The Girsky String Quartet members performed for Classical Tuesdays March 5, 2019

Violinist Artur Girsky: Born in Riga, Latvia, into a family of violinists, Artur Girsky began playing violin at age 5. He studied with Maya Glezarova at the Moscow Central Music School and with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London. Girsky won Third Prize at the International Violin Competition of Naples and he served as Concertmaster of the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra under the baton of world-renowned violist Yuri Bashmet. In 1997 Girsky joined The Florida Orchestra as Principal Second Violin. He has been a member of the Seattle Symphony since 2006 and is also a member of ODEONQUARTET.

Violinist Natasha BazhanovBorn in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Natasha Bazhanov began playing violin at the age of 5. After winning several regional youth competitions, she made her solo debut with Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 9 and later was invited to Moscow Central Music School to join the class of professor Belenky. She was one of five people chosen to participate in Sir Yehudi Menuhin's masterclass during his historic visit to Moscow. After graduating with honors, Bazhanov was accepted to the Moscow conservatory and was touring extensively throughout Europe, taking part in festivals such as Schleswig- Holstein, Evian, Bonn, Schloss Ort. After moving to the United States, she became a member of the Florida Orchestra's violin section and later the principal second violinist. In 2006 she relocated to Seattle to join the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and also plays regularly with Seattle Opera.

Violinist and violist Timothy Christie is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He serves on the music faculties of the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.
The solo violist of Brave New Works since the group's inception in 1997, Timothy has performed and premiered numerous solo and chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Timothy currently with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, Tennessee), the Seattle Symphony, and the Seattle Opera. He also plays in numerous chamber music series throughout the Northwest.

Rowena Hammill, celloOriginally from Australia, cellist Rowena Hammill graduated with a master’s degree from Indiana University where she was teaching assistant to Janos Starker. She has held professorships at the University of Northern Iowa and California State University Northridge and was Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Presently, she divides her time between her positions as Associate Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Artistic Director of Vashon Chamber Music in Washington state.In Los Angeles, she has performed with the Gold Coast Concert Artists, Pittance Chamber Music, and for the Guild Series. In the Seattle area, she curates and performs concerts for Club Shostakovich, and with the Girsky Quartet presents the Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project, performing all the quartets of Beethoven over three years, 2015-2018.In 2016, she directed the inaugural Vashon Island Cello Camp, a summer camp for students ages 14 and older. Vashon Chamber Music is now in its eighth season, bringing chamber music concerts to the residents of beautiful Vashon Island in Puget Sound as well as outreach concerts in schools and senior centers all over the Seattle area.

Join us again for our 15th season! with a Concert in the Park on Saturday September 14 at 4:00pm.

Rescheduled to March 5: Power and Patronage in the History of Chamber Music

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma is excited to bring The Girsky String Quartet to Old Town Tacoma on March 5th at 7pm in Slavonian Hall.
The Girsky String Quartet

Artur Girsky, violin
Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Tim Christie, viola
Rowena Hammill, cello

The program and a discussion of the role of patronage in the history of chamber music will feature:
Franz Joseph Haydn – Quartet in D major, Op. 71 No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich – Quartet No. 10 in A-flat major, Op. 118
Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2
The Girsky Quartet is an ensemble of stellar string players from Seattle, Los Angeles, Vashon Island, and Tacoma that is rapidly carving a niche for itself in the Pacific Northwest: 
Where & When:
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Tuesday March 5, 7:00pm
Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome 

Hear Gretchen Yanover's innovative classical sound January 8 in Slavonian Hall

Greet the New Year with Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma. Hear Seattle's Gretchen Yanover, classical/crossover/electric cellist, in a captivating performance of improvisations on cello and loop sampler!  Her music reflects her African American and Russian Jewish heritage, the European classical tradition she was trained in, and a contemporary approach that embraces technology to add layers of sound to her improvisations.

Gretchen Yanover
photo by David Speranza

Gretchen began playing at the age of ten in her public school music program. She was immersed in the world of classical music until her college years, when she expanded her range to include playing in bands. Once she was introduced to a loop sampler, Gretchen found a new voice for her instrument. She began to improvise and compose in this context, creating her own instrumental atmospheres and melodies. She has three solo albums.

In this 2017 News Tribune video, Gretchen shows how her use of technologies such as the loop sampler expands the meaning of classical music and adds layers of sound to her performance.

Where & When:
January 8, 2019  7:00pm
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th Street
Old Town Tacoma

All ages/easy access from alley

Fantastic silent auction baskets for Old Town Classical Tuesdays' Wine & Song Dec 11

December 11, 7:00pm, at Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N 30th St in Old Town Tacoma

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma invites you to our Wine & Song 2018, featuring Erin Guinup, soprano, followed by wine and finger foods. This is a fundraiser for the Classical Tuesdays series of free events held at Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park September through February.

Pacific NW Shop, Proctor

Come prepared to make bids on some fantastic silent auction baskets. Neighbors and businesses have contributed a terrific variety of gift certificates. Alfredo Russo is offering 2 passes for a cooking class at Europa Bistro, Jon Douglas Rake and Jeffrey Stvrtecky of Tacoma Musical Playhouse are offering 2 tickets to a theater performance, Bill Evans of the Pacific Northwest shop is putting together a generous basket of Northwest bounty, Harbor Lights has donated a dinner certificate for 2, Katie Downs is offering a pizza of your choice, and many other delightful gifts to be discovered in the baskets!

$25 Tickets at:   some tickets are available at Bayview Optical in Old Town  or contact Pam:  253-752-2135 or
Harbor Lights, Old Town Tacoma

Wine & Song 2018 festive evening to benefit Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma invites all - and all ages - to our festive Wine & Song 2018! 

This is a fundraiser for the Classical Tuesdays series of free events presented by the Old Town Business & Professional Association held at Slavonian Hall and Old Town Park September through February.

soprano Erin Guinup
Erin Guinup, Founding Director of Tacoma's Refugee Choir, will perform "Ladies of Lyric and Song" including some jazz, operetta, and contemporary cabaret. She'll be accompanied by Marjorie Skreen-Dickerson on piano.

 Afterward, we'll enjoy a lovely spread of wines and finger foods.

A special feature this year: silent auction baskets will offer gift certificates for eateries in Old Town, theater performances and many more goodies. Check back for tantalizing details!

This convivial event is held at   
Connelly Law Offices on North 30th

Connelly Law Offices
2301 N 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma

December 11 at 7:00pm.

$25 are available at

or call 253-752-2135
Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Watch highlights of this week's Classical Tuesday on You Tube

A 12 minute video of the Classical Tuesdays event is showing on WATV KBS, a Federal Way-based cable TV station in the Korean Broadcasting System with 7 million viewers in Washington State.  The video is also on the WATV KBS homepage ( and YouTube channel (  You'll see a short intro outside Slavonian Hall and several parts of the Korean Wave-style arts fusion show, ranging from traditional Korean music and dance to a Korean fashion show.
Queen Jean Yang

Che Sehyun Hip Hop artist

Seattle Aphrodite fashion 

Korean Traditional & Contemporary Culture at Classical Tuesdays Nov 13, 7pm

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma is excited to bring the Wave Korean Performing Arts ensemble to Slavonian Hall November 13. This amazing troupe performs contemporary as well as traditional music and dance - and fusion fashion!

The Wave Korean Performing Ensemble

The  increasing awareness in recent years of diverse aspects of South Korean culture - from fashion and film to pop music and cuisine as well as traditional Korean arts -  is often referred to as the Korean Wave. This growing popularity of all things Korean - Korean dramas and Korean pop music especially - has flourished via the internet and social media.

Korean Performing Arts will feature traditional music on the haegeum two-string Korean fiddle, the gayageum 12-string Korean harp, traditional standing drums, folk and court dances, and then shake it all up with a hip-hop multimedia "Kimchi"!
We'll also enjoy a fusion fashion show presented by Miyoung Margolis, designer at Seattle Aphrodite! 
Korean Performing Arts have planned quite an exciting, colorful evening for us!!

Bring your cell phones to send short videos out to the social media community
Several North End neighbors have stepped forward to help support this event: A Big Thank You! to   Nicola Tollefson, John & Karen Trueman, Stolz & Associates, PS, Janice Sakai

Join us November 13 at 7pm! Come for coffee and cookies before the music starts.
As usual, the performance at Slavonian Hall is Free and appropriate for all ages. Easier access is available from the alley to the hall on the second floor.

Haegeum instrument

Where & When:
Slavonian Hall, 2306 N 30th St., Old Town Tacoma
Tuesday November 13, 7:00pm
Free/donations appreciated
All ages welcome  
Ramp access from the alley