilyn Shrude’s “Memorie di Luoghi.”

Maria Sampen, violinist
Dr. Sampen performed and studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workingshop, the Aspen Festival, Tanglewood and the Musicorda Festival.  She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Rice University and was also a fellow at Aspen and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Her major teachers include Paul Kantor, Kenneth Goldsmith and Paul Makara. In addition to her work as a soloist, Sampen concertizes frequently with her new music group, Brave New Works, as well as the IRIS Orchestra of Tennessee, and the Puget Sound Piano Trio.

Indonesian pianist and teacher, Isabella Jie, completed her Master of Music and Performer's Diploma degrees at Indiana University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, Her DMA dissertation connects her extensive studies of western music with her Indonesian heritage and passion for teaching: "Debussy and Gamelan: An Introduction to Gamelan Music for Piano Students". 

The program for Maria's virtual recital will include movements from:

Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto

Amy Beach, Romance

Daniel Bernard Roumain, Filter

Andre Myers, Partita for Solo Violin

Grazyna Bacewicz, Sonata for Solo Violin


Classical Tuesdays showcased Torch live on Zoom October 13

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a fascinating and unusual multi-media event on Zoom on October 13.  Each season, Classical Tuesdays features a “new music” event by Northwest musicians.  This month’s performance provided colorful sounds from Torch layered with story-telling and visuals in Scott Kolbo’s video “Passages: A Fable in Six Cycles”. 

Watch the trailer or the entire video on Vimeo:

And here is more of Torch in a studio session on Youtube:

Thanks for joining us live (virtually) in October!  We’re working on the November 11 concert – more details to come soon.

 Pamela Butler Ryker, 253-752-2135

So great to feature a live performance for our Classical Tuesdays' audience

Torch ensemble ( and filmmaker Scott Kolbo ( joined Classical Tuesdays October 13 for a live Zoom performance and discussion. They've produced a provocative film accompanied by evocative music. Thanks Brian Chin, Eric Likkel, Steve Schermer, Ben Thomas, Scott Kolbo for a wonderful event! It was great to share a live performance with our audience again.

Coming to Old Town Virtually! October 13, 7:00pm

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma is happy to announce that Torch ensemble is performing for us in a virtual discussion and demo followed by a performance of Passages: a Fable in 6 Cycles.

Torch members

TORCH, a Seattle-based contemporary group (Brian Chin, trumpet; Eric Likkel, clarinets; Steve Schermer, bass; Ben Thomas, vibes), performs original and experimental compositions, melding genres as disparate as contemporary classical composition, modern tango and jazz improvisation.

For our October 13th event, Torch collaborates with videographer Scott Kolbo in his multi-media "Passages" which tells an inspiring story of resilience and hope, with a heavy dose of slapstick humor and absurdity. Seattle composer Ken Benshoof describes a Torch performance as  “… cool rhythms, a nice mix of humor and mystery… always felt part of an adventure.”

Live performance on line Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 7:00pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 206 251 8260

Passcode: torch

Steel Pan Performance at Chinese Reconciliation Park

Classical Tuesdays hosted Steel Pan performing the music of Trinidad. Led by Miho Takekawa, the group performed several selections outdoors in Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park.

It was a gorgeous day with great musicians in a special spot in Tacoma!  Here's the video - do join us to celebrate our cultures and artists.  Glad to collaborate with Tacoma Ocean Fest to showcase our community!

Performers: Donovan Klega, Matthew Kusche, Elizabeth Larios, Jordan Bluhm, Ashley Neufeld, Rui-An Tseng, Claire Calderon, Darek Solomon, Jacob Shaffer, Sebastian Hernandez, and Dr. Greg Youtz.

Director: Dr. Miho Takekawa.

The performance features music by Black artists (Sonny Rollins, Marvin Gaye, Ray Holman), extended possibilities of steel band music of different styles (Calypso, Motown, Classical, Reggae), and captures authentic Trinidadian steel band sound (by Ray Holman).

  1. St. Thomas (Calypso Jazz Standard - the composer Sonny Rollins’ parents were from the US Virgin Islands and he was inspired by a song that his parents sang)
  2. Strangers Like Me ~ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Disney song and Marvin Gaye hit song - arranged by the Puyallup School District’s Steel Pan Group instructor Sebastian Hernandez)
  3. Bogoroditse Devo (composed by Rachmaninoff - Russian choir music. Arranged by current Steel Pan member Darek Solomon)
  4. Red Red Wine (Reggae classic, arranged by current Steel Pan member Jordan Bluhm)
  5. Steelband Paradise (Composed by Miho’s mentor Ray Holman from Trinidad and Tobago)
Before the performance is a short conversation between:
  • Pamela Ryker (Artistic Director of the Classical Tuesdays series)
  • Greg Youtz (Pacific Lutheran University Music Department and Trinidad and Tobago Study Abroad program)
  • Miho Takekawa (PLU Music Department)
  • Sebastian Hernandez (and Bryn Meyer and Noah Leifsen, students in the PSD Pans of Steel ensemble).
Video by @Kris Crews - Crews Creative - - September 2020.

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma 2020-21 season to start up September 8 – virtually!

Welcome to Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma’s 16th season. Instead of our annual Concert in the Park, this September we will enjoy music performed outdoors – but virtually!

Music brings us together to celebrate our differences and our common experiences. This Classical Tuesdays season opens with a gift of music from Trinidad. Please join us and Tacoma musicians in celebrating this vibrant culture!  On September 8, check out Classical Tuesdays at for:

  • Our performance by Steel Pan, an ensemble representing the music of Trinidad. Led by Miho Takekawa, a member of the PLU music faculty, the group will perform several selections. (Pre-recorded a few days in advance)
  • A conversation between Greg Youtz (PLU music faculty and head of the PLU Trinidad and Tobago Study Abroad program), Miho, Sebastian Hernandez (and his young students in the PSD Pans of Steel ensemble), and me, Pamela Ryker (Artistic Director of the Classical Tuesdays series).

I will announce a link (on the Classical Tuesdays website, on Facebook, and via email) a few days before showtime on September 8. Or explore  now, before the event!

The Classical Tuesdays season will unfold month by month as musicians experiment with recording at home for later broadcast or live-streaming. Performances will include some of the series’ familiar musician friends, and some musicians new to our community.

Join me in wishing all in our neighborhood and beyond good health!